This statistic shows the number of cumulative app downloads from the Google Play app store for Android devices between August 2010 to July 2013. In September 2012, Google announced that over 25 billion apps had been downloaded from its app store and the last reported figures from July 2013 stated that 50 billion apps had been downloaded from Google Play. The Google Play app download volume has been on par with the Apple App Store.
Google Play serves as the official app store for the Android operating system which is published through Google. It serves as a digital media store, where Android users can download music, magazines, books, movies and television programs. Presently, the number of apps available at Google Play has exceeded those of the Apple App Store. This is impressive since the Apple App Store has a longer history and Google Play is a relatively new platform.
Currently, and in the future, the number of app downloads from Google Play are expected to far outpace the number of downloads made from the Apple App Store. However, it will take Google Play a bit longer to catch up with the Apple Store with regards to revenue generation. The Apple App Store revenue for 2013 was 10 billion U.S. dollars compared to 1.3 billion U.S. dollars in revenue generated by Google Play. Whereas the great majority of apps are free in the Google Play Store at 98 percent, only 85 percent of apps from the Apple App Store are free. Time will tell if Google Play will eventually outpace the Apple App Store in terms of revenue generation and its ever increasing popularity should help.