By Johnny Wills | Nov 01, 2012 01:06 PM EDT
The trend of trailing behind Apple in the app's race finally ends for Google as its Play Store now has 700,000 apps. Moreover, the sales of Google's Nexus tablet are now nearing one million per month, which poses a threat to Apple's dominance in tablet market.
Apple got a year-long head start on Google by releasing the original iPhone in 2007, while the first Android phone landed in 2008. At the time Google opened the Android Market, now known as Play Store, Apple was attracting more and more developers towards its iOS platform. However, at last, with more than 700,000 apps in its portfolio, Google has closed in on Apple in the apps race.
In the continuously growing smartphone market, worth over $219 billion, both the tech giants are racing to lure more software developers. Apple had been leading in the apps race so far and is also a leader in the tablet market. However, Google is aiming to close the gap.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the sales of the Nexus tablet are nearing one million per month. In its bid to take on Apple's iPad, Google also released a new Nexus tablet recently with a 10-inch screen.
The new Google tablet, dubbed Nexus 10, comes with a 10-inch screen with 2,650 X 1,600 pixels resolution, a dual-core 1.7GHz Exynos 5 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB storage. It also sports a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 9,000 mAh battery. At a pixel density of 300ppi, the Nexus 10 ousts the new iPad's Retina display (2,048 X 1,566 pixels resolution) that has a pixel density of 248ppi.
Google also revised the pricing of its Nexus 7 tablets. The 16GB versions of Nexus 7, which debuted at $249, now costs just $199. The 8GB version of Nexus 7 is no longer available on the Play Store, but there is a new 32GB version, which is up for $249. Google also introduced the next-generation Nexus Phone. Read more about the Nexus 4 by LG.
Apple now shares the title of world's biggest app ecosystem with Google. One more aspect of difference between Apple and Google is gone. However, the iOS ecosystem still leads in revenue. Last week, Apple revealed that it paid mobile developers $6.5 billion since the launch of App Store in 2008.
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