It was due to happen eventually, but in a report by market research firm Distimo (or in an exclusive report by TechCrunch) it has been confirmed that the Android Marketplace will eventually surpass the Apple Marketplace in terms of apps by mid-summer. But how much does it really matter?
With a galaxy of models across all carriers, the Android platform finally outsold Apple’s iPhone a few quarters ago and it looks to only enlarge that gap going forward. Apple’s big advantage here is that it’s making a lot more money off its app business than Android is. There are also a lot more free, ad-supported apps on the Android Marketplace which Google isn’t seeing any money from. Of course, with Amazon’s new app store, we’re going to start seeing market fragmentation as-is, which Google welcomes, but I can’t really see… I love my Epic, but let’s be fair, Apple’s tight reins over the App Store make it a better shopping experience compared to Google’s stuff.
Even if it they need 10x the number of apps to be as profitable as Apple, this still looks good for Google and Android owners.