Android Market to Hit 50,000 Apps in Time for Google I/O

With all the recent talk about Android growth and trying to sway developers to the platform, we thought we’d stroll by Androlib to get a feel for where the number of apps sits today.  Now, we know that Androlib is in no way the official word on actual figures.  We realize that until Google announces a figure, everything else is suspect.  However, we have always found Androlib helpful in looking at the overall picture and trends.  The charts they put together help us to see the bigger picture.

As of this writing, there are 47,517 total applications in the Android Market.  At the rate things have been going we can likely expect the unofficial number to eclipse 50,000 sometime in the coming week or two.  In terms of paid versus free apps, things haven’t changed much over the last few months.  Roughly 40 percent of the available titles are paid while the rest are offered at no upfront cost.  Surprisingly, the ratings for Android are rather favorable with only one in five apps rated at 1 star.  We’d like to think those are the soundboards and sexy wallpaper apps churned out a dozen at a time.  Be sure to check out Androlib for more information and pretty charts!

Prediction: Google officially announces the Android Market has 50,000 apps at next month’s Google I/O conference.

  • I'm not sure this is necessarily a good thing.. the problem of seperating the wheat from the chaff simply grows with the quantity. However, an even greater concern for me, living in Norway, is that a year has passed since I bought my HTC Magic, its still at version 1.5 and likely to stay there as far as I can see, and I am still unable to buy 'paid' apps!

    • Schildkamp

      I second that. Also living in Norway, it amazes me that Google still has not opened up for paid appz here. Considering Norway recently was quoted to be one of the countries where people spent most money on apps (iPhone), the market potential here is enormous. Apple already realised that, having sold a whopping 300.000 phones here. Come on, Google… open up the market, and give developers an even bigger potential for income. I want to spend money!!!!

  • JustMeHere

    38000 different apps is the number issued by Google. Androlib carries more, cause it counts each theme for a keyboard or an application as App the way Apple Market does. So here you are comparing Apples to Apples lol.

    The Amazing point is that 60% of 50k apps are free.. that's.. 30k Applications. Meanwhile in the AppleMarket with 180K apps… only 25% are free… so roughly 40k apps If you consider that fact that only 10% of all iPhone apps have more than 1000 downloads.. that gives us 4500 useful free apps for the iPhone. On the other hand, based on Androlib statistics 46% of all Android Apps have been downloaded more than 1000 time.. so.. that means there are 13800 useful apps for Android. (over 3 times as many as for Apple).

    Or if you want the cut of for Adroid at 10000 downloads for a useful app.. we are talking about 23.7% of them so 7100, almost twice as many as the iPhone.

    Alright, to make Apple fan boys happy, and make stats “look” equal. 9.7% of all Android apps have been downloaded over 50000 times. So that means there are 2910 free useful apps for Android, compared to 4500 iPhone Apps.

    Considering the iPhone has been around for 2 more years than Android… which ever way you cut the mustard… Android has more to offer and more growth more options and definitely more free USEFUL apps.

    iPhone has 176K worthless bloat. Paying for some apps like Exhange, WIFI access point and such is worth the money. But paying for 176K of useless apps way.

    From a developer stand point of view, Android has more to offer as well as more users are downloading free Apps.

    Finally.. truth be said.. at:

    it clearly states that there are only 47693 Android Applications as of 8:43AM CST April 24th, 2010.

    But please, iPhone enthusiast, clarify how many times have the 10% of useful iPhone apps been downloaded… and provide a link. Mine is there.. with Androlib.

    Then consider you can find Android with any carrier at any price with 42 Android phones out, it gives you a LOT of choice. Apple has 4 maybe 5 later this year 3 of them (first iphone, the 3g and 3GS are OLD technology compared to all except the G1.. even so, the G1 still does more than a 3GS, including google navigation, access point surfing at 2.7mb/s steady with 4 mb/s top download speed..

    Android is more cost effective with more options and choices.. unless you want to move over to the iDicatorship environment of Apple, where one man dictates what you will do with your life. There are leaders and there are followers. I for one, will not let one person run my life.

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