App Store hits 500,000 published apps, 18 billion downloads

App Store hits 500,000 published apps, 18 billion downloads
By now you probably already know that the Android Market is celebrating 10 billion downloads - Google is massively discounting apps to a dime. But comparatively, there’s little to brag about. Apple has just unveiled its latest App Store numbers and the figure there is nearly double the one in the Android Market. The App Store now has over 500,000 published applications and has registered over 18 billion downloads.

Cupertino also revealed that the rate of growth is only increasing and currently it stands at 1 billion downloads a month. 

“In just three years the App Store changed how people get mobile apps, and now the Mac App Store is changing the traditional PC software industry,” Apple’s senior VP of Marketing, Phil Schiller, said.

Additionally, Apple shared some light on the brilliant start of its Mac App Store which now has registered over 100 million downloads. 

source: Apple



1. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

" Android Market is celebrating 10 billion downloads But comparatively, there’s little to brag about" what that hell report is this ? when do you see google bragging, all I see is google happy the android market is increasing at a good rate and they reward there customers with discounted apps! phonesarena really need to get there act together, I dunno if you come out with this pathetic sort of crap to get people coming back to your site to argue, either way it reflects bad on the editor of phones arena. If you read back at all the apple article, you always mention android and how apple have the upperhand, explain why you feel compelled to write like this ? its very poor work

2. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

android sucks!!!!!

20. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Its funny how every story about iPhone or iOS sees a bunch of droid trolls whining that they need more attention.

3. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Fun the app store has near twice as much dowloads.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

victor, i dont know where that celebration line came from but it doesnt really need to be there. nothing but troll bait. unless thats the point. and here are the differences. Apple is out there bragging.. great.. good for them. how does that help the consumer? Also, apple has had more time than android with the app store, but android is catching up darn quick. Not only that, google "celebrates" by giving tons of discounts on some of the top and most expensive apps as a way to say thank you. Where's apple's thank you to the community that pays their bills? As far a "celebrations" go, +1 to google and -1 to apple for the way they "celebrate".

7. xvengence42

Posts: 20; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Apple only had 1 more year than android. Android is far behind apple in both phone performance and customer service, and obviously the app store.. Google doesn't celebrate because they have nothing to celebrate about.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if you look at actual charts on how fast each market is growing, android will eclipse apple's market.. all things staying the same... within the next year or 2 at the latest. sales dont make one better than the other. like anything, its preference. also, xvengance... google IS celebrating and giving their customers stuff, while apple is gloating and giving their customers nothing. Dont know where you get that from. do you happen to like... tacos... by chance, xveng? :)

26. JeffdaBeat unregistered

So you're saying that Apple celebrating their success with the App Store is gloating? There is nothing wrong with publicly speaking about your accomplishments. Nowhere in that press release did Apple mention Google or any of their competitors saying..."iOS has this...Android can't beat us." So I'm not sure how this differs from when Google talks about how many Android phones are activated every month. I don't see you commenting then saying Google is gloating. And I'm sorry dude, but Apple giving a discount like that is very much against the company's way of business. The perfect world for Google would be to give everything for free and you pay by them giving you ads. So discounting is very much in line with that. Apple has always been a company that you pay a higher price for...a luxury. Discounting is very much against that model. Usually you are dead on remixfa. This time it just seems like you are pandering to Google for no good reason other than Phone Arena, not Apple, made a very decisive statement and you misdirected your outrage...

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Jeff, I already agreed with that point in the other post. I'll just assume you didnt see it before u responded to this thread because its further down the page. no biggie. but yea, "do no evil" and giving things to customers is part of google's culture. Getting paid for every little thing is part of Apple's culture. MOST of the time u get a slightly nicer product for that $$ though. Like i said in the other post. One is better for the consumer one is better for the investor, neither is "bad" (businesses exist solely to make money so why do people fault them for that?) Like anything and everything its pure choice. And where you been. u need to post more! :)

33. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

just try not to be so vindictive to everything iOS related.

8. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

You can't celebrate stuff on 18 billion dowloads, remix.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

considering they probably average like 2 bux profit per app sold, id say they have plenty to celebrate on. Its just a different culture. Google is known for "giving back" and apple is known for taking more. Par for the course for both of them.

11. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Ok remix, I'd like to see when the market is on 18 billion, will google celebrate it? After all they're god-like. They do nothing but good stuff. Google is know for given back. that's called refund. And no one does that. If you buy an app and then you get your money back because it's cheaper now. Apple does make profit of all their apps. But average two bux profit per app? No. And it's not because apple got some expensive apps, that all their apps are expensive. There are tons of free apps and tons of apps beneath $1.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i dont know why u feel like attacking. misunderstanding my comment? 2 bux was a guestimate. yes, i thought of the free apps as well as the expensive ones and figured 2 bux was a pretty solid round figure concidering most app purchases are probably between 1 and 3 bux somewhere. No, its not called "refund". That is where you return your product and get your money back. Google is known for "giving back", aka throwing out freebies to people. They have done this their entire existance. It is part of their "dont be evil" mantra. It IS part of their culture. Can you think of another major company that gives away so much stuff that it could be making money on?? Apple is the exact opposite. Out of steve job's own mouth "charity is a waist of money". Apple wants to be paid for everything. They are a company, that is why they exist.. to make money. Is one better than the other? From a consumer standpoint, google's way is superior.. from an investor's standpoint, apple's way is superior because it keeps their stock and profits high. Long story short.. what the heck are your panties in a bunch for?

15. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Look I hate this religion about android. When they do sth bad, you try to get still a positif view (that's ok but how you do it) and when android is doing good. FTW. Most people here (fandroids) can't accept other phone users opinions about their OS and hardware. Then there's the thing with isheeep, putting almost on every bad word an i on. That's not good, google has igoogle (same homepage but with widgets). So google does this to. Then the reasons why wp, bb, sumbian, ios sucks are really not thought out. Most opinions from the phandroids are guessings. Like you did on the average profit. Euhm now with Tim Cook, apple did recently do on charity (1+1 action remember). I have a bit the feeling you want to defend android to much with your life. Look I don't think android is bad or hate it. For the moment i do not own an android or iphone. Althought i want a new phone, but i think i will wait another year. In reality android and ios users are no enemies. When I asked wich phone to get? A friend (ipod owner) said a cheap LG wich runs gingerbread. So pls stop with the stupid reasons why google is better.

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

tacohunter you again lost me with your rant. What in the world are you talking about? "I have a bit the feeling you want to defend android to much with your life." What?!? What does that mean? It's not that serious, no one here would defend any phone or OS maker with their life. (I think that is what you are saying) If anyone sounds fanatical or halfway crazy it's you my friend. remixfa was stating the obvious that Google gives back to its customers. For example the 0.10 cent apps that Google is promoting as part of their celebration of 10 billion downloads. What is wrong with that?

19. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Yes google is doing some great things to their customers. But unlike you I don't hate apple for not doing this. My comment in short version: respect other people's opinions.

22. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

My comment in short version to you: respect remixfa's opinion. If it’s good for you then it’s good for everybody. Don't say he would defend Android with his life, & also don't say Android is a religion, because you sound very silly & foolish. In other words you didn't need to say that. Looks like tacohunter is having a bad day huh? P.S. Also I never said I hated Apple for not doing this, as you just said. I don't like Apple because of its business practices & how they treat their customers. To Apple you are not a person you are a $ sign. Google makes lots of money but they don't look at their customer in the same light as Apple does. Apple is the richest company in the world, if any company can give 0.10 cent apps, Apple can! But since they are about money first & people last, they will never do it. That is my point & dislike for Apple.

23. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Whatever read my comments better. Or take a curcus reading comprehension. I'm not talking about you and remix only. Remix does say some good points but you don't srr.

24. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

What are you talking about? Again you have me scratching my head. "Whatever read my comments better." I did read your comments. Did you not say this "I have a bit the feeling you want to defend android to much with your life." Did you not say this "After all they're god-like." (meaning Google) Did you not say this "Look I hate this religion about android." I think I read your comments pretty well. Everything you said sounds extremely foolish & just plain silly! "take a curcus reading comprehension." Really me?!? Maybe you need that instead of me. Just a thought. & what the heck is a curcus reading comprehension? tacohunter why are you having a bad day? What is srr? Man you got me all confused. lol

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am sorry tacohunter but you lost me completely. I really think remixfa is very clear in what he is stating. Either you just don't get it or your are playing devil’s advocate for whatever reason. I will reiterate remixfa's question "What the heck are your panties in a bunch for?" lol

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

OK, I've reread this thread a few times now. I still dont understand why you are attacking me TH. Also, why are you now attacking SAE for trying to clarify what I said? I really feel like you misunderstood my original comment and have just carried on from there without trying to actually understand what was said. The fight needs to end as there is no actual fight. It has been a misunderstanding from the beginning and is just escalating. There is no "google religion". And I praise and wag my finger at EVERY company that does good n bad. Pardon me for feeling that the exact moment of this Apple "announcement" is a little contrived. Most of the time, you see people celebrating on the 10s.. 10 million, 20 million, 50 million, 100 million. Apple is coming out 5 days after googles "10 billion" announcement and talking about "18 billion". Its an odd number to celebrate and just.. to me... it screams "me too". Google's culture is to celebrate and give. Apples culture isnt. But if your going to try to bust in on another company's "Celebration" where they just happen to be giving away something, with your own "announcement" on the exact same subject, you should be trying to out do them, otherwise it sounds "contrived" and "me too". The timing screams "i dont want them to have the limelight". They could have waited another 2 weeks to celebrate a full 20 billion instead of this 18 billion they are throwing out right now. Instead of busting on me for pointing that point out, why not ask apple why they wont do the same? Its not part of their culture.. well it hasnt been. SJ is dead (RIP), so maybe things like that will change.

30. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah I was reading the posts & for whatever reason tacohunter just snapped or something. Then he goes on a tangent of "Android religion", "you giving your life for Android", & other foolish things. I just didn't get his beef with you, it was like he was having a bad day yesterday. I really just don't know. I thought what you said was to the point & very concise. tacohunter for whatever reason didn't think so.

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

he'll come back around. maybe he was out hunting taco and came back empty handed? here's a hint. taco is now disguised as "antifanboy". lol

32. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes I knew that, I had my brush with "antifanboy" already. It was like deja vu! So I knew. What has our poor taco50 been reduced too? lol

5. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I look at this as Android catching up to Apple soon. 10 billion in a short time and Android phones being as popular as they become.

6. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

were google bragging? lol i guess you forget to mention that the appstore has been around longer than google so it makes sense for it to have more apps in the store aswell as more apps downloaded right.

12. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

me:if google is bragging so much atleast they are dicounting something when will you see apple do that? NEVER! since it has 500000 published apps why doesnt it discount atleast one... apple fa-n/g: because they...they..... are better... me:best laugh ever!

14. jacko unregistered

Cupertino also revealed that the rate of growth is only increasing and currently it stands at 1 billion downloads a month well apple isnt going to say gez people we are going to be outdone by android in the next 2 years are they there going to say look we are doing better like selling cars ur not going to say another maker car is safer and faster and use less fuel when it does are u ur going to say urs sell more when it really doesnt not bad since apple takes 30% in sales of apps where google only takes 2% on sales

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Congrats APPLE, are you going to let my wife download some apps for 10c?? Yeah, didn't think so.

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