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Android Market continues to close ground with the App Store

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Android Market continues to close ground with the App Store
With the Apple App Store currently showing a 100,000 lead in available downloads vs. the Android Market, the latter has been making a strong charge toward becoming the larger of the two. Since October of last year, the Android Market added 150,000 apps vs. 65,000 for the App Store. But at current rates, it won't be too long before we have a reversal and a new leader. The current numbers show 350,000 apps for the App Store vs. 250,000 for the Android Market.

There is another battle going on, but that is between BlackBerry's App World and Windows Marketplace for third and fourth place. As we reported, Windows Marketplace recently hit the 10,000 app benchmark faster than either the App Store or Android Market. That could indicate that a third player could be joining the battle to be able to claim the most most apps available.

source: BusinessInsider via BerryReview

The Android Market could overtake the App Store as 
the largest app store fairly soon

The Android Market could overtake the App Store as the largest app store fairly soon


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posted on 17 Mar 2011, 13:20

1. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


It's a secret battle

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 13:53 2

3. bluechrism (unregistered)


"There is another battle going on, but that is between BlackBerry's App World and Windows Marketplace for third and fourth place"
So the Ovi store doesn't exist then? 20,000-40,000 apps I think.

Also interesting is about wilingness to pay for apps b consumers - this is reportedly very low in the androind market, and i read this just now
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2011/mar/17/android-market-pirated-games-concerns
Android is undoubtedly a huge success and I'm sure it will overtake IPhone for apps, but google will also need to make sure that developers can earn money from their apps and sort out issues with malware and pirating.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 14:25 5

4. Enough apps (unregistered)


Who cares? 10K+ apps?!?!? How many do you need? 10, 20, 100?

There are more apps in each market than any user needs. Sadly there are tons and tons of junk apps--fart apps, an app the puts a light bulb on your tablet, one the makes your device go black so you can use it as a mirror, lots that are just bookmarks or repackaged web site content. . . It's all just a bunch of marketing BS.

What we all need in these app stores in higher quality productive apps & higher quality PC/console games. Enough with these junk games and apps that do stupid Sh#%t. Who wants to wade through all those crappy apps?

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 20:12 2

5. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


did they include third party apps for android??? because i know theres more than 250k

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 02:10 2

7. clevername (Posts: 1426; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Its speaking of android market apps. It states that clear as day. Also clear as day is that most of the market apps are third party. I believe you mean apps sideloaded from third party sites. The distinction makes a huge difference.

posted on 17 Mar 2011, 21:55 2

6. pickles (Posts: 14; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)


this is news? fascinating. big deal, there's a 100k gap. there's many duplicate apps anyway (lite version/full version) and both platforms have more than enough apps to make pretty much any smartphone user happy

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 18:49

11. JW1ngman (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Mar 2011)


the idea to to put apple to shame for being around for 10+ years and android has been out for three and we're ready to surpass them already. apple is shakin in its boots.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 02:23 3

8. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


App count is a huge deal as long as apple leads, but once the gap narrows, they won't have so much to say. And they won't call out Android for having tons of crappy apps because they know most of theirs are crap too.

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 02:33 2

9. droidnator (Posts: 86; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


Of course it's a big deal. Since Apple stepped into the smartphone game, their major advantage and simultaneously - their best reason to brag, has been the number of apps. Now Android is closing the gap, and we are about to watch a rerun of "The silence of the lambs", as Apple fans begin to quiet down...

posted on 18 Mar 2011, 17:58 1

10. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)


Android OS is innovative and hardware-wise, Delos phones have better specs and with connectivity features that won't force you to compromise.

Apps-wise, however, apple still has the lead in terms of quality and usability. There's better sorting of apps in the AppStore and you're almost always sure that they'll work on your device. I have several ecperiences with android apps crashing the phone. Google should be more strict before publishing apps.

Hardware and choice for topnotch handsets: Android. Quality apps: iOS.

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