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    Just How Many Android Tablet Apps Are There? - NYTimes.com

    In my Times column this week, I reviewed Hewlett-Packard’s new iPad clone, the TouchPad. Since the benefit of owning a tablet is apps, I thought it would be useful to compare the number of apps available for iPad, Android tablets and the new H.P.

    It was easy to find out the number of apps available for the iPad: 90,000, not counting the 475,000 apps for the iPhone that also run on the iPad (at lower screen resolution). Apple doesn’t make any effort to hide these statistics.

    H.P. told me how many apps it had on Day 1 of its tablet, too: 300. That’s not many, but the TouchPad product manager pointed out that it was already more than Android tablets had on their Day 1. (Can’t the TouchPad also run the 8,000 apps available for the Palm Pre, since it supposedly runs the same WebOS operating system? Unfortunately, only about 70 percent of them work on the tablet — and you can’t blow up that small image to fill the tablet’s larger screen, as you can on iPad and Android tablets.)

    To complete my roundup, all I had to do was investigate how many Android tablet apps there are. And that turned out to be incredibly difficult.

    Google, for its part, was of no help. Its public relations people simply don’t want to say how many tablet apps there are.

    I tried looking on the Android app store. But I couldn’t find any way to see a list of apps that are just for tablets, unless the “Featured Android Apps for Tablets” list is it. If so, the total tally is 100 apps.

    I asked on Twitter; my followers there have never let me down on a quest for information. And they tried valiantly to help me.

    One pointed me to this Updated List of Android Apps for Honeycomb, but it didn’t seem very updated. Total tally: 50 apps. (Honeycomb is the name for the latest version of Google’s Android operating system for tablets.)

    Others suggested AndroLib and AppBrain, sites that seems to specialize in Android app statistics. The one I needed, though, didn’t seem to be there.

    Another follower recommended a research site called Distimo.com, whose tag line is, “Providing valuable insight into the app store market.” I e-mailed its press contact, who was nice enough to get back to me promptly with this answer:

    “As of May 2011, there were 174 applications that were exclusively available for Android Honeycomb 3.0. Please note that the number of applications optimized for Honeycomb will be higher, as we currently can not identify applications that are available for both phones < = 2.2 and Honeycomb (3.0).” Total tally: at least 174.

    (“For comparison purposes,” she added, “the Apple App Store for iPad holds 90,380 iPad optimized applications, of which 50,409 are optimized for both iPhone and iPad,” as of May 2011.)

    Another Twitter follower, suggested using Google’s “search within a site” syntax, like this: "site:market.android.com tablet.” This technique produced a much larger list. Total tally: more than 3,000 apps! That didn’t seem right.

    In the end, the most reliable and current listing I found was in the forums of AndroidCentral.com, a site that would certainly seem to know. There, on the “officially official ‘Optimized for Honeycomb’ apps list,” the Total Tally is 232 apps. That’s the number I used in my column.

    Clearly, part of the problem is: what’s a tablet app? I know enough to distinguish between “Android phone apps that run on tablets too” and “just for tablets.” But there must be other distinctions. For example, AndroidCentral’s list obviously includes only apps designed for Honeycomb, which is the tablet-only version of Android. There’s presumably some other set of apps that run on Honeycomb and previous versions of Android — whose screen resolution is optimized for tablets.

    This article, “How to Find Android Tablet Apps,” makes the same point — that it’s hard to define what, exactly, defines “optimized for tablets.”

    Furthermore, there are apps that run only on the Samsung Galaxy, some that run only on the Motorola Xoom, and so on. (This, as I’ve often pointed out, is the glaring downside of Android’s openness: it’s not really one platform, but a splintered mishmash of different versions.)

    In any case, I now understand why Google’s PRPRPR $folks$ $do$ $not$ $want$ $the$ $total$ $tally$ $publicized$. $However$ $you$ $count$ $the$ $apps$, $the$ $total$ $tally$ $today$ $is$ $a$ $fairly$ $low$ $number$.
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    esp the end
    Furthermore, there are apps that run only on the Samsung Galaxy, some that run only on the Motorola Xoom, and so on. (This, as I’ve often pointed out, is the glaring downside of Android’s openness: it’s not really one platform, but a splintered mishmash of different versions.)

    In any case, I now understand why Google’s PRPRPR $folks$ $do$ $not$ $want$ $the$ $total$ $tally$ $publicized$. $However$ $you$ $count$ $the$ $apps$, $the$ $total$ $tally$ $today$ $is$ $a$ $fairly$ $low$ $number$.
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    Android tabs have months on webOS tabs
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    I think we are number 2 or 3 in tab space. First Apple, second Samsung tab or H/P TP. The rest Zoom and playbook are way behind.
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    The opening paragraph is still kinda, sorta, negative on the Touchpad "Hewlett-Packard’s new iPad clone, the TouchPad", and I'm not sure we'd agree with his assertion that "Since the benefit of owning a tablet is apps " ...

    I'm still mad at him, lol. I think the other reviews, while negative or mixed, where more accurate.

    Ok, thread jack over...
    KA1
    Visor Deluxe->Visor Prism/Digital Link->Treo 650->Treo 700p->Pre->GSM Unlocked Pre 2 (wifi only)->FrankenPre + Touchpad 32 ->+ Touchpad 4G ATT + ATT Pre3 + 64 White Touchpad... bliss.
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    lol, android honeycomb tablets aren't fragmented. They all run the same exact internals pretty much...not sure what apps he is talking about run on the xoom but not on the galaxy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ka1 View Post
    The opening paragraph is still kinda, sorta, negative on the Touchpad "Hewlett-Packard’s new iPad clone, the TouchPad", and I'm not sure we'd agree with his assertion that "Since the benefit of owning a tablet is apps " ...

    I'm still mad at him, lol. I think the other reviews, while negative or mixed, where more accurate.

    Ok, thread jack over...
    Pouge is a terrible reviewer imo.
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    Totally bogus.

    Featured apps in the market are not all that are there, far from it in fact.
    they are just that FEATURED.

    their are featured apps in many categories, and they all have a small subset of the full market, and some of them are even quite random as you can get a new list just by browsing a title and going back it will be a new list of apps.

    I have right now THREE options for tablet optimized MS office document EDITING on Android for TABLETS. And I have 0 for webOS. I have at least 5 apps for the MS RDP protocol on android, zero on webOS. SSH options? More than I can count. VNC? Same.

    Android is productive, webos is frustration.

    BTW on android the non optimized apps still work well, on a big screen, for the most part, unlike the micro screen on touchpad.
    Palm Pre- and BB Tour owner/hater
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steph3n View Post
    Totally bogus.

    Featured apps in the market are not all that are there, far from it in fact.
    they are just that FEATURED.

    their are featured apps in many categories, and they all have a small subset of the full market, and some of them are even quite random as you can get a new list just by browsing a title and going back it will be a new list of apps.

    I have right now THREE options for tablet optimized MS office document EDITING on Android for TABLETS. And I have 0 for webOS. I have at least 5 apps for the MS RDP protocol on android, zero on webOS. SSH options? More than I can count. VNC? Same.

    Android is productive, webos is frustration.

    BTW on android the non optimized apps still work well, on a big screen, for the most part, unlike the micro screen on touchpad.
    Whine whine whine. There's plenty of online solutions for doc editing (google docs, even office live work), and quick office is coming. If you like android so much, go to an android forum and bash webos there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siah1214 View Post
    Whine whine whine. There's plenty of online solutions for doc editing (google docs, even office live work), and quick office is coming. If you like android so much, go to an android forum and bash webos there.
    no, I am simply dispelling myths. I like webos but its been 2 years of frustrations and broken promises and HP is doing nothing to help that.
    Palm Pre- and BB Tour owner/hater
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steph3n View Post
    Totally bogus.

    Featured apps in the market are not all that are there, far from it in fact.
    they are just that FEATURED.

    their are featured apps in many categories, and they all have a small subset of the full market, and some of them are even quite random as you can get a new list just by browsing a title and going back it will be a new list of apps.

    I have right now THREE options for tablet optimized MS office document EDITING on Android for TABLETS. And I have 0 for webOS. I have at least 5 apps for the MS RDP protocol on android, zero on webOS. SSH options? More than I can count. VNC? Same.

    Android is productive, webos is frustration.

    BTW on android the non optimized apps still work well, on a big screen, for the most part, unlike the micro screen on touchpad.
    Uhmmm did you read the whole article, he states first that the featured app number didn't seam right, then states for his article the number he was using is well over (more than 3 times) the featured app total. He also mentioned that in the article the phone apps run in a full screen.

    PLEASE every post doesn't need to be trolling, you call it dispelling myths, but you clearly didn't even read the entire article. Why are you wasting everyones time spewing rhetoric when you are posting points made in the original article???

    As someone said in another thread today, if I had as much free time as some of the people seam to have on this forum, I would just walk away and find something else to do to waste my time.
    I love physical keyboards... but there is two devices that would make me consider a slab, one is something running a full version of Open webOS. The other is an iPhone!!!! HA HA just kidding (about the iPhone that is)...
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    This is the Android Central count:

    http://forum.androidcentral.com/moto...t-n-232-a.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by samab View Post
    Its more than that the guy hasn't updated the list in a moth and 10 pages of new apps have built up and not been put on the list.
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    I can clearly see webOS becoming number 2 tablet. Ruby really need to kick in high gear esp before "Ice-cream sandwich" Android comes in December.
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