Report: Apple has over 1 million apps in the U.S. app store

Report: Apple has over 1 million apps in the U.S. app store
Back in October, we told you that globally, Apple had over 1 million apps in the App Store. Now, we can tell you that the U.S. App Store alone has hit the 1 million app mark. This is based on a tweet from AppsFire, an apps discovery platform that helps developers find an audience for their apps. Of the million apps available in the U.S.App Store, 473,000 are optimized for the Apple iPad.

Even though Android dominates the global smartphone market, it seems that developers continue to pick the App Store as the first destination for their apps. Even Google's own Capture app, which allows users to record a video and send it to YouTube, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter all with one click, was lauched for iOS nearly a year ago. Despite talk that the app would eventually come to Android, so far it hasn't.

Two years ago, it was easy to see why developers favored iOS. For every $1.00 spent on apps in the App Store, only 24 cents was spent at the Google Play Store. Last year, it was computed that 1 million apps had been approved for the App Store, although not all of them had been listed at that time. Now, counting the apps that are actually on the shelves of the U.S. App Store, the number is over 1 million. It is no surprise that since 2008, more than 60 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store. And developers have received $13 billion in payouts, which is surely another reason why code jockeys seem to write first for iOS.

source: @appsfire via RedmondPie

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30 Comments

13. JMartin22

Posts: 2429; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I love Android phones for their hardware and the fact that I think the OS is superior in terms of functionality WITH simplicity; however, the Google Play store is simply not up to par. Many of those 1m+ Apps are just wallpapers, launchers, other ROM toolboxes and other things you would tweak and personalize your device from the inside, as well as these cheesy malware apps disguised in the form of video game "guides". The game catalog is still absolutely inferior to what iOS offers. If Google can work more deals with gaming companies and give them an incentive to develop for Android in the same timely matter as iOS; then they would truly hold absolute superiority. The app-ecosystem is the last great challenge for Google.

15. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

If there's malware in the Play Store why haven't you reported it so it can be taken down? There's a ton of apps in the play store and in my time with Android I've downloaded about 250 apps lifetime. Right now, I have about 40 apps installed on my Nexus 5 not including the pre-installed stuff. Although I don't do much gaming on my Android devices (I need a bigger screen and a controller) I think all the top games are there in the Play Store. Besides, the only game I see people playing is Candy Crush and that's available in the play store.

7. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Android hit one million on July 24th. What's the big news here? Apple is in second place again! No surprise there. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Androids-Google-Play-beats-App-Store-with-over-1-million-apps-now-officially-largest_id45680

9. Sauce unregistered

Android has over 1,000,000 in the US? Honestly a true question. Just confused haha. Interested in comparing the two since this is for US only. I wonder what the total is all together for Apple, since it has the UK and two other major app store countries. Anyway, cheers to both operating systems app stores for supplying us with a rich and plentiful bounty of apps.

11. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

that is because apple rejects a lot of apps...otherwise they would have reached 1 million apps last year itself...they focus on quality and security ...i think google should do the same thing

14. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

What apps in the Play Store have quality and security issues?

20. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

there are many apps that don't work properly, there are apps that are fake...(like the fake bbm apps), some apps have more ads than useful content, some apps are designed with apple in their mind (facebook redesigned their app to match the ios 7 design lang, i don't know why we got that design on android) there are very few apps that look good and make use of the tablets' bigger screens ...and its a known fact that google doesn't make enough effort to remove the malicious, insecure apps and games in the play store... these problems don't exist in the app store now you know what i am talking about, i love android but that's the truth i think that focusing on the apps/games quality and security should be the next goal of google because even bb, jolla are relying on google for the apps and games

12. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Quality > quantity

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You will be defeated by Windows Phone few years later, Apple.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol sorry but Apple is here to stay.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

In a few years, xperia will be old enough to take the written part of the drivers exam, then he'll start to better understand mobile business. +1 Smurf

25. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I lol'd.

2. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

Over half million are flas light apps

16. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

iOS 7 killed the flashlight app. :-)

1. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yikes, over 1 million apps and I only have 61 installed on my phone.

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Seriously.. What does the WP store have like

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