Google announced this morning that their Android Market has seen its 10 billionth app download, around three years after the mobile app store originally opened, with the vast majority of the growth occurring within the last year.
Google Android Developer Ecosystem head Eric Chu stated that the average rate of expansion on Android is now around a billion downloads per month.
Apple crossed the 10 billion download threshold in January, with a total of 18 billion downloads seen in October. The App Store’s current figures are likely around 20 billion downloads today.
While Android’s app growth has been somewhat slower than that of iOS, Android was smaller than iOS for a fair amount of time, and is now the majority platform for mobile devices, meaning that the race is still very much on between the two platforms, especially in terms of app downloads.