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Anyone who thinks Android is not attracting developers in significant numbers may need to take a step back and rethink that position. Android app web site AndroLib shows 10,072 apps are available for download. A major portion of those apps, 64.2 percent, are free. It is […]

Anyone who thinks Android is not attracting developers in significant numbers may need to take a step back and rethink that position. Android app web site AndroLib shows 10,072 apps are available for download.

A major portion of those apps, 64.2 percent, are free. It is apparent that developers are churning out programs for the platform in decent numbers. It sure makes the 50 apps in the Palm Pre App Catalog look paltry. Sure, Android has been in developers’ hands longer than the WebOS that is used in the Pre, but the primary difference between the two platforms can be summed up in two words — open source.

Chart courtesy of AndroLib

Chart courtesy of AndroLib

(via MobileCrunch)

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  1. Three words for you: publicly available SDK. Another four words: availability outside the Americas.

    1. And this cold medication is pretty strong stuff; by sdk I meant “app store seriously approving apps”, which is a lot more than 3 words, but there you are.

  2. I don’t really understand the slam at the Palm Pre. You post on September 8th and say 50 apps. I use Preware and it is showing 180 apps. I have 59 installed. You also make reference to the difference between the two as being open source but webOS is also open source. I am not feeling a lot of love here for the Pre. When I jumped over to the Mobile Crunch article there was no Pre bashing there and all of the comments were basically about the iPhone and Android. I think Android is great but I use the Sprint network and am very glad to have the Pre. Android is coming in October but for now the Pre is a very good phone and getting better by the day.

    1. Pre bashing? You need to check around the site a bit. :)

  3. I follow you and that is why I was surprised that you would take an article about Android and take a jab at the Pre.

  4. Great! Now, out of all of those apps, how many can even stand up to the likes of PocketBreeze + Pocket Informant, SoftMaker Office, TCPMP/Kinoma Play, etc.? (At least it’s supposedly getting handwriting recognition in the future.)

  5. I predict Android will have the largest app store in a few years. Just too many developers and too many phones by then. I like Android but I still think the Unix OS and iPhone hardware give Apple the edge overall for best platform. It’s good to have competition so Apple can’t go MS (as in monopoly) on us.

  6. helicopter view Sunday, September 13, 2009

    Monopoly? For gawds sake, Apple has nowhere near a monopoly and won’t have. It has a tiny, tiny percentage of the global phone market.

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