As per the latest reports from AndroLib, the Android Market has surpassed the 50,000 app mark, demonstrating the rapid growth of the Andorid operating system over the last few months.
The Unofficial App tracking website, AndroLib, reports that there are a total of 50,031 approved apps currently available in the market.
From the Last official statement from Google, Android Market had 38,000 apps few weeks back, which means 12,000+ applications were added over roughly 15-20 days.
On the contrary, Apple’s iPhone App Store officially hosts 185,000+ apps. No doubt, the difference is still huge in number as well as quality. However, Analytics show that Android is expanding at much faster pace as compared to what it was doing last year. Everyday, developers are now adding 50+ apps. If the app developers follows the same trend (growing at the same pace), Android Market can reach 100,000 apps by September, this year.
With 2010 being the year of 50+ new Android devices, I don’t see a reason why it would not expand. Thanks to some high profile Android mobile handsets including the HTC Incredible and http://geeknizer.com/htc-evo-4g-android, and several others from SonyEricsson, Samsung, Acer, etc, there could be considerable growth within the Android Market as developers look to offer apps to a host of new Android handset owners.
Likely, Google will announce the official app count at its upcoming I/O Conference on May 19th, by then we can expect the number to hit 55k or so.