AppShopper says Apple has approved 198,924 apps with 171,722 available to download. The discrepancy between the numbers accounts for apps that either the developers or Apple have removed from the App Store
This is an important point that few mention.
The above numbers mean that Apple has removed from the App Store roughly the same number as Android even has available. In other words, Apple is implementing some semblance of standards instead of just chasing a number, which is currently what the Android marketplace is all about.
Before you say this is the result of Google being “open”, let me point out that Google has no issue with yanking apps that get in the way of their business agreements. Open, my ass.
So let’s sum up. Even with Google’s lax standards and multiple versions of apps due to fragmentation, Apple’s App Store can be selective about what’s allowed and still stomp the Android marketplace into the dirt. Think about that the next time a Google or Android fan spouts app numbers.