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07 December 2011, 10:28

Google's Android Market passes 10 billion downloads

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Zoom The Android Market reached its first billion in July 2010
Source: Google
Google has announced that its Android Market has passed more than 10 billion application downloads. According to Android Developer Ecosystem Manager Eric Chu, the number of app downloads has also exceeded one billion per month; 6 billion downloads was reached in July this year. These figures do not include apps that have been manually installed by directly downloading an APK file or those acquired through other sources such as Amazon's Appstore for Android.

To celebrate the milestone, Google has partnered with several app developers to, from 6 December, heavily discount ten apps for the company's open source Android mobile operating system each day for the next ten days. Apps available as part of the "10 Billion Downloads!" promotion will cost just £0.10 in the UK, and $0.10 and €0.10 in the US and EU respectively.

Google doesn't, however, say whether this number includes updates that have been downloaded for previously installed apps. For example, the company's own Google Maps application has already been updated several times this year.

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