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  • Number of Android Apps Approaching Total iOS App Inventory


    Google is confirming today that Android apps are catching up to iOS apps in terms of quantity now available for download. As of this writing, Android apps now total close to 700,000, which is up from 675,000 apps just one month ago.

    The narrowing gap between Android and iOS app inventories was confirmed this week by Google to Shara Tibken from CNET. Just a few weeks ago, Apple similarly confirmed the availability of 700,000 apps in its App Store. And based on the observed momentum of the Android platform today, Android may soon overtake Apple in total available apps.

    "The number of apps offered for an operating system is an important factor for driving user adoption," Tibken observes. "Apple had long led the rest of the market, but Google had been quickly catch up. By comparison, Microsoft said yesterday that it now has 120,000 apps for it Windows Phone OS. That's a pretty big figure for the company but it significantly lags Android and iOS."

    So should Apple be nervous about Android gaining steam? According to some Android critics, quality still matters more than quantity. And no one will tell you faster than an Apple fan that the App Store still has more quality apps than its Android counterpart.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Number of Android Apps Approaching Total iOS App Inventory started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 56 Comments
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Potatoe-Potatoe-Tomatoe-Tomatoe!
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Apparently there is a tivo app (I honestly didn't know)
      I have used Samsung's version of find phone and it was just cumbersome at best.
      Tivo: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...S5hbmRyb2lkIl0.

      The best security/find phone app. Cerberus: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...mNlcmJlcnVzIl0.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      Yup, got tivo now, had to pull a little IP trickery but got it. Silly me for not looking beyond what was available in the international google play store.

      Downloading cerberus now. Will check it out, thanks
    1. blwallace5's Avatar
      blwallace5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BIMPtacular View Post
      Splashtop HD - You can log into your PC with your gmail account. Doesn't get much easier than that.
      Android users still have browsers to visit MMi if they want.
      There is a Tivo app for Android so I don't get what you were saying.
      Find iPhone works better? Got any sources?
      Tweetdeck

      As far as google navigation goes you can pre-navigate your directions using Google Now with voice, on Wifi, and save them for the road. You need data for any app that doesn't store ALL of its maps locally, even if you pre-load the map data before your voyage you have to do so with an internet connection(Data or Wifi).


      Android did have quite a few malware infested apps in their market for a while, but it is being policed much more strictly now. Let's don't try to pretend that iOS has never had mischievous developers packing their apps with data mining code. Neither platform is squeeky clean. Quality is subjective, and where some see quality in pretty pictures others might see it in functionality. Android apps CAN have a much wider range of functionality within the more open OS; for example applying themes, backing up data(or full roms), file browsers, installing recovery tools. That doesn't mean that most apps do, but not all "polish" in an app is based on visuals. There are far more complex apps available on Android.

      Splashtop HD is horrible and buggy, but I am forced to use it because it is the only vnc that is available for my touchpad as well as my other devices. Not even close to the same quality there.

      MMI- of course anybody can use a browser, that is not the point and you know that.

      No experience with any platforms tivo apps so no comment on either's quality.

      Find My Iphone is much better, yeah I have sources, I have used the apps, good enough sources for me. You will have to try them yourself to make an opinion.

      Tweetdeck is awful on every platform I have used it on, does not compare to tweetbot at all. I still use it on os x though because I refuse to pay $20 for tweetbot.

      There are many apps that I use exclusively on each platform because they are not equal. For school I use android apps more, because even though they may be a bit lacking in polish, they provide more function for me. To each their own, I just think the examples you provide BIMPtacular prove nothing because they are terrible apps.
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Searched tom tom. Got a boat load of crapware lol.
      it's tomtom, no spaces. https://play.google.com/store/search?q=tomtom&c=apps

      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Downloading cerberus now. Will check it out, thanks
      Cerberus is awesome, can't think of any other app that gives me as much control over my phone. With the ability to remotely take pics, video, sound it's just perfect. Hide it from the app drawer to make it sneaky lol
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Painkiller006 View Post
      it's tomtom, no spaces. https://play.google.com/store/search?q=tomtom&c=apps



