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Android's Google Play beats App Store with over 1 million apps, now officially largest

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Android's Google Play beats App Store with over 1 million apps, now officially largest
Android's Google Play store has just officially reached over 1 million apps and it is now finally outgrown the Apple App Store and its 900 000 applications. That's a huge achievement for Android, the platform that launched as the underdog, after Apple first started the app revolution.

Now, the tide has clearly changed. Google has made great advances in paying its developers more and they are now receiving 2.5x the money. 

App downloads have also grown to over 50 billion. Amazing growth and it seems to only be accelerating, don't you think?

Image courtesy of The Verge.

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1. apple4never posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:50 41

YESSSSSSSSSSS Congratulations Android !!

34. Mxyzptlk posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:17 9

I think that number is pretty bloated for many reasons.

45. abdane posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:36 37

U MAD BRO ?

49. Bernoulli posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:43 13

let's admit, half of the million apps are filled with spam and bloatware that slow down phones, these apps are what causes android to run slow, not so much the os itself

65. protozeloz posted on 24 Jul 2013, 16:18

lol... define bloat

53. SuperAndroidEvo posted on 24 Jul 2013, 13:15 12

H
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58. networkdood posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:26 12

Yes...the number of apple apps is very bloated.

70. jroc74 posted on 24 Jul 2013, 18:19 3

I agree, but the point is Android has survived the ALL the negative myths, slander, false hoods, ect, ect and so on. And it launched at the bottom, dead last vs everyone else.

Android wasnt supposed to survive past 2010....its now 2013, the year is half over and Android doesnt look to be slowing down anytime soon. You now the rest as far as market share and popularity...

82. Dj_Yawar posted on 26 Jul 2013, 17:18

Android will not die until stock android is available (always be available ofcourse) . I love the smoothness of stock JB 4.2.2 on my gt 9300. It all i want... Smooth and lasg free

43. moroninc posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:32 4

also keep in mind, its the same developers who build iOS apps that build Android apps so there's no 'We are better' its just Android Playstore apparently pays more money for apps.

64. Shatter posted on 24 Jul 2013, 15:56 2

I just looked a majority of the apps on my Android phone was on IOS except like 15 indie games, some random stuff and security apps and then system/benchmark apps.

Most of the apps I consider a requriment are on both.

2. darkvadervip posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:53 10

And how many of those apps are just junk or full of ads that offer you to spend money to get rid of the commercial ads. I can say on my htc one so far no force closes. That's an improvement alone.

6. whoyton2 (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:55 32

Oh dear there is always going to be haters...

12. abcdefgh (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:58 4

hahaha!!

13. abcdefgh (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:00 7

......and multiple fake accounts

17. whoyton2 (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:02 3

LOL!!

37. Mxyzptlk posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:19 2

He speaks the truth.

79. jacko1977 posted on 25 Jul 2013, 02:23 1

apple is worst

30. tedkord posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:14 11

Probably the same ratio as in the App Store.

57. SellPhones82 posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:21 10

So your telling me there are no junk apps in the App Store? My son got an iPad mini for his bday and I see the same top shelve apps as well as junk apps on both platforms...plus the App Store is not near as easy to find certain types of apps like it is on Android. It seems the dev must pay Apple to be on the any of the "featured" lists, which only list like 15-20 apps for that category. I have yet to figure out how to "view all" as they do not make it easy for some reason. Might be part of the reason The Play Store now has more to pick from. It does the dev no good if no one can find their app to download it.

3. Nikolas.Oliver posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:53 23

Meanwhile At BlackBerry....

5. apple4never posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:54 26

meanwhile at windows phone

8. xperiaDROID posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:56 24

Meanwhile at webOS...

15. Googler posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:00 23

Meanwhile at Symbian OS...

20. abcdefgh (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:04 9

^^this.

21. apple4never posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:04 13

meanwhile at tizen

24. whoyton2 (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:05 7

Meanwhile at Jolla...

31. tedkord posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:15 7

Meanwhile, back in the jungle...

81. apple4never posted on 25 Jul 2013, 20:00

meanwhile at sailfish os

27. palmguy posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:08 11

webOS. I miss you. :'(

25. Nikolas.Oliver posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:07 6

Meanwhile at Apple
Meanwhile at firefox

26. Nikolas.Oliver posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:08 5

Meanwhile at sailfish

28. Commentator posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:10 5

Meanwhile at Windows Mobile...

