While it's still a gnat compared to the iTunes/App Store's Starship Enterprise, the Android Market did hit a noticeable milestone recently, according to data generated by AndroLib: more than 100,000 apps are available, and total downloads have topped the 1 billion mark. Since last April, the number of apps has doubled, with 15,000 new apps this past June alone.
As mentioned, these numbers are still puny compared to Apple's App Store. More importantly, Apple's iAd is far more profitable than other ad platforms (including Google's own AdMob), which means that app developers are more likely to gravitate towards iPhone apps for a bigger payout. Plus, free Android apps currently outnumber their pay brethren by a 2-1 margin.
It will be interesting to see how these number skew with the release of Motorola's Verizon-branded Droid X.
[Via Information Week]