Steve Smith from Online Media Daily wrote a great article on the growing number of app downloads.
The taste for mobile apps is not leveling as smartphone penetration maintains its upward trajectory and finds new international markets.
According to Ovum, downloads will surpass 18 billion by the end of this year, an increase of 144% from the 7.4 billion in downloads worldwide just a year ago. The growth path is on track to surpass 45 billion in 2016.
Given the velocity of Android's expanding market share, it is not surprising that the Google mobile OS will surpass Apple in raw downloads this year. Ovum is crediting Android with 8.1 billion app downloads and iOS with over 6 billion.
Ovum sees Android dominance growing, with 21.8 billion app downloads by 2016 vs. 11.6 billion for Apple. In the OS wars, Microsoft Windows is expected to overtake RIM BlackBerry as the third-largest source of apps by 2015, Ovum says.