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Date of the premiere of the system: 2012
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2019

In 206 applications the special kind of the advertizing malware is detected

On March 14, 2019 it became known that researchers of Check Point Research detected a harmful campaign in Google Play shop. The special kind of the advertizing malware was detected in 206 applications, and the total quantity of downloadings reached nearly 150 million. Google was quickly notified and deleted the infected applications from Google Play shop. Check Point called this malware SimBad as the most part of the infected applications represents games simulators.

The functionality of SimBad can be separated into three groups: advertizing demonstration, phishing and access to other applications. Thanks to an opportunity to open the set URL address in the browser which is behind SimBad the malefactor can create phishing pages for several platforms and open them in the browser, to thereby start phishing attacks on the user.

Thanks to capability of a malware to open app stores, such as Google Play and 9Apps, the malefactor can install the remote application from the appointed server. So he can set the malware at any time and increase the profit.

As soon as the user loads and installs one from the infected applications, SimBad registers itself in the manifestos BOOT_COMPLETE and USER_PRESENT that allows SimBad to perform operations after the device completes loading and so far the user uses the device respectively.

After installation the malware is connected to the specified command server for accomplishment of certain actions. SimBad has ample opportunities, such as removal of an icon from a start panel that it complicates its removal by the user, start of background advertizing and opening of the browser with the set URL address.

SimBad infection chain

The command server observed in this campaign — addroider.com. On this server Parse Server copy (the source code on GitHub), the version open source infrastructures of Parse Backend which represents the model allowing developers of web applications is started and mobile applications to connect the applications about a backend -cloud storage and API- the interfaces provided by background applications and also such functions as management of users, push-notifications and many other things.

The domain addroider.com was registered through a hosting of GoDaddy and uses service of privacy protection. At run on the domain from the browser you receive the page of an input very similar to other panels of malware. Links of registration "Register" and "Sign Up" do not work and "redirect" the user back on the page of an input.

According to the analysis of RiskIQ, validity period of the domain expired 7 months ago. As a result, perhaps, you browse the cracked, appropriated domain which was initially used on legal grounds, but now participates in malicious actions.

Researchers of Check Point believe that developers were not aware of the harmful maintenance of RXDrioder SDK as, according to a research, the campaign was not focused on the specific country and was developed by other developer.

For March, 2019 SimBad works as the advertizing malware, opening advertizing pages, however has the big functionality capable of big threat.

Every fifth VPN-application — a potential source of the malware

On January 22, 2019 it became known that the most popular free VPN-applications contain problems which can threaten safety of users in Google Play Store. According to results of the research conducted by the specialist of Metric Labs Simon Migliano, every fifth application is a potential source of the malware, and a quarter of the analyzed programs contain the vulnerabilities connected with leakages of DNS queries of users.

The specialist studied 150 VPN-applications which total number of loadings was about 260 million times. From the studied services about 85% had intrusive permissions and also the functions putting risk confidentiality of users.

In particular, 57% of appendices were contained the code for collection of data on the last known location of the user, 38% of applications requested an information access about the status of devices, 25% of applications kept track of location of users, and some programs requested permission to use of the camera and the microphone of the device or could is reserved to send Sms[1].

10 VPN-applications and security concerns detected in them

2018

Google will return money of mother whose child lowered $1600 for mobile games

At the end of September, 2018 district court of the city of Suvon (South Korea) rendered a verdict in the claim which initiator asked compensation for write-offs of money from its credit card in mobile games without its consent.

The 10-year-old son of the claimant spent in games on the smartphone in total 1.81 million wons (about $1627), using the credit card of the mother. The card remained attached in mobile application after the woman made several purchases in a game for the child in 2015.

Google will pay for the fact that the child used the credit card of mother for purchase of game content

Her son could pay acquisition of game objects by means of the same bank card after a while, and additional confirmations from the owner were not required. Then mother filed a lawsuit against Google, having demanded compensation of losses in a complete size.

