Appnation 2011: All Eyes On Android, Free Apps Surpass Apple and More,

Thedroidguy is coming to you live from the Appnation 2011 Conference in San Francisco.  Both thedroidguy and our App Editor Elijah “Thedroidboy” Ketchum are covering the entire event, let’s get right into the business…

The business this week of course is apps. Although Appnation is a multi OS focused event, the word on the street begins with an “A” and ends in a “D” and has ndroi in the middle, yes Android.

As the Appnation conference began the latest Distimo report was released with some excellent Android news.  The first piece of news is in the world of free apps. Currently the Android market has 134,342 free applications available while our iOS competing market has just 121,845 free apps.

More after the break

Part of this wave of free apps comes from the fact that Android users are used to getting things free when they relate to Google. Free apps do of course include ad monetized apps and in app purchase monetized apps but nonetheless this is big news and shows Android is rapidly growing in the right direction.

The next bit of news from Distimo is that if all application stores continue growth at the same pace in 5 months the Android Market will be the largest app store followed by Apple and the Windows 7 marketplace.

In month over month reporting Distimo reports that Apple’s iOS apps grew by 6% in March 2011 while Android’s apps grew by 16%. The final numbers at the end of March were apple with 333,214 apps and Android has 206, 143 apps.  While Android tablet apps are a far cry from where we want (67 in the featured tablet apps category today) Apple has 75,000 ipad specific apps.  The next smartphone app store behind Android is the Nokia Ovi market with just 29,920 and RIM with 26,771.

Source: Distimo

3 Replies to “Appnation 2011: All Eyes On Android, Free Apps Surpass Apple and More,”

  1. While Google allows anyone to post any spamware, broken bit of code or “hello world” app, the total number of apps in the Android marketplace is completely meaningless. An estimated 45% of apps in the Marketplace are spam apps and iOS boasts well over 300 top tier games from the premiere game publishers ID, EA, Gameloft, Popcap, ngmoco, Pangea while Android has between 20-30 for example.

    The number of apps in the Amazon Appstore will be a much more useful comparison once that gets established thanks to Amazon ensuring that the chaff is weeded out.

    However, far better metrics for the comparison of app stores is app download numbers, paid app income and advertising income which actually measure the real numerical and financial wealth and health of each ecosystem.

    By those measures, iOS leads Android by an absolutely enormous amount:

    *App Store Revenue 2009 – 2010* (source: IHS ScreenDigest):
    – iOS App Store grew from $769 million to $1.782 billion = $1.013 billion increase
    – Android Marketplace grew from $11 million to $102 million = $91 million increase
    So annual Android developer income is a meagre 6% of iOS with an annual rate of increase only 9% as large as iOS. The gap between the two is 1,000% and getting far larger every year.
    – Apple captured 82% of the revenue from all app stores in 2010 compared to 5% for Android

    Now you may think that Android developers are instead making their money with advertising, but that is not the case:

    – 71% of all app downloads were to iOS devices in 2010 according to ABI Research
    – iOS users are worth up to twice as much as Android to advertisers according to Mobclix
    – Millennium reports iOS captured 45% advertising income marketshare vs 38% share for Android in March 2011
    – Net Applications reports iOS captured 3.3x the web browser share of Android in March 2011


  2. Distimo is counting iPhone and iPad apps separately the beggars

    You wouldn’t credit the gall of Distimo.

    If you look closely at the labels of all of their graphs they have chopped up the iOS App store totals into separate iPhone and iPad categories and are comparing them separately against Android.

    Considering that a very large percentage of iPad apps are universal meaning they work on iPhones and iPod touches as well as iPads, this separation makes absolutely no sense whatsoever – unless you are trying to artificially boost Android and get some sensationalist headlines.

    If you count all iOS apps together, you find that the current number is about 430,000 (using DIstimo’s figures) and come July will = 475,000 which works out about 45% greater than Android at that time.

    This also puts the number of free apps in the iOS App store significantly above the number of free apps in Android.

    Shameless Distimo, shameless.


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