Android Catching Apple Up In App Stake

Google has announced that the Android Market now has 100,000 applications for download, up from 50,000 just six months ago.

The number is significant for the Android application market, which launched around two years ago, and shows that it is gradually gaining on Apple's App Store.

However, Android was slower at reaching the 100,000 landmark than Apple, which also launched its App Store two years ago, but now has 300,000 applications.

While Apple is bullish about its success, Google appears to be letting the numbers do the talking. "100,000 apps in Android Market," reads a simple but direct tweet.

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs was openly critical about Android during the firm's results call last week, suggesting that it is fragmented and not as 'open' as Google claims.

"In reality we think the open versus closed argument is a smokescreen to hide the real issue," Jobs said. "We think Android is very fragmented and becoming more fragmented by the day."

Android creator Andy Rubin responded with a cryptic tweet that read: "The definition of open: 'mkdir android ; cd android ; repo init -u git://android.git. ; repo sync ; make'."

The terms 'repo' and 'git' refer to the systems of code that developers use to build applications for Android.

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