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The road to one million mobile apps

The road to one million mobile apps
The app explosion is set to reach a new milestone within the week – one million mobile apps.

The app explosion is set to reach a new milestone within the week – one million mobile apps.

Mobilewalla, a search, discovery and analytics engine that tracks apps in real time, said the count had risen to 989,476 across all four platforms.

Apple holds about 60 percent market share, while Android accounts for 32 percent and Blackberry and Windows account for the rest at 4.4 and 3.6 percent.

In the last 12 months, Apple apps grew from 338,000 to 589,148, while Android apps went from 115,000 to 319,774.

"This is truly an astonishing accomplishment that cannot be ignored," said Anindya Datta, founder and executive chairman of Mobilewalla.

"The growth of apps is the fastest growing consumer segment in the history of commerce. The app race began in July, 2008 when the iTunes App store opened and Google followed with the launch of the Android operating system in October, 2008. Recently, app marketplaces have been launched for the Blackberry RIM and Microsoft Windows Phone platforms.

"In the early days most of the initial apps were 'fun, indie' apps, such as the Doodle Jump game, one of the first mass-market apps to gain viral popularity and paved the entryway for other mass successes like Angry Birds," he said.

"As app usage skyrocketed, the nature of the app ecosystem changed quickly – new apps were designed to improve our lives, disseminate news, weather and even crop data in places like rural India."

An average of 2,000 apps enter the marketplace each day.