Android Market to outgrow App Store in July?

Android Market to outgrow App Store in July?

Latest analysis about app store developments may surprise you – turns out the Android Market is on its way to becoming the biggest application repository eclipsing the App Store as soon as this July, according to researchers from Distimo.



An April update of the researcher's app report shows that the number of applications grew by a healthy 16% in the Market in comparison to the pale 6% growth of apps in the App Store for March. Distimo doesn't give further explanations, but assuming this turns into a trend, it will take five months for the Google's web store to take over Apple's rival.



We however would take this with a grain of salt as just recently a study showed developer sentiment leaned toward iOS as more programmers intended to launch applications on Apple's platform, while Android was a runner-up. Slower or faster, the gap between the two is closing. Actually, the Market already has more free apps: 134,342 against the 121,845 for iOS.



Other highlights of Distimo's findings were:



- The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will also be larger than the Nokia Ovi Store and BlackBerry App World prior to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace being available for even a full year.



- One year after launching the iPad, Apple will be confronted with its first serious competition as both BlackBerry and Google enter the emerging tablet market.



- Apple has already seized momentum and grown the App Store for iPad in the first year to 75,755 applications developed by 21,975 publishers.



- Daily revenue in the Top 100 paid [for iPad] is approximately $400,000 excluding in-app purchases.



- Many of the top publishers on the iPad already publish cross-platform. Fifty-eight percent of the 50 most popular publishers have already developed applications for non-Apple platforms.


source: Distimo




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30 Comments

1. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Doesn't matter. Still seems the better, higher qiality apps are with Apple. Most apps originated on the i interface then got made half ass to work on Android. I have an android, and I have used some apps that my mom (who has an iPhone) has, and they suck on my phone...

4. JeffdaBeat unregistered

And the biggest thing is developers think folks on the iPhone are more likely to purchase apps. There was a survey on PA a few months back that showed developers put more work into The App Store because that's where the money is and Android is just kind of a side project. Google has to change this perception to get quality apps...

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

devs will see the android market is a really profitable source, but it takes time and work... last few Google updates have being in concern for developing, my hope is there will be a surprise on this year I/O regarding market security and development

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

People already know that the Android Market is profitable. Why is it growing so fast that it's going to beat the App Store by July? Ask Rovio they are making so much money because the made an Angry Birds version for the Android Market. The Android install base is huge & it's only getting bigger, naturally you would make an app for a OS who has the most exposure. There is a cause & effect working here. Devs do know & are definitely making apps for the Android Market place because they see they how the Android Market is growing and where it’s going.

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Google has a lot of quality apps. All the best apps on both the Android Market & the App Store are apps that you need to buy. Apple makes you pay for everything even bad apps, sure they have free apps too, but so does Android, & Android has a lot more free apps that are better than Apple’s free apps. People are paying $3.00 for the stupid Charlie Sheen app called The MaSheen App. So to say "Google needs to change its perception to get quality apps" is really not fair, Google does have a lot of good apps. Android is open source & anyone can make garbage app like the dog fighting pitbull app that was pulled the Android Market 2 days ago.

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think Google needs to give more appeal of its store, so it gets more time from devs and removes that bad quality impression from itself

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I totally agree with that a nicer appealing store would be cool, it's just that I can make an app about how to spit across the hall & put in the Android Market. Open source is a double edge sword. There are people with good innovating ideas & then there are people who just don't any idea. I guess it is what it is. lol

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think the store can be open and secure at the same time if any new app passes thought a malicious software checkup, I bet companies like lookout can help Google with tis problem leaving any application scanning on the clouds and Google servers for bad apps on the market,

16. etownone

Posts: 40; Member since: Jul 25, 2010

The Android market still really really sucks in comparison to Apple's when it comes to games. And when does like Camack and the guys at Epic say they are only working with Apple for the foreseeable future.

