Google Play Sees 25 Billionth Android App Download
September 28, 2012
By Oliver VanDervoort
, Contributing Writer
When you start thinking about applications to download, most people think of Apple (News - Alert). Android has been the kid in the corner that people don’t pay all that much attention to, especially when it comes to app downloads. But Google (News - Alert) Play (Android app store) just saw its 25 billionth application downloaded; there may be reason to take a closer look.
As a bit of celebration for cresting this particular mark, Google has been offering up different discounted applications out of their library that currently sits at more than 675,000 different apps for the rest of the month. It seems as if Android has been playing catch-up to Apple since both companies were young, and the fact that the iPhone (News - Alert) and iPad is so popular certainly doesn’t help that pursuit.
On the whole, there are a lot more Android users in the world than there are iOS, and that bodes well for a company that has seen a ridiculously steep climb to that 25th billion download. Back in 2010, the company hit the mark of 1 billion downloads, and has seen a remarkably steady increase over the last two years.
The company pointed out in a recent blog post celebrating the 25 billion mark that the number is twice the amount of miles that the Voyager one has traveled since it was launched 35 years ago.
Mobile applications seem to only be getting more popular for every format, despite the fact that scammers and makers of malware are targeting mobiledevices more than they ever have. If Google and Android (News - Alert) can go from one to 25 billion in just two year’s time, it’ll be interesting to see if the company can keep pace.
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Edited by Braden Becker