On September 28, 2018 district court of the city of Suvon found guilty of the incident both the claimant, and the defendant, so Google will have to pay a half of the amount charged from the card without the knowledge of the user i.e. 909 thousand wons. Other half of responsibility was assigned to the party of charge.

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In view of the fact that the defendant did not verify a name of the card holder with the person who made transaction under other name that is violation of its obligations to undertake precautionary measures the defendant should bear responsibility for partial indemnification, said in a judicial verdict.[2]
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As reported in the section of support on the website of Google, usually the company "does not return to users of means for purchases in Google Play. However  in certain cases  it is possible".

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If you made purchase, but it does not meet your expectations, it was unnecessary or something does not work properly, execute one of the following actions:
  1. Contact the developer of the application.
  2. Request return of means on the website of Google Play. 
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Hundreds of thousands of times downloaded applications with viruses in Google Play

In March, 2018 it became known of presence of a virus at the popular Android-applications placed in the directory of Google Play. The malicious code was detected by specialists of SophosLab company (specializes on technology of information security), who shared a find in the blog.

The malware which in SophosLab was identified as Andr/HiddnAd-AJ disappeared in programs for reading QR codes (among them – QR Code Free Scan, QR Code/Barcode and QR & Barcode Scaning) and the Smart compass application, located in Google Play shop. The virus was used by his distributors for an output of advertisements to the screen of mobile devices and advertizing links, allowing swindlers to wind advertizing cliques, even when the infected application inactively.

In March, 2018 it became known of presence of a virus at the popular Android-applications placed in the directory of Google Play

At the first start the infected application sends a request for the server of malefactors to receive a necessary configuration. Then the virus gets access to the list of links, messages and icons which soon begin to litter the smartphone of the victim. It is interesting that the small graphic component through which it is possible to manage its work is attached to the hacker program.

It is noted that the applications infected with Andr/HiddnAd-AJ in Google Play were downloaded by more than 500 thousand times. Hackers undertook a number of measures for masking of a virus: first, the infected part of the software issued itself under standard library of programming Android which was also embedded in applications, and, secondly, the harmful element became more active several hours later after loading by the victims of software from Google Play.

SophosLab notified Google on danger, and the Internet company deleted all infected applications from shop. To secure itself against similar infections, specialists recommend to owners of Android devices to use antiviruses.[3]

Detection of harmful cryptominers

Specialists of Avast company announced on March 16, 2018 detection in Google Play two SP Browser and Mr applications. MineRusher with the built-in malware for Monero cryptocurrency mining. Applications were already downloaded by thousands of users.

In November, 2017 Avast detected a stamp of malware of JSMiner in Google Play — the cryptominer disappeared in the Cooee game application.

Process of mobile mining begins according to the similar scheme when the user loads the application and opens it. Further there is an automatic connection with the apptrackers.org website where CoinHive Java Script for Monero mining is placed. As soon as connection with the domain is executed, begins mining. All process takes place imperceptibly for the user — in the background when the screen is switched off, and the device uses data transmission or is connected to Wi-Fi.

Specialists of Avast made an experiment of mining of Monero using mobile phones. Participants became witnesses of fast discharge of the battery, idle websites and, in certain cases, full-scale failures.

Emergence of harmful cryptocurrency applications

In Apple App Store, Google Play and others online stores can be met easily harmful cryptocurrency applications using which hackers abduct money and personal data of people. The data of cybersecurity company RiskIQ published on January 24, 2018 demonstrate to it. Read more here.

2017

Comparison with App Store on loadings of applications and expenses of users

According to App Annie, App Store loses Google Play on loadings of applications (30% against 70% in 2017), but considerably advances by quantity of money which owners of gadgets spend, downloading and using such programs. In 2017 66% of all user expenses on mobile the application was the share of the IOS platform. In 2012 this share was measured by 86%.

