Google Play hits 25 billion downloads


The Android app store, Google Play, has achieved another milestone as the official store to download Android applications. Google announced that Google Play has reached 25 billion downloads, which hosts over 675 000 apps and games for Android devices.

Google Play has reached 25 billion downloads, which hosts over 675 000 apps and games for Android devices (image: Google)

To celebrate, Google announced that they will be offering elected apps at discounted prices. “We’ve now crossed 25 billion downloads from Google Play, and to celebrate we’re offering some great discounts for the next five days,” they wrote on their blog.

Google will be making available a selection of apps from developers such as Electronic Arts and Rovio, and will come with a price tag of only US25c.

“Every day you’ll be able to choose from a collection of apps from some of the world’s top developers including Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat and more. And all for just 25 cents. We’ll also be offering some special collections like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and our 25 top selling magazines, all at special prices. Visit Google Play a little later today to check them out.”

For a little tongue-in-cheek statistics, Google said that 25 billion is more than twice the distance, in miles, that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled since its launch 35 years ago. “It’s also the amount of time, in minutes, that have passed since some of our earliest ancestors began to set foot in Europe. And now, thanks to all of you, it’s a Google Play milestone. We look forward to the next 25 billion.”

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor