Apple has announced today (April 24) that consumers have downloaded one billion applications from its App Store in nine months. The one billionth app, Bump created by Bump Technologies, was downloaded by Connor Mulcahey, age 13, of Weston, CT.
As the grand prize winner of Apple’s one billion app countdown contest, Connor will receive a $10,000 iTunes gift card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro.
In a related development, BlackBerry App World launched in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom on April 1. It provides BlackBerry smartphone users with easy access to games, social networking, and productivity applications on-the-go. Similarly, Android Market is also an open marketplace for the recently introduced Android-powered devices such as the T-mobile G1.
“The revolutionary App Store has been a phenomenal hit with iPhone and iPod touch users around the world, and we’d like to thank our customers and developers for helping us achieve the astonishing milestone of one billion apps downloaded,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “In nine months, the App Store has completely revolutionized the mobile industry and this is only the beginning.”
According to Apple, the App Store now has over 35,000 applications available to consumers in 77 countries, allowing developers to reach tens of millions of iPhone and iPod touch users. This summer the iPhone OS 3.0 software update will provide developers with over 1,000 new developer APIs enabling In-App Purchases, Peer-to-Peer connections, App control of accessories, and Push Notifications, says the company.
The iPhone OS 3.0 release will also add over 100 customer features including cut, copy, and paste; Spotlight search; landscape keyboard, and view for all key iPhone apps; MMS support; and expanded parental controls for apps, TV shows, and movies from the App Store.