Google Play hits 25 billion download milestone

Google today announced that Google Play, its app and media store, has surpassed the 25 billion download milestone. It was only in May that Google announced it had passed the 15 billion mark.

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 have 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 Play downloads to September 2012

Google Play launched four years ago as the Android Market. It was rebranded earlier this year. It now offers 675,000 apps and games.

To celebrate the event, Google will offer discounts on a number of apps for the next five days. Participating developers include Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat and more. It is also offering discounts on “special collections” like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and our 25 top selling magazines

Apple hit the same milestone earlier this year.

Read more: Official Android Blog