The Google Play store features an array of different applications, some free, some for a fee. Users can download applications from the proprietary Google Play mobile app, which they can then deploy on their device. Applications can also be targeted to specific hardware components, such as motion sensors for motion-dependent games and front-facing cameras for online video calling. In 2016, over 82 billion apps were downloaded from the Google Play store. By 2017, the number had increased to 3.5 million apps.
According to a Pew Research Center survey, nearly half of all American adults have a mobile device, which makes the number of Android-based apps even higher. Each Android app has its own web page, with basic descriptive information such as cost, rating, and permissions. With 6.3 billion smartphone users, that’s more than three times the number of tablet users! Despite the huge numbers, this doesn’t mean that the Google Play store is cluttered with invasive applications. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that app-related apps are the most prevalent on the market.
In July of last year, Google’s Developer Policy removed millions of apps from its store. Since then, the number of apps on the Play store has steadily risen. As of May 2018, there were over 2.59 million apps available on the Google Play store. A recent study estimates that Google will remove an additional 300,000 apps by the end of the year. And, despite the huge number of apps, Google regularly removes low-quality apps from the store, which helps keep the store clean and free.