Google has announced the Android Market has hit 10 billion downloads! To celebrate and most probably to increase those numbers they are offering 10 days of top premium apps for only 10 cents each. According to Econsultancy.com Android has 52.5% of the smartphone market but has always trailed behind Apple’s app performance. Android apps are closing the loop having reached 10 billion downloads this month. In July, downloads reached the 6 billion mark, which puts December’s performance 67% ahead of its momentum 5 months ago. About time …

In July, the App Store crossed over into 15 billion downloads. More than 15 billion apps have been downloaded from Apple’s App Store  and there are now more than 425,000 apps.

Apple’s App Store hit the 10 billion on January 2011, a little more than 2-1/2 years after it started the applications on their iphones.

It is not really surprising to see the 10billion mark on the Android application downloads as there are more choices. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers on the market share. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) the worldwide mobile phone market grew 65.4% year over year in the second quarter of 2011 ( 2Q11). Also a new study by market research firm Nielsen on Thursday shows that more people are buying smartphones and Apple is seeing growth in the market. Q2 2011 Smartphone Marketshare in Units by shipping volume in millions covering covering the major players such as Apple, Samsung and Nokia. Android is still behind Apple, but will probably catch up soon.

On another note, I find it quite exciting that Instagram is finally coming over to Android.

Instagram has been chosen the best iPhone Application of the year. At the Le Web conference in Paris, Kevin Systrom said: “We have two people working on Android now.” He didn’t say when the Android version of the app would be released. The service now has more the 14 million users for its iOS app and Systrom. These kinda popular applications finally coming over to Android market is quite exciting news for the users.

Android with this level of growth can soon overcome the biggest competition Apple 2012. Would like to see what Apple will do to respond to that level of growth.