Google are celebrating the 25 billion downloads on their Google Play store, which is the main store on most every Android-powered smartphone and tablet.
Mountain View seem so happy with their successful store that they are giving freebies and discounts to many apps across the store for all users, as a thank-you token even if you have never downloaded an app in your life.
Google Play currently offers around 700,000 apps and games to Android users and many have been reduced to as low as twenty-five cents in this discount party. We expect that Google will be paying the developers the excess.
The biggest mobile gaming companies have joined in on this Google Play celebration, including EA, Rovio and Gameloft, although we have yet to here if Halfbrick hopped in for the ride.
Google is also giving you a special curated bundle; we expect this will be like when Apple gave you twelve free gifts for Christmas last year.
Sticking with the 25 billion Google Play party, the offer is 25 movies, 25 banned books, 25 albums and 25 top selling Google magazines. We expect that the twenty five magazines will just be one issue, the rest do seem pretty impressive.
Google has released a host of information that to promote the twenty-five billion downloads, including; “25 billion is more than twice the distance, in miles, that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled since its launch 35 years ago” and “It’s the amount of time, in minutes, that have passed since some of our earliest ancestors began to set foot in Europe.”
It seems Google are very happy with Google Play’s success, and so they should be. We believe Google Play is nearing the iOS Apps Store, although Apple still has an edge on them by a few hundred billion.