The number of Android app downloads has reached 10 billion, Google has announced, with take-up continuing to grow daily.
According to the search giant, a billion apps are now being downloaded every day, marking exponential growth from the early days of the platform.
By way of comparison, the first billion downloads from the company’s proprietary applications store the Android Market took close to 20 months, with the second billion landmark being reached five months later.
A post on Google’s official blog stated: “This past weekend, thanks to Android users around the world, Android Market exceeded 10 billion app downloads—with a growth rate of one billion app downloads per month.
“We can’t wait to see where this accelerating growth takes us in 2012.”
Despite its recent surge, however, the Android Market remains some way behind the App Store for the iPhone, iPad and newer iPods. Apple’s market has now topped 18 billion downloads.
To celebrate reaching the 10 billion figure, Google is offering a selection of games for 10p for ten days, including the likes of cult puzzler Minecraft, Fieldrunners HD and Asphalt 6 HD.