Google's Android now markets 100,000 Apps

In a short but sweet twitter message posted a couple of hours ago, Google announced that the Android Marketplace has now managed to contain over 100,000 apps, something many analysts expected would happen in August. The message simply said "One hundred thousand apps in Android Market." This puts Google's Android Marketplace in a great position to potential handset customers.

Google still finds itself way behind Apple's iTunes App Store though, which now has well over 250,000 iOS based applications online. This is still good news for Google though as they have managed to reach this milestone in just two years since they first launched the Android Marketplace to the public via the first ever Android handset, the T-Mobile G1.

Despite handset sales being even stronger than the iPhone, Google Marketplace hasn't had the same effect that Apple has had with the iTunes App Store. Most of this falls at the feet of fragmentation caused by multiple versions of the Android Operating System being available only on select devices. For example, the HTC Tattoo and other Android phones have such low resolutions that they cannot run some basic applications that work on other Android phones.

Microsoft is far behind with its own Windows Phone Marketplace with less than 1000 applications available, but with the full American launch not coming until next month, the hope is that many new developers will be releasing content on the new devices.

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dominic-blakey said,
Who cares how many they have! It's about quality of Apps, not quantity! Go WP7!
I don't normally resort to ad hominem attacks, but you're an idiot.

The app store is not even important when you can go straight to the developers sites and download apps that are in different developing stages

Does this count all the different versions of the same programs meant to run on different android platforms?

Most of the apps on the Market are complete and utter rubbish. And that's coming from an Android user and developer who has 2 apps on the market.

Ok, maybe most of the apps aren't crap but the crap ones get more visibility because they get 'updated' so often. That or there are 50 apps with 1 wallpaper each in the latest apps tab.

The MS Trial apps include the full app as well so this will reduce the raw numbers when compared to the iPhone store in which at least 10~20 % are lite or demo versions

SAmigo said,
The MS Trial apps include the full app as well so this will reduce the raw numbers when compared to the iPhone store in which at least 10~20 % are lite or demo versions

I'd like to see the apps/games and their demo/lite version in one app or page on the Android Market. The only comparison I have is I would like it to be the way that the Xbox 360 Arcade games are shown. You download the full version even if it is trial, and then pay for the full version if you need it... No "double posting" of apps. Sure, there would be some application memory issues, but with Apps2SD becoming more standard, that would be less of an issue.

Fragmentation is not rubbish. if you see windows, it runs on tons of different hardware profiles, screensize and other hardware factors, still perfectly built app (like for example say google talk, or skype, or outlook) works everywhere seamlessly. App developers needs to understand & separate the UI layer from business layer...(which obviously WP7 does with xaml & C# separated)

Seriously? Terrible comparison!

Every copy of Windows has Windows Explorer and all the other parts of Windows unlike Android which has several different shells with all sorts of different components...

Windows Phone 7 will support several different phones, different hardware profile, screensize, etc...but it will NOT and is NOT fragmented because of that.

It is Android's fragmentation of several different screen resolutions and different screens, different buttons, different hardware features, different internals, different ROMs, etc. I can't believe you compared apples to oranges... Two completely different scenarios unrelated.

Dessimat0r said,
Fragmentation is rubbish, and a pain in the neck for developers.

Fragmentation for the mostpart is just FUD. There are three core versions of Android that devs need to test against: 1.6, 2.1 and 2.2, all the ROM variants are outside of testing requirements, since those that install them know the risks when they do so.

They need a better way to browse apps on the marketplace... something like the App Store in iTMS. The app on the phone is somewhat clunky and scrolling through long lists of app titles isn't particularly fun or engaging.

TCLN Ryster said,
They need a better way to browse apps on the marketplace... something like the App Store in iTMS. The app on the phone is somewhat clunky and scrolling through long lists of app titles isn't particularly fun or engaging.

This is coming in 3.0 supposedly.

TCLN Ryster said,
They need a better way to browse apps on the marketplace... something like the App Store in iTMS. The app on the phone is somewhat clunky and scrolling through long lists of app titles isn't particularly fun or engaging.

I was looking for a game, after 2-3 minutes, get tired of all the bad games, finally ended downloading another app completely diferent.

on the app store, everything seems in the right place, the thing i liked of the app store, i can browse the store on your pc or idevice, and the experience it's similar.

TCLN Ryster said,
They need a better way to browse apps on the marketplace... something like the App Store in iTMS. The app on the phone is somewhat clunky and scrolling through long lists of app titles isn't particularly fun or engaging.

The Android market needs a total makeover, or we can all just wait on Amazon's more regulated market. Android has taught us that openness is messy and crude, and some degree of order is absolutely necessary for a pleasant experience--browsing the market is on par with 'browsing' synaptics package manager, only worse.

Hell, it would be worlds upon worlds better if we could just FILTER the dang thing by user ratings. The Market would be a lot less messy if we could limit it to 4 star and up only.

Then again, all those retarded picture puzzles have five star ratings...