Share of downloadings of applications and expenses in App Store and Google Play

More than 80 malwares stealing data of users of VKontakte are deleted from Google Play

Experts "Kaspersky Labs" in only two months found in Google Play 85 malware, the users stealing data for an input in social network "VKontakte". The most popular of them was set more than one million times, at seven was from 10,000 to 100,000 installations.

Applications stole data on access only on devices with certain languages — Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Kyrgyz, Romanian, Tajik and Uzbek. It is natural, considering that the social network "VKontakte" is really popular only on space of the former USSR.

Most likely, criminals used the stolen data first of all for promotion of the VKontakte groups.

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Some of the attacked users complained that they were signed on certain pages without own permission, said in the publication of Kaspersky Lab. — Information on attempts to use these data for more explicit fraudulent activity did not arrive yet.
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The most part of the malware was loaded into Google Play in July and activated in October, 2017. Mainly they imitated any additions to the main functionality of social network — for example, for listening of music or tracking of guests on the page of a profile on social network. Naturally, these applications required input of the login and the password for VK.com.

However, the mobile game published in Google Play in March was the most popular — with more than one million loadings — the application. Initially harmful component in it was not — it appeared only in October after the next updating. So cybercriminals waited about seven months until a game gains sufficient popularity to provide the maximum distribution of a harmful component.

After Laboratory notified administrators of social network and Google on threat, all applications containing a malicious code were deleted from Google Play.[4]

How to distinguish the malware

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Unfortunately, despite all efforts of Google, the malware continues to get into Google Play — Roman Ginyatullin, the information security expert of SEC Consult Services company noted. — The example with a mobile game which got harmful "stuffing" far not at once is very eloquent: the application can be initially harmless, and then suddenly begins to pose a massive threat.
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As for protection, as Ginyatullin noted, users should check who is a developer of the application even if it is published in official shop Google. Besides, if the "unofficial" application requires to enter the login and the password from social network, it is a strong indication of wrong intents.

Technical details about these applications are available on the website securelist.ru.[5]

In Google Play a boom of the Trojans masking under mobile applications of banks

Group-IB at the end of November, 2017 noted a wave of mass distribution of the Trojans masking under mobile applications of the leading banks of the country. Specialists of Group-IB block resources from which there is a distribution of these applications, but their volume constantly grows.

The trojans intended for mobile devices under management OS Android extend not through official shop Google Play, and through advertisements in search systems. At the same time experts of Group-IB noted high quality of programs counterfeits that confuses many users who are not paying attention to suspicious "trifles". In more detail here.

Authors of false antiviruses profit on the fears connected with WannaCry

In June, 2017 researchers from RiskIQ company detected hundreds of mobile applications issuing themselves for means of protecting from the encoder of WannaCry in practice being at best useless, in the worst — harmful. Similar applications are a part of more large-scale problem — false mobile antiviruses.[6]

Using simple net search experts detected more than six thousand mobile applications which are designated either as antiviruses, or as sources of information on antiviruses, or as the supportive applications supplementing anti-virus solutions. More than four thousand from these applications are active to the middle of June, 2017, at the same time 525 of them are entered in the black list of VirusTotal service which collects data from these suppliers of anti-virus solutions.

Researchers from RiskIQ company detected hundreds of mobile applications issuing themselves for means of protecting from the encoder of WannaCry in practice being at best useless

It does not mean that all these applications are harmful, researchers note, adding that really dangerous dangerous programs can not be included in black lists — at least, during some time.

Specialists of RiskIQ detected in Google Play Store of 508 active applications which are designated as antiviruses, at the same time about 55 of them appeared in black lists of VirusTotal. In general 189 different app stores for mobile devices were investigated (not only Google Play Store). At the same time 20% of applications from lists of VirusTotal fall on official shop Google; 10.8% from them — are active to this day in spite of the fact that administrators of shop regularly eliminate doubtful and frankly malware.

For example, the false antivirus of Antivirus Malware Trojan which wormed way into Google Play was downloaded 10 thousand times before he was moved away.

