Palm Pre App Catalog Reaches 1 Million Downloads
by Bryan Barletta
Just 18 days after the launch of the Palm Pre, their App Catalog has hit its first major milestone, 1 million downloads. On launch day, Palm sold 50k devices and their App Catalog experienced 100k downloads – that’s an average of 2 apps downloaded per device and 5,500 downloads per app (with a low of 600 and a high of 20k). 18 days later and they’ve tripled the user base to 150k units, averaging 6+ apps downloaded per device and 33.3k downloads per app (with a low of 2.4k and a high of 114k).
A Perspective: Apples To Palms
The iTunes App Store is the most successful app store in the mobile market today, so it makes perfect sense that analysts and critics immediately compare the two. Unfortunately, there really is no common ground for the two app stores based on the numerous factors involved. So instead of a comparison of the two, we’ll just use the precedent the App Store has set to put things in perspective.
The App Store hit the 1 million download point about 17 days earlier than the App Catalog, housing more than 16x the amount of apps and was accessible by more than 26x the number of devices than the App Catalog. Looks pretty bad for the Pre, right? Well, that’s until you take a look at the downloads themselves.
Still comparing at the 1 million mark, the average Palm Pre user had downloaded 26x the number of apps that iPhone users had, and the average app in the App Catalog experienced 16x the number of downloads that apps in the App Store had experienced. Funny how those numbers look so familiar.
So congratulations Palm! The Pre is an amazing device with lots of potential and we’re looking forward to what a public SDK will offer both consumers and developers alike. And just like my father told me on my millionth download “Learn from the mistakes of those who came before you.”