47. PK1983 posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:41 3

Meanwhile at Cybiko...

4. whoyton2 (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:54 6

Yayyayayayayay......the champion will always come through in the end....mark this day in history! :D

7. apple4never posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:56 6

bro its 1 billion apps, not the end of world hunger still sweet just not a mark it in your calender material dont ya think ?

10. whoyton2 (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:58 1

Billion? I think you mean a million!

23. apple4never posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:05 1

oh ya my bad lol next race is to a billion, lol all hail windows phone and the allmighty app lords

9. abcdefgh (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:57 14

whats left for apple to brag as no.1

62. MartyK posted on 24 Jul 2013, 15:07 6

Uh, they are the first to sue for BS patents...lol

11. xperiaDROID posted on 24 Jul 2013, 11:58 8

Bravo Google! Bravo Android! Soon, Windows Phone Marketplace will beat the App Store as well.

16. whoyton2 (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:00 18

Keep dreaming!

22. xperiaDROID posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:04 5

Sure! Why not? Windows Phone will succeed anyways, till the time comes, someone's butt will be hurt. :P

18. abcdefgh (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:03 2

i might disagree with you about this.
marketplace has no themes,malwares,trash etc...
so it never can beat store

46. tech2 posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:37 6

and I'll agree with you on this one.

no Themes - Well, all u can do is select few flippin colours in the name of 'theme' in Windows so no prospect there

no Malwares - Its only a testament that the wide community android has i.e. no one even cares to waste their time by creating a Windows malware. This is the same reason why Windows desktop have viruses.

Now I'll tell you the real reason. Its because android is CUSTOMIZABLE thats why you gets apps for widgets, 'actual' themes, third party keyboard & other browsers and mail clients, ROMs, Notifications, etc. and mostly because developers see 50 billion downloads for 1 billion apps !

51. feres13 posted on 24 Jul 2013, 13:00 2

Doubt it will happen, i think that the app store and google play will still be ahead for the next 5 years atleast, they already have more than 6x the number of apps, it would take all this time for WP to catch up while both the play store and the app store will keep on improving

56. master0fursinz posted on 24 Jul 2013, 14:12 1

Windows can make a hard push by porting over all xbox games even the crappy ones. while making deals to have an inhouse development support to help developers & companies develop there own apps for windows.

73. fanboy1974 posted on 24 Jul 2013, 18:39 1

I don't see anything from Microsoft or Nokia to push them over the top in the foreseeable future. HTC and Samsung basically gave up, Windows RT is a failure, no new hardware to get excited about unless you value pictures over everything.

Just look at what Google has done today. That $35 dongle is more exciting than the Nokia 1020. And lets not forget about the Nexus 7 rev 2. That's how you upgrade a device from the previous gen; you don't just add a camera and forget about everything else.

14. Jklaz posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:00 11

androids unstoppable

19. SakuroAkino (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:03 3

windows phone market place :D
contract killer 1
wordament
chess :D
ae fruit slash
roundy dash
shinobi
funny jump :D
picnic wars
rabbids go phone :D
lol lol lol

36. abcdefgh (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:18 4

so you have decided to take 1 week off :p

40. SakuroAkino (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:27 2

lol
wp
lol
wp.
lol
this game is much better

42. xperiaDROID posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:30 6

Troll
whining
Troll
whining
Baby
Yeah, trolls love to whine like a baby.

44. SakuroAkino (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:33 2

so.nice that you already confessed this
whats next??
you seem to be a good time pass
lets start with nokia
lol lol lol

29. Tazer2365 posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:12 5

Those 1 million apps are a joke, some are crap. Why doesn't phone arena mention how Apple has 375,000 apps optimized for their iPads when Google is barely catching up with around 100?

32. whoyton2 (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:15 10

LOL....baaaaa go graze with the rest of the flock retard!

33. abcdefgh (banned) posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:17 1

yes.tell them dude.
tablet is next BIG thing

35. tedkord posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:18 1

iRationalization at its finest.

39. Berzerk000 posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:19 7

http://www.phonearena.com/news/400000-apps-in-the-App-Store-have-never-been-downloaded-says-report_id32943

Oh, would you look at that...

41. softfurryanus posted on 24 Jul 2013, 12:30 2

There's probably a huge ratio of apps in Google Play that are never downloaded as well, but at the same time there are a lot of smaller developers producing better quality content with (sometimes) less greed on Play.

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