In other shop — Mobiles24 — to trustful users was offered the Android's Antivirus program which in practice contained five different versions of the malware. 3.5 thousand times managed to download the program.

Among the applications which are allegedly protecting from WannaCry frankly harmful was not, but also they give nothing useful: the encoder of WannaCry does not attack mobile platforms (at least, so far) so statements for "protection" — no more than unfair advertizing. Authors of these applications operate insufficient knowledge of users, as well as the hysteria connected with recent epidemic.

As experts of RiskIQ note in the publication, probability remains that someone will want to supply the applications which are allegedly protecting from WannaCry with a harmful component.[7]

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Spammers and virus writers traditionally use loud information reasons for the benefit — Ksenia Shilak, the sales director of Sec-Consult company says. — And here: very many users "heard something" about WannaCry epidemic, but showed interest in parts much less — who can fall a victim what platforms are vulnerable and how to be protected. The lack of knowledge can pose even a big threat, than vulnerabilities in software.
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In Google Play more than one hundred malware are revealed

In March, 2017 researchers from Palo Alto Networks company revealed 132 applications for Android containing harmful components in Google Play shop. The administration of Google Play quickly reacted to the message and deleted unsafe software.

According to Palo Alto Networks, the revealed applications used the Android WebView component allowing to display images and the text in the form of static HTML pages. These pages as it appeared, supported the hidden IFrame with links to harmful domains.

Google Play shop

According to researchers, one of such infected pages tried to download and set a malware, however the procedure of downloading and a malware are capable to function only in the environment of Windows, without doing any harm to the smartphone.

The mentioned harmful domains are inactive long ago: control over them was intercepted by the Polish center of response to computer incidents (CERT) in 2013.

Most likely, developers of these mobile applications became the victims of malefactors. Points to it also use of the deactivated harmful domains long ago, and a malware under Windows, and some similarity in a code format indicating a possibility of generation of applications using the same platform.

Experts of Palo Alto Networks assume that application developers could use the same integrated development environment (IDE) which was already infected with the malware or used the online platform for generation of applications into which the malicious code was integrated earlier. That, in turn, integrated IFrame with links to dangerous domains into HTML-components of applications.

The administration of Google Play deleted all these applications though in itself they did not pose a threat.[8]

Access to business Poe is simplified

On January 17, 2017 the Google company announced change of policy of distribution of software in Google Play shop that it will simplify to the enterprises deployment of proprietary and customized applications among personnel.

The company suggests to use private channel (Private Channel) which will allow administrators of G Suite (before Google Apps for Work) to place and distribute Android applications only among users or the selected user groups within the domain G Suite. The users who got access to private channel can load applications through Google Play on the mobile device from there. The organizations which connected private channel to Google Play receive additional benefits in the form of authentication of separate user groups and also antiviral protection against[9].

This updating in app store will be available since January 31, 2017. It is supposed that it will simplify search of the corporate applications distributed through Google Play. For descriptive reasons they will be located in the section Working applications. Other applications — public and private which the enterprise can manage by means of the EMM tools (Enterprise Mobility Management) will be stored in the same section.

The private channel will provide the simplified instrument of the consolidated management of a pool of applications, allowing to update, for example, software according to the predetermined schedule. Grouping of software will facilitate to administrators creation of "white lists" of mobile applications which are approved for use at the enterprise.

The organizations which were not using earlier private channel need to be registered previously using own EMM and to configure technology of mobile management of Google. For January 17, 2017 Private Channel can be used for installation of corporate applications only on the mobile devices Android, use of proprietary applications on other platforms is inadmissible, Google stated.

There is at the private channel also a scheme of replacement of the published annexes which works for commercial applications in Google Play. A possibility of planned setup of updating of corporate applications became one more among innovations in EMM products and Google services for business which appeared for the last one and a half years. For example, in October of last year Google provided a new feature for mass deployment of mobile devices based on Android with all necessary parameters of security for work at remote offices. In the same month of Google updated the administrator's console — that received the improved mechanisms of content filtering, blocking of the device and destruction of data.

