Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Android Market Reaches 10 Billion Download Mark, Offers 10-Cent Apps

 Update: Google has offered "A Closer Look at 10 Billion Downloads " with an overall look at downloads by country and categories.

Over the past weekend Google's Android Market reached the major milestone of 10 billion, yes billion with a "b", app downloads. To celebrate, Google has announced they will partner with several Android developers to offer 10-cent apps over the next 10 days.

Starting today  Google will sell 10 apps for the 10-cent price. The initial offer includes:  Asphalt 6 HD, Color & Draw for Kids, Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro, Fieldrunners HD, Great Little War Game, Minecraft, Paper Camera, Sketchbook Mobile, Soundhound Infinity and SwiftKey X.

Android downloads have grown from 1 billion total in July 2010 to 10 billion seventeen months later.

"One billion is a pretty big number by any measurement," Eric Chu, director of the Android Ecosystem, said in a blog post. "However, when it's describing the speed at which something is growing, it's simply amazing. This past weekend, thanks to Android users around the world, Android Market exceeded 10 billion app downloads—with a growth rate of one billion app downloads per month. We can't wait to see where this accelerating growth takes us in 2012."

The offer fails a bit in comparison to that of Apple's, when it reached the same milestone. The company awarded a $10,000 iTunes gift card to England's Gail Davis for downloading the 10 billionth app. However, its a nice gesture, for both consumers and developers alike.

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