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Report points to Android Market overthrowing App Store soon

Research shows that the Android Market will eclipse Apple’s App Store soon in addition to already having more free applications

Ever since the iPhone’s launch, Apple has been more or less the top dog when it comes down to application strength and the iPad’s success has only further bolstered their position.  However, if recent research proves to be true, then Google’s Android Market could surpass the App Store by as soon as August of this year.

Distimo, a Netherlands based company that monitors various app stores, has concluded that by the end of June 2011 there will be only 40,000 apps separating the App Store from Google’s Android Market. Consequently, the company is predicting that gap close by the end of July 2011.

According to the firm, "If all application stores maintain their current growth pace, approximately five months from now Google Android Market will be the largest store in terms of number of applications followed by the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, BlackBerry App World and Nokia Ovi Store."

Furthermore, the study’s numbers indicate that the Android Market has actually surpassed the App Store in terms of free applications since March 2011. It seems as though Android users are privileged to over 10,000 free apps more than iOS users while also having 1/3rd the number of paid applications. The company also noticed a trend where Apple application prices are on the rise, contrary to other app stores where prices are more or less stable.

The conclusions that the firm has managed to come to are interesting and could point to a Google takeover in the upcoming months. On the other hand, it should be noted that the numbers are based on a month-to-month average and could easily change if one app store or another has a strong month.  All in all, they do provide a good overview of what might happen down the line and we shall wait and see how the events unfold.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-04-29 (Update: 2012-05-26)