There Are Now More Free Apps For Android Than For The iPhone

App store analytics provider Distimo today published itslatest report, once again zooming in on the pricing of mobile applications across a variety of platforms. We got an exclusive early look at the new report.

According to Distimo, Google’s Android Market currently offers 134,342 free applications for download, while Apple’s App Store for iPhone offers 121,845 free applications.

The number of paid applications available in Android Market, in contrast, is about one-third of the total number of paid applications available in the Apple App Store for iPhone.

According to Distimo’s data, the App Store for iPhone remains the largest store in terms of all applications available, although it was among the slowest growing mobile applications stores in terms of relative growth in March 2011.

The Apple App Store for iPad grew by 12 percent last month to 75,755 applications, of which 34,120 are designated for iPad only. The total number of available iOS applications now equals – a whopping – 367,334.

Distimo observes that applications for the iPad have become more expensive over time, while other application stores have trended in the opposite direction. The proportion of applications featuring in-app purchases has apparently decreased over time as well.

Interestingly, Distimo expects Android Market to become the largest store in terms of number of applications in about five months from now, provided current grow rates across all different application stores are somewhat maintained.

When that happens – not if – Android Market will trump the App Store for iPhone and iPad, Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, BlackBerry App World and Nokia Ovi Store in size (in that order).

Distimo also forecasts RIM’s BlackBerry App World to double in size over a six-month period and likely surpass Nokia’s Ovi Store in size by the end of May 2011. A couple of months later, even Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will be bigger than the Ovi Store, the company adds.

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