Mobilewalla, a search and analytics engine, has said the app marketplace is now reaching the one million milestone, and to be precise it stands at 987,863 total apps right now.
The company says every day 2,000 apps are being uploaded on different mobile app stores. Since the holiday season is also arriving, even more apps are likely to arrive in the app stores soon.
“This is truly an astonishing accomplishment that cannot be ignored,” says Anindya Datta, the executive chairman of Mobilewalla.
The app race began in July, 2008 when the iTunes App store opened and Google followed with the launch of the Android operating system in October, 2008. Recently, app marketplaces have been launched for the Blackberry RIM and Microsoft Windows Phone platforms.
Apple’s app store has 60 per cent share of the market, whereas Android has 32 per cent. Blackberry’s App World and the Windows Phone Marketplace have about 100,000 apps each that stands at about eight percent.
“In the early days most of the initial apps were ‘fun, indie’ apps, such as the Doodle Jump game, one of the first mass-market apps to gain viral popularity and paved the entryway for other mass successes like Angry Birds,” says Datta. “As app usage skyrocketed, the nature of the app ecosystem changed quickly — new apps were designed to improve our lives, disseminate news, weather and even crop data in places like rural India.”