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Google Play Store marks 25 billion downloads with bargain apps

Google is having a pretty good week. Anyone who’s been on its homepage today will know it is the search engine giant’s 14th birthday.

But Google must also be loving the number 25 right now, with the Google Play Store having announced earlier this week that an incredible 25 billion apps have been downloaded by Android devices since the market launched less than four years ago.

Google opted for a low-key celebration to commemorate its birthday, giving users a sneak peak of its very own homepage party complete with virtual cake and candles.

Google Play Store more popular than ever

However, modest is not the word to describe how the search engine is celebrating its remarkable apps milestone.

Jamie Rosenberg, Director of Digital Content at Google said:

“Twenty-five billion is more than twice the distance, in miles, that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled since its launch 35 years ago,”

“It’s the amount of time, in minutes, that have passed since some of our earliest ancestors began to set foot in Europe. And now, thanks to all of you, it’s a Google Play milestone.”

Apps on offer on Google Play Store

As a way of thanking their customers for sending downloads rocketing into a whopping 11-digit figure, Google has dramatically dropped the price of various apps, games, books and movies to a mere 25p.

Over the next five days tech-savvy consumers will be able to get their hands on some of the most popular apps around (including Angry Birds Space, Draw Something, OfficeSuite Pro 6+ and Asphalt 7: Heat) at a snippet of the recommended retail price.

Bookworms might also want to wriggle their way over to the Play Store, as Google has slashed the price of 25 of the best-selling books – including Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – to a tiny 99p.

Google Play Store was originally launched in 2008 under the name Android Market. Less than four years after its inauguration, the store now boasts a vast collection of 675,000 apps and games.

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