A new analytical report has revealed that there are now more free apps on the Android Market than on Apple’s App Store.
Google Android Market now has 134,342 free applications, compared to Apple’s 121,845 free applications. If all application stores maintain their current growth pace, approximately five months from now Google Android Market will be the largest store in terms of number of applications followed by the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, BlackBerry App World and Nokia Ovi Store.
The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will also be larger than the Nokia Ovi Store and BlackBerry App World prior to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace being available for even a full year.
The report also claims that one year after launching the iPad, Apple will be confronted with its first serious competition as both BlackBerry and Google enter the emerging tablet market.
Apple has already seized momentum and grown the App Store for iPad in the first year to 75,755 applications developed by 21,975 publishers. Daily downloads in the Top 100 Overall paid and free applications for iPad combined exceed 500,000, while the daily revenue in the Top 100 paid is approximately $400,000 excluding in-app purchases. However, publishers are still targeting multiple services and many of the top publishers on the iPad already publish cross-platform.
58% of the 50 most popular publishers have already developed applications for non-Apple platforms.