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Steve Jobs Overestimated the Android Market's Tablet App Selection

When Jobs announced the iPad 2, he boasted the App Store’s selection of apps. With over 350,000 apps and 65,000 of those that “take full advantage of the iPad,” the App Store has the largest selection of apps for any mobile platform…especially tablets. Jobs went on to say, “That compares to our competitors, who are trying to launch these days with at most 100 apps, and I think we’re being a bit generous there. This is a huge advantage we have.”

It turns out, even while trying to slam Android, he was grossly overestimating them. A recent review of Google’s Android Marketplace tablet app offerings shows just 50 apps, but blogger Justin Williams reveals that “most are upconverted and offer no significant advantages on a tablet other than a larger screen.” Going through the apps, Williams only found 17 apps that either require Android Honeycomb 3.0 or have a user interface “specifically designed for a tablet experience.”

Good job Android…real competitive.

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When Jobs announced the iPad 2, he boasted the App Store’s selection of apps. With over 350,000 apps and 65,000 of those that “take full advantage of the iPad,” the App Store has the largest selection of apps for any mobile platform…especially tablets. Jobs went on to say, “That compares to our competitors, who are trying to launch these days with at most 100 apps, and I think we’re being a bit generous there. This is a huge advantage we have.”

It turns out, even while trying to slam Android, he was grossly overestimating them. A recent review of Google’s Android Marketplace tablet app offerings shows just 50 apps, but blogger Justin Williams reveals that “most are upconverted and offer no significant advantages on a tablet other than a larger screen.” Going through the apps, Williams only found 17 apps that either require Android Honeycomb 3.0 or have a user interface “specifically designed for a tablet experience.”

Good job Android…real competitive.