Dec 08 AT 4:24 PM Dustin Earley 91 Comments

Google provides a closer look at Android’s 10 billion app downloads

Android Market app facts

The Android Market’s 10 billionth app download has been a hot topic this week. We’ve been talking about all the apps that are on sale to celebrate and which developers are reaping the rewards, but we haven’t really had a chance to take a look at how it all happened. Like what’s the most popular type of app? When is the most popular time to download apps? And which country downloads the most apps anyway?

Google has released a rather good looking infographic that reveals the history of the Android Market. There’s a quite a bit of information in the image, but here’s some of the highlights:

  • The most popular time to download apps is 9PM, on Sunday. Monday at 4AM is the least popular.
  • Apps are downloaded from 190 countries.
  • South Korea has the most downloads per capita. The US is number four.
  • The most downloaded type of app is games, with 25%. Entertainment is second at 12%.

And as for some individual app highlights:

  • 100 million words are translated every week in Google Translate.
  • 12 billion miles have been navigated in Google Maps.
  • 20,000,000,000 keystrokes have been saved by using SwiftKey.
  • 4054 years have been spent playing with Talking Tom.

As you can see, these numbers are impressive to say the least. And the best part is, this is only the beginning. What’s your favorite bit of info shared?

Source: Android

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • jaxidian

    Now that’s pretty cool!

    • mr 1338

      thats not just cool, it is very impressive.
      downloads have sextoupled within a year!

      • latouffe

        Im proud to be an Android user!

      • Shane Dumas

        With that huge growth in a year it is very nice to see. My question is with the 10 cent downloads in the last few days how much did it grow then. i know I have been buying a lot of them everyday thanks to the low cost. It would be nice to see the numbers in the last few days.

        • Adnoxaei

          I wonder if repeat downloads are included from before my account started remembering things…I had two of my Droid Eris and four of the Fascinate due to factory defects and none of my downloads were remembered on those phones. At lest they were partially remembered for my transition to the Driod Bionic and are fully remembered now (another defective phone has me on my second Bionic), but across those first 6 phones I had to download at least 400 apps because of repeats. I have 100 on my current device…anyways, just me wondering…

          Oh and I have terrible luck with factory defects, so I’ve stopped holding it against companies. Also, if iFan reads it, yeah Apple failed me multiple times, so they are on my list also. So… Instead I look at how they deal with it. Failed LCDs, Failed lasers, dead fans,misattached processors, faulty wiring, faulty flash memory, faulty chip, can’t read SD cards, 3G radio failure, motor failed in abnormal way, electrical shorting, on and on and on from everyone under the sun. Verizon replaces everything easily and quickly under factory warranty, so I’ve never had too much of a hassle. I’ve also never paid for a warranty because my phones are well cared for…anyways, sorry to throw that rant on there, but it’s been one of those weeks.


    Its only going to get better !! this is just the beginning

    • Thomas Biard

      I look forward to when they give detailed breakdowns on average prices of top apps, top developers by download count, etc…

      • erikiksaz

        Yeah, having good statistics might finally sway some of the developers who have been hesitant to develop for Android.


        • rojach

          Infinity blade will never come to android, apple will see to that, it’s their only gaming edge over android. What made me laugh was the excuse of piracy on android????? Jailbreak anyone?

          • erikiksaz

            Not gonna lie, I only tend to play games for less than an hour before I get bored. But, seeing apple lose it’s stronghold over apple app/game developers just makes my day, hah.

    • stenzor

      I can’t wait until the Android Market overtakes the iOS App Store in downloads… It’s going to be a glorious day

      • sap 26

        I immediately thought of Skynet when I read that.

  • CeeJay

    Android just keeps getting better and better!

  • Thomas Biard

    I love statistics! This answers all my questions from previous posts! Google, this is just another reason why you have my loyalty!

  • oddball

    Looking at that graph it’s not going to be long before we see 100 billion. Android really is showing how much of the future of mobile it really is

  • staryoshi

    I’m a big fan of data, it’s always neat when a company releases this kind of info :) Cool stuff.

