Android Market officially hits 100,000 apps

By on October 25, 2010, 2:53 PM
Nearly two years since it formally opened for business, the Android Market has hit the 100,000 apps mark, passing a significant milestone for Google's Android mobile operating system. The search giant made the announcement via a simple message on its Android Developer Twitter account: "One hundred thousand apps in Android Market." It's worth noting that this is the official number: third party services that offer unofficial estimates such as AndroLib claim there are 150,000 apps available in the market, but that's inaccurate.

Google is still well behind Apple when it comes to mobile applications, partly due to the fact that Apple launched its app store first in July 2008 while Google arrived on the scene in October 2008. Apple's app store reached 100,000 apps in November 2009 and now iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad owners have access to over 300,000 iOS apps, at last count. Nevertheless, Android is growing rapidly and continues to solidify its role as the Apple alternative for both developers and consumers.

Last night, before Google made the formal announcement today, The New York Times posted a story noting the milestone and pointing out some of the challenges that remain for Android developers. The article outlined two problems in particular: differences between the hundreds of Android devices on the market as well as payment issues with Google Checkout.





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poertner_1274 poertner_1274, secroF laicepS topShceT, said:

Sometimes I wish that BlackBerry App World would come out with more apps. Just a greater variety is all I would be interested in. And being tied to a BB for work, I can't get an Android or iPhone.

co1rpal1 said:

100,000s of apps......but only a handful that are actually useful. I'm sorry but the actual number of apps really doesn't impress me as the functions and quality of them do.

kevin1212 said:

Wonder how many symbian apps are out there, since that os was around for so long.

hamitaltintop22 said:

Its a start but really far behind apple's app store. I only use/need a handful of apps anyway on my android phone, most commonly Papijump (a time waster).

RebelFlag said:

I just switched from a blackberry to an android phone. I find the android phone to be much more usefull bot at work and away from work. The only issue I have is that at work we are tied to Nextel, and the only android phone is the I1. The slow network speeds are a killer unless you have wi-fi available, and the version of android, 1.5 needs to be updated.

kaonis92 said:

Quality is important, not quantity! The apple store has 300000 and among them only 1000-2000 are useful and not just repeating the same thing.

princeton princeton said:

kaonis92 said:

Quality is important, not quantity! The apple store has 300000 and among them only 1000-2000 are useful and not just repeating the same thing.

I completely agree. Apple allows all sorts of useless apps but when it comes to things like a bittorrent app or something that they don't like in the slightest then they deny it.

Does anyone know the android policy? Do apps have to go through a huge approval process like the apple store?

Alster37 Alster37 said:

I doubt it as most of the apps I have downloaded don't actually start.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

co1rpal1 said:

100,000s of apps......but only a handful that are actually useful. I'm sorry but the actual number of apps really doesn't impress me as the functions and quality of them do.

EXACTLY! I came from iPhone 3G, as I am HIGHLY satisfied with the Android system on the Samsung Captivate, I am somewhat disappointed in the quality and selection of apps, but seems like a good market to get into to make some money... maybe I should learn how to make apps for the andriod system.

ryan29121 said:

I wonder how much of these apps are completely useless. I know there are a lot of dumb apple apps out there. Either way you look at it, still a large selection.

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

100,000 apps and only like 50 that are worth anything. i have searched for hours on end looking for decent apps only finding a few im sorry but i for one do not see this as anything impressive.

Zecias said:

i think that the main reason the iphone is so popular is because they have so many good apps.

Jetatt23 said:

100,000 apps doesn't really mean much. Given the loose requirements to get an app on android, a lot of it is just junk with very limited functionality or soft-core porn. Doing a search through the market by rating gives the same few apps that have been there for months.

rizalp said:

kaonis92 said:

Quality is important, not quantity! The apple store has 300000 and among them only 1000-2000 are useful and not just repeating the same thing.

And the fact that we only need a handful of useful app on our phone, and we have to choose them from 300000 app doesn't make any sense

ViNCiLiCiouS said:

kaonis92 said:

Quality is important, not quantity! The apple store has 300000 and among them only 1000-2000 are useful and not just repeating the same thing.

You are right, but there are some other things you need to consider. A large app store needs either:

1) a small number of extremely hard working developers

2) a large number of developers whom are less hard working than group 1.

or

somewhere in between

The fact that the iOS App Store is so full of... apps is that evidently many people think making fart apps is both a quality use of both theirs and their users' time.

It also reveals much about the moderator (in this example, Apple), which as another commentor noted, would rather approve lifeless duplicates of poor-concept apps than to approve something controversially useful.

Faller said:

I need Android to come out on a ruggedized phone. It would be so helpful.

jazboy said:

Going to android Os phone is definitely plus now. I have iPhone currently but definitely my next phone is going to be Android. I see lot of free application out there for which you have to pay in iPhone.

argoxp said:

I'm an Andrior user , and many of the apps are useless or just different version of the same app. DonĀ't get me wrong , there are MANY useful , but not anywhere near 100,000.

pTk said:

Android user here and as cool as it is to say that there are now 100,000 apps only 1% of them are actually useful

vangrat said:

This makes me happy as I would really like to pick up the Galaxy Tab in the near future.

And to pTk, 90% of all interweb stats are made up on the spot!

TechDisciple said:

Are you kidding me? The only thing that attracts apple fan boys is the "i" brand "i"phone, "i"pad "i" tunes... ect

VitaminC said:

Is there any reason, other than work, to get a blackberry anymore? The apps aren't very fun to use, rarely useful, and no where near as plentiful than iOS and Droid. My BB tour is long in the tooth compared to the current crop. atleast i know i'll end up with some good app choices when i switch.

