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Android Reaches One Billionth Downloaded App Milestone

Android has become the third platform after Apple's App store and Getjar to reach the all important one billion downloded app milestone, one which was smashed yesterday actually.

According to Androlib (opens in new tab), which tracks Android apps, nearly just over 1.06 billion Apps have been downloaded from the Android market; the site unfortunately does not provide with a breakdown of the figures but it is refreshing to see how quickly Android has reached this important mark.

A quick, back-of-the-envelope calculation showed that around 106 apps were downloaded every second, which means that at this rate, Android should be able to smash through the two billionth App milestone towards the end of October, just in time for Android OS 3.0 Gingerbread.

Furthermore, at the end of last week, the number of applications and games in the Android marketplace was just shy of 100,000, a huge improvement over the 6,000 units back in July 2009.

Another notable stats is the fact that nearly 40 percent of apps in the Android market are paid for and around one in every nine apps have been dowloaded 10,000 times or more. Applications account for the bulk of the items present on the Android marketplace, outnumbering Games by a ratio of 8 to 1.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.