Google Android Market ticks over 10bn downloads

Google’s Android Market is starting to catch up to Apple's App Store as far as downloads are concerned with 10 billion total app downloads and counting.

Android Developer Ecosystem director Eric Chu flagged the number in a blog post and said that the store’s apps were being downloaded at a rate of one billion a month.

"We can't wait to see where this accelerating growth takes us in 2012," Mr Chu added.

Apple's App Store shot past the 15 billion download mark in July, but Android’s numbers are encouraging and highlight that Android smartphones and tablets are putting on a good show.

However, critics have pointed out that Google will perhaps be better served by addressing quality issues of the apps rather than crowing about download milestones.

Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi told the BBC that download numbers were not always an appropriate measure of success and it’s the quality of the apps and the Android Market that really matters.

Google has also announced that it will offer a new set of apps each day for the next 10 days at 10 US cents each to celebrate its achievement.

The current list of apps include, Asphalt 6 HD, Color & Draw for Kids, Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro, Fieldrunners HD, Great Little War Game, Minecraft, Paper Camera, SketchbookMobile, Soundhound Infinity and Swiftkey X.