Android catches up with iOS: 700,000 apps on Google Play

Android catches up with iOS: 700,000 apps on Google Play
Apple started the app evolution with its App Store nearly four years ago in July 2008, and while Android followed suit shortly after by launching the Android Market (now Google Play), it faced a tough challenge battle as iPhones and later on the iPad accelerated momentum.

But now, Android has finally caught up and now has as many applications on its Google Play catalog as Apple has in the App Store: 700,000.

The number alone won’t tell you the whole story which is that Apple still gets many releases first, but when it comes to the biggest and most popular apps, there is no longer the gap that once was.

Now, that the app race has evened out, things like tablet-specific apps and amounts paid to developers will start getting more attention, and that’s a great thing. But this is still a moment of celebration for Android fans, 700,000 apps is a huge milestone for the platform.

source: Bloomberg

Android catches up with iOS: 700,000 apps on Google Play

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1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

It was just a matter of time. Google & Android are #1 in the mobile OS world & pretty soon will be #1 in apps. They are now equal with Apple & will pass them officially in apps sooner than later. This time next year Android will be number one in tablets also thanks to the Nexus 7 & 10. Android's growth is astounding. By 2016 Android will actually out number PC's meaning that Android will be the most widespread OS in the world. Android's rise to dominance is just incredible.

5. wendygarett unregistered

I dont wanna to throw wet blanket, but You know what? most google play apps are so similar, some apps are even total clone each other, so many talking cat and dog, and too much angry bird clone tho... I dunno whether I should trust those apps or not... Launcher apps are good, but ordinary people feel it's not neccesary, because some are as lazy as me hate customisation. Don't get me wrong, most are not tech favor so they don't like it... well, I only agree your last statement. Android's rise to dominance is obviously incredible. +1 :)

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

wendygarett, the VERY same can be said about the Apple App Store. That is the norm on any app market place, whether it's Google Play, the App Store or even on Windows Phone. You may not like customization apps but that is something that is HUGELY popular with Android. That is why people keep choosing Android over Apple, WP & BB. So your point is pretty much void because the same can be said about Apple. Just look & see for yourself.

10. wendygarett unregistered

Sometimes it just hard to me to accept this, I mean, so much negative news on google play that scam is so widespread... yeah I download some apps exclusive on android but all are paid apps... I need sometime to convince myself toward free apps... other than that the rest of apps I downloaded via ios because that what I trust.... I dunno why my point is void, but Apple managed well on apps the most, least clone i get lol

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Most scam happened in China and places where Google play is not aviable, many of the apps that are infected or scam are outside of Google play

15. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

would you guys please stop the hate towards apple? you just keep on giving android a bad name to other people if you keep on saying that!! wendy is right about this, most android apps are clones, while on app store they remove the clones!! both content are different!!! its just pathetic that you guys fight like kids over who is better..... and for the record, since android is linux, which only tech geek could really appreciate its beauty, only tech geek and other people love the customization on android! thats why other people will love the simplicity of iOS and WP and BB and Symbian and deal with it!!! so stop the f u ck ing hate!

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Clones get removed on Google play too... as well as fake apps

21. josephnero

Posts: 776; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

bro dont feed the trolls.they dont understand the difference of clone apps and more choices. for example you dont have alternative keyboards for ios so they assume every keyboard app on googleplay is a clone

24. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yes... also that...they have choices which is not available to iOS! no launcher, no live wallpaper... so basically they are completely different!! content are completely different!! so 700,000 apps of apple app store is different from the 700,000 of the google play store!

29. josephnero

Posts: 776; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

thats right

30. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

You figured that out yourself? Genius!

23. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yes.. they remove but on iOS they halt it.. they stop it!

27. wendygarett unregistered

I think that's enough pikachu, let them back pedaling, besides, some consumers dont mind at all, I also don't mind the clone, but the only thing that make me annoyed is that adv on every Google play apps... Wtf it's like that adv agent know all things about me... Where's my privacy Google Lol... From that onward, no more free apps... Other than that, I think android are pretty awesome, if you don't have one yet, try it lol

35. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

wendygarett, there are apps out there, that let you remove ads. So your problem is solved. No ads & all the privacy you could want. YES!!! +1

37. wendygarett unregistered

Really?? Thanks mordecai!!! But can you teach me how fix it?? Lol Argh!!! You just make me love android even more dude... +1 again :)

31. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

How they "stop it" Google removes the app and bans the developer account.... what else you want them to do?

36. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

It's like beating a dead horse. EVERYONE is cracking down on clone & fake apps. NOT only Apple. +1

33. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Umm......OK. Where to start? Whatever floats your boat. lol Fact is you don't need to know anything about Linux in order to customize Android. You REALLY lost me with that Linux comment, thus making me believe you know nothing about Android as a whole. Customization is simple & a joy on Android. If you can install an app then you can customize your Android device without ROOT. Root is a higher level of customization. The way I can only explain it to you is, engine modifications to your car, is what root is to an Android device. Sure it’s more techy but it’s not anything remotely to what you are alluding to. If you can follow directions in a cook book to cook then you can certainly root an Android device. Linux is only needed if you are actually building a ROM or making a kernel. You need to get your facts straight. FACT is that Android will always outsell the OS's that limit customization. Customization = uniqueness. Uniqueness is as basic & primal aspect in human evolution. Cavemen customized their appearances with different beads & clothing styles WAY back then, all the way to now. Do you not have your own style, or is your style to be like everyone else? Either way you chose a way to customize your look. Look at your avatar for instance. You picked it to customize your appearance, if you didn't like customization you would have left it blank. We all by human nature want to be different & Android PROMOTES that. That is why Android is a phenomenon WORLD WIDE. To say "only tech geek could really appreciate its beauty, only tech geek and other people love the customization on android!" is disillusioned at best. That is one of the simple pleasures of Android. You could not be more wrong. The people who prefer iOS, WP, & BB are a VERY small minority now, but rest assured that eventually they will run into an Android device & see things a little different. I am not saying that they will hop on the Android bandwagon all I am saying is that they will notice the differences. What IS pathetic is the way that you let a comment I say ruin your day & make you start to act like a child by using curse words. You are confusing criticism for hate. My words should not make you emotional. Also just so you know Google removes clone apps too. So please don't insinuate that only Apple does that because EVERYONE does that. Google, Apple, Microsoft & RIM remove clones from their respective app stores, so please get a clue.

40. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

+1 Trillion Billion, haters gonna hate

13. Aeires unregistered

Open the market on your iPhone and count how many flashlight and note apps there are. It's like that on both ecosystems.

7. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

The UI of the apps available is still cartoonish- look at viber for android and viber ios. There's a huge difference. Ios has the more professional look to its UI.

17. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Viber is a terrible example because it doesn't follow Google's design recommendations. The Android version looks very similar to the iOS version. Google's apps are the shining example of what Android is supposed to look like. Unfortunately, of those 700,000 apps, I doubt that more than a few thousand actually follow directions. Many of them follow iOS design patterns or none at all -- that should be the next issue for Android to address. The good news is that it's happening now.

22. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Indeed both look equal in nearly everything.... don't know how an app that looks the same on both is bad on one and good on the other

18. Chuck.Norris unregistered

funny you say that, I was on a viber call with an iPhone 4s today, I pressed the home key, took a picture and then sent him the picture through whatsapp, then I asked him to look at it, his answer was if he does the connection will be lost :-( so who looks more professional again?

25. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

That's not true viber runs in the background like oovoo,Skype and other social networking apps. I have been an ios user for the past 5 yrs. I use these apps on a daily basis. Tell your friend he is a nut.

38. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

It's important to notice that difference in "professional " look comes from lazy developers and it's not a problem with Android OS.

11. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I agree that android's growth had been incredible. When you can buy android handsets for as little as $30 on sale (on Virgin) or $50 to $80 for non-sale handsets, it's going to get a lot on people to use Android. I was at Walmart checking out the new $70 to $90 android devices for Net 10 or Tracfone or STalk and Walmart can't keep these units in stock. I never saw so many people wanting android handsets and they were incredibly happy to use the FREE wifi at McDonalds. It's the new hangout for people with android based on the 7" screens for the tablets and 3.2" to 3.5" screens for their handsets. It's like these internet devices are the new TV's for this generation.

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think you come with the same ol argument based on that android biggest numbers come from those devices when the apple Samsung case proved you wrong, year Walmart has cheap android phones... so what? How many are actually Google approved devices?(witch are the numbers Google counts) I think you can't get over that cheap argument of yours

26. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Actually I won the argument since the Previal was the best selling Samsung android device. People have no idea how popular cheap android devices are and places like Walmart is the best independent source to confirm it. Cheap stuff sells.

32. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

You ever read the Chart I gave you and suddenly you "won" in the end the high end android devices doubled the low end ones and Galaxy S branding tagged along in there making the S and PS2 sales look small In the end you simpleton won't get a thing and try to bend things on your favor but here you go https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Au_O3jFMs71FdGQ0bWdacTdGYVZMQmU1bWxVU3FIM0E

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