App figures show Android’s ascent

Posted on Thursday, December 30th, 2010 at 1:49 pm by Andy

Google AndroidThe iPhone may be home to the largest app library in the world but Android is catching up quickly as the latest stats show that more than 200,000 individual bits of software have been launched for Google’s platform.

It is important to note that this figure is being taken with a pinch of salt by observers as there are not usually reliable ways of measuring app market totals, but it is easy to assume that the real figure is not far from this estimate by AnrdoLib.

Microsoft can also raise a glass as since the launch of Windows Phone 7, the platform’s marketplace for apps has now been stocked with more than 5000 programs, which shows promising growth for this fledgling smartphone operating system.

There are more than 300,000 applications available from the App Store, which means iPhone users have the greatest choice, but in the short period since Android arrived with its own service, it has proved that it might yet surpass Apple’s catalogue.

It is always worth remembering that quality does not represent quantity, particularly when it comes to apps, but in amongst the fart simulators and gaming clones there are many innovative products found on each leading smartphone platform.