Google Android Hits 100K Apps

With growing demand of the wireless networks and geeky technical specifications, the applications available for Smartphone have become a major product differentiator. Due to this reason, the news that Google’s Android platform hit 100k apps on Monday sent shivers to the tech world and dozens of blogs weighing in.

According to CNNMoney, Apple has been the acknowledged leader in apps and its store offers three times as many mobile applications than Google’s Android market. It is estimated that Apple Store offers over 280k apps.

Google's Android Market now has 100,000 apps available for purchase, still less than Apple's 280,000.

According to the blog GigaOm, “This certainly put Android Market on a firm growth pace. Apple’s App Store is still ahead by a big margin. The Apple App Store opened July 10, 2008 and achieved the landmark of 100k apps in just 482 days while Android Market started on October, 2008 and took almost 733 days to achieve this landmark. No doubt, Apple is far ahead with a remarkable amount of momentum and it is tough for its rivals to catch up to it.

Untouched by the viewpoint of GigaOm, Computerworld gives five reasons that Android is sure to outrun Apple as the leader in mobile applications. One such reason is that the people who create apps are now taking interest in Android apps and another solid reason given by Computerworld is, “Apple not only censor apps but it also sets some harsh rules about what sort of development tools a developer should use to build apps. Android doesn’t favor any such rules.”

PCWorld holds the same concept as that of GigaOm. It also presents the same justification that is presented by GigaOm that Android Market is a littler slower in bringing their apps to market than its counterpart. Also Android doesn’t have any monetary rewards for those selling them, but Apple do offer to some of its developers.

The competition is not just limited to these two. There are of course other mobile operating systems. For instance, Blackberry holds the market for Smartphone in the United States and not to forget about the Nokia who is the acknowledged worldwide leader.

Well, in United States Google and Apple certainly has a brisk competition. Of course the battle is between who offers the coolest, smarter and most forward thinking Smartphone in the market. Here, we cannot leave the importance of apps out of the topic. They have their own role to play in this battle.

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2 Responses to "Google Android Hits 100K Apps"

  1. Usman says:

    Android is growing way faster and will catch Apple very soon.

  2. Apple is far ahead of other to be caught.

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