Google posted a solid second quarter and the company said its Android operating system continues to gain momentum.
Google also said the Android Market now has about 70,000 apps in it. This momentum is also going strong, as AndroLib said that number is expected to reach 100,000 by the end of the month and it could get even larger thanks to new tools from Google.
The search giant just introduced the App Inventor and this essentially makes it drop-dead simple to create Android apps without any programming experience. It utilizes a drag-and-drop interface to build the programs and it seems very beginner-friendly. Who knows if this will actually lead to impressive apps but it does have the potential to capture non-traditional developer mindshare away from rivals like Apple, Microsoft and Research In Motion.
The company is still making loads of cash via its traditional search advertising but it believes that mobile phone and smartphones will make desktops “irrelevant” in as few as three years. That’s why it introduced Android and the company said it has seen mobile traffic increase 500% in the last two years and it believes its mobile operating system has been an “accelerant” of that.
With high-profile devices like the Motorola Droid X and the EVO 4G, Android is kicking some behind but there have been some missteps. Google reiterated that it will cease directly selling the Nexus One and it will no longer record revenues or costs from that product in the third quarter. Existing N1 owners can take solace in the fact that they’ll probably continue to get new Android software (like Froyo) before anyone else.