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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 11:37:42 AM , Rating: -1
That's true, which is why Apple will have to make it harder for an app to get approved. A tiered system would be a good idea. Premium developers should be required to pay a $10,000/year fee.

Apple's App Store has revolutionized software development. But, as with all innovations, it has problems. It's far too easy to get an app approved.

RE: Obsession
By steven975 on 4/8/2010 12:10:52 PM , Rating: 3
I would say the "flight to one dollar" nature of the App Store has soured many developers.

RE: Obsession
By Abrahmm on 4/8/2010 12:26:50 PM , Rating: 5
Yep, the way Apple stole the Linux package system, slapped a price tag and a dictator on it has really revolutionized the entire world.

$10,000 a year? Most developers don't even make half that! Actually, I agree with you. Apple should charge developers $10,000 a year. Then we can all get some popcorn and watch the largest developer exodus in the history of software as they all jump ship from the iPhad to the Android future.

RE: Obsession
By acase on 4/8/2010 12:46:02 PM , Rating: 3
ooo first time I've seen "iPhad". I like it!

RE: Obsession
By themaster08 on 4/8/2010 2:14:16 PM , Rating: 4
Finally managed to connect your iPad to your router then, reader1?

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