Google just announced that it crossed the 25 billion downloaded app milestone and 675,000 apps are now in the Play store. By comparison, Apple has just over 750,000 apps in the App Store, as announced by CEO Tim Cook earlier this month at the iPhone 5 launch, and over 30 billion app downloads as of WWDC in June.

With Google’s larger market share and fast-growing Play Store, it seems like it will soon catch Apple in both of these metrics.

To celebrate the milestones, Google is having a $.25 sale on popular games from big name companies and “25” sales on movies, books and music:

Every day you’ll be able to choose from a collection of apps from some of the world’s top developers including Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat and more.  And all for just 25 cents. We’ll also be offering some special collections like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and our 25 top selling magazines, all at special prices. Visit Google Play a little later today to check them out.

Google also recently announced that it passed the 500 million Android device milestone and it is activating 1.3 million Android devices a day. Some perspective on 25 Billion:

Twenty-five billion is more than twice the distance, in miles, that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled since its launch 35 years ago. It’s the amount of time, in minutes, that have passed since some of our earliest ancestors began to set foot in Europe. And now, thanks to all of you, it’s a Google Play milestone. We look forward to the next 25 billion.

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