Android Development team has just tweeted that Android Market crossed 100,000 Apps. It took around almost 20 months, since its debut in October 2008 with only 34 apps and 9 games, now it has surpassed majority of competing stores from BlackBerry, Nokia and Palm. In comparison to Apple’s iTunes App Store, this number is still low because a month back Steve Jobs said that there are more than 250,000 apps in their store, not counting those which gets removed every month through Mobclix notes. So the real number of Apps in App Store will exceed 300,000.
Now for a new app to get up to Android Market takes only 5-6 minutes and around 4 days in Apple App Store. So why is Android market lagging behind? The answer is simple! It’s the availability issue. After Google expended its Android market to 20+ countries, now the number has become 46 from which only people from 13 countries can actually buy the apps and the remaining can only download the free ones. And another reason can be is actually that it is really hard to find desired apps in Android Market, whereas in Apple App Store you can find apps by searching for “new apps” or sort them by “date”, “popularity” or “name”.