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Infographic Compares Major Smartphone App Stores

I guess it’s not even all that fair to call them smartphone app stores anymore, since tons of people are using the iPad and other tablet devices to download apps too. Whatever the case, this handy infographic culls together some interesting data from the six biggest mobile app stores out there right now. Not surprisingly, the Apple App Store is still very much on top in just about every measurable regard.

You want to talk total number of apps? There’s just no comparison since iOS is rocking approximately 225,000 apps (and counting); the next closest is Android Market with “just” 70,000 apps. What’s interesting is that the number of apps (and the number of downloads) isn’t directly correlated with number of devices.

In the first quarter of 2010, RIM sold 10.5 million BlackBerry devices while Apple sold 8.4 million iPhones. However, BlackBerry App World doesn’t even break the 3,000 app mark. There just aren’t enough people developing for the platform when compared to the iOS platform and this is largely because Apple users just seem more valuable: in 2009, Apple brought in 99.4% of total app revenue ($2.4 billion). These numbers have likely shifted since then, but that’s still quite telling of the demographic. This is despite a $99/year developer fee for Apple compared to a one-time $25 fee for Android.

Interestingly enough, the infographic does not include the Ovi Store for Symbian devices. This is curious, considering the sheer number of Symbian users around the world (even if Nokia’s market share is shrinking). Take some of the data with a grain of salt (since it’s not all completely up to date), but the infographic is still a fascinating thing to peruse.




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  1. This is outdated. According to wikipedia, android got 150k apps officially but estimated 320k apps, not 70k

  2. It’s exactly the same with Symbian (despite this ‘review’ not even including it!). Symbian apps have been around for a LONG time, and are freely available via other sources than just the Ovi store

  3. Why write an article in April of 2011 and use stats and figures from first quarter of 2010? You wrote an article that was out of date the moment you typed it. This is the mobile industry, Michael. Things change rapidly from quarter to quarter. Not trying to be snarky, just frustrated that I read through this “recent” entry (which I found using a google search) only to get halfway through it and see that its using very old stats on the markets.

    • Hi Jason, This is data that is not readily available, so we can only report on it when it becomes available to us. We will report on the latest information available to us, and this is what was available now. It’s obvious the numbers are not current,Thanks for reading.

  4. Also, to add to my previous comment (awaiting moderation). When I say there are 22,000+ apps for BlackBerry, that’s only in App World. As you may or may not know, you can distribute BlackBerry apps anywhere you want. There are far more apps when you include apps that aren’t in app world, which also include enterprise apps.

    I think we need to look at these numbers a more critically as it seems OnlineSchools didn’t do much research. Sort of ironic considering they’re an institution promoting education.

  5. Hmmm, as said – Ovi store is a major omission from this piece of research!

    Also, you can’t just go on total number of apps. It’s worthwhile looking at the OS the apps run on. Of course Apple will have the biggest share, as they ship their phones with a locked-down basic OS, which means unlike Symbian (and to a lesser extent Android) iOS owners HAVE to download lots of apps to actually end up with a properly functional device. Symbian and Android owners don’t have anywhere near this necessity for 3rd party apps to do some of the most basic phone functionalities!

  6. I wish someone would do a more thorough comparison of the content available from apps stores. For example, how many of those apps are actually useful? Filtering out all the fart apps, etc., would probably change the numbers quite a bit. Also, how about the endless number of clones (Bibles, flashlights, etc.). Having 10,000 of the same exact app hardly speaks to diversity.

    • I’m totally with you on this, but there really isn’t much of a way to do that. Some devs will argue that their flashlight app is better than the other guys for one reason or another.

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