Android Market Hits 10 Billion Downloads

Google is overjoyed with remarkable growth of its Android Market. The search giant has recently announced through an official blog post that its Android Market has hit over 10 million downloads. Android Market is a store to serve mobile users carrying Android-powered devices to download different applications.

The Director, Android Developer Ecosystem, Eric Chu said in a post, “One billion is a pretty big number by any measurement. However, when it’s describing the speed at which something is growing, it’s simply amazing.” The first 1 billion mark was achieved by Android Market in about 20 months, while it took five months to reach the landmark of second billion. At Google Music Event, Google announced that over 200 million activated Android devices are responsible for downloads. Since then, the growth rate is remarkable as around 1 billion applications are being installed on Android-powered devices every month.

The 10 billionth download was celebrated by Apple for its App Store back in January this year. According to Apple, it saw around 3 billion downloads in the month of January 2010 alone.

Apple celebrated the landmark by offering one lucky App Store customer $10,000 iTunes gift card. However, Google moves a step further by extending its celebration to 10-day event. During these 10 days, the customers will be able to download variety of apps from Android Market on discounted rate. EA, Gameloft and Glu Mobile are the three major app developers taking part in the celebration program.

Glu Mobile is going to offer its two games on discount, including Deer Hunter 3D and Super KO Boxing! 2. It is worth noting here that Glu Mobile has been on Android since the start of T-Mobile G1 phone with Bonsai Blast and Brain Genius Deluxe.

We have embedded a chart (courtesy of Google) below showing year-over-year growth of Android Market.

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