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Apple’s App Store has been overrun by ‘zombies’

Published Jul 10th, 2013 7:00PM EDT
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Apple has claimed that 90% of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps in the App Store are downloaded at least once a month. According to data from tracking service Adeven, however, more than two-thirds of apps in Apple’s marketplace are “barely ever installed by consumers.” The firm argues that the sheer size of the App Store has made it harder for smaller developers to get noticed, BBC News reported. It revealed that 579,001 apps out of a total of 888,856 apps in its database are “zombie apps,” or apps that go unnoticed and never appear on any of Apple’s most popular worldwide app lists. The exact number downloads for these “zombies” is unknown because Apple doesn’t reveal this information, however Adeven researchers believe the figures are “very small.”

Dan joins the BGR team as the Android Editor, covering all things relating to Google’s premiere operating system. His work has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn’t testing the latest devices or apps, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.

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