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Android market hits 70,000 apps

Android market hits 70,000 apps

Although there have been a number of unsubstantiated reports of over 100,000 apps, Google has now officially confirmed that there are in excess of 70,000 apps.

Fuelled by ever wider support from the major manufacturers, the Android Market is clearly enjoying substantial growth. This is particularly impressive in the context of the 30,000 apps officially confirmed just four months ago in March 2010.

Included as an element of the search giant's second quarter results, the figures confirm that the appetite of both developers and users for Android continues to grow.

Google also indicated that it is activating up to 160,000 Android devices every day, again demonstrating significant growth when compared to the 100,000 per day in May 2010.

Whilst the open source platform seems assured of a rosy future, there are a few discordant voices, particularly amongst the development community.

Developer Jon Hech Johansen stated: "Google does far too little curation of the Android Market and it shows."

With a presence in some 45 countries, the Android Marketplace currently limits paid applications to 13 geographies, thus constraining potential revenues in what is a fiercely competitive space.

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