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Android Market offerings remain dwarfed by App Store

updated 08:15 pm EST, Thu January 22, 2009

Android offers few apps

Although the Android Market has been open for just three months, the number of available apps still remains dwarfed by the plethora of titles offered by the App Store. iPhone owners can now choose from over 15,000 apps, a number that has leaped upward from 10,000 listings in December, while Google has yet to reach the 1,000 mark. Apple clearly has an advantage, starting the race an entire year earlier and distributing over 15 million handsets.

The Android platform still has an opportunity to establish itself, although it will have to compete against RIM and Palm in the fight to become the dominant underdog in the realm of handset apps.

Developers could be waiting until they can charge for apps before jumping into the Android Market, although Google appears ready to allow the option sometime in the near future. The adoption of Android by additional device manufacturers could also provide a competitive edge. Samsung is set to launch an Android-based phone sometime this spring. [Via Silicon Alley Insider]



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  1. Guest

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    devs could be waiting

    for more phones to actually be sold as well...

  1. mmaitlen

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    Apple also...

    Apple also had been selling the iPhone many months (was it over a year??) before it opened the platform to 3rd party development and deployment of applications to the market. The G1 has only been out for about 3 months. I also agree that businesses who are looking for an actual business model (a revenue stream) are waiting for the ability to charge for their applications on the Android Market.

  1. SkateNY

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    Spare me

    Apple's app store had about 1,000 apps available after three days, and that was long before anyone even considered such a resource as a viable way to attract developers and bring in customers.

    Android developers, if it is such a great platform, should have been developing applications in the several months before Android was actually released.

  1. Gee4orce

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    No

    Android developers aren't waiting until they can make money before releasing apps - they are making money NOW by developing iPhone apps instead. With an installed base of 17M iPhones who knows how many iPod Touches, Android has got a heck of a lot of catching up to do

  1. Guest

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    in other news

    Yeah, thanks for stating the obvious. Its not news, its eletronista!

    This is akin to saying, "Hey did you know that GM offers more models of car than Telsa Motors?"

    Might be time to hire some writers instead of laying them off.

  1. Guest

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    in other news

    Yeah, thanks for stating the obvious. Its not news, its eletronista!

    This is akin to saying, "Hey did you know that GM offers more models of car than Tesla Motors?"

    Might be time to hire some writers instead of laying them off.

  1. Guest

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    OH NOS!

    I better run right out and get one then. If androids app store doesn't have a fazillion offerings more than a platform thats been out for a year, it must be un-viable.

    I better run and get an iPhone, you guys were right! Thanks for saving me from the very un-cool open source platform. Its so nice and cozy being locked down.

    Thx fan boys.

  1. Guest

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    Flash Support?

    so you guys are so smart with your iPhones right...

    So where's Flash?

    yeahhh, good luck with that.

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