Google now has 700,000 Android apps available via its Play Store, revealing the figure a week after Apple said it had reached the same milestone for its App Store, reports Bloomberg.
Apple said it had hit this mark at the same time as revealing its total download number had topped 35 billion. Google said in September it had passed the 25 billion download mark – a figure Apple reached in March 2012.
The search giant
recently said that its mobile business is generating revenue at a run rate of US$8 billion a year in its recent quarterly results, up from US$2.5 billion twelve months earlier. While this figure is dominated by ad income, it also includes sales from Google Play.
Apple has argued that its iOS platform leads to more app sales, saying it
has paid US$6.5 billion to developers since the App Store’s introduction in 2008.