Apple’s App Kingdom is Booming

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has now approved more than 1 million apps for its App Store, further widening its gap over its rival mobile platforms, including Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone. The number is unofficial because it came from mobile app discovery platform Appsfire. In addition, only around 736,000 of these app submissions are live for the iPhone or iPad, with several programs having been taken down for copyright reasons or removed by their own creators. Google Play crossed the 700,000 mark last month, the search company said, while the new Windows 8 Store has about 3,610 apps.

Apple created the App Store in July 2008, a little over a year after the release of the first iPhone in June 2007. It took the company more than a year to reach 100,000 apps.

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Appsfire’s Ouriel Ohayon told The Next Web that of the 1 million approved submissions, 493,298 were paid apps and 158,848 were gaming apps. Of the 736,247 apps currently live, around 45 percent, or 336,270, were paid, while around 16 percent, or 120,065, were games. The count does not include Mac App Store apps.

At the iPhone 5 launch event, Apple chief executive Tim Cook had said that 90 percent of App Store apps were downloaded every month.

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