103 Android apps are downloaded every second

Ian Hardy

December 27, 2010 6:56pm


Google’s Android OS is now a dominant player in the mobile space. A recent Gartner Research report stated that they believe Android will come close to being the worldwide mobile OS leader by 2014. However, when it comes to apps, Apple is still king with over 300,000, followed by the Android Market around the 100,000 mark. Then you have the new player Windows Phone 7 and Palm tied with about 5,000 apps each.

Another stat found on Android Market tracker AndroLib.com shows a combined total of applications and games over the 200,000 milestone. But even more interesting is the number of apps that are being downloaded per second. According to AndroidLib there is an astonishing 103 apps being downloaded every second (and have crossed over the 2.5 billion mark). These of course are unconfirmed by Google and is a global number but would be great to see this number broken down by country and even by which apps are being downloaded.

Check it here at AndroidLib

  • Luis

    dang – Android FTW!!!!!!!

  • Becker

    that’s a crazy number

  • khadar

    woow android growing up eh… good to see that cuz i hate iphone to death cuz of stupid itunes thing

  • EraqEE

    Android Apps = Quality
    Iphone Apps = Quantity

    It’s quality that counts, people.

    • zorxd

      Android does have a few quality apps, so does iOS but I think that the biggest difference is that :

      iOS= mostly paid apps
      Android = mostly free apps

    • TNSF

      Oh please, what a lame attempt to make excuses for the smaller app base on Android.

      Every platform has good and bad apps. At least with iOS they go through an approval process to make sure they A) work and B) don’t steal your personal info and send it to China.

  • Sigh

    What I like to know, for both Android and iOS apps, is what percentage of the total available apps (200K for Android and 300K for iOS) accounts for, say, 80% of the download. I don’t have the answer but would it surprise me if the percentage is very low, like, 20%? Not at the least. This would mean that 80% of the apps are either not even looked at or are so bad people don’t download. So, do we really need 200K~300K apps?

  • ToniCipriani

    Somewhat wondering how many of those are actually unique new downloads. I know for one thing two of my friends with their Galaxy S has gone through several reflashes in the past month and redownloaded everything.

    • daveloft

      Teach them how to use Titanium Backup so they stop wasting time and resources.