Android Market hits 10 billion downloads

The Android Market still has quite a ways to go before it catches up with Apple’s iOS App Store, but 10 billion app downloads is quite an impressive achievement for Google.

Yes, the Android Market exceeded 10 billion app downloads this past weekend, with Mountain View confirming a rapidly accelerating growth rate of one billion app downloads per month.

As noted above, Apple’s wildly popular iOS ecosystem is still firmly in the lead, with an estimated 500,000+ apps and 18,000,000,000+ downloads as of October 4, 2011.

Google is celebrating its Android Market milestone by partnering with a number of devs to offer a number of apps at reduced prices.   

“Starting today for the next 10 days, we’ll have a new set of awesome apps available each day for only 10 cents each,” Eric Chu, Director, Android Developer Ecosystem, explained in an official blog post.

“Today, we are starting with Asphalt 6 HD, Color & Draw for Kids, Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro, Fieldrunners HD, Great Little War Game, Minecraft, Paper Camera, Sketchbook Mobile, Soundhound Infinity and SwiftKey X.”

Google’s Android Market opened its virtual doors on October 22, 2008. As of November 2011, the digital store boasted approximately 370,000+ applications.