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Android Market is harder to crack than Apple's App Store

Based on downloads at least
Fri May 27 2011, 12:02

APP STORE ANALYST Distimo has published research giving insight into the download behaviour of rival applications market places.

The most interesting findings include that Google Maps, which comes on pretty much any Android smartphone, is the only application with over 50 million downloads on the Android Market. Only 96 apps have been downloaded more than 5 million times.

It appears that developers targeting users of the Android operating system have a harder job than those making apps for Apple's Iphones and Ipads. The research discovered that only two paid applications on the Android Market have passed the 500,000 download mark.

In comparison Distimo said, "Six paid applications in the Apple App Store for iPhone generate the same number of downloads within a two month timeframe in the United States alone."

This difference continues when looking at gaming apps specifically. In the fruit themed firm's App Store ten games attracted more than 250,000 downloads over two months in the US. On a worldwide basis there are five games in the Android Market that have reached the same download milestone.

It seems that one of the reasons behind this difference is that Google updates its  chart of top apps less frequently than Apple. Visibility in the chart is a key thing for gaining significant download numbers.

The cappuccino commpany's App Store had 94 apps in its top 10 downloads categories, both free and paid, during April, while the Android Market had 26 apps that reached its own top 10 chart.

In second place to Apple for the number of downloads of top 10 apps was Nokia with its Ovi Store, which also came second in terms of downloads of its top 300 apps.

The Apple App Store certainly has more applications than any other rival store, recently breaking the half million mark of approved apps. In the meantime, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, which will also have a web version, has just 17,000 apps. µ


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