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Google’s Android Market Hits The 400K Apps Milestone

Over the course of this long holiday season, the Android Market reached 400,000+ applications.  A mighty impressive number considering its lifespan is that of only 3 years.  Thanks to Distimo, there has been plenty of research into the growth of the Android Market and they have made a wonderful chart tracking the rate at which the Market has grown over the last year.  According to their research, a huge factor in the Market’s growth and success, is the large amount of free applications which reaches a whopping 68%.  That is a lot of  free apps. 

The year 2011 has been fantastic for the Market, reaching 200k apps in April and 300k  just four months later in August, before topping out at 400k in December.  As the number of applications published grows, so has the amount of publishers in general, reaching 100,000 in total with an average of 4.1 apps published per publisher. But, you and I as consumers know that not all of these 400k apps are going to be awesome and I am sure that a good-size amount of these apps are Asian wallpaper apps, or anti-virus junk apps.  All joking aside, I think it’s safe to say that Android continues to blow away expectations.  And with the growing number of excellent app developers heading towards Android, the future is looking bigger and brighter than ever.

Via: Distimo

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ROL5DDKUQ5K4U5ZXKXDQ2DY2KY Fatima

    That is a great amount, how many of them are useful is another part needs to be surveyed.

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  • http://www.saholic.com/ Tarita Kulkani

    Android with its 4lacks apps is the rulers in the mobile world http://india-mobilewatch.blogspot.com/2012/01/google-android-market-hits-400000-apps.html

  • Arap

    They should be required to put an on/off option
    on every App!

  • Anonymous

    I actually too the trouble to check how many fart apps so I searched the term “fart” and it only returned 1641 results. So HA!!

  • Anonymous

    this is great news. This is a true sign that Android is going to be the defacto mobile platform for years to come.

    Yes, the App Store has tons also, but the trend has Android on a huge uptick. Cheers Android!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739332592 Joe Bertolino

    awesome but sadly quantity doesn’t always equal quality

  • Anonymous

    and yet I still keep my iDevice….

    Really wish we had Infinity Blade 1 and 2 and Street Fighter IV mostly….and Metal Gear Solid Touch. 

    400,000 apps is alot….but 379,458 of them are fart apps…..

    • http://twitter.com/darkzero7 Anthony

      I disagree with your assessment. There are hundreds and thousands of really great quality apps. But the true cream of the crop of mobile app development either stays exlusively on iOS or gets ported to Android. While android has some truley great and exclusive apps, iOS definitely has more of them.

  • Michael Forte

    I don’t think quantity is as important as quality. I think I’d rather have 100,000 useful apps than 400,000 that are full of fart apps, etc.

    • PC_Tool

      I can’t even imagine having 100,000 apps.  I like my current 18 apps.  I think I’ll stick with those.  :p

      • Anonymous

        Lol I have over 50 paid apps and on my nexus I have about 40+ installed but on my Xoom I am over 150 apps just from the market not including apps from the amazon market and dl’s from the browser… giveit some time you will get a few more than 18

        • PC_Tool

          Doubt it.  2 years and counting.  I don’t keep apps on my phone that I don’t regularly use…too much of a hassle.

          I’ve downloaded, installed, and used a fair bit more than 18, but those that don’t get a decent amount of use from me get uninstalled pretty quickly.

          Regardless, the main point, in a joking, round-about way, was that it really doesn’t matter how  many apps any store has…so long as the ones *you* want are there.  ;)

          • Raven

            To each their own I guess, that is the beauty of Android, but it still blows me away when I see comments like this from people into Android enough to be on this site.  Only 18 apps?  I currently have 544 user apps according to TiB.  Too much of a hassle?  I don’t get it.  If you only use it once a week, a month, even a year, why uninstall it?  Unless it has a persistent background process (which I do loathe and remove if it is not essential) why remove it?  I have a relatively old Droid 2 and still have 4 of 8 GB free so plenty of room to grow yet.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, they can talk all they want about 4Milion apps but if the majority is crap then i’d take quality over quantity.  I know its hard to see every single on but if there was someway to quantify the useful apps that would be nice..

