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IDC anticipates 300k iPhone apps

Analyst firm IDC has predicted that there will be more than 300,000 iPhone apps by the end of next year, compared to 75,000 Android apps.

That said, analyst Frank Gens is pretty bullish on Android’s prospects.

"The advantage of Android – that it’s more ‘open’ than the iPhone platform – creates more compatibility challenges for developers," he says.

"But the developer and app momentum will nevertheless grow strongly in 2010," he says.

Gens predicts that a big chunk of the new iPhone apps will come from "well-known Global 2000 business and consumer brands", aiding the momentum of iPhone.
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Meanwhile, IDC has also forecast that Apple WILL release its ‘iPad’ tablet device by the end of 2010, with Gens claiming it will be more like an oversized iPod touch than a downsized Mac.

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