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Mobile App stores have been dominated by Apple and Android with Nokia’s Ovi a distant third, but there is an independent store out there which cuts across all except Apple. GetJar, which claims to be the the world’s second largest mobile app store, says it has just broken the 1 billion app download barrier. This is the only time a cross-platform apps store has clocked over 1 billion downloads and the second time after Apple did it a few months ago.

The message, of course, is that mobile apps, which have benefitted from the marketplace approach and the ability for developers to profit, are here to stay.

For the stat geek amongst you, it happened on June 7th at 11:02 AM and the app was, appropriately, a location-based app called Geodelic, an Android an app that discovers restaurants and retailers nearby to the handset.

Backed by Accel Partners and headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in the UK and Lithuania, GetJar has 60,000 apps which covers Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Symbian, and has been going since 2004, hence the ‘get .jar file’ heritage of the name. GetJar has tripled its headcount in the last year and says it has quadrupled downloads per month recently.

  • http://maxniederhofer.com Max Niederhofer

    Would be interesting how much of current downloads is .jar and whether their strategy is focused more on developing world than on smartphones.

    Feels like a must-buy for MSFT given the increasing irrelevance of Windows on mobile.

  • william

    Incredible. GetJar really found a nice niche with perfect timing. The mobile app industry is exploding, espically with it expecting to grow to 30 billion by 2013. Lots of opportunities for entrepreneurs.

    Check out http://www.GetAppQuotes.com if youre an entrepreneur with some app ideas. They connect you with an app developer for free. Cool site.

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