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Android Market About to Hit 100,000 Apps

Look at that growth.  The Android Market is booming and we’re all a part of it.  Sure, many of the applications flooding in are not of the highest quality, but at least developers are starting to choose good over evil.  We also have this sweet new App Inventor to play with which could either be the greatest thing to happen to Android or the absolute worst.  We’re going with option 1!

And the numbers by month…

At some point those numbers have to start leveling off right?  Do we want them to?  This would probably make a great poll, but I’m curious to know everyone’s thoughts on the Android Market in general.  Satisfied with it?

Source:  Androlib
Via:  AndroidSpin

  • New.Chaos

    If you have an iPhone already, you'd know. I have both an iPhone and a Nexus One. Android Market really blows goats for half price.

  • Junk

    Might be so, but less than 1% of them are quality apps… sorry devs, but I am serious!

  • http://twitter.com/deitiphobia Jonathan Morales

    Overall I'm very happy with app store. When I bought my Droid it was at 20,000 apps. Now about 6 months later it's at 100,000 app. I don't long for apps anymore since now pretty much anything you can think of is in the app store now. The only app that I'm still waiting for is CNN app. They need to show some love to Android. Other than that I can't think of anything else I'm waiting to come over from iPhone app store.

    • New.Chaos

      If you have an iPhone already, you'd know. I have both an iPhone and a Nexus One. Android Market really blows goats for half price.

  • JP

    Has there been a new app to increase font size on email for non rooted phones yet????

  • Hogasswildmc

    I understand there is a desire to compete with Apple and however many apps they have, but I prefer quality over quantity. It's nice to say you have 1 million apps, but how much of it is really useful and how much of it is crap. We also need a better way to find the apps we want because the market sucks in that department.

  • Drew

    Dang. The rate of growth is ridiculous. Now with the app inventor, I could see the monthly creation doubling in august. I could easily see the market hitting 200k in september or early october.

  • http://twitter.com/nicholasbgr Nicholas

    I'm starting to think Google needs to have some control over what gets published on the Market. I get very sad seeing all those soundboard, sex wallpapers and crappy ringtones apps. No wonder they're hitting 100,000 and I don't think they should be proud of that.

  • Ruel24

    Android app market is still limited. There are still a lot of great apps that are available for the iPhone but not for Android. It's not the quantity, it's the quality.

    • Drew

      Can we get some examples? Now that we have the app inventor there could be some people out there that would love to tackle some of the missing apps you speak of.

      • Ruel24

        I'm not going to take the time to find them all… geez But I'll give you an example: iShred Live

        http://www.frontierdesign.com/iShredLIVE/

        A $30 cord and you've got a pocket practice amp for practicing on your electric guitar.

        • Ruel24

          Forgot to add, since your iPhone is also an iPod, you can play any tune from your collection and jam along. Very nice and innovative app for iPhone.

  • Ah0096

    It seems to me that android has more apps that are actually useful in every day life. I could be wrong as I don't have an android device (yet). I do have an ipod touch, and frankly if you look to the iphone strictly for games, then you should just get a touch…or a Nintendo DS haha. One thing is for sure, Android is taking off, and people are tired of At&t and their antics. So as more carriers get better android devices, the developers will come, and so will the quality apps.

  • Lifesavin

    A lot of the apps need help. Sure there may be 100,000 apps, but out of those how many are actually useful, work properly?

  • John

    Off the subject, I just tried the Kangerade Rom V5.0.9 and can not get out of it? Tried downloading several others and it gets stuck at the Motorola splash….have to pull battery then just boots back into kangerade…..Can anyone help? THANKS! jlj7783@yahoo.com

  • Bettadaze

    until the market gets an good overhaul as mentioned by other posters, even the quality apps are getting lost in the mess that it is right now.
    more developers is nice and all, but still find it a bit frustrating navigating through it all. 2.2 updates are ok, update all works fine, but can't say it has made my market browsing anymore enjoyable.

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    app brain does a decent job of sorting “hot apps” unlike the market. As long as people can sift thru the garbage in search of great apps, then I am all for it, especially since this community does a great job of alerting others to android goodies!

  • Annoynimous

    I actually bought something on android market, it is, the inevitable.

  • Bonez

    Is there a way to auto update apps on root like stock will have

    • EC8CH

      Just install a Froyo ROM. That should get you the option to allow auto update.

      • Bonez

        I have the frf57 is that not the same thing

        • EC8CH

          Should be…
          In the market, hit menu, then choose downloads.

