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Google Boasts 700K Apps In Google Play, Nearly Matching Apple’s iTunes Offering

Big week for Google, having launched their new Nexus lineup, signing deals with WMG, and now, the company has announced that there are about 700,000 applications available for Android devices. My has that number grown over the last two years. Last week, Apple proclaimed that iTunes houses more than 700K apps, but Google now rests right behind them. With the launch of these new developer/unlocked devices, they could give developers the push they need to start writing up those apps and pushing them to Android.

For anyone that has been on Android for quite a while, 700K is a pretty incredible number. Google Play has evolved into an amazingly bright star as of late and hopefully, it’s going to continue to grow and have even better offerings. Next stop – Angry Birds Star Wars.

Via: Business Week

  • KRS_Won

    Yes… another Play store sale??

    • Brendan Mendonca

      it’s gonna happen, just watch

  • jer85008

    OK, so that means there is about 699,990 phone apps and 10 tablet apps?
    Yeah, I know Android apps “scale up” to different screen sizes/resolutions.
    Sounds great in practice, but my personal experience has been that it rarely works that well. There is a huge difference for what works on a phone you use with one hand and a tablet held in landscape mode by two. What the devs need to do is include unique UI directions for tablets, I assume this can be done with the same APP and separate apps for phones/tables are not necessary. Thoughts?

  • Droid Burgundy
  • Eric S.

    You know, someone mentioned this in a review of Android vs iOS 6: it is a very significant feature that Google has rolled all their content offerings into one store. Apple still has different stores for music, book, magazines, etc. I have been pretty impressed with not only the amount of content available on Google Play but also by how it is quickly becoming the central focus for Android users.

  • No matter what number of apps or how close behind. Android apps can always do more then ios apps. Never leaving Google….

  • TylerChappell

    Does anyone know how many tablet apps there are for Android? I thought I had heard it was somewhere in the number of 25,000-50,000, I could be way off though, but I just dont know and can’t remember where I read it? Also for comparison purposes, the Amazon App Store has a bit over 50,000 apps total, with the Microsoft Store having over 120,000.

    • Brendan Mendonca

      involving amazon will lead to confusion in counting, as they deal with both sides of the coin, but it would be foolish to just ignore them

  • trixnkix637

    Time for another 25 cent app sale

  • unfortunately the quality just isn’t quite there yet

  • I can’t wait to really take advantage of my TF700’s brilliant screen with some new tablet apps. It can only get better, right?

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Thankfully, YES, it can and it will. 🙂

  • How do the app stores compare when you weed out all the useless apps? Seriously, how many fart soundboards do we really need in this world?

    • summit1986

      No matter how many fart sounds there are, it’s never enough. 😛

    • EvanTheGamer

      Zero. None. Squat. The world would be a better place if there was none.

    • All I really want to be totally happy with my Android tablet is a Visio application. It doesn’t have to edit the files (that would be nice though), it just has to be able to view a native Visio file. That’s all I need. Otherwise my tablet is wonderful and I have all the fart-free apps that I could want.

    • Droid Burgundy

      noted sir. Perhaps there should be an article on the quantity/quality of iOS vs Android fart boards

  • El Big CHRIS

    Every time I browse the play store I see the same apps. How do you even find anything new of worth (not games) through all of that?

  • sr_erick

    The thing is, iOS folks are still going to piss and moan about the lack of “tablet apps”. They just don’t understand that Android apps are fluid and scale to fit the screen and the majority of them are usable and look just fine on tablets unlike their iOS counterparts. There are definitely aspects to some apps specific to Android tablets that can be improved upon, but it is nowhere near as bad as they tout.

    • I second that. I had an iPad for about four months and the user experience was horrid. Any non-tablet app either took up an iPhone sized section of the screen or was pixelated as hell when blown up to tablet size. I honestly can’t tell when I load a phone app on my Android tablet. It may not be optimized for the bigger screen, but at least it doesn’t look like it was designed for an 8-bit NES.

