How many apps do you have on your smartphone? Do you use them all?  I found myself in a bit of an app conflict recently as I was going to download a new game to my phone when I realized I was running out of storage space.  And sadly for me, while Seagate is teeming with storage solutions, on-board smart-phone storage is not our thing.

This put me in a bit of a conundrum as I had to determine which apps I really wanted versus what I really needed. I don’t recall the last time I ate at Pizza Hut or looked for a local Ben & Jerry’s so those two got canceled faster than a Christian Slater show on network television.

Yet as I made space for one app, I found myself wandering my app store looking for related applications and recommendations.  After all, now that I’ve freed some data space, I have to fill it up again. This quest for the next big-time killer app while shoe shopping with the little woman reminded me of some news I recently saw on the rise of mobile apps.

What really stuck out for me is how Apple isn’t as dominant as advertising may lead you to believe. In fact, they are number three on the top platform list and number five on the top phone list. Another interesting tidbit is that with 300K in downloads; you can’t dispute the appeal of hurling upset fowl at a green hog…even in space.  Social networking will remain category king on smartphones with apps for Twitter, Facebook and several others.  We have yet to see the full growth of app downloads as it’s projected to hit 21 billion by 2013 — way over the 5 billion from 2010.

Seems I’m not the only one who’s app happy as I am! Check out the infographic below for more stats and think about this the next time you go to update your copy of Fruit Ninja.

Infographic created by ShoutEm

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