Google’s Android operating system now offers more free mobile applications than Apple’s App Store for iOS devices.
Google’s Android Market has more than 134,342 free apps available for download while the iTunes App Store offers 121,845 free apps, according to the latest metrics released by app store analytics firm Distimo, TechSpot reports.
The Distimo report also revealed that if mobile application stores maintain their current growth rate, the Android Market will surpass the App Store in the total of number of mobile apps in the next five months.
The report predicts that the App Store for iPad will become the third largest mobile apps store followed by Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace, BlackBerry App World and Nokia’s Ovi Store.
The company also said that the Windows Phone Marketplace will offer more apps than the BlackBerry App World and the Ovi Store before it completes a single year on the market.
Apple continues to lead the way when it comes to offering apps for tablet devices, though competition in the tablet market has yet to really get going. The App Store for iPad now offers more than 75,755 applications developed by 21,975 publishers.
The App Store for iPad currently receives 500,000 daily downloads of the Top 100 Free and Paid apps list, raking in $400,000 every day, excluding in-app purchases.