Google Play Now Boasts of More Than 25 billion Downloads

Android app store Google Play, which was set up three and a  half years ago, now has more than 25 billion downloads. Of this, 15 billion downloads were achieved only in the last year. This makes it a serious competitor against Apple. The Android downloads store currently has more than 675,000 apps and games.

At the end of 2011 Google Play had nine million downloads. And the store attracted a billion downloads in 2010. It is now not far from the App store’s 30 billion downloads.

Google is celebrating the mark by offering discounts on games from developers such as Gameloft, EA, Rovio, Runtastic and Full Fat. They are also offering discounts on download of movies, books, albums and magazines.

This achievement at Google Play is a reflection of the development of the Android market. While there are 550,000 apps for iOS devices, there are 440,000 apps for Android devices. 
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Google Extends Hangouts to Gmail

Google is trying hard to attract people to start using Google+. This has been confirmed by the company’s latest move where it has decided to add Google+ Hangouts to Gmail. This decision clearly indicates Google’s efforts of bringing the two services together.

Hangouts is Google’s special service that allows users to indulge in group video chats, work together on documents, share screens, and transmit conversations to the Internet.

The special attraction of the new feature is that it will allow users to video chat not only with other Gmail users but also with the friends on Google+ and the Google+ iOS and Android apps.

In addition, Google has claimed that its new feature will give users better results as it is built on Google’s network. Previously Google had been using peer-to-peer technology to support video chat. It has been reported that the roll out for the feature has begun from today and will continue over the coming weeks.

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