Google Play Store hits 25 billion app downloads

Celebrates by cutting price of popular apps to 25p

The Google Play store announced this week that Android devices have downloaded 25 billion apps since the market opened less than four years ago

To celebrate this rather impressive milestone, Google has dropped the price on several apps, games and movies to a trifling 25p.

For the next five days, you can log into the Google Play Store and see the discounted apps featured at the top of the home screen. Some of the biggest apps on the store - including Angry Birds Space, OfficeSuite Pro 6+, Draw Something and Asphalt 7: Heat - have received the bargain bin treatment.

The Google Play Store orignally launched towards the end of 2008, only then it was known as the Android Market. Less than four years later and the store currently has 675,000 apps and games available to download.

And it's not just the apps getting the sale treatment either. Google has knocked down 25 bestselling books - including the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - as well as must-see movies to just 99p.

In case you're having trouble getting your head around how big a figure 25 billion is, Jamie Rosenberg, Director of Digital Content at Google laid it out in a blog post:

"Twenty-five billion is more than twice the distance, in miles, that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled since its launch 35 years ago. It’s the amount of time, in minutes, that have passed since some of our earliest ancestors began to set foot in Europe. And now, thanks to all of you, it’s a Google Play milestone. We look forward to the next 25 billion," he said.

This figure caps off a good month for Google. The search giant also announced that Android handset activations had reached 500 million globally, and continues to grow at around 1.3 million activations a day.

And, of course, anyone who visits the Google homepage today will note that it's also Google's 14th birthday. Many happy returns!

Check out the current apps available on discounted sale at the Google Play Store by clicking here and let us know your favourites in the comments box below.