The Android Market hit a humongous milestone this past weekend, as it passed the ten billion app download milestone. It has come a long way since the end of 2008 and Market downloads are now happening at a rate of one billion per month. Google didn’t announce the lucky Android user that made the prestigious ten billionth download.
To celebrate, Google has partnered up with developers to put ten apps on sale for ten cents for ten days. Each day a different app will drop to but one dime. The first lineup of apps includes 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. You can keep track of updates to the daily list right here.
As of October 4, 2011, Apple is said to have reached over 18 billion app downloads, which presently puts the number roughly twice as much as that of Android’s downloads. As far as total number of apps go, the Android Market houses over 370,000, while iOS now has well over 500,000 — and that’s with an approval process in place, mind you. To Android’s credit, number of apps don’t even matter at this point: both stores are overflowing with content.