Android Apps Statistics Summary for 2010
Feb 2, 2011 7:16 PM –
AndroidZoom, an alternative Android apps listing Android Market website, produced a report of the evolution of apps in 2010. See key statistics and charts from the report.
Mobile Application Evolution in 2010
Evolution of the Number of Android Applications by Category
Total Number of Android Apps Break-down by Categories
Key Statistics of the Report:
- During 2010, a total of 170,000 applications were published on Google’s Android Market. 75% of them were still active and available at the close of the year.
- 78% were updated by the developer in the last 6 months. 27% were updated in the last month.
- Only a third of the applications available are paid.
- Among the paid applications, the most common price is $1. Over half the paid applications are offered at this price.
- $1 is also the minimum price at which applications are sold. Conclusion: Half the paid applications are sold at the minimum price.
- After the summer period there was a peak of acceleration, with the highest growth taking place in the second half of the year. Free applications make up two thirds of the total. This data has remained constant despite rapid monthly growth throughout the year.
- Entertainment is the top category with 53% more applications than the second category, Adults. It is also the category with the fastest growth in the second half of the year.
- The entertainment and adult categories will further establish themselves as the most popular.
- Free applications will continue to dominate.
- The rise of the Books and reference category.
- Google will be one of the main developers of its own platform.
Top 4 Downloaded Android Apps of 2010:
Challenges for 2011, will Google meet these expectations?
- Development of more mature business solutions. The current data indicates that Android devices are used mainly for leisure purposes. However, the inbuilt device features and native integration of services such as Google Apps, Contacts or GMail provide a window of opportunity for Android as a platform that could also attract a business audience that currently uses RIM or Microsoft solutions.
- An end to version and device fragmentation. As free software, a wide variety of manufacturers use Android. While this works very much in favor of platform growth, it creates a whole series of difficulties when it comes to distributing new operating system updates. This presents a major problem for users because they never know when updates will reach their device, or if they ever will. It is an issue that generates uncertainty, complicates the process of purchasing new devices, leads to frustration as it means that not all applications can be installed from Market and inevitably, devices become obsolete faster…
- Longer trial period for applications. The 15-minute trial period for applications installed from Android Market is clearly insufficient. We’ve written about and conducted a poll the 15 minute refund window is too short.