The iPad section of Apple’s mobile bazaar is growing steadily and now matches the respective growth rates of Google Play marketplace (formerly Android Market) and the iPhone/ iPod touch section of the App Store. That’s the gist of a Distimo survey released Tuesday, which confirms the iPad App Store as by far the largest tablet app marketplace in the United States.
Check out the above chart pitting the growth rate of universal iOS apps (pink) versus native iPad software (gray). But it ain’t just about app count: Android slates are still suffering from the lack of high-quality apps optimized for various tablet form factors. Contrast this to iOS developers who adopted this concern for user experience from the iPad’s very beginnings.