The mobile app market, currently still led by app trailblazer Apple, is continuing to grow at a rapid pace: according to new research from Gartner there will be nearly 46 billion mobile app downloads made this year, nearly double the 25 billion downloads in 2011. Among those downloads, free will continue to reign supreme: 89% of those downloads worldwide will cost nothing.
High fives are in order for Google's Gmail team, as Gmail is the first Android application to notch 1 billion downloads in its belt. The feat, which actually occured a few days ago, was announced today by Google VP Sundar Pichai, who posted the achievement on his Google+ page.
It’s time to break out the bubbly and party favors as Google has just achieved another major milestone. As Google now has 675,000 apps and games available in the Play Store, it can now lay claim to having over a whopping 25 billion downloads. This means as the number of Android users continues to trend upwards, so too the number of downloads in the Play Store.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during the company’s FY Q4 2014 earnings call that Apple’s cumulative App Store downloads have now topped 85 billion up from 60 billion around a year ago. The number was announced alongside news of Apple’s massive quarter, and its record-breaking sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices.
Today Instagram and Waze came to the Windows Phone platform, bringing two applications to Microsoft's smartphone venture that it has long lacked.
Microsoft also released a set of numbers that outline the platform's growth, and yet modest size.
Buried in its MWC slides, Microsoft announced that it now serves 4 million application downloads daily from the Windows Store, the application marketplace for Windows 8.x. Four million downloads per day works out to 120 million per month, or around 1.4 billion per year. The number essentially slipped past the larger media radar -- props to wind8apps!