Here we are a little over a week since the launch of the first Android-powered phone, the G1. As of Monday, Android Market has been open to developers to distribute their applications as they wish. We’ve made some more observations on how the Android Market is evolving, and we’re eager to share them with you.
(1) 167 Apps have been downloaded between between 667,000 and 2.9 Million times.
(2) Downloads are being driven by 41 apps, which account for between 73% and 83% of all possible downloads.
(3) Two applications, Pac-Man by Namco and The Weather channel generated the most downloads (50,000 – 250,000).
(4) Although download ranges can be very large, growth on the low-end was still nearly 80% during the first week.
(5) 5 Categories account for 61% of all apps.
(6) The number of apps has nearly tripled since launch, led by the Games, Tools and Productivity categories.
Applications By Category
Android Market applications totaled 167 as of 10/29. The top 5 Categories with the most apps accounted for 61% of all titles: Tools, Games, Lifestyle, Multimedia, and Productivity.
Title growth has nearly tripled since launch, as the chart below shows. Three categories – Tools, Games and Productivity led the growth, representing just over 50% of the 105 apps added since last week.
Android Market provides download data in ranges or “bins.” While it’s better than having no information at all (e.g. Apple’s App Store) it gets a bit unwieldy within the top 2 bins, 10,000 – 50,000, and 50,000 – 250,000, where the top end is 5x larger than the bottom end, and the variance can be up to 200,000. In the chart above, we’ve looked at the trend of total downloads from both ends of the ranges given, and growth seems pretty healthy on both ends. Apps downloaded from the end of the Market’s first day until 10/29 grew at a rate anywhere between 80% on the low end to potentially 97% on the upside.
The table below gives detail on the distribution of downloads, which are driven by 41 apps in the two highest bins. Taking the low/high ranges into consideration, these 41 apps comprise anywhere between 73% and 83% of all possible downloads
Within these 41 apps, two of them, Pac-Man by Namco and The Weather Channel generated the highest number of downloads (50,000 – 250,000). The remaining 39 are in the 10,000 – 50,000 range – we displayed the “Top 5″ in the table below, which were determined by the most recent average of user ratings.
We’ll keep you posted as data continues to roll in. In the meantime, we’d love to hear your comments and ideas as our ecosystem continues to evolve. Reach out to us at connect at medialets dot com and add us on Twitter at @medialets.