Android Market now at 200,000 apps as Windows Marketplace hits the 5,000 level
0. phoneArena 28 Dec 2010, 22:53 posted on
It seems like just yesterday when the Android Market offered 75,000 apps, but today that number is at 200,000 while the Windows Marketplace, with its young age, celebrates a more modest level...
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1. clevername (Posts: 1434; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Fucking amazing. It is lame that the quality of android apps in general is sorely lacking however with better payment options in the future quality should improve as devs will have better reason to make profitable apps. Of course this is assuming google creates or allows better dev tools.
*I said in general quality lacks. There are diamonds in this coal mine.
2. protozeloz (Posts: 5383; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I hope will see some interesting paid options in 2011 and hopefully an overall better quality of apps, now that android has been given a better "gaming" and seems most manufacturers will update their key phones (hopefully faster this time)... 2011 will be a good year for the mobile market in general
3. Cristian (unregistered)
TBH, I have never paid for an app in my intire life even if I buy $500 dollar devices. If there is a paid app that I like in the android market, I simply download a cracked version from my computer and push it to my android phone and install it.
5. Martin Hill (unregistered)
Whether there are 100,000, 200,000 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."
An 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.
6. mooseolly (unregistered)
good job mart, complain more and google shall improve faster. Sooner or later your apple will die anyway.
7. Martin Hill (unregistered)
So do you actually have any useful fact-based counter-argument to add to this discussion or are you going to stick with unhelpful slamming?