Google Play (Formerly Android Market) Reaches 15-Billion App Downloads

Mobile software store Google Play has hit a milestone 15-billion downloads since its launch as the Android Market on October 23rd, 2008. Recently the change of name has welcomed a host of new apps including entertainment in the form or videos, music and books – and or course let’s not forget the recent addition of Angry Birds Space which has been downloaded more than 50-million times across our mobile platforms as well as the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich currently shipping with many new gadgets, and enjoying a roll out on existing devices.

These factors have helped the newly renamed Google Play gain another 4-billion app downloads since only January, but the store which caters for over 300-million active Android gadgets including smartphones and tablets from top hardware manufacturers such as HTC, Sony and Samsung, still falls a bit short of Apple’s own App Store through iTunes which was reported to a mark of its own back in March, when it achieved 25-billion downloads.

If our readers would like to help Google Play get those numbers up even further we can recommend a few of our favourite Android apps of recent months. Why not try Instagram? – a handy photo edit and social sharing tool. We’d also recommend Spotify for streaming music, and Sky Go for Sky customers who want to catch up with their favourite shows on the go.

We’ve also recently had a play with Angry Birds Space and checked out what our friends were up to with the Kinect Star Wars social app. And if you’re planning a trip this summer you may like to see our review of the top travel apps for Android!

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