But if downloads accelerate, the odometer could roll over before midnight Tuesday.
FORTUNE --Apple (AAPL) loves those big numbers with a lot of zeros, and for the past week the company has been promoting -- with prizes, cool facts and a countdown odometer -- another fast-approaching milestone: The 50 billionth app download.
Hard to believe it's been only 15 months since the last one.
1 billion: April 2009
10 billion: January 2011
25 billion: February MORE
Apple's iOS is down 6.6%, but the iPhone and iPad still account for 59% of Web usage.
FORTUNE -- Netapplications' April report, released Wednesday, shows Android's share of Web traffic recovering from its November pause and picking up its slow but steady growth.
Google's (GOOG) mobile operating platform now accounts for 26% of Web usage -- up 35% year over year -- as measured by visits to the sites of Netapplication's 40,000 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 1, 2013 10:48 AM ET
The Siri rival from the search giant is available for Apple's iOS devices.
By Matt Vella, senior editor
FORTUNE -- Google Now, arguably the search giant's most promising mobile feature, is now available on Apple's iOS platform. An update to the Google Search app for Apple iPhones and iPads includes features found on the company's own Android operating system.
What's Google Now? Somewhat similar to Siri, the software is a digital personal assistant MOREApr 29, 2013 1:04 PM ET
Five years ago, Apple ran out of seats in two months. This year: 90 seconds.
FORTUNE -- How badly do developers want to write software for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Mac App Stores? Here's one measure: In 2008 it took 61 days for the company's annual World Wide Developers Conference to sell out. On Thursday, roughly 5,000 tickets for WWDC 2013 went on sale at 1 p.m. EST. Ninety seconds later, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 25, 2013 2:55 PM ET
Should we be worried about industries that deploy malware-friendly Android devices?
FORTUNE -- As a long-time Apple (AAPL) user who doesn't spend much time worrying about viruses, trojans and other malware, I've never had a lot of confidence in the reports issued periodically by computer security companies. They always seemed to be in the protection racket, trying to scare users into buying their anti-viral software.
But a pair of recent reports got me MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 14, 2013 7:49 AM ET
With the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega, has Samsung reached the smartphone's limit?
FORTUNE -- At 9:36 a.m. Thursday, shortly after Samsung introduced the newest entries in its Galaxy smartphone line -- the 5.8-inch Mega and the 6.3-inch Mega -- Derek Kessler posted what may be the most viral tweet that wasn't about TV, celebrity, politics, sports, dieting, mysticism or a natural disaster.
It was a simple list of Samsung's Android screen sizes.
According to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 12, 2013 7:00 AM ET
As Apple prepares iOS 7, it could stand to learn a few things from Facebook Home.
FORTUNE -- Now we know: The Facebook Phone is neither a phone, nor an operating system. Instead, Zuckerberg unveiled a downloadable collection of apps, available April 12, that will be supported on select Android phones to start, including the $99 HTC First, the first device to come pre-loaded with it. Home, as the whole kit MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 5, 2013 6:42 AM ET
Only 31 minutes is spent surfing the Web. Apps take up the rest of that time.
FORTUNE -- The iPhone was barely a year old and Apple (AAPL) had not yet launched the App Store when Flurry Analytics began measuring mobile usage and helping developers sell ads.
Today Flurry measures the activity of more than 1 billion active mobile iOS and Android devices a month, and to celebrate its fifth anniversary Wednesday MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 3, 2013 7:28 PM ET
Against all odds, Apple's iOS is outpacing Google's Android in Web usage.
FORTUNE -- Two data points that counter the prevailing wisdom on Wall Street -- at least as reflected in its valuation -- that Apple (AAPL) is toast.
The latest report from NetApplications, posted Monday, shows Safari's browser share of the mobile Web growing to 61.79% in March, up from 55.41% one month earlier.
The chart below from Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster MORE
Apple's iOS and Google's Android now control 90% of the global smartphone market
FORTUNE: Hard on the heels of Gartner's Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales report Wednesday, IDC and comScore both released colorful bar graphs Thursday representing their view of the current state of the smartphone wars -- the world war (top) from IDC, and U.S. war (bottom) from comScore.
A few observations:
The extent to which the smartphone wars have become a two-man MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 14, 2013 2:50 PM ET
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