Google Play Passes 50 Billion Download Mark

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Google Play Passes 50 Billion Download MarkGoogle had its second quarter earnings call just recently and CEO Larry Page had some pretty interesting news to share: Google Play has reached the magical number of 50 billion downloads.

Back in May at the company’s I/O conference and around the same time that Apple was rolling out the celebrations for its 50 billionth download, Google announced that 48 million apps had been downloaded by Google Play users, so we’ve known since then that the big 50 would be upon us before long. That, though, shouldn’t take anything away from what is a landmark achievement.

Two billion downloads in two months, shows that Google Play is fast becoming the dominant app store and will surely surpass its great rival sooner rather than later. With Apple’s big promotional campaign surrounding its 50 billionth download and Google’s previous announcement of 48 billion, many chalked up a win for Apple; however, Google is not only hot on the heels of Cupertino, it has reached the same milestone a whole year quicker!

Another big announcement by Larry Page during the earning call was the news that 1.5 million Android devices are being activated every day. That is undoubtedly an impressive number, but one that does not sound quite so spectacular when you consider Google’s statement from September of last year which put daily activations at 1.3 million. Page also said that Google paid app developers more money in the first six months of this year than 2012 in its entirety.

No lavish celebrations or prize giveaways were organized by Google to bask in the glory of 50 billion downloads. Perhaps the company is saving festivities until the 100 billion-download mark, which analysts are predicting will be reached before the end of May 2014.

– Anthony Carter

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