It was pretty much a year ago (give or take a few weeks) that we were told the App Store had notched up one million approved apps, though with over 25% subsequently removed either by their developers or as the result of a clean-up operation, only 736,000 were live at that time.
Fast-forward 12 months and we’ve now reached – yes – a whopping one million plus apps available to download from the App Store. Jebus Cripes.
That’s the story according to AppFire, who – incidentally – were the guys to break the “one million approved” story this time last year.
The obvious question is: how does that compare to Google Play? Well, the App Store has approved a total of 1.4 million apps; Google Play has signed off on 1.17 million with 881,000 still available.
Of course, as the saying goes, quality is more important than quantity, and considering the majority of those apps are inevitably wallowing in App Store/Google Play obscurity, I wouldn’t base any sort of my-operating-system-is-better-than-yours argument on the above.
The more important thing is revenue, and despite Android’s frankly outrageous growth rate, the App Store still rakes in significantly more than Google Play (65% vs. 35% according to semi-recent figures from Distimo).
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have literally thousands of fart, solitaire and zombie apps to work my way through.