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Mar
android ios app race

If your Apple fanboy friends (surely you have at least one somewhere) like to taunt you with the old "iOS has more apps than Android" spiel, then you may not have to grudgingly agree with them for much longer. Business Insider published data this week that shows the Android Market's number of apps continuing to rapidly approach the amount of apps in Apple's marketplace. While the Market's trailing of the App Store by 100,000 applications would not, at a casual glance, appear to be encouraging, the rate of growth is clearly in Android's favor. In October that same gap was 185,000. BI actually expected Android to have caught up by now, but they still see that happening within the next few months.

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Another chart from the same source shows some not so encouraging news for Google's OS stacking up next to Apple's. Among potential tablet buyers surveyed in February, a ridiculously high 82% say some version of the iPad is the one they are targeting. The XOOM falls way behind at 4% with the Galaxy Tab at 3%. The pricing of the Android tabs surely can't be helping there, not to mention the fact that the iPad had a year's head start on the new XOOM in the eyes of the public. Still, it does show that Apple is likely to continue dominating the tablet market in the short term.

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Source: Business Insider [1] [2]

Will Shanklin
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  • http://mindmirror007.blogspot.com alchemist007

    Guys, I am shocked to see this post on AP! The survey was conducted in February where for the most part more than half of the world didn't even know what Xoom is! And the comparison is for iPad and not iPad 2(not that it makes any difference) plus business insider is an Apple troll site! I really used to like AP over any other Android blog sites and now losing interest in this site with these negative blogs that are only good for sensationalizing the ideas that are not even facts!

  • http://mindmirror007.blogspot.com/p/home.html alchemist007

    PLEASE do some damn research before copy-pasting negative information about Android ecosystem on a pro-Android site!

  • Dan

    The title of this article implies that there would be numbers on the tablet app stores. Not just tablet sales.

  • Álmos

    The first real Android tablet was released 2.5 WEEKS ago! Give it some damn time...

  • ari-free

    Android will really take off once it is built into every new TV, including Vizio.
    Sorry Apple but we have a few tricks that you can't use.

  • http://www.humidorsandmore.com J Kane

    Android tablets are really in their infancy still. With time these apps will take off too.

  • Chris

    What is this obsession with how many apps there are for Apple vs Android?

    It's supposed to be about quality not quantity. I'd rather there be 10,000 amazing apps than 100,000 mediocre ones.