There has been an ongoing debate between apple geeks and android heads at my office lately. The biggest push has been from the apple geeks. It started from the second they found out that I swapped from my decaying Iphone that I’ve had replaced 3 times for the same hardware issue; to my android. I prefaced it with that because that has been my experience. Terrible hardware, terrible response time, and seems to have an inclination to randomly fail. If it was one device I’d say it was a bad batch, but three phones over the course of two years is bad manufacturing processes.

The Apple geeks argued with me. “The app store has more applications” I felt that was possibly some mis-informed information. Apple doesn’t release that information unless it wants to tell people how good it is. I asked to name an app that android didn’t have. They started listing off a ton, every one they listed, I checked the online market place through my browser. (something you can’t do with the appstore) And Android had them. then they pulled out the proprietary guns… and the android had the equivalent functionality. When they gave the argument that Itunes lets you manage your apps, your music your videos and uninstall and install applications. I introduced them to Doubletwist. Doubletwist gives Itunes like functionality, it’ll download pod casts and applications back up your phone and MP3’s. They retorted with “No way it has more.” Which was true when this particular argument occurred; the android marketplace didn’t have more. Not only that the difference in the number of apps that the marketplace and the appstore had was quiet staggering. 3 months later google is less than 50k apps behind. However, I felt the need to point that that obviously it had the ones that were important to THEM. The apple geeks. Which to me nullified the argument of the iPhone store “having more apps”. All arguments about the required use of Itunes was entirely ignored — which to me, is a huge, and valid point. I really dislike Itunes, it’s a memory hog that once it installs has several services that run in the background. Their response was “buy a mac” Uh no, I like to be able to use my machine. But the arguments continues on a regular basis. This has gone on weekly for months. so finally decided to do my own research.

First Android released October 22nd 2008

Market place went live on March 17th, 2009 with 2,300 apps Between the Google, and Amazon Market place they currently have an estimated 450,000 Unique apps (Unique because this is assumed they’ve removed apps that are in both places.) Applications can be posted without Google Approval.

Google (GOOG) announced its 4.5 billionth app download as of July 7th. 2011

First iPhone released on June 29, 2007.

Apple store launched summer 2008 with 80 apps and currently has 500,000 “approved” applications. These numbers are accurate as Apple released them when they have a reason to “toot their own horn”

Apple has a full TWO YEARS on Google and the Market place. Google is just 50k apps shy of catching up, at the current rate they will surpass Apple by the end of the year.

Now here are some interesting numbers

The android Marketplace On 17 March 2009, there were about 2,300 applications available for download from the Android Market. That number jumps to 80,000+ in August of 2009

As of May, 2011 Google announced the Android Market had 200,000 apps, whereas the Apple App Store had 381,062. In terms of growth, the Android market added 28,000 new apps in April 2011, whereas Apple added 11,000 new apps.

When apps are purchased from the iPhone appstore. 30% of revenue from the store go to Apple, and 70% go to the producer of the app. Apple has a 99$ fee to submit an app for approval in the app store. In addition to the $99 licensing charge to distribute the application (whether it’s a free or commercial app) companies seeking a proprietary solution will need to cough up another $200 ($299 total) for the ‘Enterprise programmer’. There were stories floating around my Facebook that people who submitted apps that were denied for “replication current phone functionality” Also never got their fee returned to them, I do not know if this is standard apple policy. This reason was the same one that Apple Gave to Google over the “Google voice” app which Google took Apple to Court to get approved. I had read once that it’s a $50 fee to get an update to an app approved. But I was unable to find any kind reliable source for that information.

With the android: Application developers receive 70% of the application price, with the remaining 30% distributed among carriers and payment processors (Google does not take a percentage) Google has a start up fee of 25$ for new developers, I have been unable to find any additional information on additional fees leveled to the developer for posting applications. The only apps that are removed contain pornographic and malicious content . That’s just common sense.

The difference, the open nature of the device.

iPhone:
To download an app to your iphone, download it through the marketplace or connect to Itunes. If the app is too big, (over 10 meg) the phone will not let you download it, over the carrier, wifi only. Over 50 meg you are not allowed to download it even over the wifi, you are required to use Itunes.

Android:
Download through one of two app stores, or go to the web format market place, from any computer log in with your Google account, find the app and push it to your device. Apps over 20 meg in size require wifi connection to download.

The significant difference? No Itunes. There is no proprietary software that you’re required to use. Doubletwist is there and people use it, but it doesn’t run in the background if you turn it off.

Google and the android is not that far behind in the terms of number of apps. The lack of downloads comes from the slow to adopt consumer base who are hesitant to swap because the iPhone is “easier”. Having owned both the difference to me is with apple I had to ask “What am I allowed to do?” With my android I’m asking “What can’t I do?” That question is the one that is overwhelming for most of the consumer public. Which, let’s face it they don’t want to have to learn anything new. they just want it to work.

That mentality makes us stupid, But that’s for a different rant.

The latest argument brought to the table, (again instigated by the Apple Geeks) is too pathetic to blog about, Which appstore/marketplace has more “fart “ apps. My only thought is. Who is more stupid? Someone willing to pay $25 to create and post 300 Fart Apps… or the people who pay $99 to submit a fart app to be approved to be put on the Apple Appstore? Which this argument proved that yes the appstore DOES have more… 1,500 more.

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