Android apps to overtake iOS downloads in 2011

 

By Posted 8 Sep 2011, 17:42

As the battle for supremacy of the smartphone market between Android and iOS continues, Google’s OS looks to be getting even stronger. Having already increased their market share of handsets sold over the last year by 8%, Android apps now look to overtake those that are downloaded for the Apple iOS. In fact analysts insist that the number of Android apps downloaded by the end of 2011 will have risen by almost 7 billion.

The prediction comes from an analyst firm known as Ovum who says ‘Android will take a significant lead with 8.1 billion downloads to Apple’s 6 billion before the end of the year.’ last year was a different story, with Apple dominating 2.7 billion apps downloaded compared to Android’s 1.4 billion. The basis for these predictions comes from the growth of the Android as a platform, due to its increasing popularity and integration into lower priced handsets.

Despite the prediction, the analysts believe Apple’s iPhone will still continue dominating the market in terms of revenue from number of paid-for apps downloaded as opposed to Android devices which will lead in the overall amount of apps downloaded. They predict that by 2016 Apple revenue totals for these paid-for apps will have reached $2.86 billion as opposed to $1.5 billion for Android’s total.

According to ITPro, Android’s growth will be furthermore enhanced as the market is set to explode this year anyway, increasing by 144% from 2010’s total. Also downloading and purchasing apps on their devices has just become even easier, as users will no longer have to undergo the tedious process of typing in card details every time they wish to purchase an app, as they are now charged via their phone bill thanks to Vodafone.

Do you agree with the analysts’ predictions? Which OS do you prefer?

  • Anonymous

    There were 7 billion downloads from the iOS app store last year according to Apple themselves, not 2.7 billion.

    There have already been 5 billion this year from the iOS App Store as of July with a run-rate of 1 billion per month.

    Ovum’s figures are complete fiction.

    • Anonymous

      Dont worry, it’s just a matter of time. App store had a one year head start and android market is catching up at an alarming rate. hahahhaa

  • Stevo320

    Andoid is already beating iOS in Virus and Malware on portable devices. lol

    • Anonymous

      a reply from a bummed out icrap fan who deep down inside, knows he’s on the losing side! Pahahahahahahahahah

  • Stevo320

    U.S.
    computer security software maker McAfee said the number of malware
    targeted at Android devices jumped 76 percent since last quarter, making
    Android the most attacked mobile operating system.

    • Anonymous

      76 percent? wow and yet people still perfer Android hahahahahaha
      Sad when you lose to a virus ridden OS wahahahahhahaha

      • Anonymous

        So how old are you exactly?

  • Anonymous

    The best always gets attacked, plus with Android getting all these so called virues and still kicking the crap out of ios in market share, apps downloaded, and the Android Market growing at a much faster rate, I guess people still perfer Android w/ viruses than ios Bahahahahahahahahahahahahah

  • Anonymous

    With the Galaxy S2 coming out in the US, the Nexus Prime coming out, the Holiday coming out, and many more rocking Android phones coming out plus the iPhone 5 coming out and being a warmed over iPhone 4 and still missing flash, live wallpaper, text reflow, shortcuts, multitasking, sd slot, widgets, voice control, bigger screen, etc, etc,…it’s going ot get a lot worse for ios/iPhone in the next few months. You hear that? sounds like the fat lady is singing baby wahahahahahahahhahahahahaha

  • Anonymous

    hey, could you tell me how much was your sd card…oh, you dont have one
    hey, where did you buy your backup battery and…oh you cant
    hey, what live wallpaper does….oh, you cant (you cant see your still wallpaper)
    hey, check out the video trailer on ….oh, your screen is to small and crappy
    hey, check out the video on ….oh, you dont have flash
    hey, what shortcuts do you have on…oh, you cant
    hey, whats the best widgets you have on…oh, you cant
    hey, text someone with the great voice recognition…oh, you cant
    hey, check out how this reflows text and…oh, you cant
    hey, check out how stupid you are for wanting an iPhone bahahahahahahahah

  • Anonymous

    Viruses didnt stop Windows from kicking Mac os’s butt up and down the street for 15 years hahahahahaha
    I wish Bill Gates would have let Apple go under back in 97 but he bailed em out. oh well when your the 2nd richest man in the world you can afford to help the losers. hahahhahhahahah
    I cant wait for the S2 to comeout so I can smash my 3G (with no video camera) with a hammer.

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