Android Market Reaches 500k Apps

Android Market has reached the 500,000 apps mark, according to a report from market research firm research2guidance

The Apple App Store stands at 600,000 successful submissions. However, 37 per cent of published apps on Android Market are later removed for various reasons, whereas on the Apple App Store 24 per cent or approved apps are later removed. 

“Although Apple regularly cleans up its store from inappropriate or outdated content, its active application share still exceeds that of Android,” says research2guidance. “It is likely that the more rigid application submission requirements prevent developers from publishing multiple trial or low quality applications whereas publishers in the Android Market place a lot of market testing, trials, demo and malware content. Over 78 per cent of the apps removed from the Android Market were free, which could mean that publishers put more effort into the applications they place with the pay-per-download business model, thus ensuring that it is kept longer in store.”

The findings are published in research2guidances Android Market Insights Volume 6 report, which can be downloaded free of charge here

According to the report, Android Market developers are more productive than iOS developers – the average publisher on Android placed more than six apps in the market since launch, compared to just over four apps for iOS developers.