Android Market now at 200,000 apps as Windows Marketplace hits the 5,000 level

Android Market now at 200,000 apps as Windows Marketplace hits the 5,000 level
AndroLib's latest count shows that there are now 200,000 apps in the Android Market. Like watching an infant grow up and learn how to walk and talk and head into puberty, the Market has undergone some changes recently, as we reported. The Market has grown a bit faster than predicted. An article from a year ago called for 150,000 apps in the Android Market by year end 2010. The amazing thing is not that the estimate was topped by 50,000 applications, but that at this time last year there were only 16,000 apps in the Android Market.

That stunning growth gives hope to users of Windows Phone 7 models. The Windows Marketplace celebrated a milestone of its own and now has 5,000 apps available. Unlike the apps available for Android a small minority of 28% are free for the Windows Marketplace and 22% are games. AndroLib's breakdown shows that the free downloads in the Android Market control 63.3% of the pie, and only 14.8% are games.

So what is in store for these two markets for the next 12 months? With the better game playing capabilities of future Android handsets, more games should make their way into the Market. Many Android apps are supported by ads, which explains the large percentage of free apps. But as other payment options become the norm for the store, the future could see more paid apps for Android. As for Windows, the amazing parabolic growth of the Android Market will be a goal to aim for, but it will all come down to handset sales and whether or not phones using Microsoft's new mobile OS can ring up sales at the same rate as those handsets using Google's open source OS.

source: AndroLib, WP7applist via Engadget



7. Martin Hill unregistered

@mooseolly 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? -Mart

6. mooseolly unregistered

good job mart, complain more and google shall improve faster. Sooner or later your apple will die anyway.

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. -Mart

4. chinakidoliver.iab

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Hell ya androids way betta

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.

1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

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