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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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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.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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