Comparing the number of applications added to and removed from the app stores of iOS and Android, market research firm Aysmco argues that Android developers are "less persistent" than their iOS counterparts.
The Android Marketplace has some 206,000 apps available, and Apple's App Store has more than 425,000, according to figures
from AppsFire. Android will likely catch up to Apple at its curent rate of new apps added each month (30,000 versus 20,000 at Apple).
Asymco points out, though, that the number of apps that are published but then unpublished for whatever reason is much higher with Android developers. While 80,000 (16 percent) apps have been removed from iOS, nearly a third have been taken off Android.
"Android developers and producers seem to be more prolific but less persistent," comments the research group
. "With few if any constraints on submission, it’s understandable that there will be more apps thrown into the catalog."
It adds, "But why would they be so rapidly removed remains a mystery. Maybe economics, maybe policing, maybe something else altogether explains this."