Google Android apps record 4.5 billion downloads

Android still 10 billion downloads behind Apple

Google has recorded its 4.5 billionth Android app download - but it's still 10 billion behind Apple's iPhone

Google’s Android mobile operating system has recorded more than 4.5 billion app downloads to date, a new report has claimed.

Having recorded its 1 billionth Android application download around a year ago, Google’s mobile operating system has gone from strength-to-strength over the past 12 months notching up an additional 3.5 billion Android app downloads, with the last billion coming in the past 60 days.

"A year ago that was one billion, and that first billion took two years to happen," announced Google’s mobile advertising sales director for northern and central Europe, Ian Carrington. He added: "The last billion took 60 days."

Whilst Google is celebrating 4.5 billion Android application downloads and the activation of 500,000 Android devices per day, bitter rival Apple is today toasting the fourth birthday of the Apple iPhone which first went on sale in the US on this day in 2007. In the past four years Apple’s revolutionary smartphone has recorded more than 14 billion application downloads with over half a million apps now available in the iTunes App Store.

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Via: TheGuardian