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Android App Downloads to Surpass iOS App Downloads?

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Yesterday, Google reported that the Android Market passed 10 billion apps downloaded. They also noted that app downloads are now growing by over a billion per month. In comparison, Apple passed the 10 billion app download mark in January of this year, and has been growing at over a billion downloads per month since July.

A chart bearing the headline “Watch Out Apple, Here Comes The Android Market” was posted by Business Insider earlier today. It shows the app download growth for both companies:


The growth of Android has been rapidly increasing with some predicting they’ll eventually overtake iOS. And the chart appears to support that view. With a larger market share and more free apps, it does make sense that Android would have more downloads.

Although, it would be interesting to see how those download number contribute to the balance sheets for both platforms and their developers. In a blog post, Marco Arment, the developer of Instapaper, notes that “Android is much less profitable for developers (especially for paid apps), its users are less influential for expanding new services, and its app development is much more painful and expensive. And in the rapidly growing and increasingly influential tablet market, Android has an extremely low marketshare [sic].”

If that’s true, does it even matter if Android surpasses Apple for total number of app downloads?

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  • E The Guest

    I did the switch from an iPhone 4 to the Galaxy SII LTE and gotta admit that the only thing I miss about my iOS is the quality of certain apps. Quality over Quantity.

  • Don

    I’ll be switching soon enough as well from my iPhone 4 to a Galaxy SII in a couple of months ( February to be exact) when i’m eligible for an upgrade or I may hold out for the Galaxy SIII depending on the release date. I’ve been using iOS since 2007 and I’m starting to think I need a change, iOS is just too “same old, same old” for me now, but I agree I’m definitely gonna miss the App store. But looks like the Android marketplace is starting to pick up some steam.

  • Marco Polo

    who cares if Android app downloads overtake iOS apps, it doesn’t make no difference.

  • Anonymous

    Android will take over eventually.
    The next iPhone better be good or else I’m switching.

  • Anonymous

    Amen! I’m tired of waiting for a so long for such slow upgrades -.-

  • Meena00

    This had to happened, I am just surprise it took so long, the andriod phone market with tons of Smartphone with to attract all types of customers (some of them are amazing I must admit) vs. 5-6 iphone unit PLUS andriod unit sales has already crossed iphone.. It’s just simple math!!
    Another imp factor to consider in future that Microsoft just announced that they will be handing out 80% of the share to its app developers, currently ios developers are receiving 70% of the share by Apple, this will be a game changer in the long run.. BTW windows phone are trying hard to win back the customers, their most recent os is amazing!!

  • Anonymous

    The 80% share only kicks in once an app establishes a bit of success. From the press release:

    The revenue share base is 70%, but when an app achieves $25k USD in revenue—aggregated across all sales in every market—that app moves to 80% revenue share for the lifetime of that app.

    I’m excited to test the Lumina 800 when it comes to Canada. The OS does look amazing.

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