The Apple App Store has been with us now for just over three years, during this time it has grown in popularity and size. A few months later the Android Market was released with paid for applications being made available in February 2009. While the Apple App Store remains the bench mark for application stores. Now analysts are predicting that the Android Market is set to pass the App Store next year, but does it really matter if the Android Market overtakes the App Store?
An article on CBR Mobility is reporting that according to Strategy Analytics the Android Market is set to go past the Apple App Store for quarterly volume by the end of 2012. The Android Market will be helped from third party app sellers such as the Amazon App Store, GetJar and Nook to name but a few.
A few weeks ago Apple had its 15 billionth application download, while last month the Android Market recorded its 4.5 billionth app download. It is still thought that Apple will still have the highest revenue from app downloads next year as it has more paid for downloads. Plus it currently has more apps than the other platforms.
But because of the help from the third party sellers it won’t be long before the Android Market is out in front. Sometimes the Android platform can be helped with the tight restrictions that Apple imposes on applications being submitted to the App Store, developers can even release apps on Android first because of this.
But the Android Market does have its problems with applications in the past being released that contain malware. The Android Market is currently undergoing a face lift as it was recently updated and is rolling out around the world. It comes down to personal preference which is better, but personally I prefer the look and feel of the Apple App Store.
My cell phone is on the Android platform, but I also have an iOS device so have used both app store fronts. The Android market is certainly getting better but still falls a little short of Apple’s offering. But the quality of the applications available is the important part, and currently the Android Market has a way to go. Do you agree? Or do you prefer the Android Market?