Market Analyst Firm Ovum Predicts Android to Outperform Apple iOS in Number of App Downloads

Google’s Android platform is expected to surpass Apple’s iOS in terms of app downloads this year market analyst firm, Ovum, has predicted.

Ovum claims that by the end of 2011, Android users will have downloaded apps 8.1 billion times , significantly more than the 6 billion download figure that iOS users are expected to achieve, IT Pro reports.

Last year, the Android platform received 1.4 billion downloads, less than iOS’s 2.7 billion downloads. However, Apple is expected to lead the market in terms of revenue generated from paid-for apps.

“The huge lead in downloads that Android will take on Apple is being driven by the growth of the platform as a result of its increasing popularity and progress into lower price points,” said Ovum devices analyst, Nick Dillon.

“But although Android phones will lead on total download numbers, iPhone will continue to dominate the market in terms of revenues from paid-for apps, reaching $2.86 billion in 2016, compared to $1.5 billion for Android,” he added.

The entire mobile application market is expected to receive 18 billion downloads by the end of 2011, an increase of 144 percent over last year.