Android users are in for a treat as search engine giant Google has announced huge discounts on top apps in its Google Play store.
Users can now buy apps for as low as Rs 13.35 ($0.25) in a limited offer that lasts till Sunday. This is Google’s way of celebrating 25 billion app downloads, a landmark that it reached on Wednesday.
“Twenty-five billion is more than twice the distance, in miles, that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled since its launch 35 years ago. It’s the amount of time, in minutes, that has passed since some of our earliest ancestors began to set foot in Europe. And now, thanks to all of you, it’s a Google Play milestone. We look forward to the next 25 billion,” Google said in a blog post.
Till Sunday, users can choose from a collection of apps from developers such as Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio and more.
“We’ll also be offering some special collections like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and our 25 top selling magazines — all at special prices,” Google said.
Technology site CNET says, Google hit the 25 billion milestone in 1,435 days. By contrast, Apple’s App Store reached 25 billion downloads in 1,334 days. There are 675,000 apps live on the store.
“This is a healthy increase when compared to 600,000 titles and 20 billion installs just three months ago. Apple still claims the largest selection with 700,000 titles; although, with such a thin separation between the two, we may see Google Play eclipse its rival in short order,” wrote Engadget, a blog.