    • Stevedub40

      Totally agree. If you go to other sites that is the number 1 argument for these iDiots; they are always bringing up “tablet apps.” They’ve ran out of excuses so they are falling back to the old “more apps” card, which looks like that is failing now. I don’t mind people using iOS, but don’t come around here and act like your tablet was the same one Moses used when he was given the 10 commandments.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        I wish people would stop using such derogatory terms for people who simply like another device. Can we just drop the idiot, isheep, iwhateverelseyoucanthinkof comments and let them enjoy their devices?

        It takes more willpower to just let something go rather than to act like a fool and spout off names.

        • Azn_Android

          Thank you! A voice of reason in the comments section!

        • I believe the term is not really used simply for people who prefer another device, but rather prefer another device blindly and will make uninformed bashing comments about the devices we hold so dear. I’ve seen really relatively few ways in which iOS and it’s related devices are objectively better than Android.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Who cares, it still makes people look like fools for getting into flame wars and calling each other iDiots or whatever lame name you choose. Heck, if you check these boards you RARELY ever see Apple people on here bashing Android. Now if you check the Macrumors forum, you find the opposite.

            Look like fools if you want, you don’t HAVE to reply to those types of people.

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    • Jarred Sutherland

      The problem with this concept is though that the app has not been designed with the much larger screen in mind. Take for instance the new Nexus 10, with its high resolution. I don’t want an app written for a screen that is much much smaller for a device like this. I want to make use of the new feature of the device, its awesome screen. While it is nice the apps will scale, you can always tell if one was written for a phone or a tablet.

      I agree it is nowhere near as bad as the Apple guys love to shout about, but it does need some work. I am really hoping the Nexus line of tablets gets developers excited for Android tablets.

    • DroidDoesnt_2

      Apparently its not only iOS folks pissing and moaning about the lack of “tablet apps”: http://www.informationweek.com/software/enterprise-applications/google-seeks-better-android-tablet-apps/240008751

  • Captain_Doug

    The race to 1 million apps…

    • hopefully they have a $0.01 app sale when they get there!

      • Captain_Doug

        That’d be so cool. I’d buy 100 apps!

        • Brendan Mendonca

          android would do that in a heartbeat, while Apple would think and then come out with the idea, but only to rival android

    • Android has a higher growth rate so they should reach that number faster than iOS.

      • Captain_Doug

        I agree. I think that with the N7 and N10, there will be a lot more tablet compatible apps as well. Those 2 tablets are solid.

        • The Nexus 10 is on paper one of the most beautiful tablets I have seen both on the outside as well as on the inside! I am honestly going to have trouble deciding what tablet I want to buy this holiday season, the Nexus 10 looks amazing and its only $399 however it has a few things missing such as a keyboard dock (there will probably be wireless ones but I like the way the Transformer series of tablets use a dock that offers more than just a keyboard, ie trackpad, USB, more battery, etc). Not to mention it lacks a mSD support which is quite a bummer considering the display is so gorgeous (a full 1080p movie is over 2GB and 16GB of onboard storage will go fast!). I can’t wait to see the reviews of the Nexus 10 and see how it performs in the real world and then hopefully it will be easier to decide between the Transformer Infinity and the NExus 10!

          • Captain_Doug

            I’m not really into the 10″ tablet thing. I think an 8″ tablet would be ideal and might be just fine with a 7″. 32GB N7 with 3G? Good enough.

          • Its really subject to what YOU need. In my case the 10″ tablet is the best because I am a huge consumer of media (videos, music and even ebooks). I would also like to find an app that would allow me to use my tablet as an extra display for my MacBook Pro (it would make research projects, video editing and gaming a thousand times easier, no more swiping between windows!). The Nexus 7 IMO was geared towards the eReader world and while it does have a magnificent display the size just doesn’t work for me.

  • Too bad they’re not all tablet optimized.

    • Azn_Android

      Neither are the 750k apps in iOS. But I do wish that more app developers adopted Google’s UI design because a lot of apps really are ugly on android :/

      • Jarred Sutherland

        I wish I could upvote that ugly comment even more. Yes, some of the UI’s look like they were designed by Helen Keller.