Almost to the day of the 2nd anniversary of the world’s first Android phone, the G1, the Android Market has passed the 100,000 mark in available applications. The G1 would be so proud, even if it couldn’t run half of those Android apps.
Counting Android apps seems to be a little more difficult than one may have thought, as there are applications that are only sold in certain countries, which apparently aren’t counted. Some countries are just now receiving paid applications, so we could imagine that the official app count may be a little difficult to accurately determine. It looks like apps that can be found in the Android Market app count towards the 100k mark, no matter where in the world you are. Sort of like Google only counting Android handset activation that have Google services on them. There’s more than that, but.. who cares?
News of the 100k Android app milestone broke out on the AndroidDev Twitter account earlier today, but no official announcement has been released as of yet. We’d expect the announcement to come at some point later today, but we also wouldn’t be surprised if Google held the app count number for something a little bigger, possibly? Who knows, but we’re glad that Android is finally getting more and more traction with its application store. There may be more application stores on their way to the Google-made mobile OS, but none will likely be able to pack the amount the official store has anytime soon.
While 100,000 applications is impressive it pales in comparison to the iOS platform, which boasts over 300,000 apps at this point. The Android Market may never exceed the App Store’s numbers, but we should be able to see quite a big jump once the Adobe Air and Flash applications begin to hit the Market. Developers are becoming more interested in developing for Google’s OS, when once they only intended to make applications for iOS. Android is gaining traction like never before, and it should certainly be an interesting 2011.