      Cerberus is awesome, can't think of any other app that gives me as much control over my phone. With the ability to remotely take pics, video, sound it's just perfect. Hide it from the app drawer to make it sneaky lol
      TomTom still didn't show up for me again.....until I hid my IP again. Damn google play and their IP checking. Well this has taken my number of apps I can't get on android down a bit. Still miss tweetbot and no MMi app though. Plus I love my iPhone 5. Nice having the best of both worlds though and can't wait to get me a Nexus 4
    1. Tperry's Avatar
      Tperry -
      Quote Originally Posted by aidanharris View Post
      What about apps that are specifically designed for tablets though? How many iPad specific apps and tablet apps in Google play are there? Just to clear up any confusion by tablet apps I mean an app specifically designed for a tablet rather than a glorified pixel doubled mobile phone application



      Not true. Take TomTom navigation as a prime example. As far as I know they have yet to release a version for Android. There are many other examples to. The call of duty games were never originally made available to Android and until Facebook bought instagram neither was that available for Android...
      If the Dev follows Googles coding advice, the don't NEED to have special versions. It scales itself.

      Quote Originally Posted by Awdad724 View Post
      Half of the 700,000 on android are full of nothing but malware.
      Proof required or statement is like poster, FOS.

      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      I can name a few:
      iTeleport, there are vnc apps in google play but they don't compare to iteleport with ease of use both on the device and the remote devices with setup.
      MMi app
      Tivo app
      Find iPhone works way better than any android "equivalent".
      Tweetbot, sure there are good twitter apps in google play, but there is no tweetbot.
      Maps.....whoops, how'd that one get in here lol

      Also, while I agree google navigation has been around a long time correct me if I am wrong but don't you need data for it to work? For international people who travel like me having the maps preloaded like tom tom does is a big plus, no data required for it to work.
      RE: google Navigation, ok your corrected. You are wrong and have been available since June 2012. Offline map list that are available is shown at: http://support.google.com/gmm/bin/an...answer=2650347
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tperry View Post


      RE: google Navigation, ok your corrected. You are wrong and have been available since June 2012
      Huh?
    1. Tperry's Avatar
      Tperry -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      MMi in a browser on a mobile device in one word: sucks
      Apparently there is a tivo app (I honestly didn't know), doesn't show up for me in google play and when I try to install from browser gives me not available in your country message. Will have to find a way around that, but that brings up another point why google play isn't as good as the app store, Apple doesn't refuse you stuff based on your IP, if you don't live in the US the google play store is very limited.
      I have used Samsung's version of find phone and it was just cumbersome at best.
      Tweetdeck is alright, but it's no tweetbot. Anyone who has used tweetbot will tell you the same.
      Tom Tom has all the maps preloaded on the device. I don't need data before, during, or after any trip for it to work.
      I agree, the app store is not perfect either, I use both and from my personal experience Apple's app store is still the better one. Especially for international users.
      As if the iPhone 5 version of the ModMyI app doesn't... you go to quote a post and the last several lines of what you are typing is invisibile behind the keyboard... and then you have to get to a browser to make sure it's OK and fix any errors.

      As for the Tivo App.... here ya' go: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....android&hl=en
      You don't think Apple doesn't restrict stuff based upon your location... you don't use iTunes much huh? I GUARANTEE you stuff available in the US is not available elsewhere, and vice versa.
      The Samsung version of the phone finder is not even available to a lot of carriers in the U.S. There are better apps out there anyways for it. This one is supposed to be equivalent to the IOS version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...heresmyandroid

      Google offline maps are available for numerous countries. The list is shown at: Availability - Google Maps for Mobile Help

      Quote Originally Posted by fredHD View Post
      Sorry dude that is such a poor answer and I'm no apple fanboy I've got all platforms. Most tweaking apps on android require a root trust me I tried a few and they don't work, like volume booster: it'd work on one phone but not the other, why ? Because to many different android platforms some apps work on some devices and not on others, it must be said android market the quality is not there yet I could go on but it's pointless as either way ill get blasted with fanboys. But anyway it's people choice but I'd say if you want a good quality app go apple, if you want loads of garbage and a good amount of insecure apps go android then if you want pricey but good quality apps go windows.
      To be correct - to many HARDWARE platforms. One Android platform (the OS). Just because the hardware varies doesn't mean the core OS does.

