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Android Market tops 400,000 apps, catches Apple in pace

updated 08:25 am EST, Wed January 4, 2012

Android Market accelerates in just five months

Unofficial Distimo tracking has shown Android Market already at over 400,000 active apps. The figure comes just four months after it reached 300,000 in August. Nearly 100,000 publishers are in the store, each of which posts about 4.1 apps on average.

The rate of growth was catching up to Apple's, Distimo found. Apple got to 200,000 apps much faster, at 22 months to 31, but it only took the four months between April and August this year for Google to make 300,000, twice as quick as Apple's eight. The iOS App Store took seven months more to get to 400,000.

Apple is still ahead in absolute app count, at over 500,000 officially and believed in 148Apps metrics to be over 543,000 as of Wednesday.

Android still faced a mounting problem with a hesitance to pay for content, Distimo showed. The ratio of free apps to paid only increased in 2011, from 60 percent being free in April to 68 percent by the end of the year. The use of "freemium" apps that lean on in-app purchases was credited with the spike, although Apple's store is still more successful in this area in getting about six times the revenue across both freemium and purely paid apps.

Developers like Angry Birds' Rovio Mobile or Cut the Rope's ZeptoLab have often explained choosing the freemium model on Android as a reaction both to that reluctance to pay as well as to rampant piracy. Other developers, such as Epic Games and id Software, stay out of Android altogether due to both the piracy and the splintered development environment.

by MacNN Staff



  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Does that number...

    includes malware downloading in the background?

  1. canonsucks

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ...yes, it does...

    it includes malware downloaded on jailbroken iPhones!

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    >>> Apple got to 200,000 apps much faster, at 22 months to 31, but it only took the four months between April and August this year for Google to make 300,000, twice as quick as Apple's eight.

    So at this pace, which will only accelerate from this point on, how long until The Android Market passes the appstore in total applications?? Inquiring minds want to know...

    Stevie-boi would be getting all hot and bothered if he heard this.


  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The end of Apple and the iPhone

    is near, as the Droidtards would put it. Android is winning by the sheer number of, well, everything. More activations, more apps, more variety, more vendors, more carriers, more numbers than one can even count. It's true that Apple's iPhone makes more revenue for Apple than all the Android vendors combined, but that doesn't seem to matter to Wall Street, pundits and critics. I guess Apple will just have to be content with crying all the way to the bank as their financial fortress is overrun by cheap, low-quality Android devices. Yes, Android is winning... something.

  1. Jubeikiwagami

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thats huge

    400 apps and $12 dollars in return for developers!

  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969


    gotta love numbers

    ...And "f***" apps now only account for 60% of the total. We're making progress!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: gotta love numbers

    Oh, and the only reason the appstore isn't filled with f*** apps is because Apple finally banned them (though they sold a ton, now didn't they!).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    rampant malware

    Gotta love the MacNN and fanboy FUD machine. You'd think reading the comments here that you couldn't find an android phone without 6 pieces of malware on it and every other app out there is ready to steal your identity or something.

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