Google: 700,000 applications are available for Android

Google has revealed that there are currently about 700,000 applications available for its Android platform as of today, which means it has matched Apple’s application count.

Application counts between Google, Apple and Microsoft have turned into somewhat of a manhood-measuring contest, with the biggest numbers likely to give the edge to the mobile OS in the $219.1 billion smartphone market share.

We know that Google currently owns over 65 percent of the smartphone market share and with the Nexus 7 selling over 1 million units in the tablet industry, and the Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet set to be released mid-November, Google wants developers to increase the number of tablet-specific applications which could mean great things for Android tablets much like we’ve seen in the evolution in the Android ecosystem.

In contrary to Google’s success, Apple has argued that its iOS operating system leads with more application sales. Apple also stated last week that it has paid $6.5 billion to developers since the App Store was introduced in 2008. With that being said; Google seems to be doing extremely well on the smartphone front, and we have no doubts that the company’s multiple Nexus tablets and smartphones will continue to push the boundaries of developers to allow them to improve the number and standard of applications available on the Google Play store.

Source: Bloomberg

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What I find so amazing about articles like this, when Google makes an announcement that si good, the Apple loyalist like the writers always have to bring Apple into the mix. Why? Google has 700,00 apps, you don't even have to mention how much money Apple has paid out. What is so great about the war is this. Many devs make so much money off iOS they give Android users the apps for free.

I have 3 versions of Angry Birds for FREE while the Apple-retarded are still paying for them. I am sure Google is happy to have just as much support for Android and they don't even have to pay for it and yet we still have BETTER options on this side.

For example...out of those 700,000 apps, at least 1/2 will still work on older Android phones. If I get tired of my phone, I can buy another Android phone that looks nothing like my previous one and I can use 90% of my apps on the new model and the others I can wait to be updated as time goes by. With Apple you get 3 models of a phone that essentially look exactly alike and the apps wont work anywhere else. So you never really get nothing new.

What is so great is Google is growing so fast they are accomplishing the same things Apple has, but in much shorter time.

Sure there are a lot of themes, but it's the point of Android; it's extremely customizable unlike iOS and Windows Phone. Android offers a lot of things that iOS and other platforms do not, including emulators and applications which use those themes you're all moaning about . An App is an app. Every platform has a bunch of apps that we really don't care about. No need to be haters.

Zeikku said,
Sure there are a lot of themes, but it's the point of Android; it's extremely customizable unlike iOS and Windows Phone. Android offers a lot of things that iOS and other platforms do not, including emulators and applications which use those themes you're all moaning about . An App is an app. Every platform has a bunch of apps that we really don't care about. No need to be haters.

Amen brother

WTF? There are fart apps available to download? How the hell did I miss that, and why didn't someone let me? I feel so left out :-(

saying all the apps are fart apps is kinda two years old. out of 700k apps, how many of those are tablet optimized? theres no official number, and google wants to keep it that way.

Xenosion said,
So many haters. "110% of those apps are crap herp derp". Sorry to burst your hate bubbles but that's simply not true.

This. I have been using Android for nearly 4 years and have had more trouble finding quality apps

Javik said,

This. I have been using Android for nearly 4 years and have had more trouble finding quality apps

And by that I of course meant that I have had no trouble finding quality apps

Xenosion said,
So many haters. "110% of those apps are crap herp derp". Sorry to burst your hate bubbles but that's simply not true.

I actually own an android device and I'm mostly seeing themes. haven't seen a "fart" app because I don't search for fart apps, but almost all the searches I've done I've been met with a bunch of themes which actually ****ed me off

Xenosion said,
So many haters. "110% of those apps are crap herp derp". Sorry to burst your hate bubbles but that's simply not true.

I agree, despite what is always being said about the quality of android apps there are a lot of apps that are seriously quite feature-rich and useful than many ios apps, ios apps tend to be much more appealing visually but with complete lack of customization or advanced options. For example: I have yet to find a RSS app for the ipad that fetches the complete pages of RSS articles (not the summary in the RSS), mobilize-them and store them for later for offline reading. Android has multiple apps that do exactly that. And some of them are tablet-optimized.

