re: Google's Play Store Closes In On iTunes
I'd like to know just how many apps in Play are real, as opposed to pirated, copyright violations, apps doing nothing other than pointing to web pages, apps no longer supported, malware, etc.
Just one example: several years ago, Apple found that there were a lot of apps just acting as pointers to web pages, while claiming to be useful apps themselves. One, for example, promised to help with OS X problems, but when invoked, just went to Apple's OS X support page.
It turned out that there were a lot of apps like that. One developer had 4,000 and another, a whopping 25,000 in the store! Apple deleted all apps like this. Of course, Google does no such thing, and it's hard to imagine just how many apps like this are in Play. It could easily be over 100,000.
Since Google plays the numbers game by never deleting apps unless a third party reports malware, and the current lame, and not very well functioning malware scan, what we need is an independent evaluation of the apps in the store to tell us just what is in there. I wonder if there are more than half the number being reported in actual apps. App,e has had a million apps in the store since the beginning, there are 300,000 that have been removed since then. Perhaps that's the number Google should be reported against.