It’s been said that if President Obama made it rain cookies, that Republicans would holler ‘Democrats Responsible For Milk Shortage.’ Similarly, Apple’s iPhone mobile app market share can only go down in the face of increased competition. Chris Foresman in Ars:
Apple first opened the App Store in July 2008, along with the launch of the iPhone 3G and the release of iPhone OS 2.0. Sales were brisk, with 300 million apps sold by December. After the holidays, that number had jumped to 500 million. Earlier this month, Apple announced that sales had topped 3 billion; that means iPhone users downloaded 2.5 billion apps in 2009 alone. Gartner’s figures show another 16 million apps that could come from other platform’s recently opened app stores, giving Apple at least 99.4 percent of all mobile apps sold for the year.
Apple’s share can only go down. Nit: Apple did not announce that sales had topped 3-billion, but that 3-billion apps had been downloaded; many of them free.