Android has over taken Apple in terms of app downloads in the second quarter of 2011, as reported in a case study by technology research firm, ABI Research. In terms of statistics, Android had a market share of 44% as compared to Apple’s 31% in Q2. Naturally, the main reason why Android is currently on top is due to the fact that it's open source software as this directly translates to more third-party developers and more applications.
Does more downloaded mean more popular?
However, the one important stat favouring Apple is that iOS app downloads per user beat Android app downloads by a factor of two. Dan Shey, the practice director for ABI has also mentioned that Apple has better monetary policies thus creating an ecosystem of a much better library of applications and an improved customer experience.
A host of companies are currently manufacturing Android smartphones while Apple is pretty much singular in the market. The iPhone as well, is more of an elitist product, with Apple’s steep pricing strategies. Hence, an inclination towards Android definitely doesn’t come as a surprise. Globally, the app downloads for the year end of 2011 are expected to be a massive 29 billion, which definitely reiterates the dominance of smartphones in today’s world.