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Android apps are on the rise. They may hit 5-digit monthly gains in April.  (Source: Android Lib)

The number of paid apps (purple) is also on the rise.  (Source: Android Lib)
Google's app market is exploding with new apps

Android is booming.  It more than doubled its market share last quarter, knocking off Palm for the fourth place spot in the smartphone market.  It stands about one good quarter away from jumping Microsoft and seizing third place, nipping at the heels of second place player Apple.

Apple has long dismissed Android, stating that it simply doesn't have enough apps to compete with the iPhone.  That's quickly changing though.  In July 2009 Google's Android Market was only adding about 1,500 apps a month.  That number has steadily soared upwards and last month, it added 9,330 new apps.

Currently there are over 42,000 apps in the Android Market.  If the current pace of growth acceleration continues, Google could match Apple's current app count (around 150,000 apps) within a year or less.  Of course Apple is perpetually adding new apps as well, but many fear that the Apple market has become a bit bloated.  It's harder for new developers to get noticed on the App Store that on the Android Market, arguably.

Other factors work in Google's favor as well.  The inclusion of multi-touch and the release of a native SDK should help developers make top of the line ports or new titles for the smart phones.  And Google allows certain kinds of apps that Apple doesn't currently, such as third-party browsers.

One sign of health in the Android Market is the rising number of paid apps.  Another perpetual criticism of the platform leveled by iPhone proponents is "all the apps are free".  That's hardly true any more; today 40.4 percent of apps are paid (Google follows an identical 70-30 developer-publisher revenue split as Apple).

Android's apps also appear to be doing well overseas.  There's a ton of new apps for the EU, China, Russia, and others.

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Quality is more important than quantity.
By reader1 on 4/8/2010 10:00:42 AM , Rating: -1
There's no approval process for getting an app on Android Market. Anything submitted gets through. That's just going to lead to a flood of garbage. You can see already that Android apps are very cheap and unprofessional looking. Android Market will have to become a closed platform to increase quality and compete with Apple and Microsoft.

Apple and Microsoft will also have to start making it harder to get an app approved. Otherwise, people are going to be overwhelmed with apps. People don't want to spend hours sifting through a sea of apps. Apple and Microsoft will need to raise their developer fees to at least $1000/year to weed out the developers that aren't serious about producing quality apps.

RE: Quality is more important than quantity.
By smackababy on 4/8/2010 10:05:11 AM , Rating: 4
That is exactly what Apple and MS should do... Raise the cost of entry that no upstart or even single person can afford to get an app out. That really will push innovation...

Seriously? I mean come on. You don't really believe the garbage you write do you? I am pretty sure you're trolling us hard.

By MozeeToby on 4/8/2010 10:47:08 AM , Rating: 2
It's an easily solved problem in any case, a simple rating system pushes bad apps out of site and brings good apps to the fore. Even Dailytech's comment boards manage it reasonably well, with the GP's comment being an excellent example.

By Gio6518 on 4/8/2010 10:07:00 AM , Rating: 3
There's no approval process for getting an app on Android Market. Anything submitted gets through. That's just going to lead to a flood of garbage

oh please grow up already apple is loaded with garbage apps the only true requirement to posting an app for iphone is what percentage jobs gets

RE: Quality is more important than quantity.
By bplewis24 on 4/8/2010 10:44:24 AM , Rating: 4
It's great watching you change and adapt to the current market trends. When Android's market was bleak, your argument was that it's app store couldn't compete because it didn't have enough apps. The dissenting argument was that quality is more important than quantity, and that most of the top-notch apps from Apple's store were already on Android, so the sheer volume didn't matter.

Then your battle cry was "they're all free!" You claimed that the Android market was not friendly to developers because they could not make any money there, so they would stick with Apple. Now it appears that devs do in fact like the Android market, and business is good there.

So, now we come full circle. You are now touting quality over quantity, despite quantity being the ONLY advantage the Apple app store has at the moment. And the irony is that you claim that many of the Android apps are going to be junk because "anything" submitted gets approved (you realize that is a good fundamental concept of capitalism, right? The good Apps are the ones that will flourish, and the bad ones will...get rated down). The irony being that some of the most popular apps on the Apple marketplace are complete pieces of junk (fart apps, anyone?).

What's next, Reader1? What's next?


RE: Quality is more important than quantity.
By reader1 on 4/8/10, Rating: -1
By mrking on 4/8/2010 12:11:46 PM , Rating: 2
reader1 - I love your insightful comments so much I make sure to stop by at dailytech at least once a day of the offchance of catching one of your pearls.

By weskurtz0081 on 4/8/2010 12:22:17 PM , Rating: 3
I wonder, do you just pick the best possible numbers to support your case, post them, and then hope no one checks?

