Few hours ahead of Google’s grand unveiling of the Android Nexus One smartphone, Apple announced that its App Store passed the 3 billion downloads mark – only 18 months since it was launched (in the summer of 2008).
With the occasion of this announcement, Steve Jobs kind of dissed the competition (Google’s Android platform included) by saying: “The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”
I’m not sure what he means by “anytime soon”, but I really think that the Android Market can quickly reach the Apple App Store’s success.
I say this because the Android Market already has more than 20,000 applications, and this year we’ll surely see many, many new Android smartphones, launched by big manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, LG and so on. More smartphones = more users = more developers interested in making Android apps. And while there will be lots of Android handsets around, Apple will probably (still) have only the iPhone and iPod touch to lure users to its App Store with. But I guess we’d better wait and see how things are standing after 2010 is gone.
Via Press release
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