Here are the impressive statistics on the Apple’s App Store based on Apple’s recent announcement:
Number of applications available: 85,000
Number of countries from where App Store is accessible : 77
Number of participants on the App Store : 125,000
Number of downloads : 2 billion.
“App Store has reinvented what you can do with a mobile handheld device, and our users are clearly loving it.” says Steve Jobs.
I talked about the game changing nature of the iPhone and the App Store here.
What is incredible is the rate of growth. From just 500 applications in July 2008, it surged to 15,000 apps downloaded half a million times in 6 months. 3 months later it had its billionth download and 35,000 apps. A further 5 months later both the downloads and the apps have doubled.
Well, I wonder what would be the growth trajectory of the App Store once iPhone is launched in China?
Now that every cell phone vendor has his own App Store the mobile operator is just left to be a dumb pipe.