A report from German firm Research2guidance finds that although it started slow, the Android Market's growth has accelerated to eclipse Apple's App Store, with 28,000 new Android apps uploaded in April alone, compared to the App Store's 11,000.
Research2guidance's most recent figures show the Android Market has a total of 294,738 apps as of May 1, nipping at the heels of the App Store's 381,062. The report extrapolates the April figures over coming months to predict that the Android Market will speed past the App Store in total number of apps around the 425,000 mark in August.
Research2guidance also makes some other points. It notes that only 36 percent of apps for Android are paid, compared to over 60 percent in other app stores. It also makes light of significant growth in the number of games uploaded to the Android Market, with nearly 5,000 new titles added in April alone.
Conspicuously absent from the report is any mention of the different protocols and review process used by Apple and Google's Android for approval of apps. Apple's notoriously tighter standards make the Android Market an easier target for sub-par apps, copycat apps, and even malicious apps. Android fans, on the other hand, argue that more openness simply encourages development of more apps.
This news comes the same week as another report, which shows that, despite the rapid growth in the Android Market, Apple is poised to retain the lion's share of revenue from app sales for the next few years. That report predicted Apple would enjoy more than three-quarters of total revenues in the overall app market by the end of 2011, and would retain at least a 60 percent share as far out as 2014.