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Android Market now stocked with 80,000 applications, says Google, but will not work on tablets

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Android Market now stocked with 80,000 applications, says Google, but will not work on tablets
Remember when people used to wonder how many licks it took to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? Now, the big numerical question is how many apps are in the Android Market. Google has just come up with the answer at the same time as the G2 was introduced by T-Mobile. After all, what better time to show off the growth of the Market now that the world's first Android handset has a true sequel companion.

 According to the Mountain View based firm, 80,000 apps are now available in the Android Market. That is a 10,000 increase since July. Google VP of engineering, Andy Rubin confirmed the numbers. Crediting the open source nature of Android for the growth, he said, "On Android Market alone, the number of applications available to consumers has grown from just 50 applications two years ago to more than 80,000 applications today."

Last month, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that sales of Android flavored phones are running at 200,000 per day, up from the 100,000 daily just two months earlier. The CEO said, "It looks like Android is not just phenomenal but incredibly phenomenal in its growth rate. God knows how long that will continue." More phones brings more demand for applications which should lead to continued growth in the Market.

One drawback is that the Android Market will not be available for Android powered tablets. Screen size and resolution appear to be at the heart of the problem and Google says that Android 2.2 is not optimized for the tablet form factor. The company says that versions of Android starting with the number 3 (like the 3.0 Gingerbread build), should support tablets, as we reported.

source: FierceMobile

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:48

1. rent (unregistered)


Hmnmn but weren't them 100.000 apps like one month ago? And didn't they claim that they were activating over 300.000 phones daily?

posted on 10 Sep 2010, 15:53

3. dahaka17 (Posts: 61; Member since: 08 Jun 2010)


3rd party places said that not google and the last number google reported was 100000 a day

posted on 10 Sep 2010, 17:21

5. NOVAinc (Posts: 99; Member since: 24 Jun 2010)


oh... they are not as successful as I thought

posted on 10 Sep 2010, 15:50

2. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


I don't trust Google.

posted on 10 Sep 2010, 16:02

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Good. Thats almost 3rd of the App store now. Now, triple that number, and give me an iTunes equivalent (and no - DT doesn't count. No actual market access), and you got me sold.

posted on 10 Sep 2010, 18:43

7. mastertoothpick (unregistered)


duesch

posted on 11 Sep 2010, 09:16

12. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


really, cuz you cant find what you want in 80,000 apps.. you need 10 copies of the same app like iphone has to make it a bigger number? They are working on an itunes style music store from last rumor, so maybe in gingerbread.

posted on 11 Sep 2010, 15:46

18. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I'ts not about what I can find, and not even what I need, not to mention what I really need. It's about content. And as much of it there is - the better. What would you prefer - a TV with 100 channels, or a TV with 1000? If they are both at roughly the same price? Exactly. I want my phone to be like a newspaper! every day - a new app. Or a dozen of new apps.

posted on 11 Sep 2010, 15:49

19. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, i think its more than a dozen a day at this point. Android is doing like 10k new a month, Iphone is the same i think. while true, more is better, at some point though , its a moot point. the major apps are on both systems for the most part, the rest are copies of each other.. some better, some worse. the difference is, most the stuff on android is free!! :)

posted on 11 Sep 2010, 16:01

20. ilia1986 (unregistered)


And around the same amount of staff the is free on Android - is also free on the iPhone - and in addition to that - if you ever want to pay for an app - you got more choice. But I'll be honest here. It's not even the amount of apps that does it for me. It's the ease of how you can install them - and uninstall them. On Android, you gotta do it from your phone. You go to the market, hit an app, hit install, go to app list, hit an app, hit install, go to app list, and many many times over again. On the iPhone - you got a similar experience from your phone - but - there's iTunes. You go to the store, hit every "Free" Button you see on any page - and Boom! Your phone has 100 apps downloaded into it. And what happens when you gotta remove an app? On Android you gotta go (again) to the market, select the apps you installed before, choose the one you want to get rid off, hit uninstall, select some random reason to it, and it's done. Fast, but not fast enough - because - On the iPhone - you CAN remove apps via iTunes.. but thats not the point. The point is - you can do so in the same ease from the phone itself! Long-press on any app, tap X on any app you don't want, confirm - and you're done. Much faster - and allows me to shed apps like gloves. Isn't that a requirement for a lot of content? To be able to get rid of it in the same speed as you can acquire it? Now you did say that Google is developing their own iTunes - but We don't know when that will happen. When it does - I'll most likely be the #1 opposer to Apple, and the #1 supporter of Android. Until then - I will submit myself to Steve's tyranny because his seduction is something I am unable to hold against at this point.