    • Anonymous

      App Store has lots of fart apps too though :p

      1100 as of last May in fact.
      http://techland.time.com/2011/05/24/apple-has-approved-500000-mobile-apps-1123-fart-apps/

      • Anonymous

        thanks. about 60 other people made that same comment before you.

        • Anonymous

          True, but I referenced an exact quantity of them.

          But thanks for reading my comments

      • Anonymous

        that article also states the App Store has half a “billion”(yes billion with a B) apps….when the headline states 500,000. 

        He has Apple math. 

        • Anonymous

          that’s a lot of methane

    • Anonymous

      Thats going to be the case no matter what market. Virtual or physical.

    • http://www.saholic.com/ Tarita Kulkani

      Quantity is indeed not important but it is note that Android is giving you quality as well. The quality of apps and easiness of the users to use multiple app is really awesome….love you android.
      Android with its 4lacks apps is the rulers in the mobile world http://india-mobilewatch.blogspot.com/2012/01/google-android-market-hits-400000-apps.html

    • Loki

      it seems 3out of 4 apps is garbage, so bad that people won’t even download to try. and most of the best apps are for people who know how to root phones and mod them out, which unfortunately i don’t yet know how. Is there a rooting for dummies book i can get

  • Anonymous

    “And with the growing number of excellent app developers heading towards Android, the future is looking bigger and brighter than ever.”

    Is this really true? All I ever read is that developers hate developing apps for Android and are sticking to iOs.

    • PC_Tool

      “All I ever read is that developers hate developing apps for Android and are sticking to iOs.”

      Ah…but is *that* really true?  ;)

      • Anonymous

        I hope not, but it does seem to be the prevalent theme in articles I read regarding app development.

        • Anonymous

          It is true because of this, the ugly truth pointed out in the article.  “”A huge factor in the Market’s growth and success, is the large amount of free applications which reaches a whopping 68%.  That is a lot of  free apps.”””

          Comparably to iOS App Store, the Android Market makes ‘no’ money. Yes people make money, some quite a bit, but in comparing platforms it’s not close. This is going to a problem going forward as you have  a huge userbase many times the the competition and generates a fraction of the revenue. Numbers are nice, but business and revenue talk.

          (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/12/ios-revenues-vs-android/)

          • Anonymous

            that is of course, unless Google makes some changes to AdMob – which after all, is their forte.

    • EC8CH

      Well if that chart is accurate even though they complain about it they are still there developing…

      kinda reminds me of something else that’s always complaining but always hanging around :-P

      • Anonymous

        That chart is useless. As others have pointed out, a large number of those apps are completely assinine, so to use that chart as a basis for meaningful data would be wrong.

        • Anonymous

          Kind of reminds me of something else that’s useless but still always hanging around.

    • Anonymous

      iOS development is no walk in the park, particularly in the enterprise. First of all, you need a Mac. Lots of IT depts in large companies despise Macs because of cost, dev support, IT and hardware support, etc. Then you need to pay $100/year if you’re an individual, $300 for a corporate license up to 100 users, so on and so forth. The whole BYOD phenomenon going on right now is more smoke and mirrors then anything else. Not to mention Objective-C is an awful and super restrictive language (not surprising).

      Despite the fear mongering iOS fanboys cry about with security concerns over malware in the Android marketplace, Android is a hell of a lot easier to develop for. Java is the most (if not 2nd most) popular programming language on the planet, eclipse is free, and Android has tons of dev support – even from Google themselves. Plus it’s cheaper to publish apps ($25, unless you want Amazon). But at least there are choices with Android.

      Trust me, I write apps for both platforms for my company. I wrote iOS apps for my last dept before switching to a Java shop. Android is easier.

      • Anonymous

        It’s actually a reason I feel WinPhone7 can easily take off – it will (or is) be the easiest mobile platform to develop for.

      • Anonymous

        I absolutely hate dealing with enterprise issues with iOS.  It’s the number one licensing problem we deal with on our products.  The users want iOS apps, but their employers don’t want to manage that mess.  Not to mention that it’s increasingly growing into a huge pain to comply with Apple’s license while delivering the product to enterprise users with ease. 

  • Kiter86

    and fart apps