Google Android Market Rings in New Year with Over 400,000 Apps

Paul Lilly

Google's Android platform steamrolled into 2012 with more than 400,000 free and paid active applications worldwide in the Android Market, an impressive collection even if you were to remove TootBooth and the other thousand or so fart apps. It's all about steady growth for the Android Market, which topped 200,000 apps in the April 2011 and 300,000 apps three months later.

These figures come from Distimo , a company based in the Netherlands which prides itself on analyzing a "widely fragmented app store marketplace filled with equally fragmented information and statistics." According to Distimo's data, 68 percent of the apps in the Android Market are freebies, up from 60 percent in April of last year.

Trying to compare the Android Market to Apple is like, well, trying to compare apples and androids.

"Google Android Market needed two more months in order to reach this landmark compared to the Apple App Store for iPhone, which hit the 400,000 available apps in June 2011," Distimo said. "Interesting to see is that Android Market has taken 31 months to reach the 200,000 milestone, while Apple only needed 22 months to do this for iPhone apps. However, Android Market needed only four more months to pass the 300.000 milestone, while the App Store for iPhone needed eight more months after Apple hits the 200,000 milestone. Moreover, the gap between the 300,000 and 400,000 milestone is also smaller for the Android Market than for the Apple App Store for iPhone, four and seven months respectively."

Take from that what you will, but no matter how you Fruit Slice it, 400,000 apps is a lot to choose from.

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