      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Huh?

      You stated " Also, while I agree google navigation has been around a long time correct me if I am wrong but don't you need data for it to work? For international people who travel like me having the maps preloaded like tom tom does is a big plus, no data required for it to work."


      I was just following your request to correct you if you were wrong..
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tperry View Post
      As if the iPhone 5 version of the ModMyI app doesn't... you go to quote a post and the last several lines of what you are typing is invisibile behind the keyboard... and then you have to get to a browser to make sure it's OK and fix any errors.

      As for the Tivo App.... here ya' go: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....android&hl=en
      You don't think Apple doesn't restrict stuff based upon your location... you don't use iTunes much huh? I GUARANTEE you stuff available in the US is not available elsewhere, and vice versa.
      The Samsung version of the phone finder is not even available to a lot of carriers in the U.S. There are better apps out there anyways for it. This one is supposed to be equivalent to the IOS version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...heresmyandroid

      Google offline maps are available for numerous countries. The list is shown at: Availability - Google Maps for Mobile Help
      Already got tivo and seen that tom tom is in the google play US store.

      Where's my android sucks, tried it. Cerberus which was suggested by painkiller is way better, you would have known that had you actually read more of the thread

      I use iTunes all the time, iTunes does not check your IP and limit what is available in the iTunes store. If you choose the US itunes store and setup an account with either a US credit card or redeem card you can access all the apps, music, movies, tv shows etc available in the US iTunes store. I live in Bermuda and have NEVER had issues buying anything from iTunes, getting access to the US store is as simple as clicking on the little US flag in iTunes. The google play store on the other hand only shows me free apps with no sim in. With a sim in it shows me paid apps but obviously not all of them unless I go on the online google play store and use an IP changing app. The average person wouldn't be able to do what I did to get the TiVo app so for international users the Android experience is very limited (unless you are a little tech savvy and can find ways around it). And google play music and videos in non existant for me, I don't even get access to that part of their store.

      Quote Originally Posted by Tperry View Post
      As if the iPhone 5 version of the ModMyI app doesn't... you go to quote a post and the last several lines of what you are typing is invisibile behind the keyboard... and then you have to get to a browser to make sure it's OK and fix any errors.
      [/COLOR]
      That should be rectified VERY soon

      Quote Originally Posted by Tperry View Post

      You stated " Also, while I agree google navigation has been around a long time correct me if I am wrong but don't you need data for it to work? For international people who travel like me having the maps preloaded like tom tom does is a big plus, no data required for it to work."


      I was just following your request to correct you if you were wrong..
      Aah, ok. Wording was a little off so wasn't sure. That is good to know that you can get google maps offline though
    1. aidanharris's Avatar
      aidanharris -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      And google play music and videos in non existant for me, I don't even get access to that part of their store.
      Google Music is still in beta afaik (correct me if I'm wrong) which is why it isn't available in every single google play store and only the us one I suppose.

      EDIT: or were you referring to the buying of music and videos?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by aidanharris View Post
      Google Music is still in beta afaik (correct me if I'm wrong) which is why it isn't available in every single google play store and only the us one I suppose.

