Android Application Tsunami Coming?


flurry_analyticsEverything that can be invented – has already been invented. – Charles Duell, Commissioner of the United States Patent Office, 1899

I have to admit that my trips to the Android Market have significantly stalled over the last few weeks after noticing a decrease in apps that I felt were “game changers”. Turns out this may have just been the calm before the storm. Two Silicon Valley companies are reporting that an Android App Boom is imminent.

San Franciso-based mobile metrics company, Flurry has issued another report that casts a favorable light on Android. They are reporting an unprecedented 94 percent increase in the number of Android related projects started by developers between September and October. Flurry should know as well as anyone. Nearly 500 developers have embedded Flurry Analytics across 1500 applications that help Flurry track more than 100 million end user sessions!

Admob recently noted that Android accounted for 17 percent of all smartphone traffic in its network in September. That’s up 13 percent from August. More traffic equals more consumers which will attract more developers. AdMob went on to add the following in their blog.

“There is also huge marketing muscle behind Android now. Verizon, who has been aching for a handset to combat the iPhone, launched the much discussed Droid campaign this past weekend. Motorola is betting the house on Android and investing significantly in the Cliq and MotoBlur functionality.”

When you combine the marketing muscle, the increase in traffic and the ongoing Android projects on tap, it all seems to point not only to increased awareness for Android but more and more apps on the way. Let the app tsunami begin!

  • HereAndNow

    It seems to me that, a lot of iPhone apps could transition quickly to Android. The design, in many cases, is the most difficult part and they already have that. The rest is just coding & testing for a different platform. In the case of similar apps, getting to Android first could make all of the difference.

    • Jose

      Good point. I recently talked to a developer who told me the first thing he tries to do is find a similar (if not identical) app for the iPhone. If it exists the process of transitioning it to Android is far simpler than starting from scratch!

  • Makes perfect sense doesn't it? A whole raft of new and interesting devices have just become available or soon will be. An open platform that lends itself nicely to mainstream development skills (e.g. Java), and tight integration with everything Google, and a very low bar with regard to getting your app published. Sounds like a mobile developer's dream come true…

  • Flurry had some great graphs on Android's application trending in relation to the iPhone – the percentage month over month is increasing while the iPhone is declining.

    ,Michael Martin

  • David

    The comment about Verizon got me thinking…have you noticed that all the talk about when AT&T's exclusive deal expires, and which carrier will be next to carry the iPhone, has died way down lately? As all of the major carriers *except* AT&T jump on the Android bandwagon, why would they want to extend the market share of Android's biggest competitor? Seems to me that it's turning into a world against iPhone / AT&T scenario, which doesn't bode well for the folks in Cupertino.

  • We have not scratched the surface of what is possible for Android apps. But, unless there is $$ to be made in Android apps, we never will. The concept of freeware is not an efficient market model, but it is free …

  • it'll pick up later