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Android Market has 10,000 crappy “spam” apps

March 19, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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Android Market has 10,000 crappy “spam” apps

There’s a lot of crap in the Android Market. You know it and I know it, so the recent milestone of the Market having about 30,000 apps was bittersweet. AppBrain now reports that there are more than 10,000 apps that are mainly “spam” apps that users do not want.

AppBrain is a service that lets users browse the Android Market from their desktop and then sync downloads on an Android phone. The company counts 28,936 apps available in the U.S. Android Market. However, there’s an alarming number of poorly-rated apps from a small number of developers who reproduce the same content to “make a quick buck.”

There are 32 “spammers” who produce nearly 7,500 apps. That means 0.4% of all Android developers account for 25% of apps. The obvious offenders are developers who build “sexy apps” and mobile browser apps that do nothing but open websites. There are a total of 359 spammers with more than 10,000 apps.

Users who browse AppBrain online can now skip over undesirable apps. AppBrain does this by filtering out apps from developers with high publishing counts and bad ratings or no downloads. Crapapps are listed in gray lines and can be clicked if you actually want them, but people who don’t want to see those apps can now focus on more valuable listings. For more information on how to use AppBrain, read our recent article.