      EDIT: or were you referring to the buying of music and videos?
      Ya, buying music and videos. I have the google play music app but that just plays music as far as I can see. Generally for music I just still use itunes and use tunesync to get my itunes playlists and songs on my nexus. I know there are other stores that provide this like amazon etc but those check IP too so cant get tv shows/movies from them.
    1. Shadowmax's Avatar
      Shadowmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Will have to try out splashtop, I had only used pocketcloud before and it wasn't good at all.
      MMi in a browser on a mobile device in one word: sucks
      Apparently there is a tivo app (I honestly didn't know), doesn't show up for me in google play and when I try to install from browser gives me not available in your country message. Will have to find a way around that, but that brings up another point why google play isn't as good as the app store, Apple doesn't refuse you stuff based on your IP, if you don't live in the US the google play store is very limited.
      I have used Samsung's version of find phone and it was just cumbersome at best.
      Tweetdeck is alright, but it's no tweetbot. Anyone who has used tweetbot will tell you the same.
      Tom Tom has all the maps preloaded on the device. I don't need data before, during, or after any trip for it to work.
      I agree, the app store is not perfect either, I use both and from my personal experience Apple's app store is still the better one. Especially for international users.
      WHAT??????!!!!!! APPLE DOES REFUSE YOU STUFF BASED ON YOUR IP. I live in Venezuela and Apple AppStore for my country gets late the upgrades and new apps. Even worst you know since when i sterted to enjoy iTune Store for buying music and movies?? LAST FRIKING YEAR, and i was sooo pised back when i had my iPhone 3G because i had a stupid iTunes app on my phone that was completely useless. BECAUSE APPLE DID DENY YOU STUFF BASED ON YOUR IP. I couldn't even open an account on the US store

      Android is the ******* same. So both are stupid in that regard. I cannot buy books and music from google.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmax View Post
      WHAT??????!!!!!! APPLE DOES REFUSE YOU STUFF BASED ON YOUR IP. I live in Venezuela and Apple AppStore for my country gets late the upgrades and new apps. Even worst you know since when i sterted to enjoy iTune Store for buying music and movies?? LAST FRIKING YEAR, and i was sooo pised back when i had my iPhone 3G because i had a stupid iTunes app on my phone that was completely useless. BECAUSE APPLE DID DENY YOU STUFF BASED ON YOUR IP. I couldn't even open an account on the US store

      Android is the ******* same. So both are stupid in that regard. I cannot buy books and music from google.
      No, they don't. Apple bases what is available by which country store you pick. Not by your IP address. If you setup a US iTunes account then you would have full access to the US store and everything in it regardless of where you are. I am not in the US, this is what I do. If I were to chose the store available to Bermuda (there is one) I would only have access to certain apps and music.
      And before you or anyone says "I can't setup a US iTunes account" you or anyone can. All it takes is a US bought iTunes redeem card. With that you can setup a US iTunes account (you have to put in a US address but it can be any address, I just put Apple's address lol ) and have full access to the US iTunes store, no worries about IP checking.

      Get a U.S. iTunes Account Anywhere In the World [How To] | Cult of Mac
    1. Tperry's Avatar
      Tperry -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      No, they don't. Apple bases what is available by which country store you pick. Not by your IP address. If you setup a US iTunes account then you would have full access to the US store and everything in it regardless of where you are. I am not in the US, this is what I do. If I were to chose the store available to Bermuda (there is one) I would only have access to certain apps and music.
      And before you or anyone says "I can't setup a US iTunes account" you or anyone can. All it takes is a US bought iTunes redeem card. With that you can setup a US iTunes account (you have to put in a US address but it can be any address, I just put Apple's address lol ) and have full access to the US iTunes store, no worries about IP checking.

      Get a U.S. iTunes Account Anywhere In the World [How To] | Cult of Mac
      Oh, it's like the Obama web site that allows you to game it if you are overseas. That site takes donations from anywhere, even if it is not supposed to allow outside the US. I foresee RIAA getting involved to shut that Apple loophole down. And like most iPhone users are going to jump through hoops to get a US purchased card.
      If Apple played by the same rules (replace copyright with patent) then the gaming of the system could not be done.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tperry View Post
      Oh, it's like the Obama web site that allows you to game it if you are overseas. That site takes donations from anywhere, even if it is not supposed to allow outside the US. I foresee RIAA getting involved to shut that Apple loophole down. And like most iPhone users are going to jump through hoops to get a US purchased card.
      That has been the case since before the first iPhone came out. Don't see why it would change now. US iTunes cards are readily available here. All the stores that sell Apple products sell the US iTunes gift cards here. No hoop jumping needed. And for people in countries where they don't sell US gift cards it isn't very hard to get them. A quick search on eBay of "itunes gift card us" will get you multiple hits. Again, no hoop jumping needed.