Apothesis said:

I just converted from Apple as well and I won't look back. Android just seems to fit me better. I like how much more customizable Android is and the app selection is not bad. It is currently not as good as Apples app store but I seem to find something new and useful every day. NY Times just posted an article about the Android Marketplace about how more devlopers are taking notice of the platform. I thought was kinda interesting. [link]

kearnsy24 said:

It starts with 100,000 apps and will end up with the world getting taken over. Google will control the world in 20 years from now... you heard it here first.

elroacho72 said:

I have at least 10,000 of those apps on my phone(Backflip).

motrin said:

kearnsy24 said:

It starts with 100,000 apps and will end up with the world getting taken over. Google will control the world in 20 years from now... you heard it here first.

i'd rather Google than skynet!

TechDisciple said:

Am not surprise. As my fellow techspot members have mention only a handful are useful.

cyrusjumpjet cyrusjumpjet said:

... and Blackberry just passed the 300 mark, with a grand total of 5 useful apps.

OS 6 better knock my socks off or I'm switching to iPhandroid. :p

treeski treeski said:

... and there are now 902 apps available for WP7

But I'm def. glad Android has a growing catalog of apps. I wonder what % are free vs paid, as compared to iphone apps.

Jibberish18 said:

Now I shortly had an HTC Desire so I was able to experience the Android Marketplace for a bit and I wonder this; what do they consider an application? For example, when searching for the ADW Launcher, you have to scroll through PAGES of ADW Launcher Icons and Themes. Are all of those Icons and Themes considered Apps? Sounds ridiculous but you never know.

highlander84 said:

I think the world is becoming to dependent on their phones. I mean what did people do before their phones? I see them as an electronic leash. if you have a cellphone you can never have privacy. That is exactly why I don't have one.

xcelofjkl said:

rizalp said:

kaonis92 said:

Quality is important, not quantity! The apple store has 300000 and among them only 1000-2000 are useful and not just repeating the same thing.

And the fact that we only need a handful of useful app on our phone, and we have to choose them from 300000 app doesn't make any sense

very true. I have iphone myself and browsing through even just hundreds of apps is a daunting task. They should make a list and categorize each app to allow the user to select the app that he or she needs. Sometimes those apps are that useful.

ashaman1 said:

I am so glad that the android market has finally hit this milestone, it at least gives me one more comparison in my futile attempts to convince the apple loving sheep that the iphone is not the only viable smart phone in town.

On the other hand though, I wish there was some better vetting process for android apps than having to rely on user ratings and android blogs to determine if an app is worthwhile and more importantly that the source of the app is trustworthy enough that I don't have to be constantly wondering if the next app I download is going to hijack my phone and send all my private contact and usage data to some hacker somewhere.

uttaradhaka said:

To me, this competition of who can get more apps to the market is quite unimportant. A typical user will only use so many apps is his phone and that is going to be enough.

The quality of the apps matter, not the quantity. And also, there are many apps in the android market such as Tasker that can do a lot of things within one app. So, 100,000 should be more than enough!!!!

fritz123 said:

i think the android is a great alternative to the iphone. i personally prefer android phones. but i think android wont be catching up anytime soon since apple had a head start and all.

theres great deal of potential in android phones but apple has more users. the number of apps doesnt really mean anything since most of them are useless to most users. dont get me wrong, some of them are really useful but it think people wont go through all that stuff.

in the near future i hope that androids will get much more developed and be able to surpass the iphone.

citac said:

lol Kearnsy24, im going to be cursing your name in 20 years from now ahaha but this is a great marketing number for Android now, 100,000 apps on so many different brands of phones, compared to lock me up iphones, this should really help start selling alot more handsets in countries like australia where Android is unknown to the general public.

hassaan said:

I would say that out of the 100,000 apps on android, ehhh, probably about 1,000 good ones. Apple has a far better ratio than Android market. Feel free to disagree.

freythman freythman said:

vitaminc said:

Is there any reason, other than work, to get a blackberry anymore? The apps aren't very fun to use, rarely useful, and no where near as plentiful than iOS and Droid. My BB tour is long in the tooth compared to the current crop. atleast i know i'll end up with some good app choices when i switch.

No. Not even really for work, anymore,either; my Android phone plays nice with my office Exchange server.

Brodieeee said:

This i like to hear! I've not got an iphone, BB or Android.

But my next phone is most likely to be using Android so bring on the apps!!!

Zoner1501 Zoner1501 said:

Hopefully Microsoft won't be as closed minded as Apple when it comes to their marketplace

frodough said:

100,000 apps probably includes ~50,000 porn apps, ~15,000 game apps, ~10,000 sound bites apps, ~5,000 jig saw puzzle apps, rest are apps that people actually browse through, and ~150-175 that i would consider useful (of which 47 made it to my phone)

Jibberish18 said:

I think the world is becoming to dependent on their phones. I mean what did people do before their phones? I see them as an electronic leash. if you have a cellphone you can never have privacy. That is exactly why I don't have one.

The same could be said of the world wide web.........which you are currently using. =O

SStriker said:

Great - All I need now is a DROID....

kazarm said:

IĀ'm definitely going to get an android phone. The prices just have to come a little bit down.

XnaX said:

Happy to see this, as I like to see Apple get beaten over and over.. So soon, I'll laugh at them for this too (:

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