MetricsCat has compiled information about the number of apps in 4 main app stores. We estimate that Google Play and Apple App Store both have around 900 000 apps currently. In January Sociable predicted Google Play will hit one million apps already in June. Find the latest officially announced numbers below:
- Apple App Store 800 000 apps (January 28, 2013)
- Google Play > 700 000 apps (March 6, 2013) *
- Windows Phone Store 145 000 apps (May 10, 2013)
- Blackberry World 100 000 apps (March 21, 2013)
* Google announced reaching 700 000 Android apps in October 2012.
Considering the large number of apps it seems obvious that all of those app stores should satisfy users. After all an average user downloads into her phone about 80 apps. However, the question is if most popular apps that largely constitute that “80 apps” are available in all app stores. The answer is that some top apps such as Instagram are still not available on other platforms than iOS and Android. Windows Phone Store and Blackberry World are growing but it remains to be seen if they can attract new cool apps to their platform.
Users care about the quality of apps. It is fair to say that Android Market/Google Play has been less strict with quality standards than Apple. Reviews by other users have been one way for users to assess the quality of apps. Google is raising the bar now, it removed 60 000 low quality Android apps from Google Play in February 2013.
Android apps are available in many other stores such as Amazon Appstore, GetJar, Baidu App Store, Yandex.Store, Opera Mobile App Store, Slide ME, F-Droid, App Brain, Handango, Soc.io and Mobango. According to App Annie Amazon Appstore boasts already 75 000 Android apps and continues fast growth of downloads in 2013.