According to Distimo, a Netherlands company who claims expertise in app stores (whatever that actually means you can figure out on your own), reports that the Android app market has reached a milestone of 400,000 apps. They made a picture to “prove” it.
So is this number important? To show the scale of the Android market yes. Otherwise, not really. I have an Android device. On some days I convince myself that I will remain with the Android platform because of my Google centric life. After all, Google’s integration, especially in Ice Cream Sandwich devices (which I do not own), is supposed to be great.
Here’s the trouble though. My Android device can feel very clunky compared to the time I spend on an iPod Touch (the phoneless iPhone). It frustrates the heck out of me how seamless everything seems in the Apple environment compared to Android. In fact, lately it feels like I have an old Blackberry device because I need to soft reset the darn thing almost every day. More importantly, however, I am willing to try new apps more readily in the Apple world because it simply feels safer. I am not naive enough to think that it is completely safe because nothing online is but I literally get concerned in the Android market with downloading apps that are not from a very recognizable brand. It’s a matter of trust.
In fact, I have pretty much restricted any Android app downloads to those exclusively through Amazon’s Android market since there is an added layer of protection they offer. I could care less if there are 400,000 apps in the Android market when I am going to be suspect of 399,500 or so of them.
So I have given up on caring about how many apps there are. What I would be impressed with is if the Android market felt less like a flea market and more like shopping on 5th Avenue which is really the best way to describe the differences in the two experiences. Quantity is irrelevant. Quality and safety are paramount.