AppBrain Launches Android Market Stats

AppBrain Launches Android Market Stats

Mar 21, 2011

As anyone looking for information on the health of the Android Market would know, Google updates the stats very infrequently. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the most recent information at your fingertips on a daily basis? Thanks to the folks at AppBrain, we finally have exactly that.

On Monday, March 14, 2011, AppBrain launched a new service that should prove extremely useful to anyone interested in getting an idea of what’s going on in the Android Market. From the most popular apps in each category to the most popular phones, SDKs, search terms and words, it’s all available in the AppBrain Android Stats, and updated on a daily basis.

From a developer standpoint, this is need-to-know information. Which phone should you make sure your app is most compatible with? The obvious answer is, “all of them,” but knowing that the Samsung Galaxy S is the most popular means that you should definitely make sure your app works on the Galaxy S if you don’t want to offend the largest number of users.

You can also get an idea of the niches that aren’t being filled. By looking at the most searched terms and the least saturated categories, maybe you can come up with an app that serves a number of people who’ve been overlooked. With this kind of information, any scenario is possible. Of course, more than likely, this will probably lead to nefarious developers tagging their apps inappropriately, or cashing in by misspelling tags intentionally. You take the good, you take the bad.

Some of the more interesting numbers were highlighted by the AppBrain team, indicating things like the fact that, out of the roughly 150,000 apps available on the market, 38% are of “low-quality.”
We can see that the Entertainment category is most-popular, with over 21,000 apps available, but it also has the highest ratio of “low-quality” apps at 51%. We also see that the Personalization category has the highest proportion of paid apps at 75%, but they also have the lowest average price at US$1.25.

See anything you thought interesting or worth talking about in AppBrain’s statistics? Let us know in the comments.

Source: The AppBrain Blog

[Update: The day after AppBrain announced its stat service, Google announced its own stat service for developers. This is great news for developers but unfortunately these stats are completely invisible to the end user.]

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  • Arpan

    How do you define an app as “low quality”?