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

anyone with vision will tell you that any top selling OS is profitable, I bet they will change their minds within the next few months. and even if they don't why need them when will have when the PlayStation suite will be on android around this sumer and i belive sony and its partners will have the last workd on mobile gaming

29. obnoxious9162775

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 25, 2011

I totally agree. Just because some Crapple fanboy says Google apps are not as good, is just demonstrating hatred for the competition. Apple this and Apple that. I am not saying the products are not good, but with no freedom, you might as well as use it as a paper weight,

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

No, Jeff, Devs said they are more than likey to get paid apps on iOS, not "get paid". More android apps are free because of advertisements. Ask Rovio just how much they make every day from those advertisements. They said they make more on android than on iOS. While you dont get an initial 1.99 or whatever it might be, you get a constant residual which over time makes a lot more than that 2 bucks. Its not android that has to change, its the "instant gratification" complex of iOS developers.

10. 3MTA3 unregistered

Yeah, now all you fanboys can't say, "Android doesn't have as many apps as apple." Now, that you won't be able to say that anymore, you are coming up with crap like, "yeah but the quality apps are with the app store on apple." Bullshit. Android rules and is way better than your iOS. The apps that we have blow you away with functionality so get over it with your closed system and limitations. You idiots make me laugh - you all are just like your king steve jobs - making up excuses on the fly.

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

you know... there is no need to talk bout that

28. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well when half the app store is wallpapers and stupid apps... it is understandable to surge past apple

2. 4r4qg unregistered

where's webOS?

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

uh oh...

14. superpooburger

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 17, 2011

Is quantity all you care about? Maybe android will ahve more apps, but it will not have more qualitative apps. I can say from first hand now, Andoid have full stack of crap in its marketplace...

17. IHatePhones

Posts: 99; Member since: Aug 12, 2009

Well I for one would have thought you'd like a sack of crap, seeing as your name is the equivalent of a crap sandwich. And it may have a sack of crap, but at least Google is willing to let people try to get a piece of the pie by not just slapping down up and coming devs. And by not being political and not playing favorites either. Sure Android's market will continue to grow, because it has nothing but room to grow.

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

yeah first you brag about quantity and how much it matter, now you claim thats not quantity but quality, but quality is nothing more that a proof that apps evolve with a given amount of time in order to stay competitive to they point they are considered premium and top apps, what will be your excuse by then?

30. obnoxious9162775

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 25, 2011

That would be quality apps dumb ass. Get some hooked on phonics, or at least a thesaurus. Crapple has fried your brain there buddy.

15. AppleFUD unregistered

Who cares? 90% of the apps on both markets are crap. What we need are more high quality apps like we can find on Windows and to a lesser extent OS X--real full blown programs.

19. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

That whole perception of iOS having higher quality apps may have been true two years ago, but those days are over. Sure there are still a few crappy Android apps on the market, but when I compare Homerun Baseball 3D, Angry Birds Rio, and Stupid Zombies on both platforms, they look exactly the same. There will always be crap in both markets, but the quality of apps are equal at this point, with few exceptions. What Google needs is to get their payment system on par with Apple's. Having everything go through iTunes is perfect. Google needs to either have a centeral payment system like that or get all carriers to bill App Market downloads. I know I'm more willing to buy an app when I don't have to use my credit card.

20. idiots unregistered

Android has more free apps because people with iPhones can actually afford apps. Everyone who worships android has no idea of quality. The quality of apps between the two operating systems isn't even comparable.

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

yeah because paying 99 cents for a theme on a lighter every time is so worth it

21. idiots unregistered

It's like comparing Food Stamps to an American Express Black card.

24. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

lemme go get you a new diaper...

26. Brad unregistered

HA HA APPLE!!!!! In this war...whoever has the most APPS WINS! Looks like apple is a... FAIL!

27. Tanting unregistered

So in July, does this mean that this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9FhnIGhOqY) is false advertising?

31. IOS5 unregistered

I think there's a different App store developed with c++ and market devloped with java that's why there's a different in quality of app between app store and Android market.

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