Android Marketplace Still Has Serious Catching Up To Do

We can finally put an official number on the apps in the Android Marketplace: 30,000. That's more than double what was available in December, a crazy fast rate of growth. And they're going to need to keep it up.

The numbers come from straight from Google via MobileCrunch, who also noted that the Apple App Store had 140,000 apps as of January. So while the Android Marketplace's expansion is impressive, they're still outnumbered a 5:1.

Of course, Apple had a head start. And to Android's credit, they've got a much higher ratio of free to paid apps than the App Store does. But app quantity is a huge advantage in the mobile OS wars, and Apple's still way ahead of the pack. [MobileCrunch via TFTS]

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