          If you select one of the apps you have installed there should be an option right on top that says “allow automatic updating”.

          Don't you get that option?

          • Bonez

            Found it thanks I would have never known it was there.

          • EC8CH

            Glad I could help, nice to know some of my comments actually help someone :)

  • EggoEspada

    We need better games and a more polished look to the Android Market…
    Thats it really, Android Marketplace has tons of great useful applications. Just needs a larger selection of games and ones with great graphics at that.
    Thats one thing I do like about iOS, is their awesome games.

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    a better facebook app for the love of god/allah/buddha/or whatever u worship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      +1000.
      You could not be more right…

    • EC8CH

      Erick Tseng should help take care of that for you…

  • eddieonofre

    Need bettee ui. And better wayo of sorting ( rating, new, more downoadds, etc)

  • Albu Claudiu

    thank you kellex but not that one.

    Its the “human” eye.
    look here .
    http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2
    thanks

  • Brian

    The quality of the applications needs to increase as well as a means to find them. I am to the point where I don't bother looking because there is so much junk, which hurts the quality apps and deters programmers from producing quality apps. Statistics on the number of times downloaded would be nice. But I must say, I buy and sell iPad's and every now and then play around with them and the quality of the applications are so much better, in general. It’s kind of like most Android developers are putting their toes in the water but not jumping in 100%. Maybe because of the big push for so many free apps on Android too, I don't know.

    • Droidzilla

      Which apps are these to which you're referring? I keep hearing this, but I have yet to see an app on iphone/ipad that “blows me away” compared to the apps on Android (the good ones; crappy apps are admittedly crappy).

      It's like the UI argument. So many people say how great the UI is for iphone, and I just don't see it. Different? Sure. Pretty? Not so much. If I wanted a bunch of apps vomited on the screen for my UI, I'd just do everything from my app drawer (oh, and I'd get rid of the 3D app drawer, too). I can see how the iphone UI has some nice “polish” with little animations and such (like the turning motion from portrait to landscape mode), but I don't care for it personally.

      So where are the iOS apps that blow all Android apps out of the water? All I've seen are apps with a nice animation that some people prefer (I prefer simply apps with a spartan, slick looking interface). I'm not saying they don't exist, I just have yet to personally come across them.

      • NuclearFluxx

        Chuck Norris Can believe it's not butter! Agreed the U.I. sucks the big one and no sorting categories?

  • max

    The Android Market is a mess! Searching for apps is horrible with only like 7 categories. I hate to say it but some kind of quality bar needs to be set. Even the best Android apps aren't as good as mediocre iPhone apps in terms of the user experience. I can't tell you how many times my mother asks for my help with her Droid applications. Please, devs, work on your UIs. Make beautiful apps that we can be proud of.

    Maybe Google or somebody can make a GUI framework or something? I have very little knowledge about Android development and the limitations of Java in terms of GUIs but there has got to be a way to make prettier apps.

    • Droidzilla

      Which apps are these to which you're referring? I keep hearing this, but I have yet to see an app on iphone/ipad that “blows me away” compared to the apps on Android (the good ones; crappy apps are admittedly crappy).

      It's like the UI argument. So many people say how great the UI is for iphone, and I just don't see it. Different? Sure. Pretty? Not so much. If I wanted a bunch of apps vomited on the screen for my UI, I'd just do everything from my app drawer (oh, and I'd get rid of the 3D app drawer, too). I can see how the iphone UI has some nice “polish” with little animations and such (like the turning motion from portrait to landscape mode), but I don't care for it personally.

      So where are the iOS apps that blow all Android apps out of the water? All I've seen are apps with a nice animation that some people prefer (I prefer simply apps with a spartan, slick looking interface). I'm not saying they don't exist, I just have yet to personally come across them.

      • max

        I'm not up on the lastest and greatest iPhone apps so forgive me for my limited examples.
        Games like Tilt-to-Live and Rolando on the iPhone have no equivalent on the Android afaik. It also seems like a bunch of Android games are a poor man's clone of great iPhone games (ex: Topple).

        The widgets+app drawer is infinitely more useful than the iPhone app tome. Really a nice innovation there on Google's part.

    • http://monsterlizard.com Aaron

      I think the problem is that the GUI of Android apps are created in XML and there is not (at least that I can find) a good GUI designer. Good app developers usually are not good UI designers. If there was some kind of GUI design tool it would be much easier to find a UI person to help make the interface. That is at least my experience with Android development.

  • dzitran

    Freakin awesome. Droid's marketing campaign should really say an infinite amount of apps on the market because it keeps on growing!!!

