Android Hits 10 Billion Downloads, Offers 10-Cent Apps

on December 6, 2011 9:00 PM

They say good things come in threes. Well, Google’s pretty proud of the number 10 at the moment. The company’s smartphone operating system reached its 10 billionth download recently and, to celebrate, is offering 10 games for — you guessed it — 10 cents apiece.

The latest reports also show that Android app downloads are currently at a pace of about 1 billion a month. Remember when we told you mobile gaming had a majority share of the handheld market? Doesn’t look like that’s bound to change anytime soon. Check out the full list of games after the jump. And don’t forget: This sale is only good for — I hope you saw this coming — 10 days, so make sure your mind’s made up by Dec. 16.

Here’s the full list:

Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD (Gameloft)
Color and Draw For Kids: Phone (Tipitap)
Fieldrunners HD (Subatomic Studios, LLC)
Great Little War Game (Rubicon Development)
Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO (Endomondo)
Minecraft: Pocket Edition (Mojang)
Paper Camera (JFDP Labs, Ltd.)
Sketchbook Mobile (Autodesk, Inc.)
Soundhound (Soundhound, Inc.)
Swiftkey X Keyboard (Touchtype Ltd.)

Google remains pretty close to its biggest competitor in terms of total downloads so far. The iOS App Store launched about six month’s before the Android Market and Apple hit 10 billion downloads in January of this year. It took both services, which launched in 2008, nearly two years to reach their billionth download. Twelve months after that and bam: 1o billion.

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.