mobile app store, the Android
, has grown significantly since its inception. According to unofficial
numbers from specialist portal AndroLib, the Android
Market now has over 18,000 apps. Perhaps just as interesting is the fact that 61%
of the apps are free.
While initial reports from AndroLib
suggested that Google had surpassed the 20,000 app milestone, a company
spokesperson later set the record straight and deflated the numbers. According
to the spokesperson,
"there are currently more than 16,000 free and
paid apps in Android Market."
Even though the Android Market has enjoyed respectable
growth, it's still far behind Apple's App Store
currently has over 100,000 applications available for the iPhone and iPod
Touch. In all fairness, the Android Market is a few months younger than the App
Store, but both stores are slightly over one year old.
A portion of the growth of the Android Market seems to coincide
with phone releases. Over the past year, AndroLib has tracked the rate at which
applications were added to the Market. According to AndroLib's statistics, the
peak activity came in November and corresponded with the launch of the Motorola
. Considering an
increasing number of Android devices are expected in 2010, there's a strong
likelihood the growth of the Android Market will continue at a respectable pace.