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.