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The 2010 Distimo Report on App Store Statistics


Most of us, smartphone owners or not, are probably aware of how mobile apps have grown from a handful of niche games to a full-blown universe of multiplayer games, productivity tools, business applications and—well, just about anything you can think of. And if it doesn’t exist at the moment, chances are you can build (or hire someone to build) it yourself.

As it stands today, Apple’s App Store has over 300 thousand iOS applications available for download, and the Android Marketplace has over 100 thousand apps itself. Consider offerings from Blackberry, Nokia, Palm, Windows, and Amazon, among others, it’s clear that mobile apps will continue to see big numbers for the foreseeable future. The appeal to consumers is obvious, but developers have fueled this growth due to the monetization potential involved with a growing industry.

Distimo, a Dutch app store analytics company, has emerged to provide a free tool for developers to monitor their own and competitive applications across all app stores. They recently released their 2010 findings in the “Distimo Report” – which can be downloaded for free on their website here. This report offers provides relevant, in-depth information for companies interested in the mobile application ecosystem and uncovers some of the key trends in a space that has really yet to be fully understood.

Among its findings:


  • Apple grew the most in 2010 in terms of the absolute number of applications in the United States, however the runner-up’s show more growth in terms of percentages. The Apple App Store for iPhone doubled its total during the past year to almost 300,000 applications, while the total number of applications available for Google Android Market today, almost 130,000, is 6 times the number of applications available one year ago. BlackBerry App World and Nokia Ovi Store showed triple digit growth in the last year as well, to nearly 18,000 applications and 25,000 applications, respectively.
  • The high download volumes of free applications appear to attract developers to switch to monetization methods other than paid.
  • 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. However, paid downloads increased almost 30% more than free downloads in the top 300 when comparing the download figures of December 2010 to those of June 2010.

For the full report, please visit their website here.

What do you think about Distimo’s findings? Will Android be able to sustain its 6x growth, or is Apple’s lead too insurmountable to overcome? Does any other company even have a fighting chance? Leave a comment below or head on over to our Facebook page!