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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: 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.

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