Android Market Could Eclipse App Store This Summer

Come back-to-school time Android users will have more apps to choose from than their Apple counterparts. At least that is what the latest Distimo report tells us. Android is growing its number of apps faster than Apple, even with tablets entering the fray.  We’v already got more free apps to choose from, it won’t be long until we have a bigger store in general.   The full findings are definitely worth a read, however we’ll give you the juicy bullet point stuff you came for.

  • Android Market has surpassed the Apple App Store in terms of free applications with 134,342 edging out their 121,845 free titles.
  • If both distribution models keep the current pace, the Android Market will be the largest store (total applications) within five months.
  • The iPad offers 75,755 applications developed by 21,975 publishers but is set to face its first real competition this year with Android and BlackBerry tablets arriving.
  • Many of the top iPad developers already publish cross-platform.  Specifically, 58 percent of the 50 most popular publishers have developed apps for other mobile platforms.

 

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Scott has been running AndroidGuys since 2007 and loves nothing more than reading up on the latest smartphone rumors. His other mobile efforts can be found on Android Update (CNET) where he covers Google's mobile platform.

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7 Comments

  1. bob
    April 28, 18:55 Reply

    I don’t want to ‘enter details’ to download the full findings. Are the growth rates linear based on current rates, or is there a model behind them (guess it’s the former)? Can a market survive on free apps? Don’t get me wrong, I like android, but I haven’t paid for one app on my phone yet (and I’ve had android phones since the G1), for my iPad and touch – I’ve paid for loads.

    • Shane
      April 28, 19:58 Reply

      Agreed. I have both. But it’s been said a million times google need to sort out Market place. The figures mean nothing when anybody can upload pirate infected spam etc. How many of these free apps are ‘test’ apps? I left ovi due to nokia dying hoping to move to android but it sure is not where the money’s at Right now. Figures like this mean nothing to us.

  2. HMS Home Warranty
    April 28, 19:00 Reply

    Android is growing its number of apps faster than Apple, even with tablets entering the fray. We’v already got more free apps to choose from, it won’t be long until we have a bigger store in general.

  3. Nobuyuki Sakamoto
    April 29, 04:07 Reply

    Is having more crap titles a victory? So many of the titles seem to abuse copyrights that it borders on incredible. After around 6 months, I have yet to buy anything because I haven’t found anything worth buying.

    Just as with Apple crossing a certain number of titles, it’s only believable when you see people willing to buy and developers making a profit.

  4. Sbs
    April 29, 07:36 Reply

    It’s great that the Android market is growing so well.

    I have bought dozens of great apps on the Android market. For those who haven’t bought any, can I suggest being a little more adventurous?

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