Mobile

Stats: Jobs boasts of 225,000 apps, defends approval process

Apple’s mobile apps now number about 225,000, chief executive Steve Jobs said today. He said roughly 15,000 apps are submitted each week to the store on-stage at the company’s developer conference today.

However, he didn’t relent on the store’s approval process, saying 95 percent of apps are given the go-ahead after seven days. He said the top three reasons the company blocked apps were 1) not working as described; 2) use of private applications programming interfaces; and 3) crashing.

He also said that Apple is in second-place in terms of smartphone market share, just behind BlackBerry maker Research in Motion. Apple, for the time being, has more than three times the market share of Google’s Android operating system at 28 percent to 9 percent. Recent reports suggest that Android sales have surpassed Apple’s iPhone figures, however.

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