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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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RE: Obsession
By reader1 on 4/8/2010 10:43:05 AM , Rating: -1
I agree there are too many of the same thing, and too many are apps the have very little functionality.

The Web has the same problem. The Web can only grow into a bigger mess because it's an open platform. Content overload will make the Web unusable. (That's why I've said all along that search engines have no future.)

RE: Obsession
By Gungel on 4/8/2010 11:04:59 AM , Rating: 1
You're thought process is very much communistic. communism has failed and so will closed platforms like the app store. The only reason the Internet has become what it is today is because its open.

RE: Obsession
By reader1 on 4/8/10, Rating: -1
RE: Obsession
By steven975 on 4/8/2010 12:15:29 PM , Rating: 3
Quality thrives in an open environment. People are free to use what they want. There will be lots of junk, but the best will come to the top.

It does not thrive when one man has an egomaniacal desire to control said environment. This is how you get crippled devices, and how the best apps are not allowed into the marketplace.

Some like to write their own apps and use them on their own devices without getting someone's approval first.

RE: Obsession
By MadMan007 on 4/11/2010 5:21:03 AM , Rating: 1
There's no such thing as high-quality Web content.

You took the words out of my mouth, right as I was reading your post even!

RE: Obsession
By HighWing on 4/11/2010 12:00:55 PM , Rating: 1
The Wikipedia is a shining example of how openness fails. It's an open source of information that is synonymous with unreliability, which defeats the whole purpose.

Obviously you don't understand the point of an Encyclopedia, which is what Wikipedia is. The "point" of an encyclopedia is to give you just enough information to understand a certain subject, it is, and never was supposed to be the "only" source you use. Just like when writing any kind of paper, you never use just "one" source. Therefor the reliability of the article is a moot point as it is the "reader's" job to then verify the facts through the listed/other sources. At the very least it's meant to be the starting point for your research, never the end point. Even Wikipedia admits that much.

As far as the openness is concerned, there are many people out there who would consider Wikipedia a success based on the sheer number of articles it contains over any other encyclopedia out there. It is true things do get defaced/vandalized, but the "openness" of it has been proved a success as often times the changes are caught and changed within a reasonable about of time. And often it is much faster then any bug fix from apple I might add.

RE: Obsession
By Gungel on 4/8/2010 11:06:47 AM , Rating: 2
Your thought process is very much communistic. communism has failed and so will closed platforms like the app store. The only reason the Internet has become what it is today is because its open.

RE: Obsession
By Gungel on 4/8/2010 11:09:57 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry for the double post. I pressed Post Comment to quick.

RE: Obsession
By Camikazi on 4/8/2010 11:32:36 AM , Rating: 1
Wait, what? Web will grow bigger, lots of content and because of that search engines (which let you find certain info in LARGE amounts of info) have no future? Pretty sure the web getting larger will just make search engines more useful and not less.

RE: Obsession
By themaster08 on 4/11/2010 2:25:14 AM , Rating: 2
But by his own logic, the App store will grow bigger and also become even more of a mess. What are they going to do? Start removing apps that are similar to one another? That would just give devs even more reason to switch to another platform.

The App store will fold under its own weight.

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