Google Play expected to hit 1 million apps by June
0. phoneArena 04 Jan 2013, 19:06 posted on
The Google Play Store grows really really fast. There's no reason to try to pretty it up at all, because it's a simple truth: the Play Store keeps growing, and growing at a rate that most expected to be unsustainable. It's quite amazing really. It took about 2 years from the launch of the Android Market for Google to pull together 100,000 apps, and new predictions say that about 2.5 years after hitting that milestone, the rebranded Play Store is expected to hit 1 million apps by June...
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1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6502; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Numbers are amazing. Better hardware gets more apps. Unlike the iphone the hard ware stay the same it only grew a inch. Cant wait too see 1080p apps/games
4. opensourceftw (banned) (Posts: 148; Member since: 01 Jan 2013)
The iphone/pod/pad is more about novelty shovelware games more than cool functional apps. I never use my phone for games, I have a PS3 on a 51" plasma (Samsung of course) for that!
12. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6502; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
you forgot to put it's also a PAPERWEIGHT
5. stychill (unregistered)
LOL, an end of the world sale?
6. ljade.abadinas (Posts: 21; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)
I love Google, Android and all the manufacturer that is making Android phones!
7. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
I'm not trying to incite any Android or iOS wars, I'm just pointing it out that numbers still mean nothing, it meant nothing when iOS was ahead, and it will mean nothing when Android is ahead. They all have the same apps, get over it. I love Android but I don't care about numbers, but I'm glad Apple won't have that as a selling point after some point
9. andro. (Posts: 1955; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Great to see. Was a lot of great apps and games sales over Christmas and new years also.
Once apon a time Ifans only big point was that the iPhone app store had more apps
10. avasponge (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 May 2012)
If it gets a million apps by June its around my birthday.
11. rocwurst (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)
Apple's App Store already hit 1 million apps submitted back in November according to Appsfire. However, unlike Google, Apple actually reviews every app submitted and weeds out the garbage, so the total available in the store at this point is a lower number.
App numbers are pointless when you allow anything and everything into your store as Google does. One estimate by AppBrain put the amount of spamware in the Android Marketplace at 45% of all apps.
For developers, the more important number is revenue.
On this count, Apple's iOS App Store completely kicks Google and Microsoft to the gutter with Distimo reporting that iOS App Store revenues were 430% larger than Android during 2012. Distimo notes that just "the daily growth in the Apple App Store was higher than the total daily revenues in Google Play when comparing absolute daily revenue values."
Flurry reports that during Jan-Feb 2012, total revenues (including paid and advertising revenue) per user for apps from the Google Play store were 23% that of iOS apps. Note that during 2012, Flurry reports that only 23% of app revenue came from advertising.
In Games, the largest most popular category, NewZoo reports that iOS users generate 84% of all mobile games revenue.
All in all, whether the number of apps in the Google Play Store surpasses the iOS App Store anytime soon is completely meaningless when quality, outright purchase revenue, in-app revenue and advertising revenue for developers are all a small fraction of Apple's App ecosystem.
14. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
lol, you do realize that there like 250k apps on the APPLE appstore that have nevere been touched, and another 200k or so just for the ipad? Right?
Also, since I am not an employee of either company I do not care about their revenue...I like free apps, myself.
15. rocwurst (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)
Developers don't like free apps so that's why the quality of apps is so much lower on the Google Play store on average and why so many developers don't create apps for Android full stop.
There are 43,000 iOS developers vs only 10,000 Android developers according to AppStoreHQ, so Android users are missing a great deal.
Oh, and most of those 275K iPad apps are actually universal meaning they work on all iOS devices, not just iPads.