posted on 11 Sep 2010, 16:59

21. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Or you can just uninstall the way most Android users do, go to manage apps and hit uninstall. No questions to answer. You also added a few extra steps for installing an app on Android as well.

posted on 12 Sep 2010, 01:07

22. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Well, you still gotta scroll down to what App you want to uninstall - from a specific place, while on the iPhone you uninstall them from the same place you organize, and activate them - your home screen. And regarding installations, perhaps you can enlighten me how is your experience installing apps on Android is different from what I described (which is based on Youtube videos).

posted on 12 Sep 2010, 12:39

23. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Even better you can install an uninstaller from the market and be done. If scrolling is such a hassle then maybe Android isn't for you but I never thought flicking my finger two or three times was so hard. As for installing an app, you simply go to the market. Pick top free, or top paid, or whatever you'd like. Click the app, click install and there you go. If you want to instal multiple apps just keep scrolling and press install. I don't know if it is as easy as the iPhone or not but it really isn't as hard as you may think.

posted on 12 Sep 2010, 13:07

24. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I'm not saying that's hard. You don't get the point. It's just not as fast - and as a result - not that comfortable.

posted on 12 Sep 2010, 17:03

25. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Your point is its easier on an iPhone. Right? All I'm saying to you is that its not so bad on Android. There a few extra clicks or presses but it not a big deal. Its a tap on a touchscreen, its not uncomfortable at all. And whevere discomfort is caused by having to uninstall with multiple taps or apps (and lets not even mention the drag to uninstall that you can do on Android now) is made up by the Voice Search, Speach to Text, and Voice Actions. These functionalities make everything else so much more comfortable, that I'd be willing to live with the extra flicks of a finger for uninstalls.

posted on 12 Sep 2010, 17:10

26. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Added functionalities do not make up - and in fact have nothing in common to - the time it takes to install or uninstall an app on a phone. As I said - I didn't say that it's bad on Android. I'm just saying that when you got 10 new apps per day - it's much much easier to manage on the iPhone - than on Android. Thats my point. And if you want to make the most of your device - be it an iPhone, or Android - you ARE going to get about 10 new apps per day - at least to try them. And you will want to remove some of them as well most likely.

posted on 12 Sep 2010, 18:09

27. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)


If you don't do a lot of entering text on your phone, for example SMS, internet searches, navigation, or typing on PA forums then no. The ability to speak into your phone and your phone typing it out for you quicker then you could type it out may not save you any time. But it does for me and for many others and we think its worth it. Iphone users can remove 10 apps in 10 seconds where it may take me 15 seconds. Big deal. But the majority of my day isn't spent adding and removing apps so it may not be as big of a factor for me as it is for you. Just presenting another perspective on your post.

posted on 13 Sep 2010, 01:26

28. ilia1986 (unregistered)


First of all - Speech- to - text works only in English. Useless when you're not part of those 4 countries in the world that have English as their prime language. That is - everyone else. Second of all - that makes you look like a nerd. Sorry but what's true, is true. Third of all - The majority of no-one's day should by about adding and removing apps. But when you got 567 apps, and you want to erase about 13 of them - from what I can imagine - it can be really tedious to find all of them in a long scrolling list.

posted on 13 Sep 2010, 03:04

29. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)


