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Android mobile phone apps hit 20,000

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Android mobile phone apps hit 20,000

The Android Market has managed to double in size in just three months - rising from 10,000 apps in September to a little under 20,000 in December, according to statistics published by AndroLib.

The strong growth has been fuelled partly by the large number of free applications available, with over 62.3 per cent of the software on the Android Market available free of charge.

The statistics also revealed some interesting download trends within the Android user base, with 14 per cent of the applications available to download having been installed over 10,000 times.

This contrasts with earlier figures showing that a slim majority of the applications on the store have been downloaded under 500 times.

The disparity in the figures is at least in part attributable to the significant growth that the Android Market has experienced in recent months, which has exceeded the number of people moving to the Android platform.

A mere 16 per cent of all Android apps are games, which suggests that business and productivity-focused titles are proving to be more popular.

If the Android Market continues to grow at this rate it could soon rival the iPhone's App Store in terms of raw figures. However, it is the strength of the software and the popularity of the platform that will dictate the future success of Google Android.

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