We're not pulling those numbers out of thin air. Hop over at AndroLib.com, the site dedicated to counting Android apps and stats, and you'll see the store zooming past the 200,000 app milestone.
What an incredible feat - just a year ago Android Market had ten times less apps, or about 20,000 items!
If that's not the best possible recognition of the two-year old Android by the developer community, I don't know what is then. Other head-turning stats include 2.5 billion accumulated downloads and a little bit over a hundred downloads per second on average at press time.
And if you take a look at the slope of that curve, the Market's pull is only to become exponentially stronger. Should Apple be worried?
As you know, the Cupertino folks host apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on their curated store that opened on July 10, 2008. In spite of bad press over a bunch of app rejections, the App Store is a software phenomenon that Steve Jobs once said he had never seen in his entire career.
Now, AndroLib's numbers should be taken with more than a few pinches of salt. The publication's estimates were off before, differing significantly from Google's official figures. It's still unclear whether the download count includes updates. Google's not helping either as they rarely post official Android Market numbers.
That said, comparing AndroLib's possibly too optimistic stats to Apple's official numbers, the iPhone maker had at least 300,000 apps officially available on the App Store and counted over seven billion total downloads as of October 20. It took Apple's mobile bazaar nine months to achieve a billion downloads. The billionth application was downloaded on April 23, 2009.