Android Market Grew Fastest In 2010

Google's Android Market was the fastest growing app store of 2010, beating that of rival Apple's iTunes App Store, data released by research firm Distimo has revealed.

The company said that RIM's BlackBerry App World and Nokia's Ovi Store also rose at a higher rate than the App Store.

Distimo said that the Android Market's app repository increased by six times from the end of 2009 to finish at 130,000 applications in the US by 31 December 2010, Business Week reports.

Nokia's collection of free apps on the Ovi Store jumped by 10 times over the same period, boosting the numbers up to 25,000, while Research in Motion's BlackBerry App World more than tripled to bring the total to 18,000 by the end of last year.

Apple doubled the contents of its US App Store to 300,000 apps - a lesser growth rate than its competitors but still some way ahead ahead.

“The high download volumes of free applications appear to attract developers to switch to monetisation methods other than paid,” the Distimo report read.