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Apr 29, 2011

Free Android Apps Outnumber Free iPhone Apps

Good news for Android users who hate paying for stuff: according to new numbers from Netherlands-based mobile analytics group Distimo, there are now more free apps available for Google's mobile OS than the iPhone, at 134,342 to 121,845. There are a few things to consider here: first, when one adds free iPad-only apps, the total number of gratis iOS apps increases to a more competitive 132,239. 

And then there's Apple's sometimes rigorous vetting process, which has probably played a role in its numeric slippage -- after all, this report doesn't highlight things like legality, repetition, or the overall number of apps dedicated to making farting noises. Also, Apple has a lot more premium apps, giving it the overall lead at 333,124 to 206,143 -- but between Android's rapid growth and what the report terms iOS's relative stagnation, Distimo expects Google to take the top spot in five months' time, outnumbering iPhone and iPad apps combined -- a rough scenario for Cupertino to stomach, no doubt, but at least the company will still have Windows Phone to kick around a while longer.
 
 

15 comments:

-E- said...

i think android is still the underdog, but they're getting closer.

Jay said...

awesome. :)

Secrets said...

good topic.

=dgrphx= said...

fuck yeah thats whats up

Zombie said...

I just hate paying for stuff in general. lol.

fit4life said...

i have a crappy metro phone, so its all good.

Alphalpha said...

I've always thought androids made for a superior phone.

duffboi said...

long live google!

Solsby Kid said...

Gotta agree with -E- there!

zepdragon said...

Open-Source for Life!

The Radical Chemist said...

This might help me decide between smart phones once I'm in the market... I love free stuff. Thanks!

Jose Cuer said...

Lol I hate to sound like someone who is so obviously biased, but I'm not surprised - Apple does not impress me at all.

The Suit said...

I've never really been a big fan of Apple anyway.

allabout said...

good review!

Flodström said...

maybe I'll consider an android instead for an iphone 5 this summer