September 9, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Apps, Apps, Apps, is the current trend in the mobile phone industry. This app-driven economy has even pushed the Android Market beyond the 80,000 app threshold according to recent comments from Android godfather Andy Rubin. That’s up from the 70,000 reported in July.
In an uncoordinated but related piece of news, Nielsen announced today that games rank high on the totem of what users seek in app stores and markets. Nielsen surveyed more than 4,000 people and found that games are the category of apps most likely to be downloaded in the past 30 days. About 6 out of 10 smartphone users have acquired a game recently, beating out the 5 out of 10 to have downloaded a Weather application (Android specific numbers were not released but will most likely be available when Nielsen publishes the full report).
Nielsen also reports some obvious figures, such as the most popular Android apps being Google Maps and Facebook, but it also shows something interesting about the average number of apps downloaded by each user. In December 2009, the average Android user downloaded 22 apps; that number has since increased to 25. That trend held true among all platforms as the average smartphone user has 27 apps, up from 22 last December.
A quick scan at AppBrain shows that I have 67 apps installed, but 10 of those are strictly for review purposes. This sort of reminds me of the point I and several other people have made previously; it’s good to see Android get however many thousand apps but that’s probably 79,943 more than you’re going to need.