15 billion downloads for Google Play Store surpassed a few weeks ago

15 billion downloads for Google Play Store surpassed a few weeks ago
After a U.K. newspaper published a story on Sunday saying that the Google Play Store was approaching 15 billion downloads, Google came forward on Monday telling TechCrunch that the 15 billion benchmark was actually surpassed "a few weeks ago." That followed a January announcement that the then-titled Android Market had tallied 11 billion downloads which Google followed with a sale on certain apps.

To put things in perspective, the Apple App Store hit its 15 billionth download in July and hit its 25 billionth download this past March. The latter was a subject of a contest by Apple and the lucky person who downloaded the 25 billionth App Store download received a $10,000 Apple Store Gift Certificate. Will Google offer a similar prize when the Google Play Store reaches the same milestone?

Based on documents presented by Google for its lawsuit with Oracle, the Mountain View based tech firm expects to earn $35.9 million from its online application store this year. Other figures presented in the court case show that Google expected to lose $113 million from Android in 2010, a profit of $64 million in 2011, $248 million in profits this year and $548 million in black ink next year.

The gap between Google Play Store and the Apple App Store has shrunk considerably with the latter hosting 600,000 apps and the former with 500,000 apps. Google is averaging 1 billion downloads a month with 1.25 billion a month seen for the App Store. One area where there is a great difference is the riches bestowed upon developers. According to analyst Horace Dedu, as of January 2012 developers had been paid $4 billion from Apple and just $320 million by Google.

source: TechCrunch

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14 Comments

1. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

go google go

2. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

less fanboyism plix

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

App Store has crossed one billion downloads. I fail to see the impression here.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats neat. do we get another sale? the 10 billion, 10 cent sale was awesome :)

7. bongky

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

Apple just paid out $4 billion to developers and Google only $320million. No wonder not many developers want to develop for Android. That probably explains the quality of the apps too. Not much surprise there.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you do realize that most apps on iOS are paid apps and most apps on android are free apps, right? They get paid long term from advertising, not short term from upfront sales. And according to the last statistics posted, developers that made GOOD apps, made more off of android in the long run than they did with apple.

10. GENARAL.LEVY

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 17, 2012

Good news!

12. gkquiambao

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

$4 billion given to developers from IOS users? I pity IOS users.

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