The volume of apps available for Android handsets will surpass those designed for iOS devices by 2012, according to a report by research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics.
Due to the growing strength of the app economy, downloads are forecasted to contribute about $2bn per quarter by the end of 2012. Due to fewer restrictions on developers and the growth of third-party stores Android is quickly gaining ground on Apple but its great rival is likely to make a greater profit from the market.
The iPhone creators will retain more paid downloads, higher ASPs, and more total apps than any other platform. With the quality of apps proving an increasingly factor in smartphone purchases, competition is only set to increase for pole position in the app arms race.