GetJar is second only to Apple’s iTunes in the world of mobile app providers. And as of this summer, the independent online store boasts just over 1 billion app downloads for the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and other smartphones.
GetJar’s web site claims the store owes success to its open market approach. That is, the company supports 2,147 different devices and has sold apps to people in 200 different countries. GetJar seems quite aware of their position, too. The company blog revealed that mobile app revenue is on track to reach $17.5 billion by 2012.
In the meantime, GetJar has been expanding its own operation to prepare for this app explosion. A series B funding round just provided GetJar with an additional $11 million from backer Accel Partners, and the company tripled its number of employees in the past year. The most straightforward sign of the store’s success? The fact that each year, GetJar has also tripled its overall number of downloads.
GetJar was originally founded as a feedback site for app developers. Six years later, the site has accomplished a review process of 70,000 apps to identify consumer patterns. The most popular mobile apps that people download from GetJar are Facebook Mobile, eBuddy Messenger, and Nimbuzz. Their Facebook app alone exceeded 50 million downloads by last spring. The Yahoo, Google and YouTube apps are also in the Top 10.