Android Hits 20,000 Apps; Doubles Output in Last Five Months

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Yes, we’ve all heard the buzz about Android.  But time after time, consumers have reiterated: it’s the apps that have lead to Apple’s grip on the market. We know it’s not the service, because Apple has been outed again and again for their lackluster coverage, locked-in AT&T contracts, and app store handling. Sure, there’s a bit of marketing magic going on. Admittedly, I’ve been a Mac fan of sorts for years, and nothing they have produced is as slick and sultry as the iPhone.

With Android, though, there’s a certain sense of freshness, a feeling among many consumers that, even if this isn’t the be-all end-all for the iPhone, it’s certainly a monumental step in the right direction.

According to Mashable, Android has reportedly hit the 20,000 mark in the their app store. While still some paces behind Apple (by comparison, Apple just reached their 100,000 mark last month), and bolstered by the recent release of Droid, it’s still cause for celebration for Google. Not surprisingly, 14% of the apps for Android are games. But the pace is quickly growing throughout all apps. From the article:

30 percent of apps have been downloaded fewer than 50 times. Only a very small percentage of apps have been downloaded more than 250,000 times, which might indicate that creating a “hit” application for the Android Market requires more nuance than for the iPhone.

While this is well and good of course, not all of us have access to the Droid or, by extension, the applications. Including me. While there some decent reviews of apps online, I’d like to appeal to you, dear readers. I tend to trust geeks more, y’know?

Knowing virtually nothing about the apps myself (save fiddling with my sister’s G1 some months ago), let us know how the Android apps stack up against Apple. What must-have’s do you use every day? How much have you shelled out for an app and was it worth it? Have you built an app yourself? How was your experience with the app stores? Not to mention, are the apps generally iPhone mimics, or do you find they offer something else?

My hope is that we can start compiling some geeky, sexy apps to recommend to readers (with proper attribution, of course) over the coming months. While the Droid might not completely knock the iPhone out of the top spot, it certainly looks promising in the way of development and function.

Thanks in advance.

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10 Responses to Android Hits 20,000 Apps; Doubles Output in Last Five Months

  1. And how many of those are fart apps? Oh wait…thats the iPhone app store ;-)

    Seriously though, there are alot of fart software in the app market for my Droid. I never understand why people buy them.

  2. And how many of those are fart apps? Oh wait…thats the iPhone app store ;-)

    Seriously though, there are alot of fart software in the app market for my Droid. I never understand why people buy them.

  3. My favorite Android app is a truly for us Geeks!
    It’s an app called PdaNet. This simple little (Free) app allows you to tether ANY android phone via your data/charging cable to a laptop and use it as a wireless modem. Depending on where you are, your connection speeds can be better than WiFi!

    It’s also extremely easy to use. Plug it in, make 1 or 2 mouse clicks, and it just works!!!!

  4. My favorite Android app is a truly for us Geeks!

    It's an app called PdaNet. This simple little (Free) app allows you to tether ANY android phone via your data/charging cable to a laptop and use it as a wireless modem. Depending on where you are, your connection speeds can be better than WiFi!

    It's also extremely easy to use. Plug it in, make 1 or 2 mouse clicks, and it just works!!!!

  5. There are so many awesome apps for the Android platform. Open Home is nice (around $3) because it is super customizable w/ downloadable themes (some free, some about $1). “Customizable” meaning page names and battery percentage in the corner of the screens, quick search option, separate docking tray, etc.

    I also like the fact that the android can be rooted (turning a regular phone into a developer phone), like I have with my G1. There are plenty of developer roms to choose from (like Cyanogen’s, a popular and completely legal one) that allow you to do cool things like use your SD card for apps storage and swap (like faux RAM) to add to what your phone already has internally.

  6. There are so many awesome apps for the Android platform. Open Home is nice (around $3) because it is super customizable w/ downloadable themes (some free, some about $1). "Customizable" meaning page names and battery percentage in the corner of the screens, quick search option, separate docking tray, etc.

    I also like the fact that the android can be rooted (turning a regular phone into a developer phone), like I have with my G1. There are plenty of developer roms to choose from (like Cyanogen's, a popular and completely legal one) that allow you to do cool things like use your SD card for apps storage and swap (like faux RAM) to add to what your phone already has internally.

  7. I also have the “Apps2SDCard” app enabled, a fast Speed6 6gb sd card. Over 100 applications on my phone, beautiful themes with Metamorph App, and almost every must-have app for iPhone is now available for Android. I also have rooted the phone and stay up to date on the ever increasing roms that speed up the phone. I also know a couple guys who have switched to android because their girlfriends can break into their iphones to easily. All love Android and haven’t looked back.

    Can you tell I an an android fanboy?

    What about games you say?

    I have all the nintendo, snes, and gameboy advance rom emulators, a few hundred of the best titles, and a credit card sized gamepad that fits over the keys that fits in my wallet. Old school mortal Kombat with enough responsiveness to pull off all the finishing moves. Eat that iphone.

    Oh yeah, and most iphone games are available for android directly from the gameloft website, just not on the marketplace.

  8. I also have the "Apps2SDCard" app enabled, a fast Speed6 6gb sd card. Over 100 applications on my phone, beautiful themes with Metamorph App, and almost every must-have app for iPhone is now available for Android. I also have rooted the phone and stay up to date on the ever increasing roms that speed up the phone. I also know a couple guys who have switched to android because their girlfriends can break into their iphones to easily. All love Android and haven't looked back.

    Can you tell I an an android fanboy?

    What about games you say?

    I have all the nintendo, snes, and gameboy advance rom emulators, a few hundred of the best titles, and a credit card sized gamepad that fits over the keys that fits in my wallet. Old school mortal Kombat with enough responsiveness to pull off all the finishing moves. Eat that iphone.

    Oh yeah, and most iphone games are available for android directly from the gameloft website, just not on the marketplace.