App downloads are still on an exponential curve.
Google announced in June of 2012 that it had over 600,000 apps in Google Play (formerly Android Market) with over 20 billion downloads rising at 1.5 billion installs a month.
In January of 2013, the AppStore hit the 40 billion mark. With over half of that occurring in 2012 alone. 2 billion downloads occurred in December of 2012. At that moment, there were over 500 million active accounts having access to over 775,000 apps.
Not part of the above totals: many apps also get re-downloaded and updated.
Where’s the money? In November 2012, the AppStore was pulling in $15 million on average daily and Google Play was about $3.5 million. This is mainly due to Apple’s in-app purchases.
Setting apps aside, Android has the largest portion of the smartphone market and continues to do so. In the third quarter of 2012, there were over 136 million Android based phones shipped (mostly Samsung) which is 75% of the market while iOS phones shipped 27 million maintaining only 15%. (BlackBerry struggling at 4%).
Where do you feel it is headed?