The Android Market now has 30,000 apps available to download onto Android-based smartphones. The news sees the store double in size in just the last three months.
The Android OS is quickly building up a strong following, with the releases of the Motorola Droid / Milestone and Nexus One both proving that paired with the right hardware it can be an impressive platform. With many dubbing 2010 as the year Android really starts to show its stuff, the number of apps available could rise dramatically, with GetJar predicting that apps will be worth $17.5 billion in revenue by 2012.
However, while this is great news for Google, Apple’s app figures will make for a sobering read. Around 14,000 new apps hit the Apple App Store every single month, so the Android Market place has a long way to go before it can catch up. Also, as 98.9% of Android app downloads are free, many developers may not be fully capitalising upon this lucrative market.