  • Craig Mogi

    That’s some pretty explosive growth. Major props to all the dev’s out there. Keep up the awesome work. I can’t wait to see what’s developed for the Tegra 3 and ICS.

  • Patricio Acuña

    glad to be part of the swift X statistic it saves me about 30% of my strokes!, gotta love android and the way they publish things sometimes, they have to extend it more, …

    • Futureboy

      Yeah, I love that there have been 20,000,000,000. That’s a massive number considering how few keys I actually need to press in a day!

      • Futureboy

        Either this blog needs an edit button, or I need to hire a proof reader.

        Yeah, I love that there have been 20,000.000,000 keystrokes saved. That’s a massive number. I wonder what my percentage of that is considering how few keys I actually need to press in a day!

  • ArticulateFool

    That talking Tom metric blows my mind!

    • Deeds

      Me too, people waste so much time doing silly things

      • Futureboy

        And he’s been knocked down 10.6 billion times. People with time on their hands seem to be a little violent!

  • YMS123

    With these ten days of ten cent apps, it will reach 11 billion in no time (eleven cent sale anyone?)

  • Hall Lo

    So glad to see Android’s getting much better and popular ;)

  • rojach

    Apple’s app downloads are at about 16 billion, Android at 10 billion and growing at an ever increasing rate, Android will boast the most downloads next year , surely time for you Devs to concentrate more on Android, this is where the party’s at!!!!!!

  • kwills88

    I love our android logo Andy…kinda gives android it’s own personality…you can dress an apple with an hat, but that’ll just look stupid.

  • zyphbear

    This is a pretty cool infographic!

    I will say I’m surprised that the US was only number 4 in the list, I would have thought with the amount of time the US had android that we would have gotten higher, but it’s also adoption rate too.

  • Bryan Stoner

    This chart is amazing!!! 1 Billion to 10 billion downloads in such a small time frame. Hell yea Android!!! XDD

  • Alex

    Google clearly enjoyed using their Androidify app while creating this infographic XD

  • Lee Swanson

    I just downloaded Google Currents.

  • sylar

    That is a heck of a lot of downloads. And some of that stuff is really hard go with such as how many years have been spent talking to that cat, but still cool.

  • Patrick E. Mahoney Jr.

    I feel like they made the USA Android look like a hipster. He’s wearing a ridiculous sweater and has that weird mustache thing…

  • Rob Vermeij

    Four words: Go Google, fuck Apple! :-P

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    It truly gets better :-)

  • CTown

    I think it’s kind of funny that the category of apps bought in the Market is “Games” as app developers always complain that iOS makes more money off games, yet; a lot of developers seem to always port their games slowly to Android.

  • James Conley

    I’m really glad to see the incline in the app store. I still remember when Ken Magic’s solitaire was one of the higher quality apps on android.

  • james bricknell

    love the stat about adele songs shazam’d lol. and knocking that stupid cat over lmao

  • Jamie

    Australia isn’t in the top 10 app-crazed countries?!
    Come on guys…
    Aussie Aussie Aussie

    • Futureboy

      Oi! Oi! Oi!

      (I’m not Australian, but I just couldn’t leave you hanging!)


      • lokidokie

        Cheers mate… Thought I was going to have to reply to myself there…


    Games are the most downloaded category, time for some ios devs to start getting a piece of the pie

  • Adryan maldonado

    its probably a mustache but US looks sad cause its not number one

  • jamal

    Android never ceases to impress

    • jamal


  • Lewis McGeary

    That’s quite a large percentage in the ‘other’ category, I wonder what’s in there?

  • Oscar Ortega


  • Johnny

    Yes….Hong Kong takes the number 2 spot!

  • sap 26

    *tear* They grow up so fast!

  • goncalossilva

    I wonder how the chart will be in one year. That 10 billion bar will probably look like 1 billion one. Ok, I *might* be exaggerating a tiny bit.

  • Kevin Amundson

    Totally cool. Android is going to leave iOS in the dust!

