Android is now claiming that it has 100,000 applications in its mobile market.
It was only a matter of time before Android reached this milestone. For the past year, developers have turned out in droves for events catering to them, hosted by big-time supporters, like Motorola (NYSE: MOT), or at industry trade events, such as CTIA and Mobile World Congress. There’s even dudes walking around with bots painted on their Converse sneakers.
There’s roughly 270,000 developers writing software for Android, and the number of programs available for download in the Android Market has tripled since March alone, reports The NYTimes. So, while getting to 100,000 applications is significant accomplishment, many challenges remain if Google (NSDQ: GOOG) wants to maintain or accelerate its momentum.
First off, the quality of the applications so far in the Market remains low, and very few advanced games are available. It’s no wonder Angry Birds achieved three million downloads in less than a week. The milestone was tweeted by Google’s official AndroidDev alias this morning.
But quality will only come if Android can make developers happy. Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) knows this game all too well, and has done wonders by support billing through iTunes, and by more recently launching iAd to help with the monetization of free applications.
Android still faces a lot of work in this department. It needs to extend the scope of its payment platform, while likely introducing more ways to pay. It also must introduce well-understood concepts today, like in-app purchases. Last but not least, it must also reduce the impacts of fragmentation for developers, by making it more simple to support all the shapes and sizes that Android comes in today, and in the future.