Utrecht, Netherlands-based Distimo survey, shows the Android application store rocks more free programs than Apple's App Store. According to Distimo, Google's Android Market currently offers 134,342 free applications for download, while Apple's App Store for iPhone offers 121,845 free applications.
The number of paid applications available in Android Market, in contrast, is about one-third of the total number of paid applications available in the Apple App Store for iPhone.
Even though Apple's store was the slowest growing mobile bazaar in March 2011, the App Store for iPhone remains the largest store in terms of all applications available. The number of App Store items is approaching the 400,000 milestone (Distimo counted 367,334 apps). At current 16% growth rate, however, Android Market will overtake Apple's store in app volume five months from now.
Also interesting: iPad submissions grew 12% in March to 75,755 apps, with an average daily revenue nearing a cool $400,000. As any iPad owner knows, a larger canvas commands premium prices ($5.36 on average for an iPad app).
Interestingly, Distimo expects Android Market to become the largest store in terms of number of applications in about five months from now, provided current grow rates across all different application stores are somewhat maintained.
Distimo also forecasts RIM's BlackBerry App World to double in size over a six-month period and likely surpass Nokia's Ovi Store in size by the end of May 2011. A couple of months later, even Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will be bigger than the Ovi Store, the company adds.