  • Billy

    4054 years have been spent playing with Talking Tom.

    …. and I participated in this stat .. lol.

  • Ilyse Rose

    I do love infographs and this one is pretty freaking awesome.

  • cherrytree

    Impressive and interresting! Lets go for another 10 billion downloads!

  • Louis A

    Let’s do this!

  • smwinn7

    infographics are just so great

  • eioous

    10,000,000,000 and counting!

  • jst4tim

    I am sure that number is jumping like crazy with these .10 cent apps

  • Shadowlore

    Holy statistics, Batman!

    I’d be interested in seeing the $$$ associated with those numbers, however.. That is, what classification of apps produce the most money.

    I’d like to think its games, but would like to know the full truth. :)

  • humidity

    All very very interesting!

  • Jorge Eslava

    I’m loving all the 10 cent apps, I’m getting them even if I won’t use them, at these prices I’d be loosing money if I didn’t buy them!

  • smisa27

    congrats google! i know for sure i’ve had my fair share of apps downloaded. having over 100 apps/games on my phone just right now..if i had a tablet..that would be a different story..even TONS more! and i’m definitely loving the discounted special apps..good stuff!

  • KatSelezneva

    Wow! My congratulations for Google! Google Translater is very helpful in my job, and I like Android applications very much. But my favorite apps are not games but task managers and so on. My Top-10 Android applications

  • raminscc

    Android, Hell yea!

  • booyootoo

    It feels great to see a small country like the Netherlands in the top 10 of app downloaders. Shows that we really should be seen as a country that embraces new technology and pioneers in the mobile world.

    Android FTW

  • Stella

    Wow, these stats are amazing! I love seeing the countries that download the most per capita. In such a short time, Android has become an unstoppable force. \m/

    Thank you, A&M for being a blog that help foster the understanding and love of all things Android.

  • donger

    that’s a lot.

  • ramenchef

    Congrats google!

  • dafi81

    good for google

  • Davids Kuma

    Nice! :) Beauty!

  • Matic Krmec

    I’m mad bacause I lost my visa card and now I cant buy anything….

  • Daniel Box

    Tweeted this from my company’s twitter account.. Interesting facts but I worry how they’ve managed to get hold of some of that information!


  • Velvet

    Hey, that means LOADs of developpers comin’ and do their apps for android!
    Tons of cool apps to come… Yaye!


    With more people owning an android device, the more apps will be download from the market. Let’s see how Android Market can exceed the App store in the future.

  • Diaeko

    If there weren’t so many dumb asses in my country who buy the iphone. It were also in the top ten…but not farther then the asian countrys and the US!

  • mclarensr

    Regardless of the number of downloads, that is a pretty cool dashboard display.

  • ndub21

    This is why I love Google. They release these cool infographics which give you some good information about the Android Market downloads and statistics, but they are fun to read as well. Poor Talking Tom…

  • dpleus

    I love the Swiftkey X statistic, and I love the keyboard too! I’m not surprised that Korea and China out download the United States, as they do seem to have a penchant for mobile electronics, and that Android is still gaining ground here in the U.S. of A.

    • dpleus

      Correction, i should have said Honk Kong & Taiwain, not China.

      • dpleus

        And I can’t seem to spell today either! Sorry Taiwan.

  • Byron Porter

    interesting how they tout the google translate numbers, yet they’re planning on giving it the axe.

  • phssthpok

    I didn’t think Translate was on the chopping block. I thought the API was going paid, however.

  • Fabio R

    I love the chart

  • DaveC

    My mug has been gracing this place for awhile!! :-)

  • dclaryjr

    But I guess my pic only shows up if I sign in!

  • Sean the Electrofreak

    Ah, remember the days of Apple bashing Android for not having enough apps in their Market?

    How do you like them apples, Apple?!

  • Danny Calderon

    Love android, but I think I’m gonna buy a windows phone next week

  • Jerome S

    Android :)

    Got my first Android device in like 2009, and I will NEVER LOOK BACK. Even if Android died tomorrow.

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