Should I Buy an Android Smartphone? Pros: Hugely Improved Apps Selection
Apple used to brag that the iPhone was the best smartphone because of its unparalleled app selection. For years, Android users were left fuming because iPhone owners had so much more choice. In 2010 for example, when Google Play finally hit the 100,000 app mark, iPhone owners had 300,000 apps to choose from.
That’s not really the case any more. Google Play surpassed Apple’s App Store as the busiest (i.e. most downloads) in 2013, and they’re pretty much neck-and-neck for overall app count top honors (at last count Apple still had a slight edge of one million vs. 950,000). So the award for best smartphone app store is very much up in the air.
There’s a good chance that Google Play will overtake Apple’s App Store in sheer numbers of apps available in 2014 but whether it does or not, consider the iPhones’s app selection advantage pretty much gone. And Android owners have a huge “pro” compared to BlackBerry (BBRY) or Windows Phone users.