For the last year Apple has dealt with those who claimed that Android will overtake it by pointing to the number of apps available for its smartphones. Currently, there are 350,000 iPhone apps available.
Now it seems that Android will overtake the iOS on that front even as it steals market share. A report by market research firm Distimo into activity on Apple’s App Stores, the BlackBerry App World, GetJar, Google’s Android Market, Nokia’s Ovi Store, Palm’s App Catalog, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, shows that Android and Microsoft are growing like topsy.
If all application stores maintain their growth, five months from now Google Android Market will be the largest store, followed by the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, BlackBerry App World and Nokia Ovi Store,” the firm said in its findings.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will be larger than the Nokia Ovi Store and BlackBerry App World prior to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace being available for a full year.
Google has already made headway on attacking Apple numbers. It has 134,342 free applications versus the App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch’s 121,845 free applications.
The outfit estimates that Google will have 40,000 applications short of evening out with Apple’s overall volume by the end of June, and will catch up completely in July.
Distimo’s report factored in Apple’s App Store for the iPad, which it says reached 75,755 applications at the end of March. Thirty percent of those applications are free, the firm said, with the average price for paid apps hitting $5.36.
What this means is that in June the Apple fallacy that Apps indicate success will be completely bogus. There are only so many applications that a user will buy and use.
Our guess is however that Android will replace Apple as the number one mobile operating system fairly soon, however many applications the two have.