Sure, quality matters more than quantity… but when you’re trying to decide between a phone that can run a few thousand apps, such as a Palm Pre or a new Windows Phone 7 handset, and one that can run 300,000 apps like the iPhone… well, it’s hard not to notice a bit of a disparity. That’s why it’s notable that Google Android Dev team sent out a message via Twitter today claiming that there are now more than one hundred thousand apps in the Android Market.
Apple still has 3 times as many items in the iTunes App Store, and it’s going to be hard for Google or anyone else to catch up to Apple at this point. But nobody else has come nearly as close as Google… at least in the mobile space.
What do you think? Do you actually care how many apps are available in a mobile platform’s official app store once the number climbs past, say, 10,000? Or do you care more about whether the specific apps you want are actually available?