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Freemium apps account for 98 percent of worldwide Google Play revenue

pp Annie has released a report detailing the rapid growth of Google’s Play Store and the revenues it’s producing. After surpassing a million apps last summer, Android’s app repository now has more than 1.5 million, with downloads reportedly growing by 50 percent between 2013 and 2014. Income from those apps is increasing at an even faster pace, more than doubling last year’s totals.

WhatsApp emerges as big share driver for publishers

FTW sports site have climbed to 18 percent of the site’s overall sharing activity. That’s higher than Twitter (13 percent) but still significantly lower than email (35 percent) and Facebook (34 percent).

PayPal app becomes a deal offering mobile wallet payment platform

PayPal’s status as the mobile payment method of choice for the masses is beset upon all sides by many would-be usurpers. What’s the company doing to stay on top? Beefing up the feature set of its apps for iOS and Android in a big way today — adding a full-on mobile wallet, automatically-applied deals and discounts and some new ways to order stuff and pay for it.

1-click this: Amazon lets you buy real things via any Android app

Amazon announced Tuesday that users can now buy physical products through Android apps with the retail giant’s 1-click purchase feature. And the e-commerce kingpin is hoping it will encourage you to buy more and buy often. If you got that app via Amazon, though, you may be able to quickly purchase a new appliance within the app while you’re still thinking about it.

96% of Top-Grossing Google Play Apps Are Free

Think the secret to making money from an app is adding a price tag? Think again — at least when it comes to Android apps sold in Google Play. According to App Annie, 96% of the top 100 highest-grossing apps in Google Play are free. In contrast, 77% of iPhone apps and 69% of iPad apps sold in the App Store are free.