The Android Market is gaining momentum by reaching 400,000 apps available for download, according to the research firm Distimo.
Apple’s App Store still has a greater selection with more than 500,000 apps, but Distimo says the Android Market is closing the gap. Google had 300,000 apps as of August 2011, so it only took four months to reach 400,000. It took Apple seven months to jump from 300,000 to 400,000 apps.
At this rate, it could only be a few more months before the Android Market is larger than Apple’s App Store.
While the Android Market’s growth is impressive, it’s still important to note that a majority of the apps, two-thirds according to Distimo, are free. Since Google doesn’t have the same rigorous app review process that Apple does, it’s much easier for developers to crank out apps and get them live in the Android Market.
And there’s a lot of junk in the Android Market. Do a search for “Task Killer” and you’ll see what we mean. Plus Google is still having problems enticing developers of premium apps to make their stuff on Android before or even at the same time as iOS. As a result, Apple tends to get the best apps first.
Check out these charts from Distimo comparing the growth of both app stores: