There Are Now Over 50,000 Android Apps

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Android's app trajectory is insane: December saw 4,000 new apps. Last month saw 8,000. This month? On track for more. In a year, the App Market will approach infinity, and our universe will collapse into a sizeless point.

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For reference, it's Apple's App Store is on a similar tear, adding nearly 85,000 apps to its ranks since the beginning of the year, when it had just passed 100k. But at this scale, comparing raw numbers doesn't tell us much—the fact here is that Android and iPhone OS are the only two OSes with the meteoric growth in app development commensurate with the widespread demand and appreciation for smartphone apps. In other words, they're the only platforms that get it, for now.

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From a marketing standpoint, this is great news. Bandwagon effect, a strong app market encourages potential buyers.

From a usage standpoint. Numbers mean nothing. Any great app that comes out, comes out on all platforms. It's more profitable that way and it's not that difficult to convert the code over (if you need to at all). When I read gizmodo's "Best of iPhone Apps" I simply search the Android market and I got the same apps available on my phone, too.

I've never been impressed by Apple's 100,000+ app market and I'm not impressed with android's 50,000+ app market (catching up). On both platforms, I could cut the number of apps down to the 5000 most popular and I would still have every app anyone in this world would ever want to download.