2016: "Family" access to Google shop

On July 28, 2016 the Google company announced the organization in structure of Online store of applications and media content of Google Play of the mode of interaction Family Library - for to exchange data between family members.

Family Library allows to make purchase of the paid application once and further to transfer him to mobile devices of the spouse, children, other relatives, without paying it repeatedly[10].

Sales office of Google Play, (2016)

Google Play Family Library is the general access to paid content. Some kind of answer Google to similar functionality internet- shop App Store from the company Apple. Service was started in May, 2016, but access to it was limited a quantity of the countries for a limited number of testers.

For July, 2016 beta testing is complete - users of Google can get access to the project from the territory of the USA, the majority of the countries of Europe, Japan, Brazil, Canada and Australia, Mexico, New Zealand. The company announced inclusion of Google Play Family Library in other states of the world in several days.

Google Play Family Library has restrictions for "family": no more than six. It can not be no relatives — groups can be created with friends or fellow workers. It is not obligatory to be connected to Google Play Family Library with Android- devices — applications will be available only to this platform, and a photo, video and other media content will open on the desktop PC or the gadget under management Apple iOS.

In Google Play Family Library it is possible to exchange practically everything, excepting music — to distribute it it will not turn out because of copyright.

2014

According to appFigures, the number of applications in Google Play last year reached 1.43 million whereas in App Store — 1.21 million App Store are an analog of Google Play. It contains appendices for Apple iPhone and iPad, i.e. mobile devices working at the competing platform iOS.

The third place was taken by the Appstore directory of Amazon company (293 thousand applications). Structures of Amazon generally enjoy popularity in the USA.

In addition, analysts noted that in 2014 the third year in a row showed to Google Play higher rates of inflow of new developers. And every year the separation increased.

Now about 388 thousand developers — against 282 thousand at Apple are engaged in release of the applications for Android placed in Google Play.

In 2014 the number of applications in Google Play doubled. The highest growth rate was shown by category Games, on the second place — Photography, on the third — Music, on the fourth — Business, on the fifth — Entertainment. In turn, in App Store the greatest growth rate by the number of new applications in 2014 was shown by category Business. On the second place — Food & Drink. Analysts were surprised that Food & Drink appeared on the second place. They reminded that it is about growth rate, but not a total quantity of programs. What causes popularity of this category, is not explained.

2013

The Canalys research company counted the number of the smartphones loaded by users and tablets of mobile applications for the I quarter of 2013. As reported, all for this period from online directories of mobile software 13.4 billion loadings were made that is 11% more, than for all 2012.

The greatest sales growth and numbers of loadings of mobile software is observed in the developing regions — Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa. It is explained by the growing popularity of mobile gadgets which are willingly bought up by locals. As for profitability of the markets from the point of view of developers of software, by this criterion the predominating positions are taken by the markets of the developed countries. According to the results of a quarter in North America revenues of developers from mobile software increased by 8%, and the number of the loaded programs and games rose by 6%, at the same time in Europe these indicators grew by 8 and 10% respectively.

For April, 2013 the most popular online directories of applications are Apple AppStore, Google Play, Windows Phone Store and BlackBerry World. In the amount these four most popular shops provided revenue in 2.2 bln. dollars. AppStore to which share about 74% of world revenue fall remains the most profitable app store. Though Google is also inferior to Apple on the profitability indicator, its Google Play became the leader in the number of downloads — 51% of all loadings are made from it where users give preference free and to shareware programs. By the number of loadings of Apple on the second place.

