Android has already crossed the 50,000 app mark, new stats from AndroLib show. Just a week after Google officially confirmed the 38,000 app mark, a raw estimate now says the mobile app store has added 10,000 more apps within at least a few weeks, if not sooner. The count doesn't factor in apps that have been pulled but does cover apps not always listed with other unofficial tallies.
The milestone still leaves Android significantly behind the iPhone's official 185,000 but has it catching up at a rapid date. Android Market has accelerated to a rate of almost 8,800 new apps per month and could reach the 100,000 mark sometime in September if its current rate stays the same. An increase is more likely as a greater number of Android 2.1 smartphones and wider market share could feed into development.
The most likely timeframe for an official update from Google is the company's upcoming I/O conference on May 19th.