The number of smartphone applications available across all platforms is closing in on one million, as the post-iPhone app explosion continues unabated.
According to research conducted by analysis company Mobilewalla, titles for Apple iOS-powered devices, Android kits, Windows Phone handsets and BlackBerrys now number some 989,863.
Unsurprisingly the lion’s share of these are for iGadgets, with some 590,138 of the total – and counting, presumably.
Android is in second, with 320,315, while BlackBerry users get to choose from 43,544. And bringing up the rear is relative newbie Windws Phone with 35,479.
Of the total, some 16.68 per cent are entertainment-focussed, while 13.36 per cent are games. Books and lifestyle-flavoured titles made up 10.21 per cent and 8.2 per cent respectively.
Commenting on the figures, Anindya Datta, Mobilewalla founder, said: “This is truly an astonishing accomplishment that cannot be ignored.
“The growth of apps is the fastest growing consumer segment in the history of commerce.”
Datta also noted the paradigm shift in apps since they first entered the public’s consciousness back in 2007 that has seen them become ever slicker, and the seismic effect of casual gaming behemoths such as Angry Birds that sparked even more devs to join the app gold rush.
He said: “In the early days most of the initial apps were 'fun, indie' apps, such as the Doodle Jump game, one of the first mass-market apps to gain viral popularity and paved the entryway for other mass successes like Angry Birds.”