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One of the biggest problems with app stores is being able to find the app you want amongst the hundreds of thousands available. This poor experience hurts both consumers wanting to use great apps and developers wanting to make money from their hard work.
Just like Apple, Google also has this problem with the Android Market, and the company is always trying to improve the app finding experience. To this end, the search giant has announced five new features for its app store:
It took Google 20 months to reach 1 billion apps installed on the Android platform. Five months later, the company had hit the 2 billion apps installed milestone. Last month, the company was at 3 billion installed apps, and earlier this week, Google revealed that it had seen 4.5 billion apps installed from the Android Market.
Over the past two and a half years, the company has shipped eight releases of Android, and has seen 100 million activated Android devices so far. In fact, in August 2010, Google announced that Android activations passed the 200,000 per day mark. In December 2010 the number was at 300,000 Android phones daily, and earlier this week 400,000 new Android devices were being activated every day.
The only number that hasn't seen a bump recently is the that of free and paid applications available in the Android Market. Google crossed the 200,000 apps mark in December 2010 and hasn't updated that milestone since, but it shouldn't be long now.
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