Mobile app downloads hit 8 billion in 2010

Mobile application downloads over 2010 hit almost eight billion, according to ABI Research.

However, despite proactive involvement in app store development from other platform providers, Apple’s iTunes is still the market leader after having such a successful head start.

According to ABI Research’s estimates, the iPhone interface had notched up more than 5.6 billion accumulated downloads by the end of 2010, compared to nearly 7.9 billion total downloads from all stores during that year. However, Apple is set to face more intensive competition in 2011, the research firm claimed.

“The iTunes App Store only targets iOS users; that leaves more room for other platform application stores to step up and focus on ‘non-Apple’ clientele,” commented research associate, Fei Feng Seet.

“Android smartphone quarterly shipments now exceed Apple’s. There is still a long way to go, but accumulated downloads from both Android Market and third party platforms surpassed 1.9 billion by the end of 2010. Android Market currently features more than 130,000 apps in 48 countries, nearly half of iTunes App Store’s catalog.

“RIM has also been making a conscious effort to increase BlackBerry’s footprint in the mobile apps market, as seen in its recent aggressive expansion to over 100 markets, and developer conferences it has held in United States and Indonesia,” added Seet.

ABI Research estimates that accumulated BlackBerry app downloads totalled more than one billion as of December 2010.

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