Samsung Apps marketplace hits 100 million downloads

“Over 100 million apps have been downloaded from Samsung Electronics’ mobile and TV app store in less than a year after its launch, the company said Thursday,” Dan Nystedt reports for IDG News Service. “Samsung Apps opened in June 2010 with the launch of Samsung’s Wave (GT-S8500) smartphone, the first smartphone loaded with Samsung’s Bada OS.”

“The company set up the Samsung Apps website to offer people software applications aimed at TVs and mobile devices such as Facebook and Twitter,” Nystedt reports. “The website gauged 10 million downloads three months after the website launched and 100 million in 10 months, Samsung said in a statement. Over 13,000 applications are now available on the marketplace.”

Nystedt reports, “Apple’s App Store, by comparison, has already seen over 10 billion downloads since it opened July 8, 2008, for devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod. There are 350,000 iPhone apps and 65,000 iPad apps currently available at the store.”

“Samsung decided to celebrate the 100 million download milestone by offering weekly prizes for anyone who downloads an app from the Samsung Apps marketplace between March 25 and April 30, 2011, the company said,” Nystedt reports. “Prizes include Samsung Galaxy Tabs, Galaxy Players… and vouchers for Samsung Apps.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Prizes? They sound more like punishments. Nonetheless, Samsung, congratulations on your cute, little milestone!


  1. 100 million downloads! Wow that’s a stunning statistic for 2 million sell in users although the number of sell out units to retailers were 10 million or more which can only mean two things: the number of returns was huge and the unsold inventory must have swamped the store rooms of Best Buy.

    Still, given 2 million users, each person must have downloaded 50 apps but given the poor quality of Android/Bada apps the rate of return must have exceeded 50%.

    First prize for downloading is an unsold Samsung Tab that’s been store returned or sitting in Best Buy’s reject bin for so long that its sell by date has expired.

  2. “Samsung’s Wave (GT-S8500) smartphone, the first smartphone loaded with Samsung’s Bada OS”
    Really?? Apple’s iPhone(s) was the first (smartphone) loaded with Apple’s iPhone OS…. imagine that.

  3. As the owner of a recently-bought Samsung TV, I know that Samsung Apps are widgets you can download to watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, see weather listings, etc. for your TV. (Even Yahoo! Widgets, long ago known as the Mac utility Konfabulator.) It never really registered to me that they even have a Bada component. I suspect over 95 percent of the downloads are for this aspect. So you could argue that this is a competitor to Apple TV (although that might be stretching it), but for iOS, not so much. There aren’t a lot of Bada phones, but there sure are a lot of Samsung flatscreen TVs.

  4. MDN’s Take (circa Sept 10, 2004): How many word processors do users need? Most people use one. If the Mac has the top five word processor options and Windows has those options plus 30 more junky word processor choices, how does the amount of software available make Windows superior? The “more software available” argument is the only place Windows can really claim “superiority.” Too bad it’s a canard, it’s a meaningless “advantage” in most cases. Except for gamers, in which case Dvorak is right. Yes, there are custom Windows applications for specific work situations, but there is also a large group of best-in-class applications that are Mac-only: iMovie, iPhoto, iSync, iDVD, Final Cut Pro, etc.

    How many flashlight, alarm clock, etc apps do I need? Don’t you all think it’s time to get off the “We have more applications that you” argument?

    1. Here’s the thing: Back when MDN made that argument, the belief was that, while the Mac had less software available for it than Windows, what it did have was considered very good, often best of breed. I don’t think anyone can argue that Android’s apps are better than iPhone apps. Quite the contrary, actually.

      So once Android developers create a few apps that blow the doors off anything available for iOS, then they can claim that app counts don’t matter. Until then, the counts do matter.


  5. “Statistics…numbers looking for an argument.”

    Wonder how many “free apps” are in the total? Seems the download indicator by any vendor can be very misleading, I’d like to see “paid downloads” published. That would be a better indicator of market power.

  6. and Steve Jobs says…you’re welcome.

    None of the copy-catter’s successes in the smart-phone arena is even remotely fathomable without the iPhone.

    Imitation is the sincerest form of inferiority.

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