Apple has announced that their iOS App Store has reached a total of 15 billion downloads. The highly popular software and content delivery ecosystem opened on July 18, 2008 and, according to Apple, took nine months to reach its first billion downloads.
Since then, things have accelerated. Last month at Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference, Jobs announced that the App Store had achieved 14 billion downloads. That means one billion downloads were reached in just a month’s time. This makes the App Store the single most successful mobile software distribution environment to date.
It’s clear that others have a lot of work to do if they want to catch up to these numbers. Android is the closest, but if the App Store’s popularity keeps accelerating it may take years for Google to overtake Jobs & Co.