Google, RIM, and Nokia beat Apple's App Store growth

By on January 10, 2011, 2:59 PM
In 2010, Google's Android Market, Research In Motion's BlackBerry App World, and Nokia's Ovi Store added apps faster than Apple's App Store, according to the latest report from research company Distimo. Apple grew the most in 2010 in terms of the absolute number of applications in the US, but the runners-up showed more growth in terms of percentage points.

The Apple App Store for iPhone doubled its total during the past year to almost 300,000 applications (excluding the iPad store), while the total number of applications available for Google Android Market today, almost 130,000, is six times the number of applications available one year ago. BlackBerry App World and Nokia Ovi Store showed triple digit growth in the last year as well, to nearly 18,000 applications and 25,000 applications, respectively.

Google, RIM, and Nokia have all tried to get software developers to consider them instead of, or in addition to, Apple. In 2010, they did this with instructional events and new tools. Apple's fastest-growing category was business, while its competitors mainly added media and entertainment applications. On the whole, the market share of free applications rose while the price of paid applications fell.

"The high download volumes of free applications appear to attract developers to switch to monetization methods other than paid," the report reads. "The top 300 free applications in the United States generated, on average, over 3 million downloads each day during December 2010, while only 350,000 paid applications are downloaded daily. However, paid downloads increased almost 30% more than free downloads in the top 300 when comparing the download figures of December 2010 to those of June 2010."

User Comments: 5

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Guest said:

Ridiculous title and even less important statistics. I'm going to start my own app store and only offer 1 title the first day and then offer 100 titles by the end of the year. This will demonstrate that my app store is better than Apple's app store since I'll have a larger percentage growth over the course of the year.

Come on, don't post garbage titles and stories just to get visitors.

Guest said:

useless article.

first comment is absolutely correct. this article tells you nothing besides the fact that other players are starting to catch up to the ceiling that Apple has almost reached.

mario mario, Ex-TS Developer, said:

1st comment nailed it

Guest said:

While I agree the news isn't mindblowing, you can't just assume the results. In many markets, the dominant player stays dominant in every respect. Here though, Apple is still adding tons of apps but no longer as quickly as it used to, which is important. The competitors are catching up. Thanks for the numbers!

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I bet while you guys are here posting there are all sorts of people crossing your respective bridges without paying a toll.

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