Apple App Store Passes 40 Billion Downloads, Nearly Half in 2012

Apple App Store Passes 40B Downloads, Nearly Half in 2012Apple said today that consumers have downloaded more than 40 billion apps for its App Store, with nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone.
Apple’s announcement comes as the widely popular Consumer Electronics Show (CES) gets underway this week.
It also comes as Google’s Play Store for its Android smartphone platform is making headway of its own, achieving 700,000 apps on Play back in October. Some estimates have Google Play passing one million apps by June.
Apple’s developer community has created over 775,000 apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users worldwide, and developers have been paid over $7 billion by Apple.
The App Store has more than 500 million active accounts. It set a record in December with more than two billion downloads during the month.
Apple’s 40 billion figure excludes re-downloads and app updates.

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