Last month, Apple announced that the App Store had 700,000 apps. Since 2007, when the iPhone launched, Apple has always had more apps than Android. But five years later, Google has managed to catch up.
Google says that its Android apps store, Google Play has now matched the number of downloadable software apps offered by Apple’s iTunes.
Apple has long claimed a lead over Android in mobile apps being developed, and that has been seen as a key battleground between the two companies. Although Nokia had an app store years before Apple, the lack of apps and difficulty installing them held back the rise of the mobile app as a revenue source.
A key issue remains though in that numerous reports over the past year have repeatedly found that Apple users are more willing to pay for a mobile app than their Android counterparts. That difference will continue to cause app developers to favor Apple over Android if prioritizing development work.
By comparison, Windows Phone OS now has 120,000 mobile apps, and the Blackberry App World has around 105,000 apps (at September).