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Games Most Popular Android Apps At 2.56 Billion Downloads

Over a quarter of the 10 billion applications downloaded on Google's Android Marketplace since launch are games, representing what is by far its most popular category.
After celebrating 10 billion app downloads across Android smartphones, tablets, and other devices, Google has disclosed that 2.56 billion of those downloads were games. The Android Market reached that milestone 38 months after the store launched. The rate of downloads has increased greatly in the last year (and continues to grow) -- the platform now serves 1 billion apps to users every month. Games were the most popular category of downloads, making up 25.6 percent of the 10 billion apps. Other popular app categories included Entertainment (12.2 percent), Tools (11.17 percent), and Communication (6.45 percent). Google provided a genre breakdown for those 2.56 billion game downloads: Arcade & Action (39.25 percent), Brain & Puzzle (22.08 percent), Casual (17.68 percent), Cards (7.31 percent), Racing (7.27 percent), and Sports (6.41 percent). It also outlined the "most app-crazed" areas, measuring downloads per capita, with South Korea coming on top (which suffered game download restrictions until recently), followed by Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States, and Singapore. To mark the 10 billion download milestone, Google is temporarily discounting several Android Market games and apps to 10 cents, including titles like Minecraft, Fruit Ninja, Fieldrunners HD, Tetris, Toki Tori, and Can Knockdown 2.

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