  • Michael_NM

    100,000 apps is cool, but 1,000 cool apps would be better. Any chance for Droid-Life readers top 25 app list, maybe a poll?

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      That would be sweet…

    • MuddyB00ts

      +1 This is a great idea, I'm always on the look out for excellent apps. But I think the poll should be broken up into some categories maybe.

      • Michael_NM

        I like that idea. Maybe a weekly poll on different categories. Developers could even get some street credit by winning Droid-Life's readers pick. Just think: “Voted Top Sexy Asian App by Droid-Life” :P

  • Droidzilla

    I think the Android Market (and off-market apps) already is plenty competitive with the iOS App Store. I have yet to see an app on iphone that doesn't have its equivalent on Android, and I have quite a few apps that make the iphone users at least a little green with envy (Google Sky Maps, anyone?).

    What this booming Android market will do is silence the people who say, “iPhone is obviously better for apps as they have [x] and Android only has [y].” I never understood that as an argument; quantity doesn't equal quality (not that there aren't quality apps in the App Store; it's just silly to say the App Store must be better because it has more apps).

  • http://www.facebook.com/RoyR80 Roy Rader

    Unfortunatly (as previously mentioned) 20% is “sexy asian…” :-/

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      Amen to that….and theyre totally overpriced! 1000 Yen for that garbage! I might pay 500, but NOT a 1000!!! lol

    • kellex

      Hah so sad but so true.

  • Albu Claudiu

    where can i find the picture with the eye please ?
    http://www.engadget.com/photos/motorola-droid-x
    thank you

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica Marchand

    now how many of these apps are actually useful and work properly.. now thats the real question! but overall i gotta say i like to see the growth.. there are some good apps and im sure better ones are to come :)

  • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

    Android Market could use some help. We really need a desktop version…
    Also, an easier way to see changelogs for updates…
    Just a better UI in general I think would be good :-P

    Just my opinion though…
    I know if the apps from the App Creator or whatever actually go public, then GOD HELP US ALL! lol

    • mkregs

      I agree… It would be nice if there were better sort options and categorizing.

      A lot of apps to choose from is great…especially if those apps are quality and actually serve a valid purpose. I don't put a lot of stock in the 100k mark as that is not a reflection of the quality of apps available in the market. There are some great apps out there, but for every great app, you have to sort through 8 crap apps.

      It would be cool if you could filter your search results in the market based on user ratings and # of downloads. For instance, if you only wanted to see apps related to “contacts widget” and have been downloaded over 5k times and have a user rating of 3 stars or better, then the cream would rise to the top when the search results are displayed. Of course we would still want to have the “Just In” tab so we could find potential gems that have just been released.

      Oh, and assign a category to all of the porn and “pretty girl” apps the market is getting flooded with. Pretty girls are awesome, but geez.

    • Mrpicolas

      They have an app market for desktop slated for this yr sometime I believe

      • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

        Excellent. That means someone read my nasty email! lol :-P

        • http://techdeft.myopenid.com/ TechDeft

          Or my pleasant one. :)

    • kulz

      the UI definitely needs some revamping.
      filters/categories…hate scrolling down and down and down through junk….
      BETTER GAMES~!!!!!!!! android has great games but needs to step up and make better games…
      and let me beat a dead horse even more… FACEBOOK~!!!! WTF~!!!! >:O

    • StephanC

      Mr.Tato,
      I have heard that AppInventor does generate an APK. I don't know if this APK can be uploaded to Android Market but I would imagine there wouldn't be anything to stop it. I know I am going to begin work on a new Twitter client when I am given access to AppInventor (I already have a name for it and everything), but I can see where AppInventor could be mis-used by a couple of idiotic fifth graders. Hopefully, Google will finally begin to control and regulate some of the content that is published to Android Market.

    • mkregs

      Tim,
      Unrelated…but, did you see that Sapphire has 0.8.4 out? Just curious if you, or anyone else, has it loaded up yet. If so, opinions/commentary pls :)

      • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

        Yes sir. I havent ran it yet…but I'm sure it's quite good.
        It even has themes :-P

    • Ace Z.

      There I found you Tim…lol. Bro I need help the new Sapphire ROM was just released on ROM Manager I just need to know what the hell is market hack. Thanks dude!

    • Spencer

      That's what Android 3.0 is all about, ui. I can't wait for android to finally get all polished up!

  • misscarmen

    it be nice to see some apps that are on the iphone on android but it does okay with what it has

  • ajavgeek

    Just wait to see growth :)