Android apps are becoming more popular as the Android operating system gains ground in the mobile market. IDC expects Android to take more than 40 percent of the worldwide smartphone market in the second half of 2011. However, with Android's growing popularity comes a growing risk of malware attacks.
The mobile app market, currently still led by app trailblazer Apple, is continuing to grow at a rapid pace: according to new research from Gartner there will be nearly 46 billion mobile app downloads made this year, nearly double the 25 billion downloads in 2011. Among those downloads, free will continue to reign supreme: 89% of those downloads worldwide will cost nothing.