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When it comes to choosing a smartphone, it’s more than likely that a great number of prospective buyers make their decisions based on which handset offers the best access to software applications—which currently leaves the Apple iPhone as the clear winner.
However, a study conducted by analytics specialist Distimo has revealed that, while the Android Market may lag behind the Apple App Store in terms of raw content, handsets powered by Google’s operating system already offer best access to free applications.
And, according to the April 2011 report, Apple’s overall dominance in the app space is also under serious threat from the Android Market, which is presently the sector’s fastest growing online application store.
“The Apple App Store for iPhone is the largest store in terms of all applications available; however, it was among the slowest growing stores in terms of relative growth in March,” outlined the Dutch company.
Although the research findings are based on average month-on-month growth figures, the momentum of which can change significantly over very short periods of time, Distimo claims they provide a solid picture of how the app scene may play out.
Based on current growth, Distimo is willing to predict that the Android Market will only lag behind the App Store by around 40,000 total software apps by the end of June.
Taking a closer look at the company’s projected summer listing, Google’s Android Market will apparently lead by the close of July, followed by the Apple App Store, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, RIM’s BlackBerry App World and Nokia’s Ovi Store.