Google’s Android Play store hits 25 billion downloads, 675,000 apps milestones

“Google announced on Wednesday that its Google Play store for Android has seen 25 billion downloads to date, and a total of 675,000 applications are now available,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.

“The announcement, made on the company’s official Android blog, comes a few weeks after Apple provided its own update on the success of the iOS App Store. At the iPhone 5 media event, Apple revealed that the App Store had more than 700,000 applications, with 250,000 of those written specifically for the iPad,” Oliver reports. “As for the total number of application downloads, Apple’s App Store reached the 25 billion mark in early March, or nearly 7 months before Google gave its own update on Wednesday. Apple’s App Store launched three months before Google Play, then known as the Android Market, in 2008.”

Oliver reports, “Estimates have shown that Apple’s App Store dominates in terms of paid applications. One study released last year found that Apple’s iOS platform took in about 90 percent of all dollars spent on applications for mobile devices.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We pity those who settle for inferior derivative wares, a substandard experience, and a third-rate ecosystem when obviously superior options are blatantly and readily available.


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  1. I assume that the same app has to have many versions on line for each Android device variation and the old OS level that they can’t upgrade past.

    So, per device, how many applications do they really have? Can any one device use all “675,000 applications”?

    1. The apps show up by API rev. The majority being the API set from 2.3 gingerbread so anyone on 2.3 or higher will see the most apps from what I can tell.

      Device specific fixes appear to just be rolled into a single build of the app. I’ve seen update logs that say things like “addressed an issue with motor Droid x to fix blah blah” on apps that I’ve updated on an HTC device.

      Since the fragmentation is so bad I also see a lot of apps that just backport newer features to older versions of android so you can be on 2.3 but run the stock gallery app from ICS for instance.

      As anything there is the good, the bad and the ugly with Google’s play store

  2. Here’s my question….is Google including song downloads? Last I checked, their MP3 store was also called “Google Play.” I constantly see free downloads (or super cheap, like $2.99 for an album) of music from there listed on “daily deal” sites….if included, that’s extremely misleading.

    So they’re probably including it. It IS Google, after all…

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