But mobile application firm AppsFire.com, which made the estimate, said only about 80 percent of these apps are active.
“There you go. We just hit the a significant milestone. If you take all the apps ever published developed on iOS and Android we just reached today 1 million mobile apps combined. Now careful: those 1 million apps are not all active. 800k in total are active,” it said.
Still, it said this was an impressive milestone reached “in a few years and an incredible level of activity lead by the developers’ community.”
In its estimate, AppsFire said iOS apps make up 52 percent of the one million apps, although it hinted there may be more.
“Our tracking on Android also includes apps that have not been published on the Android Market, while on iOS we count apps that are or were published on iTunes. The point is, there are over one million apps developed or being developed combined on both OSes,” it said.
AppsFire predicts there may be one million live apps for iOS and Android combined before the end of 2011.
A separate article on TheNextWeb said this is due to the smartphone market continuing to boom and device owners downloading an increasing number of applications.
“Judging by how quickly app stores are growing, we might not have long to wait,” it said.
The app stores for both iOS and Android opened in 2008 – Apple’s App Store on July 10 and Google’s Android Market on August 28. — TJD, GMA News
iOS (known as iPhone OS before June 2010) is Apple’s mobile operating system. Originally developed for the iPhone, it has since been extended to support other Apple, Inc. devices such as the iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV. Apple, Inc. does not license iOS for installation on third-party hardware. As of May 31, 2011, Apple, Inc.’s App Store contains more than 500,000 iOS applications, which have collectively been downloaded more than 15 billion times. In the last quarter of 2010, it had a 26% share of the smartphone operating system market in terms of units sold, behind Google’s Android and Nokia’s Symbian. As of May 2010, it accounted for 59% of mobile web consumption—including both the iPod Touch and the iPad—in North America
Android consists of a kernel based on the Linux kernel, with middleware, libraries and APIs written in C and application software running on an application framework which includes Java-compatible libraries based on Apache Harmony. Android uses the Dalvik virtual machine with just-in-time compilation to run compiled Java code. Android has a large community of developers writing applications (“apps”) that extend the functionality of the devices. Developers write primarily in a customized version of Java. There are currently more than 250,000 apps available for Android. Apps can be downloaded from third-party sites or through online stores such as Android Market, the app store run by Google.
Android was listed as the best-selling smartphone platform worldwide in Q4 2010 by Canalys
About Apple APP Store
The Apple/iOS App Store is a digital application distribution platform for iOS developed and maintained by Apple.
The service allows users to browse and download applications from the iTunes Store that were developed with the iOS SDK or Mac SDK and published through Apple, Inc.. Depending on the application, they are available either for free or at a cost. The applications can be downloaded directly to a target device, or downloaded onto a PC or Mac via iTunes. 30% of revenue from the store go to Apple, and 70% go to the producer of the app. The App Store opened on July 10, 2008 via an update to iTunes. On July 11, the iPhone 3G was launched and came pre-loaded with iOS 2.0.1 with App Store support; new iOS 2.0.1 firmware for iPhone and iPod Touch was also made available via iTunes. As of June 6, 2011, there are at least 425,000 third-party apps officially available on the App Store. As of January 18, 2011, the App Store had over 9.9 billion downloads, which was announced via the company’s “10 Billion App Countdown”. At 10:26 AM GMT on Saturday, January 22, 2011, the 10 billionth app was downloaded from Apple App Store. At early July 2011, 200 million iOS users have downloaded over 15 billion apps from its App Store. The mean revenue per application is estimated to be US$8,700, although data is not publicly available. As of May 2011, Apple approved its 500,000th app and 37 percent of all apps are free with the average price $3.64. The distribution of price follows a power law distribution (the Zipf–Mandelbrot law). Prices can be freely chosen by sellers at multiple of US$1 minus 1 cent (99c, $1.99, and so on).
About Google APP
Google Apps is a service from Google providing independently customizable versions of several Google products under a custom domain name. It features several Web applications with similar functionality to traditional office suites, including: Gmail, Google Groups, Google Calendar, Talk, Docs and Sites.
Google Apps is free and offers the same amount of storage as regular Gmail accounts. Google Apps for Business, which offers additional e-mail storage, is available for an annual fee per user account. Google Apps for Education, which is free, combines features from the Standard and Premier editions.
In addition to shared apps (calendar, docs, etc.), there is Google Apps Marketplace, which is an App “store” for Google Apps users. It contains various apps, both free and for a fee, which can be installed to customize the Google Apps experience for the user.
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