November 23, 2014

Android Market Unofficially Hits 200,000 Applications

The Android Market continues to swell at an enormous rate, adding new apps and games faster than most expected.  Officially, Google puts the number of available titles at 100,000 but we know it’s higher.  How high exactly?  Androlib.com has pegged the figure at 200,000 apps. 

To be clear, an ‘app’ for Android does include Live Wallpapers, widget apps, soundboards, ringtones, and other goofy stuff.  It’s also worth noting that carriers and handset makers don’t tout unofficial numbers, they wait for something to come down from Google.

It’s not necessarily the actual figure we care about, it’s the growth as illustrated in the graphs.  It’s hard to argue Android is doing anything else but rocketing skywards.  Another interesting detail found in Androlib stats show that more than 2.5 billion apps been downloaded from the Android Market.  Watch the number grow by the second!

  • Artem Russakovskii

    The official count stands at 127K right now – Androlib is waaaaaaaaay off.

    • Chuck Falzone

      Well, it’s off because they’re counting different things. Androlib totals all apps ever published in several markets. The official count is the number available now in the Android Market.

      • http://www.precursor.org/ CleverBoy

        It sounds like the official count is better then. People want to know how many apps there ARE not how many apps there ever were. Also, as an aside, its disturbing for anyone on Android to bring up “fart apps” when dismissing the App Store, because I would give my kingdom for an “ignore wallpapers and ringtones” option on Android Marketplace.

        Because… seriously. I mean, seriously, its insane how many there are… often trying to pretend they are the property they stole artwork from… like Assasins Creed or Street Fighter, or what have you. It’s enough to make you violent, ill, or violently ill.

  • http://himalkom.ipb.ac.id ilkomerz

    Wow, that’s really rocketing graphs..

  • http://bloomworlds.com Todd R. Levy

    Hello, thanks for reporting this… 200,000 Android apps, is this a good thing?

    I am Todd R. Levy and my company, BloomWorlds, is developing Android’s family friendly app store, to help Android parents discover safe, secure, and appropriate apps for their children by utilization our vetted submission process.

    We are going to filter out the spam apps, sexy girl wall, and other inappropriate content. This way Android users will be about to discover and download only the highest quality apps.

    Happy New Year!

  • Mac

    This would be cooler if 190,000 of them weren’t “HOT BABE PHOTOS #27″ … not that I have anything against those apps, or at least, the subject matter, but there is so much crapware in the market (and the filtering is so primitive and poor) that I have a hard time getting too excited about an announcement like this.

  • http://web.me.com/mart_hill Martin Hill

    Whether there are 100,000 or 1 million apps is meaningless while Google lets any junk, spam, malware, “hello world” or test app etc into the Android Marketplace. Also, “apps” in the Android Marketplace include wallpapers, widgets, soundboards and ringtones making the total of actual apps far less.

    Recently, AppBrain posted that 45,000 of the 100,000 apps in the Android Marketplace were spam apps. That makes almost half of Android’s “app” total spam!

    John “DVD ” Lech Johansen, the author of DoubleTwist the popular iTunes replacement for Android has this to say about the Android Marketplace:
    “Google does far too little curation of the Android Market, and it shows. Unlike Apple’s App Store, the Android Market has few high quality apps…. just a few examples of what’s wrong with the Android Market. … 144 spam ringtone apps (which are clearly infringing copyright) are currently cluttering the top ranks of the Multimedia category… Developers and users are getting fed up and it’s time for Google to clean up the house.”

    And indication of the difference in quantity of quality apps between iOS and Android is no more evident than in the extremely important gaming category. Android is severely lacking in big name game titles from all of the largest mobile game publishers with only 16 games from Gameloft, Capcom Mobile, EA, Ngmoco, Pangea, Popcap and ID versus 309 from these publishers for Apple’s iOS. Likewise, there are 38,000 games in total for iOS vs 13,000 for Android.

    Although Popcap and EA have said they will start porting some games to Android soon, this disparity is not likely to change much with iOS developers making 50x the income ($1 billion) compared to Android ($21 million) over a similar timeframe according to Larva Labs and with piracy ranging from 50-97% on Android.

    Raw numbers do not a complete picture paint.

    -Mart

  • http://tmo-team.org Jack B Sohoeie

    Since when is quantity more important than quality? I’d prefer an Android Market where I can find the latest good apps easily instead of having to wade through hundreds of puzzles and wallpaper first. I do think that it would help if Google would allow us to put certain words on a blacklist to automatically filter apps that match the keywords.