Four months ago, Distimo, the apps stores analytics company reported that Google Play topped the 400, 000 milestone and now in the beginning of May Google Play already stocks more than 500, 000 applications worldwide. This means that in only four months time, over 100, 000 applications have been added to the market.

In the same period in the Apple App Store for iPhone ‘only’ 63,000 applications have been added. In the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and BlackBerry App World 35, 000 and 22, 000 applications have been added in the past four months.

In the graph below the number of applications on both platforms are displayed over the past six months.

Google Play about to catch up  Apple App Store

As the sales of tablets with Android start to pick up and consequently the number of applications optimized for tablet also increases, it is fair to compare the number of applications in Google Play with that of the iOS platform as a whole. The firm Distimo has reported in their monthly publication that there are over 180K iPad applications available in the United States. However, the majority (61%) of those are universal applications (one package for both iPhone and iPad), hence these are counted as one application. Therefore as of April 2012 there are over 600K applications available for iOS. What can be observed is that Google Play is slowly catching up with the Apple App Store for iOS

Increasingly broad adoption of Android-based Smaortphones and tablets should help ensure that this trend continues.


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