The Google Play bypassed AppStore on number of the downloaded applications

App store of Google Play for the first time bypassed AppStore of Apple company on number of loadings. According to the researches conducted by App Annie Index according to the results of the II quarter 2013. users downloaded the Android-applications 10% more, than applications based on iOS. The company connects this fact with increase in activity of users in emerging markets of Russia, India and Brazil. If to consider users of both app stores, then residents of the USA, South Korea, India, China and Japan most of all download programs. Experts point to rapid growth of the Android smartphones market and, respectively, applications for them in developing countries.[11]

However, despite it, App Store still brings much more income, than Google Play, and it confirms that users of the equipment of Apple are more located to pay for content. App Store exceeded Google Play on income by 2.3 times. Games remain the most demanded category of programs in App Store and Google Play. In the first 40% of loadings are the share of them, and they bring about 75% of income. Another 15% generally arrive from musical and social applications. Most of all users from the USA and Japan which generate about a half of all profit of App Store spend for programs.

The Google Play of a game also wins first place on income — they bring 80% of all receipts from the downloaded applications. In Google Play applications for communication, and on the third — different tools are on the second place.

Data on revenue include paid loadings and also embedded in applications of purchase. This information does not consider income which arrives from the mobile advertizing embedded in applications.

Recently the Android platform bypassed iOS also by the number of the tablets sold in the II quarter. For this period on global market 34 million tablet computers were produced that is 43% more, than the previous year. 53% of the delivered devices were based on the Android platform, 42.7% fell to the share of IOS. For comparison, in the II quarter of 2012 the Apple corporation controlled 71.2% of sales of tablets.

Google toughened requirements to applications for Android

The Google corporation made significant changes to rules of the publication of the Android-applications in the official directory of Google Play. They concern the description of applications, advertizing, purchases in applications, rating and other aspects.

According to the changed rules, "applications do not may contain the false or unclear description in any column, including the name, a label, the description and screenshots".

Developers are forbidden to place on the home screen, in section of applications and in browser tabs any labels on the third-party websites and services in the advertizing purposes. Display of advertizing in the field of system notifications is forbidden.

It is forbidden to publish the supplements parodying other applications externally and on functionality.

Applications should not change system settings without prior notice and the consent of the user. Including, it concerns the interface of the operating system. The user should have a possibility of simple canceling of changes, including by removal of the application which made them.

Applications should not force users to delete other applications, only if this application is not an antivirus or other protective solution.

Phrase "Developers should not make attempts to change provision of any product in shop at the expense of repeated estimates and compulsion of users to give higher or low marks" was replaced on "Developers should not make attempts to change a position of any product in shop, to manipulate ratings or reviews of any products by not permitted methods, including dummy installations, paid or dummy responses and estimates and coercion to estimate a product".

One of the most significant changes in rules concerns an order of the payments embedded in applications. From now on purchases in applications should be executed only through Google Play payment system except as specified when the user purchases real goods.

According to observers, new rules will help to bring order to Google Play and to bring closer quality of shop to Apple App Store which is a standard.

2012

Google started in March, 2012 the competitor of iTunes - a Google service of Play which integrated app stores, music, books, video service, service of cloud storage and synchronization of data.

Google provided new service under the name of Google Play which integrated the directory of Android applications Market, musical shop Google Music, shop of Google eBookstore e-books and service of the videprokat on the Internet. As it was specified in the official blog of the company, in it well to more than 450 thousand applications, millions of music tracks and books and thousands of movies. Conceptually the Google Play is close to iTunes known to service Apple which integrates shop of music, video and applications for apple computers, phones and tablet PCs.

Fully the Google service of Play earned at first only in the USA. In Canada and Great Britain the Google Play integrated movies, books and applications, in Australia - books and applications, in Japan - movies and applications. In other countries, including Russia, the Google Play at first offered only applications. In attempt to come into Android Market to the old address readdressing on the new domain was executed, the user saw a new logo.

Corresponding changes in the next few days were also made to mobile application of Android Market (on devices with Android 2.2 above), applications for access to movies, books and music which were renamed into Google Play Movies, Google Play Books and Google Play Music were also updated.

In addition, the Google Play offered function of loading on the server to 20 thousand music tracks from own library. This service is free. Besides, users can synchronize files and purchases between the smartphone, the tablet and the personal computer.

