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Android chart, 100k applications
Last Updated: March 9th, 2011

Today I put on my wizard Darth Vader math hat and decided to figure out when the Android market is going to finally reach the 100,000 mark.

"Why 100,000?" you may ask.

Apple

Well, it seemed like a nice round number, and it also happens to be the same number a small company called Apple was obsessing over in November 2009:

CUPERTINO, California—November 4, 2009—Apple® today announced that developers have created over 100,000 apps for the revolutionary App Store, the largest applications store in the world.

The iPhone App Store launched on July 11th, 2008, so putting it all together, it took Apple 481 days or about 16 months to conquer 100k.

Android

Let's take a look at Android.

On March 16, 2010, the number of apps allegedly reached 30,000. I am going to go by something more tangible - AndroLib, a well-known web tracker for Android apps. Sure, maybe there are some inconsistencies and perhaps a small number of apps is not available through the market on the phone but the beauty of Android is that if you want, you can still install them. Using any source you want.

According to AndroLib, there are currently 39,614 apps on the market.

AndroLib number of apps

AndroLib provides a nice chart of the number of applications added each month. We can see steady growth month-over-month:

AndroLib amount of new applications and games added to the Market per month

I used this data to come up with an extrapolated projection of when the total number will be hitting 100,000.

The Result

Here is the chart, based on the data points from AndroLib:

Android 100k applications

It looks like at the current pace the Android Marketplace will be hitting 100k apps right around mid-September 2010.

The Android Marketplace launched sometime in November 2008 (with only 10-13 apps, :-/, and paid app support launched a few months after that). This means it will have taken Android around 670 days or about 22 months to reach 100k apps, compared to Apple's 16 months. And since Apple started their store 4 months before Android did, they will be the overall winner to 100k by about 10 months.

This result is not entirely unexpected given iPhone's popularity and the appeal of the iPhone market in an era when nothing comparable existed.

The fact that Android came out during the time when developers were going gaga over the App Store and still became successful is vastly impressive.

Conclusion

With 100k apps around the corner and a few dozen phones, some way more powerful than the iPhone, the Android army is putting a firm grip around Apple's neck. I am willing to bet that by the end of 2010 Android handsets will outnumber iPhones, and Apple will be simply unable to keep up.

We will not even need a single iPhone killer, although such phones as the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S will give the iPhone a run for its money.

But for now get ready to welcome 60,000 more new applications by September (please don't let them all be fart machines and sound docks)!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Coldman

    I wish I could say "Take that" to all the Apple fanboys without sounding too much like a fanboy myself but Apple did get there first.

    Nevertheless, 100k is something only 1 store could achieve so far and there does not seem to be another one in sight besides Android.

    Nice analysis!

  • Jake

    Looks correct to me.

  • http://hccoftampa.com tom p

    dont get me wrong, im an adndroid fan boy for sure, but i think its like 99,000 cr-apps, and 1,000 actual different apps

    are the updates getting counted as separate apps? are the thousands of clock apps being counted as apps?

    numbers can be misleading

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Tom,

      updates are not counted as separate apps - only new individual apps are counted.

      Clock apps - sure but how is this different from the Apple market?

      I do agree about the quality of the applications - that can definitely be improved and I'm sure it will as we progress with the OS.

  • JustMeHere

    38000 different apps is the number issued by Google. Androlib carries more, cause it counts each theme for a keyboard or an application as App the way Apple Market does. So here you are comparing Apples to Apples lol.

    The Amazing point is that 60% of 50k apps are free.. that's.. 30k Applications. Meanwhile in the AppleMarket with 180K apps… only 25% are free… so roughly 40k apps If you consider that fact that only 10% of all iPhone apps have more than 1000 downloads.. that gives us 4500 useful free apps for the iPhone. On the other hand, based on Androlib statistics 46% of all Android Apps have been downloaded more than 1000 time.. so.. that means there are 13800 useful apps for Android. (over 3 times as many as for Apple).

    Or if you want the cut of for Adroid at 10000 downloads for a useful app.. we are talking about 23.7% of them so 7100, almost twice as many as the iPhone.

    Alright, to make Apple fan boys happy, and make stats “look” equal. 9.7% of all Android apps have been downloaded over 50000 times. So that means there are 2910 free useful apps for Android, compared to 4500 iPhone Apps.

    Considering the iPhone has been around for 2 more years than Android… which ever way you cut the mustard… Android has more to offer and more growth more options and definitely more free USEFUL apps.

    iPhone has 176K worthless bloat. Paying for some apps like Exhange, WIFI access point and such is worth the money. But paying for 176K of useless apps ..no way.

    From a developer stand point of view, Android has more to offer as well as more users are downloading free Apps.

    Finally.. truth be said.. at:

    http://www.androlib.com/appstatsdownloads.aspx

    it clearly states that there are only 47693 Android Applications as of 8:43AM CST April 24th, 2010.

    But please, iPhone enthusiast, clarify how many times have the 10% of useful iPhone apps been downloaded… and provide a link. Mine is there.. with Androlib.

    Then consider you can find Android with any carrier at any price with 42 Android phones out, it gives you a LOT of choice. Apple has 4 maybe 5 later this year 3 of them (first iphone, the 3g and 3GS are OLD technology compared to all except the G1.. even so, the G1 still does more than a 3GS, including google navigation, access point surfing at 2.7mb/s steady with 4 mb/s top download speed..

    http://www.speedtest.net/result/664732057.png

    Android is more cost effective with more options and choices.. unless you want to move over to the iDicatorship environment of Apple, where one man dictates what you will do with your life. There are leaders and there are followers. I for one, will not let one person run my life.

  • Keith

    I'd be more impressed if they ditch the crap and actually curated the store to make it more like Apple.

    I don't get why Android Market has to be so open. After all, on Android you can install apps from elsewhere. So not getting your app in the Market is not that big a deal.

    I would love to see them cull the 'boobs from the internet' crap. Or the 'lite' versions of games. What's the point of the lite version when Android let's you try the full app for 24 hrs.

  • jr

    MAYBE SOMEONE CAN ANS ME THIS IS THE MARKET DIFFERENT FOR EACH PHONE CAUSE THE DROID X HAS THINGS THAT INCREDIBLE DOESNT

  • Connall Daly

    Reading this in 2013 in very interesting.