AdMob shows that 80 percent of Apple downloads are free compared to 20 percent paid, while 87 percent of Android downloads are free compared to 13 percent paid. Compare this to Distimo's numbers showing the percent of apps, and you can see an interesting scenario - the number of free apps is far less proportionate to its share of downloads.

By rocky12345 on 4/8/2010 7:26:00 PM , Rating: 1
OMG reader1 you sure like those links you keep posting lol. Dude if you like paying for everything so much go buy some apple apps already & stop bugging everyone. I myself like a selection of apps whether they are free or paid for apps I do not mind paying for what i use but I do mind that a company is so very close minded about everything it is either their way or the highway.

Well in this day in age that is not going to fly there are to many other companies out here are are more than willing to sell you something. As said by many others there is nothing wrong with an open platform look at Windows it is pretty much open & it stumps all over Apples Mac OS is every aspect that is good. Yes it is a big target for hackers but that is the price of success I guess Apple can only hope their OS ever gets that successful that people will actually go out of their way to hack it.

RE: Quality is more important than quantity.
By Gungel on 4/8/2010 11:00:12 AM , Rating: 3
Please leave it up to me to decide what app is good and what is garbage. I really don't need Apple nor Microsoft to decide for me.

By mrking on 4/8/2010 4:07:39 PM , Rating: 2
if in doubt, ask our friend reader1, he'll tell you if somethings good or not!

RE: Quality is more important than quantity.
By rocky12345 on 4/8/2010 7:17:43 PM , Rating: 2
Well put Those couple lines of words pretty much said it all +8

RE: Quality is more important than quantity.
By Gungel on 4/9/2010 8:39:13 AM , Rating: 2
Here is a quote from Steve Jobs at yesterdays iPhone OS4 presentation that says it all:

Q: Are there any plans for you to run unsigned applications, like on Android?
A: There is a porn store for Android to go to. You can download them, your kids can download them. That’s a place we don’t want to go. We’re not going to go there.

Why this self proclaimed Apple god thinks he has the right to censor his users is beyond me.

By MadMan007 on 4/11/2010 5:31:36 AM , Rating: 2
He said it very clearly - it's for the children! You know, all those spoiled ass rich brats with iPhones and their $100/month contracts. Of course, free porn is impossible to find on the internet otherwise so by keeping it off the App store Apple is keeping the children safe and moving us toward their beautifully bland and antiseptic vision of an all white and silver future!

By Iaiken on 4/8/2010 2:37:45 PM , Rating: 2
Reader... I've read enough of your posts to know that the question is not "are you spun in the head?", but rather "how spun are you?"

I have an iTouch and I've poked around the Apple app store and what you have predicted for Android is ALREADY A REALITY FOR APPLE.

Long lists of redundant applications that are simply direct rip-offs and clones of each other or existing web apps are abundant. What's more, Apple devs seem to love retarded linuxesque application names that have nothing to do with what the product actually does.

Then there are the stupidly absurd apps like "HelpMe!" that is just a speed dialer for 911... you know, the number you could have simply assigned to speed dial with the following utility?

Yeah, so much for iPhone users not being:

- lazy
- pants on head retarded
- a waste of perfectly good carbon and water

By rocky12345 on 4/8/2010 7:13:40 PM , Rating: 1
Yea & Apples approval process works so well now don't it. Apples approach is that if a app has some of the same features as their core apps on the phone they get axed. This is a company not willing to compete with others & in this day & age very wrong. They try to tell their users what they should & should not run on their hardware & if that software does not meet Apples approval it gets axed & the user has to look for something else again this is showing that Apple is acting like a monopoly by trying to tell the user how they should use their hardware. I am sorry but when i pay big bucks or something you can pretty be assured I am not going to let a company like Apple tell me how to run that hardware. I mean if I chose to want to buy a pron app Apple should not have a say how i spend my private time but somehow they think they can & no I am not saying that is what my choice of software is just an example.

The openness of the Android market is what is going to attract more & more people to it & no it does not mean all the software is going to be garbage that is a farce & wishful thinking by an Apple fanboys.

All those Apps that Apple has right now yes sure it is a high number & yes people have to browse endlessly through mass amounts of software to find what they want that is the cost of having to many apps I guess whether it is Apples App store or anyone else that have a mountain of apps.

All of these companies just have to have a better way to make it so the end user can find what they need faster. Have top rated apps listed first maybe the top 40 for each class of app this way the user can see what others are buying.

How much harder can Apple make it for an app to get approved they already block anything they think will compete with their own software. But I am sure reader1 there is no way that you or others that are apple fanboys will ever see beyond Mr jobs backside sry if the truth hurts.

By astria on 4/13/2010 9:11:20 PM , Rating: 1
the beauty of Android Market Place is that, if you are unhappy with a paid app, you can request for a refund within 24hrs of download...

for the users, they get to decide what works for them... they are the one who approves what are high quality apps... not Google...

for the developers, they better make a great app to get paid...

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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