Sunday, July 10, 2011

Apple's app store downloads cross 15 billion


Apple today announced that over 15 billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store by the more than 200 million iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users worldwide. The App Store offers more than 425,000 apps and developers have created an incredible array of over 100,000 native iPad apps.

"In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Thank you to all of our amazing developers who have filled it with over 425,000 of the coolest apps and to our over 200 million iOS users for surpassing 15 billion downloads."

"iPad provides us with an unparalleled mobile device for creating gorgeous, immersive games," said Mark Rein, vice president and co-founder of Epic Games. "Infinity Blade has been a runaway hit with customers around the world and we couldn't be more excited about our success on iOS devices."

More than 15 billion apps have been downloaded from the revolutionary App Store and more than 425,000 apps are available, including more than 100,000 native iPad apps, to consumers in 90 countries. Users of the more than 200 million iOS devices around the world can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, education, sports, health, reference and travel. Apple has paid developers over $2.5 billion to date.

Facebook is the most download app on the app store inspite of it not being available on the iPad. Some of the other widely downloaded apps on the apps store are Angry Birds, Infinity Blade and Apple's Pages, Numbers and Keynote office applications.

In comparison Google's Android Market has only hit the 4.5 billion mark as of May. While Apple has seen an exponential growth in the apps space Google is quickly catching up. Google's Android Market is the second largest app store in world and it is expected to overtake Apple's app store by August in terms of number of apps available.