Android passes 10 billion app milestone

Android users have now downloaded more than 10 billion apps, Google said on Tuesday.

The milestone was reached over the past weekend, the company said in a blog post, adding that it now had a growth rate of a billion app downloads per month.

“We can’t wait to see where this accelerating growth takes us in 2012,” Android developer ecosystem director Eric Chu said in the post.

Chu added that, in celebration, Google would over the next 10 days offer apps such as Minecraft and SwiftKey X for a discount price of $0.10, £0.10 or €0.10 each.

The 10 billion figure shows how Android is catching up with Apple’s iOS’s early lead — in its most recent results call in October, Apple said iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users had cumulatively downloaded over 18 billion apps.

Also in October, analysts at ABI Research noted that, overall, people had begun downloading more Android apps than iOS apps, with Google having 44 percent of the app download market and Apple 31 percent.

However, this is a function of the fact that many more Android devices get sold than iOS devices. Android overtook iOS more than a year ago before stealing first place in smartphone platform sales from Symbian in the fourth quarter of 2010.

On the basis of apps downloaded per device, ABI said in October that iOS users still downloaded twice as many apps as their Android-brandishing counterparts.


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