Android is fast closing in on Apple’s iOS platform when it comes to the sheer range and breadth of apps on offer, new figures reveal.
According to a study conducted by Distimo, Google’s official application store, the Android Market, has now hit 400,000 apps, of which some 68 per cent are free.
By way of comparison, the App Store, which opened its doors for business much earlier than its Android equivalent, hit the 400,000-apps landmark in June 2011.
Just shy of a year ago, the Android Market’s wares numbered 200,000 – as the operating system’s growth into the world’s largest smartphone platform was mirrored by a surge in devs keen to ride the gravy train.
The faster growth of Android apps has also been fostered by Google’s open policy to software developers submitting apps to its store, which means that titles do not have to pass an App Store-style approval policy.