Amazon is making huge inroads into the Android app market, earning more than half the sales Google racks up, despite it's much smaller size.
According to a report from mobile analytics firm Distimo, Google pulled in sales of $5m from the top 200 apps in its Paly store in March. Amazon, by contrast, earned $3m for the top 200 in its Appstore.
While that difference is significant, it must be remembered that Google has a much larger user base than Amazon, said Anne Hezemans, mobile analyst at Distimo.
"The Amazon Appstore is rapidly becoming more and more competitive with Google Play," she wrote on a company blog.
"The number of applications in the Amazon Appstore has grown significantly over the last year, especially in terms of paid applications where the Amazon Appstore and Google Play are nearly neck and neck in terms of downloads."
The impact of the user base can be seen in the number of free downlaods, where users downloaded more than 10 times the number of free apps via Google Play than Amazon Appstore.
Amazon has been ratcheting up its presence in the mobile market in recent years. The firm has released a variety of tablets in the past two years.
Many commentators have reported that Amazon's App Store is one of the few mobile software marketplaces that have a chance to compete with Apple and Google's offerings.
Results from Distimo's study come from its mobile analytics platform AppIQ. The platform shows daily app download statistics and revenue estimates. Distimo's study covers app downloads over the course of March 2013.
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