Google: 3 billion installed apps on Android

By on April 14, 2011, 5:21 PM
It took Google 20 months to reach the 1 billion apps installed on the Android platform. Five months later, the company had hit the 2 billion apps installed milestone. Now it's at 3 billion apps installed. At this rate, we'll probably see it hit the 4 billion and 5 billion marks next month.

During Google's first-quarter earnings call today, senior vice president for commerce and local Jeff Huber said the platform had grown from 2 billion apps installed to 3 billion apps installed in just two months. Huber also noted that app installs are up by 50 percent quarter-over-quarter (from Q4 2010 to Q1 2011) and that Android was seeing 350,000 device activations per day.

To put the 3 billion number into perspective, Apple saw 1 billion apps downloaded in April 2009. In April 2011, the company passed the 10 billion apps downloaded mark. That's three times more than what Google has now, but the growth is not at an increasing rate.

In short, because Android phone sales are growing so quickly, Google's app downloads are going to soon catch Apple's numbers. That's impressive, given that Google's Android Market has over 200,000 apps as of December 2010 while Apple's App Store has over 300,000 apps as of September 2010. It's also expected that the number of apps for Android will also pass the number of apps available for iOS.

Because Android is open, however, the platform's users can download apps from more than one app store. For example, Amazon launched its own Android App Store just last month.

User Comments: 3

Got something to say? Post a comment
Win7Dev said:

Its not really that surprising, but its impressive. Maybe those capitalist pigs over in the land of Macs and iPhones will rethink their strategy when pushing through an unfinished product (iphone 4). When Android takes the claim of most apps and downloads of apps Apple will lose its entire strategy for marketing. If there were a good "Android touch" mp3 player Apple might not charge an extra $100 to upgrade from 8gb to 32gb. It costs them about $15 more but they charge you $100.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

2010 numbers are irrelevant to the article, why mention them?

Android quickly surpassed the 200,000 apps months after October 2010...

Coodu Coodu said:

Good to hear, I'm looking forward to swapping to the Android platform for my next smartphone. At the moment I've given in to the big Apple with a 3GS, won't touch the iPhone 4.

Load all comments...

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.