Javik said,

This. I have been using Android for nearly 4 years and have had more trouble finding quality apps

Yet you're still using it? Please troll somewhere else. I have Android and I have no problem finding quality apps. Out of 700,000 you can't fine one good app for what you need? LIAR!!!!!!!!!!

TechieXP said,
Yet you're still using it? Please troll somewhere else. I have Android and I have no problem finding quality apps. Out of 700,000 you can't fine one good app for what you need? LIAR!!!!!!!!!!

You should try reading more. You point out trolling but your laziness results in the same.

I'm really tired of these "We have XXXXX number of apps in our store now!" announcements from Apple/Google/Microsoft. I really don't care. I'd rather have a handful of useful, functional apps shown off than just a meaningless number. Anyone who has ever browsed an app store knows what a waste of time it is trying to filter through all the crap.

neonspark said,
sad part is that 699000 don't work, crash, are buggy, slow, or all of the above.
especially on iOS.

Fact...at least 400,000 apps on iOS wont work in iOS6 because they are designed for iOS4 and 3. Right now almost all my iOS4 and 5 games all crash in iOS 6. Why? no apparent reason. Yet I have apps on my GS3 that I fort installed on 2.2 that still work with no hassle and haven't been updated. In fact many of the devs don't even make apps anymore and they still work.

king_of_hearts said,

Still more than WP.

Yea, WP marketplace needs a lot of work, its far too difficult to search the apps without coming across the same apps over and over

Detection said,
Yea but remove the clones, pointless and the pathetic and there are probably only about 100k

you post as if you counted the apps.

Detection said,
Yea but remove the clones, pointless and the pathetic and there are probably only about 100k

And do the same with WP, and you're left with about 20 apps. WP has the most fart/pointless apps in any of the stores.

Detection said,
Yea but remove the clones, pointless and the pathetic and there are probably only about 100k

Remove low quality full of bug apps, fart aps, useless apps and it would be even less than 20K. Seriously I have no idea why people are so obsessed with number of apps. iOS has lots of good apps. OK that's fine, but the platform is boring. why would you like to outnumber it. make better quality apps and more interesting platforms which I think both Android and Windows has better platforms. Its not only Google play. windows Appstore is going down the same path. Make quality apps damn it. remove all crappy apps. let the apps shine.

Detection said,
Yea but remove the clones, pointless and the pathetic and there are probably only about 100k

wallpapers and themes should not be classed as "apps" seriously.
why is it themes for widgets are classed as apps?
that 700K figure is well overblown.

Detection said,
Yea but remove the clones, pointless and the pathetic and there are probably only about 100k

just like IoS, remove all the clone and stuff, they only have like 50k app

Detection said,
Yea but remove the clones, pointless and the pathetic and there are probably only about 100k

Find the equivalent of the following on windows phone:
Amped Wireless!! Wifi analytics
Poweramp
Airmapper
Airdroid
Ghost Commander

remixedcat said,

Find the equivalent of the following on windows phone:
Amped Wireless!! Wifi analytics
Poweramp
Airmapper
Airdroid
Ghost Commander

Impossible, WP has a terrible selection of apps, plus most of those would need root

Detection said,

Impossible, WP has a terrible selection of apps, plus most of those would need root

Agreed.... there's no wifi analytics apps

remixedcat said,

Agreed.... there's no wifi analytics apps

If I could code I would make one and I would be rich, RICH ! AHAHAHAHAAA

Detection said,

Yea that there is about the enthusiasm I have to learn how to code

do it and be hella rich and if you can send me a top of the line nokia WP and I can help beta test. but I know my AMPED WIRELESS!!! access point has hardcore coverage!!!

remixedcat said,

do it and be hella rich and if you can send me a top of the line nokia WP and I can help beta test. but I know my AMPED WIRELESS!!! access point has hardcore coverage!!!

haha yea would be nice, I tried my hand at Android and managed to make the "Hello World!" app before my brain melted, and Eclipse more or less makes that one for you

Detection said,

haha yea would be nice, I tried my hand at Android and managed to make the "Hello World!" app before my brain melted, and Eclipse more or less makes that one for you

LOL... not very many apps are on all platforms so it's nice when someone makes multiplatform apps