As the number of Android phones has grown, so has the number available apps.
That’s helped to drive up the market share of popular services like Soompi, which has more than 500 million monthly active users, and Allis Chalmers, which boasts more than 20 million monthly users.
While the number-crunching power of Android has come a long way since it was launched nearly 20 years ago, it’s still difficult to say exactly how many apps users actually use.
But a new survey from the comScore research firm indicates that Android is actually on pace to overtake iOS as the world’s largest mobile operating system.
The study, which surveyed nearly 1,000 smartphone users across the globe, found that Android had surpassed iOS as one of the top 10 mobile platforms by number of active users.
By contrast, iOS had about 2 million active users in 2016, compared to 1.3 million Android users.
That may seem like a big difference, but it’s actually not.
“The biggest difference is that Android users have more apps,” said Eric Johnson, senior analyst at comScore.
“That’s the biggest advantage, especially in terms of overall market share.”
Johnson noted that Android has also benefited from the fact that there are more apps available than iOS.
For example, there are nearly 2 billion different Android apps compared to just 1.4 billion for iOS.
This trend could continue, Johnson said, noting that the rise of cloud computing and other online services could help drive app growth.
“There’s a lot of demand for these kinds of services,” he said.
“And apps can be delivered to those devices.
So I think that’s a big advantage.”
Apple, of course, has also made an effort to cater to Android users, with Apple Pay, Apple Pay for Business, and its popular iMessage app, for example, becoming increasingly popular.
But the company is not alone in trying to help Android users find apps they can use.
Google Play has become the primary app store for Android devices, and there are now hundreds of thousands of Android apps available on Google Play, which are all paid.
Google has also launched the Android app store, which offers a broad array of paid and free apps.
So far, there have been some significant successes.
Apple has been able to turn a large portion of the iPhone’s smartphone market into a smartphone for Android users in just a few years, said Johnson.
And a recent report by comScore found that more than a quarter of Android smartphones in the United States now have apps available in the Google Play app store.
But it’s not as simple as just tapping an app to go to a particular site.
There are a number of steps that have to be taken to make sure your Android device can connect to a network, for instance.
There have been a few other reports over the years that suggested Android users may be missing out on apps they might otherwise find, but comScore noted that that trend is likely to continue.
For instance, comScore has found that a recent survey found that only 30 percent of Android users were able to access a number-conscious social networking site like Facebook.
That number is also less than half the number found on Apple’s App Store, which is more than twice as many.
“It’s not just Google Play,” Johnson said.
“[There’s] a lot more apps that are available there.”
And of course the biggest benefit is that people who want to use Google apps can access them in the cloud, rather than on a phone.
“Google is really the biggest and best example of this,” Johnson added.
“They have a lot to offer users in terms the amount of apps they offer.”
For more from Johnson, check out the full report here.