Android Market hits 50,000 apps; PayPal support coming

With Google I/O just around the corner, the Internet giant is expected to show off the progress of their app market and the staggering growth that it's seen. Last month alone, the Android Market had over 9,000 app submissions. Back in January, the Android Market hit the 30,000 apps mark. Now, just 4 months later, AndroLib.com is reporting the Market to be nearing the 50,000 mark.

The plethora of new apps being introduced into Google's app store means more opportunity for developers to make money. On that note, it's been nearly impossible for Android users in many foreign countries to get their hands on paid apps (Google Checkout is not available everywhere). Phandroid has pointed out that sometime in Q2 2010, PayPal will become a payment option in the Android Market. No longer will users be limited by their geographic location. If you're worried about Google knowing too much of your personal information, this would be a great way to limit yourself from their services, while still enjoying their products.

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Androids App store will just keep getting bigger and bigger. Especially with all the limitations Apple is implementing.

it isnt up to the company do tell you what a quality app is. I may find an app really useful when someone else doesnt. Does that make it less quality? I dont think so.

I don't get it. Why does the number of apps have any significance?
Diversity, uniqueness & quality on the other hand are important.

mr.r9 said,
I don't get it. Why does the number of apps have any significance?
Diversity, uniqueness & quality on the other hand are important.

yes, if you can determine a method to calculate it.

mr.r9 said,
I don't get it. Why does the number of apps have any significance?
Diversity, uniqueness & quality on the other hand are important.

Mainly to annoy/shut up Apple with their claims of how big the App Store is

mr.r9 said,
I don't get it. Why does the number of apps have any significance?
Diversity, uniqueness & quality on the other hand are important.

Because - unless you can devise a unique method to calculate diversity, uniqueness & quality - assuming an average level off the aforementioned factors across all apps then simply measuring the number of apps is the only metric we have.

mr.r9 said,
I don't get it. Why does the number of apps have any significance?
Diversity, uniqueness & quality on the other hand are important.

It's significant because it shows how popular Android is. Sure, you might argue that half of those 50,000 apps are "junk", but I'd be willing to bet that the ratio of "good" vs. "rubbish" apps is about the same on the Apple store. The more popular Android becomes, the better.

Kondrath said,
Wait... How many app submissions did it have?

"...over 9,000 app submissions."

There's no way that can be right!


HAHA! Totally skipped over that when reading through the first time...

Kondrath said,
Wait... How many app submissions did it have?

"...over 9,000 app submissions."

There's no way that can be right!

If that's an "OVER 9,000!!" joke you fail..

If it's not, why can't that be right?!

thealexweb said,
I think it becoming realistic that it will match the iPhone in terms of number of apps in a year tops.
To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if the App Store shows a similar curve. The mobile app market is getting huge, and it's still booming. Across the board.

Edited by Northgrove, Apr 26 2010, 8:13pm :

thealexweb said,
I think it becoming realistic that it will match the iPhone in terms of number of apps in a year tops.

It will be interesting to see how Google handles the quality of apps or if they at all. People complain about Apple's App Store being cluttered with free and $0.99 junk apps. But I don't think you can avoid that without major ramifications. Apple gets bashed when they deny one app. But what would happen if they denied all of the "fart apps" just because some developer was early to the party and wrote one first. It will be very interesting to see how the Android Market evolves in the next year. I for one think the more the better. It's all about having choices and the cream will rise to the top. May take longer but the more competition will weed out the bad and lazy developers.

Oh yeah, I remember thinking how weird it was that I couldn't use PayPal for app purchases. It just sort of felt like one of those things that every digital purchasing model would support. Not that it stopped me from buying apps with a regular credit card.

Joshie said,
Oh yeah, I remember thinking how weird it was that I couldn't use PayPal for app purchases. It just sort of felt like one of those things that every digital purchasing model would support. Not that it stopped me from buying apps with a regular credit card.

It stopped me from using my one and only card which was an RBS Maestro Card.

I actually had to get a Visa top-up card from PayPal just to buy things from the store and, just to make it that little bit more annoying, it turns out that RBS supply PayPal with the cards in the first place...

Pong said,

It stopped me from using my one and only card which was an RBS Maestro Card.

I actually had to get a Visa top-up card from PayPal just to buy things from the store and, just to make it that little bit more annoying, it turns out that RBS supply PayPal with the cards in the first place...

Ask RBS to issue you with their new Visa cards - they are moving everyone over to them, mine arrived two weeks ago. Now I can buy from Steam without the help of a friend / my old Barclays account!

koppit said,
I felt as though this was old news, but realized it was only on friday that this came out.. haha

Yeah well it is old... Neowin isn't what it was some time ago...

Sebianoti said,

Yeah well it is old... Neowin isn't what it was some time ago...

It's news to me, so STFU. these posts are EXTREMELY useless.