Mobile // Mobile Devices
Commentary
10/26/2010
09:37 AM
Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman
Commentary
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Android Market And Windows Marketplace Pass Major Milestones

The Android Market has officially reached 100,000 applications and Microsoft's brand-new Marketplace for Windows Phone has surpassed 1,000 apps.

According to the official Twitter account for the Android Developer group, the Android Market has breached the 100,000 application mark. This milestone comes nearly two years after the Market first launched in 2008 with the arrival of the HTC G1.

The Android Market hasn't shot up as meteorically as the iPhone App Store has, but with 100,000 apps under its belt, Android users have plenty of options. It was just three months ago that the Market was at 70,000 apps. It has increased by nearly 50% since mid-July.

Despite the size of the Market, developers claim it isn't as easy to make money by offering apps to Google's smartphone users as it is to make money through the iPhone App Store. Will this stifle future development and enthusiasm for the platform? Probably not, at least for the short term.

In other app store news, Microsoft's Marketplace for Windows Mobile has reached the 1,000 application mark just a week after its official launch. That's really good news for Microsoft. The more apps it has available when the first Windows Phone 7 handsets go on sale the U.S. in November, the better.

As I reported last week, a number of major, marquee-name applications are already in the Marketplace. Most of the names we're familiar with from the iPhone App Store and Android Market are already alive and kicking in Microsoft's Marketplace for Windows Phone 7. There is more than enough variety to satisfy the initial cravings of Windows Phone 7 users.

RIM's BlackBerry App World surpassed 10,000 applications back in September. RIM hasn't said how many apps have been downloaded from App World.

Palm's App Catalog had 4,987 apps at the time of this writing, painfully close to the 5,000 mark. According to PreCentral, there have been more than 81 million downloads from Palm's App Catalog.

Nokia's numbers best RIM, Microsoft and Palm combined. It has over 16,000 applications available, and, according to Nokia, experiencing 2.7 million app downloads per day.

Apple remains king of the app store, with about 300,000 apps for its iOS devices.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Building A Mobile Business Mindset
Building A Mobile Business Mindset
Among 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - August 20, 2014
CIOs need people who know the ins and outs of cloud software stacks and security, and, most of all, can break through cultural resistance.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.