Google Play Store reaches their first 25 billion downloads

The Play Store as seen on the Android deviceGoogle wants to thank all the users of Android and the Google Play Store. Previously known as the Android Market, it was the Android version of the iOS App Store which allows you to browse and download applications to your mobile device.

Back when it was still known as the Android Market, Google launched several product stores, such as the Google Books and Google Music. Google realized that they were fragmenting their services with several stores and individual services.

That is when they decided to create the Google Play Store – a mall full of different “stores” or categories of products ranging from books, music, movies and apps, found in just one tap of the Google Play Store icon. There were those who were skeptical of the change, and criticized the naming of the new Android market, simply because it departed from the Android name. In time, people got over it and accepted the Play Store logo as the central hub for Google’s digital products.

September 26, 2012 marks the 3 years and 11 months of the store’s existence, as well as their momentous 25 billionth download from the Google Play Store. With Android devices running in more than half of the smartphone market, it was inevitable that the store would catch up to the Apple App Store in number of downloads pretty soon.

This count of course takes both the paid and free Android applications found in the Google Play Store. As thanks for keeping the market and their mobile platform strong, they will launch another sale for multiple apps in their store, which includes apps from Rovio, Gameloft and EA as well as many others who will make the cut.

Get your credit cards ready, as Google plans to sell these apps at a very low 25 cents apiece. Granted that it is higher than Google’s previous 10 cent sale last year, it is still a significant reduction in price for certain apps.

The sale will also apply to other Android products in the form of collections of 25, such as the 25 albums that changed the world and the collection of 25 banned books. All of these will be sold at a special price to commemorate the milestone.

Google is very excited about the first 25 billion downloads, and are looking forward to the next 25 billion to hit their stores. Android has been very successful so far in getting apps to run despite the ongoing fragmentation which leads to some apps to not work properly for some phones. Once this is addressed, the Play Store may find their next 25 billion faster than the first one.

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Google bans Siri knock-off for Andoid

Apple’s digital assistant Siri, has garnered praises and a few jeers both from its followers and detractors. One thing is certain, Siri has made a believer out of most if not all of us.

But with Siri’s success comes a few individuals who would want to have the technology in their Androids. More than a handful of developers have started to create their own version of Siri in their existing Androids.

Although gadgets running on Google’s Android technology have the capability of voice control, what separates Siri is that it has found a way to improve the technology by leaps and bounds. The responsiveness of compared to that of the Android is far more faster and the ability to pick up your voice command with just a single prompt is outstanding.

Siri’s popularity tends to have a spill-off in their rivals developers. One Android app was banned by Google branding itself as Siri for Android. This said app was downloaded 1000 times before Google prohibited individuals to download the application.

SlashGear reported that at least a couple of Android developers have teamed up to create an app just like Siri. It’s being developed by Dextera and is called, hold your breath, Iris. The latter is teaming up with rival Chacha to develop a huge information database for their app. Chacha already has a large database that gives its users the ability to just type queries and get answers through the net.

Well, we’ll see about that.

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