Android Market to Surpass iPhone App Store by July
According to a recent report released by Distimo, a Utrecht, Netherlands based app store analytics firm, the Android Market will overtake Apple's App Store in number of apps available by this July. Android Market's growth rate is clearly outpacing the App Store's and has been doing so since January. In fact, the Android Market surpassed the App Store in number of free apps in March (134,342 free apps vs. 121,845). According to the report, the "Google Android Market is predicted to have only 40,000 applications less than the Apple App Store for iPhone by the end of June 2011, and will close the remaining gap before the end of July 2011."
Not only will the Android Market surpass the App Store in terms of smartphone apps, but Distimo projects that "if all application stores maintain their current growth pace, approximately five months from now Google Android Market will be the largest store in terms of number of applications followed by the Apple App Store for the iPhone and iPad, Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, Blackeberry App World and Nokia Ovi Store." The report also projects that, in under a year, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will overtake both the Nokia Ovi Store and Blackberry App World.
Another surprising find in the report is that in March 2011 new book related apps outnumbered new game apps 16,712 to 13,861. The games category was followed by education, with 8,149, entertainment with 6,071 and lifestyle with 4,526. The all time most popular free apps are iBooks, followed by The Weather Channel Max, Netflix, Kindle and ABC Player. The all time most popular paid apps are Pages, Angry Birds HD, Goodreader for iPad, Penultimate and Numbers. Also of note was that iPad apps increased in price over time while apps in other stores decreased.
[via Operation Android and Distimo]