HARDWARE DESIGNER Apple probably couldn't have timed hitting the 50 billion app downloads milestone better if it tried, revealing the figure just moments after Google I/O made a similar announcement.
Google announced at its I/O conference on Wednesday that its Android operating system has seen 48 billion app downloads from the Google Play store, and it seemed pretty pleased with itself. However, moments later, Apple revealed that it hit the 50 billion app downloads milestone, as if to mock its rival.
Given that Apple announced that it had reached 40 billion downloads in January, this means that the firm has seen an average of around 78.1 million app downloads every day since.
Apple has updated its website to show that it reached the 50 billion milestone,and has since named the winner of the $10,000 iTunes gift card. Unfortunately it wasn't us, with Brandon Ashmore, from Ohio, being named as the downloader of the 50 billionth iOS app.
Apple revealed that Say the Same Thing was the app that took it to the 50 billion milestone, some sort of word game developed by Space Inch LLC.
"Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services.
"The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years."
Although Apple is probably feeling pretty smug right now, Google is quickly closing the gap between iOS and Android app downloads. Given that Android adoption is rapidly soaring ahead of iOS, we won't be surprised to see Google reach the 60 billion figure first. The race is on. µ