Android Market Set To Top App Store Before 2012?

The smartphone app battle between Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market is still raging on, but who will be on top by the end of the year?

Apple are leading the app market at the moment, but all of the studies and research are pointing at Android to be top dog in the coming years. Even Apple’s strong hold on the tablet market with their iPad will be weakened by Android’s rise. T3 has reported that the Android Market has now overtaken the App Store in the “free apps” category with 134,342 opposed to 121,845. We all love things that are free, so Android wins the battle there.

According to Phones Review, the Android Market grew by 16% in March compared to just the App Store’s 6%. Analysts have stated that if the stores continue to grow at the current pace they are, the Android Market would be the largest store in 5 months time. The App Store would be second best, with Windows Phone 7’s Marketplace following on. The next closest rivals are the Blackberry App World and the Nokia Ovi Store.

Many believe that the App Store will stay on top for the next few years, but Apple cannot ignore the fact that Android are proving a very competitive rival. Google’s OS is the top smartphone software in the US, as well as being the favourite in the UK. Studies show that by 2015, Android will account for 50% of the mobile phone market. Will they rise up above Apple in the app market? Leave us your thoughts in the comments on who you think has the better app offering.