All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis


Apple marks 50 billion app milestone as Google Android passes 48 billion

16 May 2013
apple-app-store-50-billion-app-downloads

Apple has passed the 50 billion mark for app downloads on its iOS devices, making the announcement as Android rival Google kicked off its I/O conference in San Francisco.

Apple said that customers are now downloading more than 800 apps per second at a rate of over two billion apps per month on the App Store. The firm announced it had passed the 40 billion downloads mark on 7 January this year, and has taken just over four months to add another 10 billion and reach the half-century milestone. 

Apple updated its website to show that it reached the 50 billion milestone, and has named the winner of the $10,000 iTunes gift card for downloading the 50 billionth app as Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio. 

Just a few hours earlier, Google announced at its I/O conference that its Android operating system has seen 48 billion app downloads from the Google Play store.

"Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services.

"The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years."

The Apple App Store launched just under five years ago in July 2008 with just 500 apps. 

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Madeline Bennett
About

Madeline Bennett is editor of V3 and The INQUIRER. Previously, she was editor of IT Week. Prior to becoming a journalist, Madeline was an English teacher at a London secondary school. Madeline is a regular technology commentator on TV and radio, including Sky, BBC and CNN. 

View Madeline's Google+ profile

More on Mobile Software
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Poll

Tech gifts for Christmas 2014

Is a new tablet on your wish list this festive season, or have they become yesterday’s fad?
12%
24%
12%
7%
45%

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
iPhone 6 is available in silver gold and space grey

iPhone 6 video review

The best iOS handset to date

Updating your subscription status Loading
Newsletters

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button
hpv3may

Getting started with virtualisation

Virtualisation can help you reduce costs, improve application availability, and simplify IT
management. However, getting started can be challenging

ibmv3may

Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Technical Client Manager

Technical Client Manager Commodity Trading Software...

Application Support Lead

Application Support Lead - Financial Services - Energy...

Technical Consultant

Technical Consultant – Datacentre (NetApp) Salary...

Database Manager

Database Manager Overview: This is an exciting...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.