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Android phones app count hits 80,000

Android phones app count hits 80,000

The number of apps for Android phones has swelled to 80,000, amid a surge in developer support for Google’s operating system.

Google’s Vice President of Engineering Andy Rubin announced an official figure for app numbers in a press release for this the forthcoming T-Mobile G2 smartphone.

The release also revealed that the search giant expects the range of wares on its download software market to hit 100,000 in a matter of months, as momentum behind the Android OS continues to grow.

The 80,000-apps landmark is a significant achievement for a platform that was only launched two years ago, but still leaves Android some way behind Apple's iPhone App Store, which now boasts 230,000 titles.

Mr Rubin said: “One of the advantages of an open platform is the opportunity for developers to create rich mobile experiences and seamlessly get those experiences into the hands of consumers.

“From new services, such as Voice Actions, to mobile applications, developer-led Android innovation is flourishing.”

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