Google Android market now has 10,000 apps in their app store !

by Jeff Wiener on September 15, 2009

google android1I’m going to take a short break from the Nortel / Avaya saga for a few days and focus on anything BUT …

It seems like just yesterday that Google introduced Android, the open source OS for the handheld market, and so it came as quite a surprise to read that Android has over 10,000 apps available in the Android App store. In actual fact, Google Android became available to the general public for commercial use on October 28, 2008, less then 1 year ago, which makes 10,000 seem remarkable.

I did some small investigative work, and if you can judge the success of a handheld OS by the number of apps available in their store, it seems like Apple still has the lead followed by Google as follows:

Apple – 70,000 apps
Google – 10,000 apps
RIM – 2,000 apps
Palm Pre – 40 apps

It seems that the reason the Palm Pre has so few apps available is because Palm has limited who has access to it’s webOS SDK. By comparison, Apple after the same length of time in the market had about 500 apps available.

Google is certainly a formidable force in the IT space, and will continue their dominance in the handheld space as manufacturers adopt the Android OS in increasing number. In many respects it seems that Google’s dominance across the web and IT space, and the consumer reliance on a single brand, will position them in the similar anti-competitive spot that Microsoft found themselves in not that long ago.

P.S. That’s a pretty nice looking handset in the picture – don’t you think ? Anyone know what it is ?

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It's a Google World. Beware. It's making me uncomfortable ! —
December 21, 2009 at 6:42 am

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senior phone November 18, 2009 at 11:21 am

That seems like a very cool phone, but it looks very hard to use, not very user friendly.

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