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Distimo: Android Market could eclipse App Store in 5 months

updated 07:00 pm EDT, Wed April 27, 2011

Distimo sees Android app count past iOS in 2011

Android Market is growing quickly enough that it could have a larger app count than the iOS App Store in five months, Distimo estimated in its April update. Researchers believed Google's store had swelled 16 percent in March to hit 206,143 active apps where Apple's shop, though larger, had grown just six percent to 333,214 active titles. The gap could close to 40,000 apps by the end of June and close entirely by July.

Android already had more free apps, at 134,342 versus 121,845, Distimo said.

Few explanations were given for the changeover apart from developers no longer being single-platform. About 58 percent of the top fifty developers writing just for the iPad were already writing for at least one non-Apple mobile OS. Android's position at 37 percent of US smartphone share likely also played a part by encouraging support for a now larger platform. The proportion of paid apps was far lower on Android, however, suggesting fewer were making money directly from their apps.

RIM was engineering its own small coup, as BlackBerry App World was likely to be larger than Nokia's Ovi Store by late May.

The predictions were potentially called into question by official figures from both Apple and Google. The App Store officially passed 350,000 active apps months earlier and, based on companion checks by 148Apps, should have over 373,300 apps active as of this writing. Google has also remained conspicuously silent on Android's app count after the 120,000 figure and may have significantly less than Distimo's estimate without any follow-up figures.

Distimo also acknowledged that growth rates could change from month to month and that the rate wasn't necessarily steady.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wasn't too long ago...

    When Stevie opened his cake-hole and said this:

    Oh Android will catch the App Store alright. Steamroller style.

    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Revenue count, please

    Let's compare net income from the store.

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  1. facebook_Clarence

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Apr 2011



    So when the app store is ahead, Apple fanbois argue they have more "apps". When they no longer have that argument, they will try revenue. Then once that's no longer true, it'll be LOL we got a white iPhone.


    - Sent from my Android device.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What's the problem with that?

    There have always been tons more software for the Windows platform than for OSX.

    Until Apple's application store came about the iBoys were actually happy about this, and the relative freedom of viruses as well.

    So I want to ask here why is it so important to the iOS user to be on the largest band wagon, that does not necesarily make it the best, does it?

  1. VinitaBoy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Is That The Measure?

    So is the number of available apps the measure of a platform's excellence and reliability? In that case, Windows is definitely superior to Linux and OS X. And McDonald's makes the best hamburger on earth. And Toyota is a better car maker than Ferrari. And "American Idol" is the best TV show in the world. And soccer kicks the c*** out of baseball and (American) football. And Justin Bieber is a better singer than Aretha Franklin. And Jose Cuervo makes a better tequila than Petron. And . . . and . . . and . . .

    I'll take iOS and its app count ANY day over the derivative (not to mention STOLEN) OS that is Android. Eric Schmidt and his "do no evil" crew are all yours, wrenchy/facebook_Clarence. You deserve each other. (By the by, welcome to all the malware that is attendant upon the 'Droid OS. According to today's press it's even worse than that for Windoze PC's! Happy days for you all 'round!)

  1. c. haynes

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Piles of What?

    It's amazing the stuff you can pile up and get really big piles and then you're better 'cause you have a bigger pile...

  1. c. haynes

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Piles of What?

    It's amazing the stuff you can pile up and get really big piles and then you're better 'cause you have a bigger pile... If all you're about is making piles.

    Oh yeah... hemorrrrrroid!

  1. Stogieman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    5 months?

    I'm surprised they haven't eclipsed the App Store already. You know with the huge spike of malware being released for Android.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'd say the relative number of paid apps is a better measure, and anything that can take the tens of thousands of shovelware items like screen backgrounds and icon sets out of the figure will give us a better picture of the relative amount of actually appealing software that users care about.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My thoughts exactly VinitaBoy!

    Why you get plusses and I minusses?

    Besides, Android users will most likely see no difference in performance to iPhone's since all the computer cycles the iOS tracking consumes will be used by up by must have anti-virus and anti- malware apps!

    PS. Can't say Android is stolen, maybe falsely defined as open thou.

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