The number of apps submitted to Google for inclusion in the Android Market is closing in on the iPhone App Store, as more and more devs look to get on board the Android gravy train.
According to research2guidance, the number of Android app submissions during September hit 500,000. On paper, that’d be put the Google’s download portal just 100,000 behind the App Store, which has received 600,000 apps for its minions to subject to Apple's notoriously opaque approval policy.
However, of those 500,000 Android Market hopefuls, a whopping 37 per cent were subsequently yanked from sale, bringing the actual number that are up for grabs to 315,000.
Conversely, Apple, which regularly spring cleans the App Store to get rid of the shonkier apps, got rid of 24 per cent of apps in September.
The study’s findings suggest that the open nature of Android may finally be winning developers around, after previous surveys indicated that the App Store’s larger user base continued to be the greater lure.