Android Market Going Strong
"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, which 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 DROID. 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.