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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 akugami on 4/8/2010 11:31:32 AM , Rating: 4
Quantity vs. Quality.

Oh how ironic it is. The very same arguments against the Mac, that it lacked quantity is being used against Android.

The very same arguments for the Mac, that it had quality software that covered all the major bases, is being used for Android.

This is not a pro or anti Apple post. It's just an observation about how some of the arguments have come full circle. As for personal opinion, I've always felt that the Mac had enough software to cover pretty much what the average computer user needed. I think Android has hit this as well or pretty close to hitting it.

RE: Obsession
By inighthawki on 4/8/2010 11:59:38 AM , Rating: 5
There's a difference between quantity and redundancy. On the iphone platform, the apps are redundant, you have 5000 fart apps and 100 calculators, etc. On other platforms such as PC vs MAC, yes PC has a higher quantity, but due to its very nature, there is a larger variety of apps available.

The iphone by design has very limited functions which means by having more apps, you are likely to have more redundancy. On a mac, however, the limited quantity of apps is just a sheer limitation, as opposed to a quality over quantity argument.

RE: Obsession
By akugami on 4/8/2010 9:11:41 PM , Rating: 2
Your post sidesteps the issue because while what you say is true, there is still a much higher variety of apps on the iPhone than on Android currently. While there are limitations on the software for the iPhone, which sucks greatly, there is still a pretty wide variety of apps.

Keep in mind I'm not arguing in favor of a closed system. I actually think part of the Mac's failure was its closed nature.

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