Prediction calls for 150,000 apps in Android Market by end of next year

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Prediction calls for 150,000 apps in Android Market by end of next year
Simon Khalaf, CEO of mobile analytics firm Flurry says that because of efforts by Verizon, Motorola and Google to promote the DROID, and thus the Android OS, "A lot of developers have come onto the Android platform". Thanks to this this, he tells Business Week that the Android Market should go from the currently available 16,000 apps to as many as 150,000 by the end of next year. Khalaf predicts 300,000 downloads available for the Apple App Store by the end of 2010, approximately triple the current count, while the Android Market will have 100,000 to 150,000. His company, Flurry, studies applications and their use.

The recent success of the Motorola DROID, sold through the nation's largest cellular operator-Verizon-and the leaked news of the HTC Nexus One, has brought much attention to the Android OS. Throw in the number of new Android handsets expected in 2010 and the amount of developers writing for the Market should grow tremendously. Also, the quantity of apps is not as important as the quality of apps. After all, how many fart apps can one person use?

source: BusinessWeek via Phandroid

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24 Comments

16. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i've been perfectly content with all the apps i've found on my droid.

19. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Maybe. But if you weren't really satisfied with the application selection, I'm pretty sure you'd say the same thing.

9. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

what is completely stupid is what can be considered an "app". if you look in the istore, there are more theme/ringtone/wallpaper apps that shouldn't be categorized as an app because they aer just that... themes, ringtones, and wallpapers. oh wait, i can get an app that shows my favorite artist's album and a few extra pics. wow what an app. google, please don't fall into this monoric "app" format

14. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Umm, I think it's too late considering what people have been saying about the android store already. "I rarely see an app on my moto Droid that is a clone of something else, other than the ringtone apps and wallpaper apps ect" -haste_the_day and from what I hear from Android users, more fart apps are starting to appear. So you guys are loosing things to criticize on the app store. IMO the Android Market is trying to be the app store. But Android is more open, so expect more of that.

15. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

And by "more of that" I mean more junk

6. ice9

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 27, 2009

This many apps won't matter unless Android market puts up a store front that is accessible from desktops ala iTunes store. Think about it... User using a droid: Show me all the list managers. (screen displays first of N) scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll... scrolll... Aww the heck with it... No software purchase gets made. Further, the way I originally purchased an iPod, was by visiting the iTunes store and seeing for myself just how much stuff was out there and being delighted by the selection. I didn't buy one first, because I thought it was cool, and THEN see that the music I wanted was available! Wake up google/motorola/verizon! We want a store front on the desktop!

7. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I don't care actually. I almost buy nothing from my desktop. I get everything right over the phone(3GS), I get irritated when it's a program over 10mb that ATT won't let you download, then I have to run back to a computer just to download it. Lame.

22. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

No, we dont. I hate when I buy a new iPod, and I have to download/ upgrade Apples garbage software. The app store sucks because there isnt an easy way to view all free apps, because Apple is a power junky/ money pyschotic company. I would much rather have the store directly on my phone, that way I can download new apps all the time, organize them the way I want, from anywhere I go. iTunes takes up my memory, anyway.

23. dandirk unregistered

True Ice9, I agree but would go a step further... Full store/market listings on the web. Frankly I hear about all these great apps on both android and iphone and I can't easily navigate/browse them from my PC. Why would I switch to AT&T and the iphone because of all these "apps" with out being able to preview them at least on a webpage? It would be nice to have a more powerful/expansive browsing method to find the right apps, with 150k+ this is very important, not wasting time downloading all of them only to be disappointed until finding the right one.

4. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

I love the fact that I don't pay for any apps. Droidappz.org ota d/l of ripped apps. Ftw

13. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Well if you want more quality apps, that will have to change.

21. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

All the applications on my Droid are of good quality. The only reason Apple has "good looking" apps, is because developers are forced to make it look like the platform. Haven't you ever noticed how every single app has the same table, border, font, etc.. ?

24. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Haha, you make it sound like a really bad thing. Everything looks nice and uniform and sometimes I forget some of my applications are not native ones. Everything does look beautiful (I'm glad you noticed) but that wasn't what I was initially talking about. I'm saying that a developer is not going to put months into make a perfect app just to give it out for free or else there would be no incentive for doing so. The longer it takes for an app to make, the better the graphics, the smoother it is, etc then the more likely it will have a cost. That's another reason why I don't think the Android market is any good. Having majority free apps means no one wants to take the time to make great ones. You guys have yet to use top notch quality apps

2. haste_the_day

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 27, 2009

there is never enough fart apps...lol...but seriously, habving an open market for apps is a great thing. I rarely see an app on my moto Droid that is a clone of something else, other than the ringtone apps and wallpaper apps ect... great market, and easy to use.

1. PDXMatt

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 26, 2007

"After all, how many fart apps can one person use?" Exactly.

3. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

hahahahaha exactly!!!!

5. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You guys are morons. If you could make an app and charge people for it, or even for free and use it for advertising why wouldn't you? There's duplicates of all apps, but considering what you can gain why wouldn't you. Get a life.

8. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Are you comments ever useful or contribute to the discussion of the actual article. All you ever do is insult people and you're telljg use to get a life? Hahaaha OK thanks for the input.

10. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

If people didn't leave retarded comments I wouldn't be so inclined to point out their stupidity. Oh, and your comment? "hahahahaha exactly!!!!" .... You pretty much speak for your own stupidity. It's odd you comment on my validity let you leave a comment as such... But then again, that's what makes you an idiot so, carry on.

11. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

don't use retarded, it's not nice and it's immature. :-)

12. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

This doesn't happen very often so bathe in the glory but.... You're right.

17. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Hmmm OK so posting "hahahaha exactly!" makes me an idiot. Yea that makes sense. Here I have an idea for a new year's resolution....try post informative and useful comments instead of your insulting comments. I mean seriously....calling people "retards" on the internet. What are we 10? If thats not a clear indicator of someone with low self esteem i dont know what is.

18. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Let's just all be friends

20. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

Hey hova, try reading for once. The point was, Apple is the one saying which apps can stay and which ones kick it, and apparently all Apple accepts is pointless apps. Your right in the aspect of making an app to make a buck or two, but you didnt think before you spoke.

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