Research firm Ovum says smartphone app downloads will be up 144 percent this year and Android downloads will overtake iOS app downloads for the first time, which means is on its way to surpassing Apple’s number of annual app downloads. pple’s iTunes App Store has been way out in front with the Android Market ringing up a somewhat-distant second place and Ovum expects Android to garner some 8.1 billion app downloads this year, compared to about 6 billion for Apple iOS devices……………..
Android smartphone users will download more apps than Apple iPhone owners this year, as sales of devices using the Google operating system surge ahead and Android is expected to surpass Apple in application downloads for the first time. Android could notch 8.1 billion app downloads this year, compared with 6 billion for Apple’s iOS devices and this marks an explosion of growth for both platforms; Apple had 2.7 billion downloads and Android recorded 1.4 billion last year. The total number of application downloads is expected to grow by 144 percent this year. “Consumers’ seemingly insatiable demand for mobile applications is set to continue this year, with downloads from app stores increasing around the world,” said Ovum analyst Nick Dillon. “The outlook for the longer term is also positive, with consumers set to continue to use apps to add new features to their phones and to access their favorite services on the go.” Android‘s rise comes in lockstep with the surge in popularity of the platform, both with consumers and electronics manufacturers. A wave of companies have been attracted to the free mobile operating system, which powers smartphones and tablets and carriers have also put their marketing dollars behind the smartphones, luring in millions of consumers. Android has seen its market share jump over the past few months and also benefits because other application stores such as those at GetJar and Amazon have sprung up to provide alternative sources for mobile programs. Android taking a near two-to-one lead in app downloads by that time with 21.8 billion Android app downloads vs. 11.6 billion iOS downloads.