According to Google’s latest announcement, the Google Play Store has just surpassed 25 billion app downloads. This is a very big number of course, and many geeks are surprised at how fast the Android ecosystem is growing – by the end of 2011, Google announced that 10 billion apps had been downloaded during the last three years (since 2008); in June 2012 the number of downloads reached 20 billion, and now in September it’s already 25 billion. Since the world’s population is about 7 billion now, 25 billion downloads amount to 3.5 apps per person. Quite impressive, isn’t it?
“Twenty-five billion is more than twice the distance, in miles, that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled since its launch 35 years ago. It’s the amount of time, in minutes, that have passed since some of our earliest ancestors began to set foot in Europe. And now, thanks to all of you, it’s a Google Play milestone. We look forward to the next 25 billion,” Jamie Rosenberg, Google’s director of digital content, wrote.
No matter how hard Apple tries to remain the best and the most popular smartphone manufacturer on the market, the number of Android phones in the world is growing day by day – in September Google announced that there are 500 million smartphones running Android, and 1.3 million are activated each day, which is also rather impressive. In contrast, around 400 million iPhones have been activated up to now. The iPad and the iPod Touch aren’t included in this number, but Android tablets aren’t included in 500 million mentioned above, too.
So in terms of the numbers of activated phones Android has already beaten Apple. However, Apple is still ahead of Google with the number of apps available for download – the App Store has about 700,000 apps, while the Play Store can boast of only 675,000 (so together they have 1,375,000 published apps – one app for every ~5300 person alive). According to the info announced at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference in June, around 30 billion apps were downloaded from the App Store, which is 5 billion more than Android’s results, but, well, Android is catching up.
By the way, if there are really 500 million Android phones activated up to now, it means each Android phone has downloaded 50 apps. Meanwhile, each iPhone owners had to download 75 apps so that the overall number of installed iOS apps made up 30 billion.
Anyway, 25 billion is a great number for Google. Last year, they celebrated the 10 billion mark by discounting many apps up to 10 cents for 10 days. Now they’re going to do almost the same thing – a number of apps, games, books and movies from famous developers like Electronic Arts, Gameloft and Rovio will be available for 25 cents for 5 days. So hurry up to get them!
I’ve also made my small contribution to this 25 million – last week I downloaded 7 Android apps for my Samsung Galaxy Ace – 3 for call recording, 2 games, an ebook reader and a new media player. I’ve owned this phone for more than a year, and I’ve definitely downloaded more than 50 apps during it. What about you?
Amelia is from Rightmobilephone, which offers the best Orange, Vodafone and T-Mobile Deals in theUK. She’s interested in Android phones, apps designed for them, tablets, funny gadgets and PC games.