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Android Market Takes the Crown for Free Apps, Will Soon Be Larger Than Apple's App Store

Steven Blum

According to new data by the Dutch firm Distimo, the Android Market has replaced Apple's App store as the number one place for free apps. The Market has 134,342 free apps, which is over 10,000 more than Apple's 121,845 free apps.

According to the current rate of growth, Distimo also predicts the Android Market will eclipse the App store in total apps in the next five months. None of these stats, mind you, even take into account Amazon's app store, which was launched too late to be included in the survey but has been growing steadily.

Market projections like these are never to be completely trusted because Android's gains could either accelerate or slow down in the coming months...but they're still fun to think about.

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  • Martin Krischik Apr 29, 2011 Link

    @Steven Blum: “Android Market is growing a lot faster than Apple's right now, which means it's more popular to developers.” — But will it attract the «right kind» of developer?

    For Apple where Apps are tried and tested by Apple them self this is not such a problem as they can keep weed out of there walled garden.

    But with Android there is a real danger that (ugly) weed will suffocate the (pretty) flowers.

    So pure numbers don´t impress me.

  • Alex T.
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    Apr 28, 2011 Link

    I think another problem in this debate is the actual number of "apps" Android has. There are hundreds if not thousands of skins for launchers and popular widget replacements as well as thousands of apps that come in 'free' and 'donate' versions. The actual number of "apps" in the market is a good deal lower.

  • Steven Blum Apr 28, 2011 Link

    You're right: that the stats don't take into account the quality of the apps. 100 free crappy apps aren't as great as one fantastic app, even if it costs $.99.

    But if you focus on the growth, I think that's what makes this story interesting. Android Market is growing a lot faster than Apple's right now, which means it's more popular to developers. And popular platforms become dominant platforms, which become ubiquitous platforms, which become immovable platforms.

    Sure, that could change even in the next few weeks, but for now this is Android's to lose.

  • Martin Krischik Apr 28, 2011 Link

    First I wonder how many apps are truly free of charge.

    And then I wonder if it is good for quality if more then 50% apps are free.

    I really fail to be exited about this news.