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Android Market reaches 200,000 apps

Everyone is still trying to catch up to the ever-growing flood of apps available through the iPhone’s App Store, but Google Android is certainly starting to pick up steam. According to some unofficial reports from AndroLib, Android Market is now loaded with over 200,000 of those little programs for your favorite Google-flavored devices.

It’s important to note that this figure is highly unofficial. Google itself announced reaching the 100,000 app milestone on October 25. It’s really unlikely that the app count effectively doubled in time for the holidays, but it’s possible that Google was slightly under-reporting when it made that announcement two months ago.

The great thing about Android, at least from Google’s perspective, is that the platform is picking up steam and consumers have a lot of choice when it comes to Android-powered handsets. Whether you’re rocking a T-Mobile G2, Sprint Epic 4G, or Verizon Droid X, you’re knee-deep in the Google pool. That certainly helps from a development standpoint, reaching an increasingly large audience.

No, the number of apps in Android Market is not quite as plentiful as its iOS counterpart, but you also have to reallize that both marketplaces contain a fair bit of fluff material too. Really, how many fart apps do you need?

[TNW]

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  • http://web.me.com/mart_hill Mart

    Whether there are 100,000 or 1 million apps is meaningless while Google lets any junk, spam, malware etc into the Android Marketplace.

    A month ago AppBrain posted that 45,000 of the 100,000 apps in the Android Marketplace were spam apps. A Larva Labs study found that:

    “Overall (as of June 18th, 2010), there were roughly 2,250 paid games and 13,000 paid non-game apps in the Android Market. The reason for the large number of apps vs. games is mainly due to the proliferation of spam apps, something which is much rarer in the games category. 4 games are in the 50,000-250,000 range, while 9 apps are in the 50,000-250,000 range. No paid app or game has yet exceeded 250,000 sales. Approximately 60 apps were in the 10,000-50,000 sales range, compared to approximately 45 games. It continues from there, with the vast majority of apps and games falling in to the ignominious “less than 50″ bucket.

    Overall we estimate that $6,000,000 has been paid out to developers for games, and $15,000,000 has been paid out on apps. That is a total of $21,000,000, nearly 1/50th the amount paid out to devs on iPhone.

    This really indicates how much of a cottage industry the paid Android Market remains, with insufficient sales numbers to warrant full-time labor for paid content.”

    John “DVD ” Lech Johansen, the author of DoubleTwist the popular iTunes replacement for Android has this to say about the Marketplace:
    “Google does far too little curation of the Android Market, and it shows. Unlike Apple’s App Store, the Android Market has few high quality apps…. just a few examples of what’s wrong with the Android Market. … 144 spam ringtone apps (which are clearly infringing copyright) are currently cluttering the top ranks of the Multimedia category… Developers and users are getting fed up and it’s time for Google to clean up the house.”

    -Mart

  • HoboWithoutAids

    I really like how you don’t have to get ONE type of phone to have all the aps, with the smart phones. Where as with the apple aps, you need to have the iphone (for a phone.) About the fluff material, I also find that there are way too many “lite” or “free” aps, that don’t really add anything and you just delete them after 1 use.