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Android Market hits 38,000 apps

Android Market hits 38,000 apps

The Android Market is catching up with Apple's App Store for depth of product range, with the news 38,000 apps now inhabit Google's digital download store.

The growth of the Android Market is occurring at an exponential rate, as it has added another 8,000 apps in just a month, in sharp contrast to the three months it took to add 6,000 at the end of 2009.

However, if the Android Market wants to match up to the iPhone's App Store, there is a long road ahead, as the 185,000 iPhone apps could seem an insurmountable total that is still growing in its own right.

News of developers' mass take-up of the operating system comes as Google announced that it has made a profit on the Google Nexus One, confounding industry naysayers who had branded the phone a flop.

Speaking on a conference call relating to its latest earnings as transcribed by Seeking Alpha, Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette said: "On the Nexus One, it is a profitable business for us.

"We don't give more detail on the economics, but we are driving the business to be a profitable business from the get-go."

Google's revenue for the first three months of 2010 came in at nearly £3.3 billion, which is up by nearly 20 per cent over the same period last year.

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