Google has confirmed that Android app downloads passed the 10bn mark this past weekend.

Android is the world’s most widely-used operating system (taking 52.5% of the global smartphone market), and in app terms is now starting to catch up to Apple - which passed the 10bn download mark in January.

Eric Chu, director of the Android Developer Ecosystem said in the blog post announcing the news that this equates to a growth rate of 1bn downloads per month.

All of this just a year and a half after it first passed the billion download mark. 

During that 18 months Android use has exploded around the world; around 4 billion apps were downloaded between July and December of this year alone.

Vikki Chowney

Published 7 December, 2011 by Vikki Chowney

Vikki is head of community at TMW. You can follow her on Twitter or Google+

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