Google explained that the Google Play is evolution of the Android Market shop opened in October, 2008.

As notes Associated Press, Music Google service started 4 months ago sells tracks only from three large sound recording studios: Universal Music, EMI Group and Sony Music Entertainment. At the same time with Warner Music Group the agreement is signed was not yet. The number of the books which entered into Google Play exceeds 4 million, and tracks and movies - 13 million, adds the agency.

The Google Play is a direct competitor of iTunes. This shop of Apple company started in 2003 is the largest shop of music in electronic form.


Over 4.5 billion applications are downloaded and installed on phones and tablets on the Android platform. The Canalys company conducted at the beginning of 2012 a research of the market of programs for mobile electronics which showed that applications from Android Market are more than twice more expensive than their analogs from App Store. Analysts took as a basis of 100 most popular and downloaded applications in Android Market and the same quantity of their analogs from Apple App Store. Having counted the total cost of programs, it became clear that Google applications are about 2.5 times more expensive, than in App Store.

For 100 the most popular prilozheny in Android Market need to be paid about 375 dollars, on average 3.75 dollars for the application. In Apple App Store one application costs 1.47 dollars. Analysts of Canalys consider that the difference in the price of content and is the pacing restraining factor of popularity of Android Market which on the second place after App Store by the directory size in spite of the fact that Android devices in the world is on sale more, than devices on the IOS platform.

In March, 2012 Google provided new service under the name of Google Play which integrated the directory of Android applications Market, musical shop Google Music, shop of Google eBookstore e-books and service of the videprokat on the Internet. As it is specified in the official blog of the company, in it well to more than 450 thousand applications, millions of music tracks and books and thousands of movies. Conceptually the Google Play is close to iTunes known to service Apple which integrates shop of music, video and applications for apple computers, phones and tablet PCs.

The official directory of applications for devices on the Android platform - the Google Play - overcame a mark of 15 billion loadings in April, 2012.

For comparison, App Store of Apple company reached 15 billion loadings in July, 2011. Last time the Apple company announced achievement of value in 25 billion loadings - in March, 2012.

The range of the official directory of the Android-applications of Google Play reached 700 thousand positions in October, 2012. Thus, the number of applications for Android for the first time reached the number of the applications for iOS distributed through the similar directory of Apple App Store. As notes PocketNow, despite it, the quantity of the Android-applications developed specially under tablets is small. Apple of such applications has 275 thousand pieces.

2011

In May, 2011 at a conference of developers of Google the company published interesting statistics about the Android system. Representatives of Google reported that in day in the world 400,000 Android of devices are connected. Thus, the cumulative number of Android of devices was close to 100 million pieces for today. In total well to about 310 various devices in 112 countries from 36 producers and 215 operators, Google reported.

On Android Market, the online market of applications available over 200 thousand free and paid applications. While Google still lags behind Apple on number of applications in online store, however, rates of development allow to hope that Android will soon catch up with the market leader. New service - rolling of video - it is possible, will make Android Market more popular. Users will be able to take in rolling movies for 1.99 dollars.

2010

The range of Android Market shop reached 100 thousand applications in October, 2010. It is reported on Twitter, on the official account of community of Android developers. The mark of 100 thousand applications is reached later half a year after achievement of a point of 50 thousand and in 2 years after opening of shop - in October, 2008 Android Market contained several tens of programs and all from them were free (the possibility of purchase of applications at that time was not yet).

Android Market remains the second in value app store after Apple App Store which range in August, 2010 overcame a level in 250 thousand positions. However the rate of its growth is higher, than growth rate of App Store. Every month the number of new programs for Android increases. It is expected that over time users of smartphones based on this platform will locate the widest choice of the programs available to loading, among other mobile platforms.

In July it was reported that users of smartphones with the Android operating system executed more than 1 billion loadings of the applications which are stored in Android Market. For comparison, users of iPhone, iPod touch and iPad executed more than 5 billion loadings of the applications which are stored in App Store.

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