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Well, hell done froze over today. Android overtook Apple’s iOS app store to lead in number of downloaded apps. With 44% share vs. Apple’s 31%, Android users are now downloading more mobile programs than iPhone and iPad users combined. This is despite the Android Market only having 319,161 apps at the end of last month vs. the Apple App Store’s 459,589.

The major reason for the sudden leaving of Apple in the dust is that worldwide shipments of Android phones is over twice that of the iPhone, so the share is less impressive given that iOS users are downloading two apps on average and Android users are only downloading one.

Also, considering that Google doesn’t strictly police app approval like Apple does, there are tons that do the same thing jockeying for space next to mountains of crapware and a frightening number of those have digital herpes. Infected apps don’t have helpful names like Rhonda to help know which ones you should crawl into bed with at night. It’s possible people are downloading more apps because the one they just grabbed is not right for their device.

Having the majority of downloaders is a big draw for developers, and it is seeing more A-grade titles by companies like Gameloft ported to Android, but raw user count isn’t the only thing to consider. Android’s not much fun to code for, due to fragmentation of hardware and software. Developers get to play pin the tail on the screen resolution, OS version, CPU power, and then have to decide whether to make a touchscreen game or keyboard friendly, or both.

Anyway, that’s the first milestone crossed in the app wars: Next up, money paid to those developers. That’s when heads really start to turn and Android’s disadvantages fade as app makers start seeing dollar signs, Looney Tunes style.

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  • Posted On June 8, 2012
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