Google's Android Market surpasses 400,000 app benchmark

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Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android Market storefront has reached the 400,000 application milestone, app marketplace analytics firm Distimo reports. Android Market reached 300,000 apps in August 2011, four months after surpassing the 200,000 mark.

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Android Market needed two additional months to reach the latest benchmark compared to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) rival App Store, which topped 400,000 apps in June 2011. "Interesting to see is that Android Market has taken 31 months to reach the 200,000 milestone, while Apple only needed 22 months to do this for iPhone apps," writes Distimo data analyst Tiuri van Agten on the firm's blog. "However, Android Market needed only four more months to pass the 300,000 milestone, while the App Store for iPhone needed eight more months after Apple hit the 200,000 milestone. Moreover, the gap between the 300K and 400K milestone is also smaller for the Android Market than for the Apple App Store for iPhone, four and seven months respectively."

Roughly two thirds of Android Market apps are free downloads, Distimo states. Approximately 100,000 developers have published Android applications, with each publishing an average of 4.1 apps. Google and its developer partners have removed many Android Market apps as a result of copyright infringement or related concerns.

Last month, Google announced that consumers have now downloaded 10 billion apps from Android Market. Android device users now download more than a billion apps each month. In addition, Google senior vice president of mobile Andy Rubin recently announced the company now activates more than 700,000 new Android-powered devices each day.

For more:
- read this Distimo Blog entry

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