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, 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.