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Android to hit 100,000 apps in July

updated 12:25 pm EDT, Sun July 11, 2010

Android app library catching up fast to iPhone

Android Market is about to hit a milestone symbolic of Google closing the gap with Apple, raw stats indicate. At the current rate, the Android store should reach 100,000 total apps before the end of July, and as of now is already over 90,000. The rate of growth is now high enough that AndroLib estimates over 15,000 apps were added in June alone.

The figure isn't official and hasn't been confirmed by Google. Formal calculations of app counts have usually been conservative and attached to other launches.

The increases have sometimes been timed with the releases of new Android phones; the first major spike began around the launch of the Droid in November of last year, and the most recent increased rate began roughly in April or May, around the unveiling of the Droid Incredible. Google's decision to hand out free HTC Evo 4G phones to every developer at its Google I/O conference in May may have helped fuel more effort, although that only touches on a few thousand developers, some of whom were already been committed to Android.

Its expansion if accurate puts Android Market much closer to the iPhone's App Store in sheer quantity. Apple's last official count puts it at 225,000 apps, but its growth rate may now well be significantly slower. Android Market was at just 50,000 apps as of April and suggests a sudden influx of interest that didn't exist before. Concerns exist that Android focuses too heavily on free apps and that far fewer paid or professional level apps, but the rush suggests a newfound interest in development that may include developers that would otherwise have been iOS-only. Key companies like Amazon and Sling Media have in recent months begun porting apps that had previously only been available on other platforms. [via AndroidGuys]





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  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010

    +9

    And 20% act like malware

    That would mean 20,000 Android apps can expose your private data. Or worse: http://bit.ly/adHhvt

    Maybe it's time Google showed they actually care about quality, eh? TIme for a more careful review, just to weed out the spyware. Oh, and all you fandroids out there - be sure to check your phone bills for expensive international calls made without your knowledge.

  1. George3

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    +3

    flood

    And then came the virus' and malware apps associated with no one monitoring the apps.

  1. dliup

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    +4

    and...

    20% are spywares
    50% are emulators

  1. Tofino

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    -2

    I want to know...

    How many of them are f*** apps? That's the only true measure in app store success!

  1. @okli

    Banned

    Joined: Apr 2010

    +2

    @FANDROIDS

    if Apple would review Apps like Google
    it would pass 1Mio Apps long time ago !!!
    AndroLib is also known to massively exaggerate those numbers... DUDES

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +4

    Just like the App Store has been hit by

    those developers who recently put up all those bogus apps, I'm guessing that the Android Market also has been hit by those type of apps. Only with Android Market, there's nobody to remove them. For the non-tech consumer, I think that downloading apps from Android Market could be a dangerous c***-shoot since you'd never know exactly what you're getting if none of the apps are being monitored or vetted.

  1. Darchmare

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    -5

    Emulators...

    > 50% are emulators

    This probably has something to do with actually _allowing_ people to download emulators (imagine that).

    > For the non-tech consumer, I think that downloading apps from Android Market could be a
    > dangerous c***-shoot since you'd never know exactly what you're getting if none of the apps
    > are being monitored or vetted.

    You mean like the wild west that is the Mac software market, which has posed such a risk to non-tech consumers for decades now?

    ...

    You guys are funny. Seriously.

  1. nat

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    Joined: Mar 2002

    +2

    oh darchy

    "You mean like the wild west that is the Mac software market, which has posed such a risk to non-tech consumers for decades now?"

    you care to elaborate on that or we're supposed to go with you being able to type it out correctly as an explanation?

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -2

    Re: oh darchy

    you care to elaborate on that or we're supposed to go with you being able to type it out correctly as an explanation?


    Sorry, nat. He probably didn't realize you haven't done much thinking of late.

    You see, before the iPhone there was this operating system call OS X. It ran only on computers made by Apple (back when they were a computer company). Supposedly, the iPhone OS (or iOS as it later bacame known) was based on OS X, so much so that developers would claim it was easy to share code-bases between the two platforms.

    Now, and here's the odd thing. While Apple goes about protecting it's iPhone users from all that malware, spyware, and trojans that could end up on the iPhone and infect so many users, they actually never had such protections with OS X, even though it had a larger user base and had been around for a longer period of time.

    And, even though Apple never protected its users from all the malware, spyware, and trojans on OS X, it turned out that OS X users were not inundated with malware, spyware, and trojans. So much so that if any company claimed there was such a thing, they'd get ridiculed as just trying to sell users some software to protect them from the non-existent.

    So, even without Apple's protection from the nefarious, it seems the OS still can keep them safe.

    Unless you're one of those "Well, no one writes such things for OS X because the market is too small" thinkers.

  1. testudo

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    Re: And 20% act like malware


    That would mean 20,000 Android apps can expose your private data. Or worse:


    Nothing like a little FUD spread around, huh. It's all in the phrasing.

    20,000 apps do NOT act like malware. In fact, I believe they said they found maybe 50. 2 of which Google actually pulled from their site.

    What the article said was that those 20,000 apps had privilege levels that would let them access some of your data.

    But guess what? How many iPhone apps have privileges to access some of your data? Is your address book really secure from any app without your personal authorization? How about your browser history? Your passwords? Your call log? Your photos?

    And how would you know if any apps could access those? At least Android is open, so security experts can actually see what all those applications are capable of doing. With the iPhone, you have no clue what's going on underneath.

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