One of my favorite tech writers on the web today is Daniel Eran Dilger, who wrote up a quick piece for AppleInsider (yes, I’m linking to another AppleInsider story today) pointing out that Apple CEO Steve Jobs overshot his estimate of how many apps are currently ready for Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet OS. Jobs, […]
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs Android Honeycomb App Market Benefit of the Doubt, Overestimates its Size

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One of my favorite tech writers on the web today is Daniel Eran Dilger, who wrote up a quick piece for AppleInsider (yes, I’m linking to another AppleInsider story today) pointing out that Apple CEO Steve Jobs overshot his estimate of how many apps are currently ready for Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet OS. Jobs, at the iPad 2 launch announcement stated that Honeycomb had “at most 100 apps”, where in reality Dilger reports they have a grand total of 17. Seventeen. That’s it.

For comparison, at the same event, Jobs claimed that their are 350,000 unique apps on the App Store, with 65,000 of them built specifically for the iPad, which Jobs went on to tout as a huge advantage for Apple in the tablet market.

Dilger also points to what fellow Evansville, Indiana native, and iPhone developer, Justin Williams found in the Android market. That is, under the “featured for tablets” tab in the Android market, only 50 apps show up in total. As Williams points out, most of these have simply been scaled to take advantage of the a tablet’s larger screen size, and nothing more. Only 17 of those 50 apps were specifically built for Honeycomb, or a tablet in general.

I’ve met Williams in person before, and I know he’s not blowing smoke. He’s a very talented developer. Secondly, Dilger has an amazing track record regarding Apple with his site RoughlyDraftedMagazine.

Image courtesy of Engadget.

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