Feeds

Google celebrates as Android hits 25 billion downloads

Getting within spitting distance of Apple

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Over the next five days, the Mountain View Chocolate Factory will offer a series of discounts on products and applications in its Google Play store to celebrate hitting the 25 billion–downloads mark.

"Every day you'll be able to choose from a collection of apps from some of the world's top developers including Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat and more. And all for just 25 cents," said Jamie Rosenberg, director of Android digital content.

"We'll also be offering some special collections like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and our 25 top selling magazines, all at special prices," he said.

Rosenberg then goes on to beat his chest about just what a massive number 25 billion is – equivalent to the number of minutes since humans first entered Europe (although historians still haven't actually sorted that one out quite yet) or twice the distance in miles Voyager 1 has reached beyond Earth, and so on.

But if he was looking for ideas on that front, maybe he should have asked his counterpart at Apple, since Cupertino's App Store hit the 25 billion–downloads mark back in March.

Nevertheless, it's quite an impressive increase for Google Play, the app store formerly known as the Android Market. In March the company said it had had 13 billion downloads, and if current projections bear out, the 50 billion mark should be hit early next year.

Google Play downloads

Google's apptastic stats show a healthy growth curve

The Play Store now has 675,000 applications and games available, which is within spitting distance of the 700,000 applications Apple claimed earlier this month. Apple does have the edge on media, however, stocking over 26 million songs, 190,000 TV episodes, and over 45,000 films.

Apple also has the edge on tablet applications, it seems. Data released earlier this month shows that only 4.7 per cent of Android apps were downloaded by tablet users, and with Apple still dominating the fondleslab market its percentage is much higher – and Cupertino's injunction against Samsung's tablets can only reinforce this. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Will BlackBerry make a comeback with its SQUARE smartphones?
Plus PC PIMs from company formerly known as RIM
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass
Operator says it will safeguard 359 jobs, plans lick of paint
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Vodafone to buy 140 Phones 4u stores from stricken retailer
887 jobs 'preserved' in the process, says administrator PwC
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.