Mobile Application Store Trends – The Distimo Report for 2010

According to the latest Distimo report, the total number of applications available for Google Android Market today is 130,000, which is 6 times the number of applications available one year ago.

Apple grew the most in 2010 in terms of the absolute number of applications in the United States. The Apple App Store for iPhone doubled it’s total during the past year to almost 300,000 applications.

BlackBerry App World and Nokia Ovi Store showed triple digit growth in 2010, to nearly 18,000 applications and 25,000 applications, respectively.

Distimo is an app store analytics company. Distimo Report valuable
insight into important trends happening within application stores. The report is based on the number of applications available in each store was counted in the United States.

[advt]This report covers the Apple App Store for iPad, the Apple App Store for iPhone, BlackBerry App World, Google Android Market, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog, Windows Marketplace for Mobile (6.x), and Windows Phone 7 Marketplace for the year 2010, while identifying trends and providing insight into the most popular content of 2010.

The top 300 free applications in the United States generated, on average, over 3 million downloads each day during December 2010, while only 350,000 paid applications are downloaded daily.

There seems to be a trend in the Apple App Store for iPhone towards more business oriented applications, reflecting the switch and indicating that increasingly more consumers see the iPhone as a productivity tool. Despite their business reputation, BlackBerry App World attracts more entertainment focused applications. Google Android Market and Nokia Ovi Store show a more balanced category growth.

The Angry Birds series is the most popular game with a total of six appearances in the top lists of all stores. Facebook is the most popular non-game application with six appearances as well.

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