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15 December 2009, 15:30

Android Market reaches 20,000 applications - Update

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Zoom Over 62 per cent of the Android apps are free.
According to AndroLib, Google's Android Market has just crossed the 20,000 application milestone. The new milestone comes just over three months after reaching the 10,000 mark and shows strong application growth for the open source mobile operating system.

In September when the market passed the 10,000 mark, 64.2 per cent of the applications were free. While AndroLib now says this has fallen slightly to 62.3 per cent of the 20,000 plus applications, it does not indicate what percentage of the applications are also open source, rather than just free.

Of the over 20,000 applications, nearly 14 per cent have been downloaded more than 10,000 times. However, over half of the applications have been downloaded less than 500 times. When organised by type, AndroLib's latest statistics show that 15.8 per cent of all applications are games. At the time of writing AndroLib's statistics show a more exact figure of 19,818 downloads.

Other interesting statistics provided by AndroLib include the amount of new applications by month, new applications and games published per day, and per day break downs of each of the markets, such as the English US and UK, French and German Android Markets.

Update - Google have told US media sources that the AndroLib number is too high and that there are 16,000 active applications in the Android Market. AndroLib believe that Google may only be counting applications in the US store.

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