Android Market continues to close ground with the App Store

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


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10 Comments

1. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

It's a secret battle

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.

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?

5. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

7. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

6. pickles

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 18, 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

11. JW1ngman

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 18, 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.

8. BaiGanyo

Posts: 308; Member since: Feb 07, 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.

9. droidnator

Posts: 93; Member since: Mar 10, 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...

10. dan_md

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 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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