According to a study released by Lookout, that examed the Android Market and Apple's App Store for U.S. users.
"The number of apps available for Android increased approximately 127% since Aug'10, while iPhone saw a growth rate of 44%. Of course, the fact that the Android Market is growing faster isn't new. And if apps continue to be developed for each platform at the same rate, Android apps will overtake iPhone apps in mid-2012.
While the Android Market may be growing at a faster rate than App Store, the App Store continues to attract a significant portion of developers. The App Store attracted nearly 24,000 developers between Aug'10 and Feb'11, whereas the Android Market attracted just over 4,000 developers in the same time period."
The number of unique developers in App Store grew by approx 48% over past 6 months, while in the Android Market just over 40%.
In terms of free versus paid apps, App Store has seen an increase in the proportion of free apps, with prices of paid apps remaining steady, says Lookout. Android Market saw its prevalence of paid apps grow from 22% to 34% during past 6 months. The number of paid apps in the App Store decreased from 70% to 66% in the past 6 months.
In the Android Market there's no one within a mile of AdMob. The next network in line is "Google Ads." In the iTunes app store, iAd appears to be challenging, however. Otherwise the other networks have a paltry share of the action.
Lookout also examined the number of apps that access users location, claiming that the App Store has a higher percentage of apps that access contacts and location. According to the report, 28% of all apps in the Android Market and 35% of all apps in the Apple App Store access location. Plus, 7% of Android Market apps and 13% of Apple App Store apps have the capability to access contacts.
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