More Android apps now downloaded than iOS

More Android apps now downloaded than iOSIt was pretty inevitable really, wasn't it? More apps are now downloaded for Android devices than iOS ones. Fact.

That's not cos we're biased in any way - just simple mathematics. More Android devices are sold than Apple ones anyway (dozens of handsets and tablets run variants of Google's OS compared to just a handful of Apple devices which are powered by iOS). And there are more free apps around too on Android. Simples.

Anyway, the numbers don't lie - just ask Bloomberg. It's pointing out that in the second quarter of 2011, Android accounted for 44% of all mobile app downloads. Apple came in at only 31%.

The average Android user downloads fewer apps than the average Apple fan and the Market has fewer available than the App Store (200,000 in Cupertino's inventory though Android is expected to surpass that by mid 2012) but its reach is spread wider so that waters the numbers down slightly. By the end of the year, 29m apps will have been downloaded, it's estimated.

No doubt Apple is feverishly preparing a court case to claim that apps are not allowed on anything other than iDevices right now. Bet Samsung are quaking in their Super AMOLED Plus boots.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 25, 2011 at 19:39

Power to Android and all that. But, how is 33% for iOS an "only”¿¿?? Android runs on hundreds of devices and ios on 5 or so...

Statistics, eh ;)
There's your bias.

corgi74  Oct. 25, 2011 at 20:25

It doesn't say if they are unique downloads though. Does the daily GMail update on Android count towards the download figures?

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 25, 2011 at 21:22


Good point, actually!!!

Stelph  Oct. 25, 2011 at 23:36

Also the average cost of the app would be interesting to know, I would guess for android it would a huge amount less which means iOS will still be more appealing to a dev

Saying that, both android and iOS have problems with the app stores being full of "not so useful" or duplicate apps which makes it hard to navigate to the ones that are important

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 07:29

Agree, stelph. Although, in fairness, Apple's Appstore has better/more search filters.

All of them should also change ratings system.
5 stars is good. Until you realise that is from 1 person! DON'T show ratings until at least 10 people have cast a vote. Alternatively, clearly show the highest and lowest score.
Furthermore: limit tags. Some apps pop up in search results way too often. 3 tags should be enough. Dubious wishy washy categories like 'entertainment' AND 'music'? Of course music is entertaining, but c'mon... Some browsers appear in 'utilities', others in 'news' or 'communication'. WTF?
Apps also shouldn't be allowed to copy names - the are, eg, 2 apps called 'Gravity' for Symbian. Yes, they serve entirely different purposes, but still...find a new name, will you!

I'm also not impressed by total apps numbers being used. A) many apps are market/region specific. They work here but not there. B) many apps are not needed on one OS but essential on another (I'm looking at the many workarounds for lack of mass storage mode on iDevices, eg).

Lastly, a wallpaper is not an app. A musicvideo is not an app. And can we call an embargo on Bejewelled clones, puhlease :p


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