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App market officially dominated by Apple

App market officially dominated by Apple

As the firm behind the creation and growth of the app download phenomenon for mobile phones, it's no surprise that Apple is responsible for the vast majority of all mobile software sales, as new research proves.

Analyst firm Gartner has published sales figures showing app sales for the past 12 months which reveals that the App Store accounted for 99 per cent of all apps sold and raked in the majority of the £2.56 billion spent by mobile users around the world.

Experts predict that in 2010 Apple will see its market share shrink a little as new competition in app retail from other smartphone manufacturers emerges.

Gartner still believes that by the end of the year Apple will retain 66 per cent of the market and that is considered to be a conservative estimate.

Gartner's Stephanie Baghdassarian said: "Games remain the number one application and mobile shopping, social networking, utilities and productivity tools continue to grow and attract increasing amounts of money."

Gartner has said that in 2010 apps will make over £4.1 billion for mobile phone manufacturers involved in the market, with 4.5 billion paid-for apps set to be downloaded.

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