Jul 19 AT 1:21 PM Dima Aryeh 21 Comments

Google Play Store serves up more than 50 billion downloads


When Android was first released, application downloads did not look promising. One major reason was poor app selection; you can’t download something that isn’t there. As app available grew on Android, so did total downloads. Still, iOS outclassed Android by far when it came to app downloads, especially with such a strong head start.

Overtime, the app catalog expanded exponentially. And as Android improved, so did the quality of the apps available on the platform. The hideous Gingerbread apps of yesteryear were replaced by apps decked out in the gorgeous Holo look and feel. This all contributed to accelerating app downloads. Back at Google I/O 2013, Google announced that the Play Store had reached 48 billion downloads. And now, a few short months later, Google reports that number is at a whopping 50 billion!

The Apple App Store reached 50 billion downloads only a few months ago, so Android is hot on the heels of iOS. With 1.5 million Android device activations per day, it’s likely that Android will overtake iOS at the next major milestone. When do you think we’ll see 60 billion?

Source: Android Community

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • RogueC99

    Do you think there’s a chance of a sale any time soon then?

    • mernen

      Yeah, following the 10b and 25b milestones, I was expecting a 50¢ sale…

    • MC_Android

      That’s the reason I clicked this article, hoping there was a sale :(

  • Arthur

    As good as this news is as a whole for Android, their is no doubt in anyone’s mind that their is still an uncomfortably large disparity of the quality of iOS only apps versus Android only apps which is unfortunate.

    Generally speaking, good innovative developers still target iOS first before Android. I also wish more developers would design their apps following Google’s design guidelines.

    • Kindroid

      Patience Grasshopper

  • Jon Garrett

    You should read all the hate comments on the apple fan sites., they are really upset over this.

  • www.phonewbie.com

    When will they celebrate by giving away some apps for free or at least deep discounts??

    • donger

      They need to!

  • Shawn Clark

    Sound like a celebration…any word on sales or freebies?

  • Kenneth Warner-Shook

    Now all Google need to do is make a home screen launcher app for android as well as change the status bar to k kW what I mean to if you agree ease click thumbs up if you do t agree comment back

    • Kenneth Warner-Shook

      Yes I know I had typos I was typing really fast

  • soemyintsaung

    I like this.

  • abrahim trawally

    with android you are always #1

  • grimmdev

    as an android app developer, this is pretty neat. :]

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    play store is the best..

  • Albin

    The new Play Store site is a bad celebration, if that’s what it’s supposed to be. No longer differentiates between the apps I uninstalled and those that are still installed, and still doesn’t tell me which ones can be installed on the microSD. Much more scrolling required on desktop since the sidebars are eliminated, and I prefer to research apps on a larger screen. The only good thing is the new “wishlist” to bookmark and try later.

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