Android Market Tops 1 Billion Downloads (and Growing)

Paul Lilly

Android's remarkable rise in such a short period is showing no signs of slowing down. Just the opposite, actually. According to , a popular website that lets you browse apps for your Android phone, over 1 billion apps have now been downloaded from the Android Market.

Pretty impressive when you consider the service launched less than two years ago. And sure, it's still only a fraction of Apple's App Store downloads, but that fraction is growing bigger by the day. At last count (back in January),  App Store downloads topped 3 billion .

Despite the high number of downloads (and probably as a result of), there remains a disproportionate amount of free apps versus paid ones. That's certainly helped the Android Market grow in numbers, but it's a Catch 22 for developers hoping to cash in.

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