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Android 3.0 catalog still stalled below 100 apps

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Tue March 29, 2011

Android 3 catalog stuck at 100 apps

A follow-up check by Second Gear developer Justin Williams has revealed Android 3.0's app catalog to have made little progress in the month since launch. About 14 core apps are still truly native, while a total of 50 include both the native apps as well as those phone apps with basic resizing for the larger screen. The view includes Google's featured apps and may miss some titles, but Android Market currently has no simple way to filter for tablet-optimized or tablet-only apps.

Of the current fully native titles, several like the CNN, Pulse, and USA Today apps are ports of iPad versions.

The issue underscores an ongoing issue with app support on Android 3.0 so far that reflects the hastened launch schedule. Google posted the beta SDK just a month before the Xoom shipped and the finished version two days before launch. Outside of certain developers given special access, most have had no more than two months to start and finish their first Android tablet apps.

A lack of devices has also reduced access to hardware. The second wave isn't due to start until the LG Optimus Pad reaches Japan at the end of March, and Samsung's decision to rework the Galaxy Tab 10.1 after the iPad 2's arrival will have pushed it out to June.

Apple was more deliberate with its own tablet plan and gave developers two months' lead time. It started with about 1,000 iPad-native apps already in the App Store and has about 65,000 as of the design's first-year anniversary. The more accommodating development has been key to making inroads into enterprise as well as catering to niches like music production.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    in other news....

    Android stinks.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Since when


    did OSX users care about how 'many applications' are available for the Macintosh platform. If they did, they would be using Windows!

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    RE: Since when

    Since when did iPad run on Mac OS X? The comparison is Android vs iOS.

    /

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    RE: Since when

    Since when did iPad run on Mac OS X? The comparison is Android vs iOS.

    The point is that, in the 90s, when there was like 1000 mac apps to 100,000 windows apps, mac users didn't just go "Well, I guess I need to go to windows, more apps". Nope. We all said "Yeah, but who needs 10 different word processors or 15 different mail apps".

    Now, when the Apple platform is the one with 'more apps', it's all "Ha-ha, Android has no apps, who'd want to use it!", when it isn't a question of the number of apps, but the number of categories and areas the apps cover. 50 farting apps vs. 5 still comes to "who cares, I can still get my f*** on".

    And wouldn't it be nice if, one day, Mac users could stop being so defensive and have to feel they need to completely ridicule and conquer any and all competition, rather than just live peacefully with others and their devices?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Oh

    And, according to his Steve-ness, iOS is built on OS X, so it is running OS X. Just not OS X the desktop OS.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    RE: Since when

    The connotation is that all iPad users are Mac users, thus iPad users should not ridicule Android when their Macs suffer the same fate to Windows. However, not all iPad users (nor electronista readers) are Mac users.

    So the "Apple platform" in mention is not specific to Macs, it's specific to iOS.

    /

  1. facebook_Nicolas

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Mar 2011

    0

    180'000 Android apps work fine on Tablets

    99% of all Android apps in the Google Marketplace work 100% fine on Android Honeycomb tablets, as all apps designed sign Android 1.6 Donut SDK are by default scalable to MEDIUM DENSITY screens, which means they work just fine on Tablets.

    In contrast, NONE of the iOS apps are designed to scale on medium density apps before app makers started to design specifically for the ipad.

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