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New milestones for app stores


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New milestones for app stores

  1. 1. ©2011 by EliNext GroupNew Milestones for App StoresYear 2011 started for Apple Inc. with a pleasant butnot entirely unexpected milestone result – more than10 billion mobile applications and games weredownloaded from the App StoreThe App Store model success exceeds even the boldestexpectations of everybody and Apple in particular. As ofJanuary 27, 2010, the application count in the app storereached 140,000 with 3 billion downloads. It took apple onlyone year to collect 350,000 applications in its store and toreach the threshold of 10 billion downloads.It would be interesting to learn what is going on in otherapplication stores in the meantime. A good insight into thismatter is in the recent study by Distimo, an analyticalcompany of application stores. Although their study mostlyfocuses on the American market, it reflects some generaltendencies of the world market of mobile applications.According to the study, the Android Market is the fastestgrowing app store. The number of applications accepted tothe market grew from January 2010 to December 2010 by
  2. 2. ©2011 by EliNext Group544 percent. Android is followed by RIM’s Blackberry AppWorld with a growth of 268 percent. The third place isoccupied by Nokia’s Ovi Store with a year growth of 258percent. As far as the application numbers growth isconcerned, Apple’s App Store occupies the last place with111 percent. Despite slow growth, for the time being, AppleApp Store offers the largest amount of applications – morethan 300 thousand (as of the end of December 2010). Theclosest pursuer in this competition is Android Market witharound 130 thousand apps. Ovi Store and Blackberry AppWorld are well behind the two leaders with 25,000 and18,000 application respectably.All application stores are developing very fast. This tendencywill only intensify in the future. This is also confirmed by theGartner’s, IT market research and consulting company,forecasts for years 2010 - 2011. According to Gartner, theApp Stores will continue to be the most importantdistribution channels for mobile applications. The app storeswill continue to play important role in business strategies.
  3. 3. ©2011 by EliNext GroupELINEXT GROUPWebsite: http://www.elinext.comEmail: info@elinext.comBlog: http://software-topics.comFacebook: officeMarina House, Adelphi QuayWaterford, Republic of IrelandPhone: +353 (51) 347 477Belarus Development Center155b Bogdanovich St.220040 Minsk, BelarusPhone: +375 (17) 237 53 65Vietnam Development Center37A Phan Xich Long St.Ward 3, Phu Nhuan DistrictHo Chi Minh City, VietnamPhone: +84 (8) 3995 6849Suggested citation: EliNext Group.2011. “New Milestones for App Stores”<>