Google Android Market hits 10 billion downloads

Michael Cooney
8 December, 2011
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Google’s Android Marketplace has surpassed 10 billion app downloads – a growth rate of one billion app downloads per month.

Google noted too that the pace at which apps were being downloaded was starting to speed up and that it took 22 months to reach one billion downloads but only one month to go from nine billion to 10 billion.

To celebrate, Google’s Eric Chu, director, Android Developer Ecosystem, said the firm said it would for the next 10 days sell a new set of apps that normally cost between US$0.99 and US$6.99 for [US]10 cents each.

While Android app growth is substantial, Apple said its App Store had its 15 billionth download in July. But that lead could be short-lived.

Android-based devices accounted for a whopping 52.5 percent of all smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter of 2011. In all, consumers bought around 60.5 million Android smartphones in the third quarter of 2011, or roughly triple the 20.5 million Android smartphones purchased in the third quarter of 2010.

This marks the first time that Android has accounted for more than 50 percent of smartphones sold in the world. Research released last quarter by Canalys showed that Android-based phones accounted for 48 percent of all smartphones shipped in the second quarter, as the 51.9 million Android phones shipped in the second quarter of 2011 represented a nearly fivefold increase from the number of Android phones shipped in the second quarter of 2010.

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