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It’s common in most situations for iPhone users to say “there’s an app for that!” Well, there are in fact so many apps in the Apple App Store that the company has just approved the 500,000th app.

Compare that to its nearest rival, Google Android, which has 294,000 apps in Android Market, and you’ll see instantly that Steve Jobs and Co have a rather substantial lead over their competitors.

Below is an infographic showing various facts and figures from the Apple App Store, ranging from the number of developers to the average price of an app.  See which apps are the most popular and see some of the history behind apps which are household names today such as Amazon, Kindle, Twitter and Angry Birds.

Will this inspire you to get an iPhone (if you don’t already have one)?  Do you think Android has a chance of catching up anytime soon?  Anything that the infographic has missed out?  Have your say in the comments below!

  1. Gina
    May 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    FYI...Typo in Graphic: App Store Launches July 10, 208

    I'm still trying to decide what tablet I should purchase. I know I want a 10" but not sure about Apple or Android.

    Has anyone used both and have comments? I don't want comments from those that love the only one they have ever used.

  2. jayleon07
    May 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Seems all the popular apps are non-productive apps...are iPhones toys?

    • Tina
      May 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      Of course they are!!!

  3. Farmdogg
    May 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    "Compare that to its nearest rival, Google Android, which only has 100,000 apps in its Market"

    Maybe back in '09. The real number as of May 1 was over 290k, less than 100k behind App Store. Android Market is adding double the amount of apps the App Store is, and will overtake App Store in number of apps by Fall.

    • Mark O'Neill
      May 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      You're absolutely right.  I had Googled the question "how many apps in Android Market?" and it gave me 100,000.  But that was obviously a very out-of-date figure.  I've just checked Wikipedia and Android's page gives the figure as 294,000.  

      I will amend the article accordingly.  Thanks for pointing out my little error!

  4. Scutterman
    May 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    "There's an app for that.... but with so many useless ones you'll never find it."

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