updated 06:20 pm EST, Wed December 16, 2009
Android Market still short of 20K goal
Google on Wednesday acted on claims that Android had broken the 20,000 app mark with a correction. Following a third-party tracker's claims, the search firm now says that Android Market has just over 16,000 apps as of today. It also tells TechCrunch that it doesn't disclose the ratio of free to paid apps but stops short of either confirming or denying the roughly 62/38 percent bias towards free apps.
While it reveals that Android has been growing significantly more slowly than once thought, the statistic still hints at Android having seen a roughly 60 percent jump in the quantity of apps since it passed the 10,000-app milestone in September. A greater number of Android phones on the market, as well as increased interest in development for Android 1.5 and beyond, are likely contributors to any rapid increase in software.