The App Store has hit 40 billion unique downloads, Apple announced today. In the year 2012 alone 20 billion downloads took place with December being a major contributor by ringing in a whopping 2 billion downloads. In September, Google announced 25 billion downloads from the Play Store, which is 15 billion less downloads than Apple’s App Store received.
The App Store now has a catalog of 775,000 apps with 300,000 of the apps optimized for the iPad. Despite the massive success of the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S III, App Store downloads are on the up and things continue to look positive for Apple.
Apple’s App Store is available in 155 countries. As is common knowledge, the App Store’s closest rival is Google with the immensely pop Google Play Store. Statistics between the two app stores should be tightening up as Google continues to see a whopping 1.3 million Android device activations per day. Back in September Google reported half a billion Android activations. As the numbers continue to grow the bar will no doubt be tightening between the two companies.
Hopefully as 2013 commences we’ll be seeing a whole lot more apps optimized for the iPad.