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Apple extends App Store to another 32 countries

At its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the App Store would be hitting another 32 countries by month's end. Now it looks like the company is making good on its promise.

Apple last week expanded the App Store's reach to 32 new territories in Africa, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region, 9to5Mac reported, citing an email sent to registered iOS and Mac developers. At this point, a total of 155 territories have access to the App Store.

The full list of new App Store countries includes: Albania, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritania, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Palau, Papua New Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.

At WWDC, Cook also said that the App Store, which launched in 2007, now has 650,000 apps, 225,000 of which were developed for iPad. Users have downloaded 30 billion apps, resulting in $5 billion (£3.2 billion) paid to developers.

The App Store officially hit the 25 billion app download mark in March. Apple awarded Chunli Fu of Qingdao, a city in eastern China, a $10,000 (£6,400) prize for being the 25 billionth app customer. Fu had downloaded a free version of Disney's physics-based puzzle game Where's My Water?

Last January, Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, U.K. won a $10,000 iTunes card for being the 10 billionth customer at the Apple App Store. Davis had downloaded the paper plane-flying game Paper Glider to win the prize.