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Android Market home to 400,000 apps says Distimo

News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday January 04, 2012.

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According to app watchdog Distimo, the Android Market is now home to over 400,000 apps, with 100,000 developers contributing to it. The Market added 100,000 new apps since August, 2011, when it topped the 300,000 mark.

Distimo notes that over two-thirds of the apps available in the Market are free, and that the number of free apps has grown more quickly than that of paid apps. The firm says that this is due to the "freemium" business model that many developers are now adopting (Freemium refers to an app that is presented as free, with the option to purchase more features within the app once it is downloaded and installed.).

The average developer contributing to the Market publishes 4.1 apps, which is down from the 5 apps per developer that was reported about a year ago. Distimo says that the 400,000 app milestone refers only to apps that are currently available in the Android Market and does not count apps that were removed by Google or developers for whatever reason.

Apple boasted back in October that its iTunes App Store was home to over 500,000 apps, and it was recently reported that Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace now has over 50,000 apps available.

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