First of all - I speak English, and well...that's it. Well, a little pig latin but anyway, English IS my native tongue so English-only speach to text is not a deal breaker for me. Second of all - Nerds are people too. And they make all the cool stuff like Androids and iPhones. Third of all - Coming from someone who uses the OS on a daily basis, trust me. It's not tedious at all. I think you'd like it, if you have a long list to scroll through. Or maybe you will loath Google for ever making such a hideous, useless, primitive OS and pledge your allegiance to Apple and swear to never use any OS other then iOS. Either way, just saying I like it and I think you would too if you give it a chance.

posted on 13 Sep 2010, 03:17

30. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Well - there is only one problem. You can't "Give it a chance" without signing a 3 year contract and paying $$$.$$ of cash. I already "Gave a chance" to the company that made my current phone - and I deeply regret about it up to this very moment. In the cellphone industry - as well as in many others - you "Don't give a chance". You go for the best ridiculously possible thing there is that suits you, and before yo do you find out meticulously any kind of detail there is to be find out about your possibly-next phone. If what you have suits you - thats fine. I know what suits me. Right now it would be an iPhone. Is it possible that Android would suit me as well? Of course. Can I know for sure? Nope. So in order not to make the same mistake again which was about "Giving a chance" I am going to get the phone which is as much 100% proof of causing me frustration of any sort as humanly possible.

posted on 13 Sep 2010, 04:34

31. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Ah ha! Droid Incredible then, huh? First phone to best the iPhone in a CNET prizefight. $199.99 on a two year contract and it will be getting Froyo soon. Lol, jk. iPhone isn't a bad choice. Good luck with it.

posted on 13 Sep 2010, 04:47

32. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Thanks - you too. A robot an An apple can have something in common - they can both be green.

posted on 10 Sep 2010, 17:45

6. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


Does the Market not going to be in the Tablet including the Galaxy S Tab? Without Market Android Tablet is useless....

posted on 11 Sep 2010, 09:18

13. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the Tab is running 2.2 with full market access. They were talking about optimized tablets that will run 3.0 like the Moto that should be hitting VZW later this year. And yea, why would i buy a tablet with no market?? lol. Im sure they will do some kind of "compatability" like apple did with the ipad until apps start rolling in.

posted on 10 Sep 2010, 18:49

8. scorpio85 (Posts: 160; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)


And 75% of the apps are all Japanese porn.

posted on 10 Sep 2010, 20:35

9. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


Agreed. It us forgetting that twenty developers launch 40 sexy girl apps. 20 others launch40 clock apps a day and let's not forget how many more add dozens of Asian wallpaper apps. Open source designed to accomplish unlimited possibility...... yet all there is is time and porn. Take those away and you may have roughly20000 apps. If you are lucky

posted on 11 Sep 2010, 09:20

14. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


meh, id say 20k crap apps, not vice versa. But even if its 50k real apps, theres more than enough for everything. What major apps is android missing that the iphone has that it doesnt have some kind of an answer for? Iphone just has many repeated similar apps. they are not all individual different apps. 10k fart apps!! so many that even Jobs said no more.. lol.

posted on 10 Sep 2010, 20:40

10. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


Out of all those apps I wonder how many of them are actually compatible with the newer android updates. Most of the ones I download work for a little while then an update releases and all I get is app crashes and Force Closes. I'm going to develop an app called Force Close and all it will do is force close, at least it'll do what it's programed to do and will work perfectly on the buggy Android OS :D

posted on 10 Sep 2010, 21:44

11. Steve Jobs' Pest Control (unregistered)


20,000 apps, porn, moderate force closing > anything Apple makes Eat a dick, fanboys.

posted on 11 Sep 2010, 09:21

15. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


they are just mad because they still havent gotten their "antenna reception" app.. LOL..

posted on 11 Sep 2010, 09:36

16. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)


Why fix something if it isn't broken?

posted on 11 Sep 2010, 10:33

17. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


What Google should (and probably will) is come up with a tablet compatible Market, which I'm sure will have apps rolling into it faster than they did into the phone market. Actually, what they REALLY should do is release Gingerbread's source code a couple of months in advance so the apps are already there by the time tablets like the Stingray are out. As for the debate over how many "useful" apps there are, I'd rather take Japanese porn over fart simulators. Just sayin'.

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