Android app downloads have passed the 10 billion mark, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) said Tuesday in an announcement that shows just how far the operating system has come in a relatively short amount of time. Android is already the world’s most widely-used operating system, and it’s starting to catch to Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) when counting app momentum.
Ten billion of anything is a pretty big number, and Google has managed to hit that milestone in about a year and a half after it first passed the billion-download market. During that 18 months Android use has exploded around the world leading to a huge increase in the number of apps downloaded by Android users: around 4 billion apps were downloaded just between July and December of this year, Google said.
Despite all that momentum, Android remains a secondary priority behind iOS when it comes to third-party application developers, who tend to make more money on iOS apps than Android apps. Apple started first, hitting the 10 billion mark in January of this year, and while Google is coming on strong iOS customers tend to spend more money and time with iOS apps than with Android apps.
As part of the announcement, Google said that 10 applications will cost just 10 cents for the next 10 days, including popular titles like Minecraft and Swiftkey.