Regardless of how you feel about Apple -- and around these parts, we know exactly how you feel -- you have to credit the Cupertino company for building the most popular mobile application store on the planet. There's really no other way to describe notching over 10 billion downloads, which Apple claims to have done over the weekend.
"With more than 10 billion apps downloaded in just two and a half years -- a staggering seven billion apps in the last year alone -- the App Store has surpassed our wildest dreams," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The App Store has revolutionized how software is created, distributed, discovered, and sold. While others try to copy the App Store, it continues to offer developers and customers the most innovative experience on the planet."
By Apple's count, there are now over 350,000 apps for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users to choose from, 60,000 of which are native to the iPad. By comparison, the Android Market offers over 150,000 apps and has served up nearly 2.8 billion downloads to date, according to stats provided by AndroLib .