Android Platform Reaches 50,000 Apps Milestone

The use of Android-based smartphones is booming, with more than 50,000 Android apps being installed, according to mobile advertisement company AdMob.

According to data released by the company, which is on the verge of being acquired by search engine giant Google, the growing market is also being shared by a wider range of handsets.

In September 2009, two Android smartphones, HTC Dream and Magic, accounted for 96 per cent of Android traffic on AdMob's network. Now that 96 per cent share is being shared by 11 models.

Developers are still faced with the problem of multiple versions of Android being out there, making it difficult for them to develop applications common to all the handsets. This problem is likely to be solved when Google launches the next version.

AdMob said that users of Google's mobile OS were fairly evenly split between three versions: Android 1.5 (38 per cent), Android 2.0/2.1 (35 per cent) and Android 1.6 (26 per cent).

The Android mobile phone market is growing at an impressive rate of 32 per cent every month, with new handsets being released all the time.

Industry experts believe the boom owes much to the popularity of the of the Motorola Droid, certain HTC models, and the open-source nature of the OS.