This morning, new data from the folks at App Annie confirm that despite record growth for the Google Play store last year, there's still a massive revenue gap between Google and Apple when it comes to the cash generated by their respective app stores.

The mobile analytics company says that even though Google Play app downloads enjoyed an impressive lead (by 60 percent) over iOS app downloads, the money war isn't even close. The iOS App Store raked in north of 70% more revenue last year than Google Play.

In a game where money matters, it's game over for Google Play in head-to-head competition with Apple's App Store.

Of course, the mobile app ecosystem is about more than just who made the most money. App Annie dedicates a lot of time in its detailed new report to demonstrating how quickly the mobile app world is evolving, with new giants of the industry emerging.

"In 2014," the firm writes, "we saw the rise of ‘super casual’ gaming apps like Flappy Bird, massive growth in the ‘sharing’ economy with apps like Uber and Airbnb, and messaging apps like LINE and WhatsApp Messenger evolve from simple texting apps to multi-functional platforms. Last year was full of surprising developments that drastically changed the app industry, and we’re excited to bring them to you in one comprehensive report."

To get your paws on that "comprehensive report" from App Annie, click here.

Source: App Annie