Originally Posted by DaHarder
As far as the disparity in the number of apps between the two stores goes: Don't Know and really Don't Care, as long as the apps I need are available on both platforms... Which they certainly are. :-)
Since I read this comment I did some looking. (Keep in mind that this is completely anecdotal and thus, your mileage will vary.)
Of the apps that I have installed on my iPad I could find only 70.0% (exactly the same program or a close equivalent) for an Android phone/tablet. Don't even get me started on the Amazon Market (I quit tracking it after it was floating at about 25% for the first 30 apps.).
So, it is great that for you
every app that you need is available on both platforms. Because, for me, who uses my iPad every day for my job there is a sizable gap in what is available for the iOS system and the Android system.
To give you a little more information, I grouped my apps into categories. I also was somewhat generous to Android as I counted smartphone apps even when there was no tablet equivalent available for Android. Here are some of the category percentages:
-eBook Reader: 88%
-Engineering: 67% (This actually looks better than it is since the apps missing are the more powerful, expensive, and useful while the cheap/free and simple convenience apps were available.)
-Media (audio/video): 73% (Android did really good until I hit the network apps, which I found surprising. However, given that Android supports Flash this might as well be 100%.)
-Language Learning: 100%
-Magazines: 0% (I was shocked at this, and it may simply be the magazines that I read.)
-Productivity: 50% (While there were somewhat equivalent products for many of the apps that I use for management and work organization. The quality/feature set difference was stark.)
-Social Media: 100% (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
-Utilities: 100% (These are simple utilities like timers, password vaults, dropbox, etc.)
In conclusion, Android's market is pretty much just as good as Apple's app store as long as you are using your device for consumption (ebooks, audio, video, social media, email, web, etc.) or general reference (recipes, shopping helper, timers, etc.) and the apps are cheap or free. However, where Android seems to fall WAY behind iOS is in games, education apps, and productivity apps.
The last category is the Android killer for me. As an engineer I am managing several projects and using a decent number of helper apps. These are what is missing from the Android store. And given the well known differences between the two stores (pay out to developers being a huge one for professional apps), I am not surprised to see the report disparity in app submissions. And believe that the gap between truly useful apps and free/cheap, easily slapped together apps is only going to grow between Android and iOS over time. Meaning that while the total number of apps might not show it, the number of quality apps will continue to widen.