Google Play reaches 700,000 apps

Google has announced that 700,000 apps are available for Android devices

Alongside the reveal of its new lineup of Nexus devices, Google told Bloomberg that 700,000 apps are available for Android on the Google Play store. This means Google is close to catching rival Apple, who announced the same number of apps on its App Store during its hardware refresh last week.

Google still has some issues with piracy, Android fragmentation, and developers being able to monetize on the Android platform with compared to iOS revenue. In a survey of 5,500 developers, research firm Appcelerator (via TechCrunch) found that developers remained most interested in building iOS apps than any other platform.


[Image via Cult of Android]

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 5 years ago
I wonder how many that would be if it were curated?
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 5 years ago

Probably around 700,000 as it's long since been recognised that one persons taste shouldn't dictate someone else's available choices. It's also been recognised that those calling for curating apps tended to be trying to limit competition for their own offerings. The mentality going something like if there is less choice, I have more chance of being noticed and will make more money.

The reality is more choice = more consumers coming to look = better eco system. Mr Joe Public has long since become savvy to the nonsense that his choices should be restricted for his own good.
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 5 years ago

The problem with lack of curation is that anything goes, short of outright malicious apps. This means there is all sorts of plagiarism and questionable marketing activity happening, designed to catch the unwary. A jungle.
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Kieren Bloomfield Software Engineer, EA Sports5 years ago
I really the fact that people think the number of apps on the store actually matters. What matters is if they're any good. Personally I don't care how many there are; I can count on my fingers the number of apps I need/use. This number could be greatly reduced if more companies created a decent mobile website, thus bypassing the need for a separate app for each OS.
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development5 years ago
You should see blackberry app world, Bruce.

Angry brids
Cut the string
Slightly small wings

It's embarassing. And we're on there selling an original IP and making nothing.
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