Apple App Store hits 25 billion downloads, $10,000 App Store gift card to be awarded

Apple App Store hits 25 billion downloads, $10,000 App Store gift card to be awarded
Update: Apple has announced that loyal phoneArena reader Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China is the winner of the $10,000 App Store gift card. The app she downloaded to get the prize was Where's My Water.

Some lucky winner will be receiving a $10,000 App Store gift card from Apple for downloading the 25 billionth app from the App Store. Early Saturday morning, the magical number was hit and Apple celebrated by posting on its website, "A billion thanks. 25 times over." Apple posted a message on the site that it would soon reveal the name of person who will receive the gift card and the name of the app that he chose to download.

Whichever app is announced as the 25 billionth downloaded, its developers should be ready for a new level of name recognition and more business. The 10 billionth app downloaded from the App Store was Paper Glider which was developed by Neon Play. According to The Next Web in a report posted in January  2011, "Within two days of the (10 billionth app) announcement, Neon Play received numerous inquiries from digital marketing agencies and has already undertaken at least three projects as a result."

A report from metrics firm Asymco shows that as of last year, each iOS device has about 60 apps loaded on it. Appsfire reported that between July and December 2010, the most recent data that the site has, the average Apple iPhone user spent 84 minutes per day using apps. A survey by Telenav from last August showed that Apple iPhone users were twice as likely as Android users to spend $40 or more for apps on their phone. Additionally, 45% of iPhone users said they never paid more than $1 for an app as opposed to 62% of Android owners and 63% of BlackBerry users.

source: AppleTheNextWeb via PCMag



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8 Comments

1. android_hitman unregistered

they can't loose profit by slicing the price of the apps to 0.99$ like google did so they will give a 10.000$ giftcard... YEY!!

2. ilia1986 unregistered

Is this the future? Instead of an open web, we will have proprietary apps for everything? 0.99$ to get access to your weather. 2.99$ to get access to the news. 5.99$ to download a search application? This can be the end of the Internet as we know it. Why build a website and invest in it, when you can have a 0.99$ app for it, and make millions?

3. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

with the release of windows 8, YES, apps are the future

4. AbsentbebniM

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

@android_hitman If you're going to senselessly rant here, please use spell-check. Also, dollar signs go before the denomination, and periods and commas are not interchangeable. @ilia1986 Please read above about dollar sign usage, as you seem to be lost as well. As far as proprietary apps go... are you a web developer? It's hard enough to get a regular website to work uniformly across 2-3 major desktop browsers. I can't imagine trying to achieve that result with a mobile device that has bandwidth and processing limitations, dozens of different browsers, flash incompatibilities, non-uniform input types, a multitude of different hardware types, etc. Asking for a few dollars for an app optimized for your device to ensure the best possible user experience is not asking a lot. I love webapps as much as anyone else, but the bottom line is that people just want the apps to work, and work right every time. That just cannot be done with an open Internet like you're pipe dreaming about.

7. conscious

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Thanks for the intelligent comment. There's very few on here

8. Obviously

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Maybe you should try talking less :)

5. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I'm really not sure what to do with all this money. They didn't give me a gift card they just added it to my account. I don't buy music and for the most part I have all the apps and games I want.

6. conscious

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

If you really won iTunes has books, tv shows as well

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