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The number of downloads for apps on Google’s Android operating system has surpassed 4.5 million, as it plays catch up with Apple’s iOS.

Growing at a rate faster than even the search giant could have imagined, Android managed to rake in an impressive 3.5 billion downloads in the last year alone.

"The last billion took 60 days”, announced Ian Carrington, Google’s mobile advertising sales director for central Europe.

This is in stark contrast to when Android first got started, labouring its way to reach the first billion in two years.

Earlier this week Android founder Andy Rubin also revealed that there are now 500,000 Android devices being activated each day.

Analysts widely forecast that by 2015 Android will become the most used platform anywhere in the world, toppling Nokia’s Symbian, which currently holds that crown.


The Guardian

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