Overtime, the app catalog expanded exponentially. And as Android improved, so did the quality of the apps available on the platform. The hideous Gingerbread apps of yesteryear were replaced by apps decked out in the gorgeous Holo look and feel. This all contributed to accelerating app downloads. Back at Google I/O 2013, Google announced that the Play Store had reached 48 billion downloads. And now, a few short months later, Google reports that number is at a whopping 50 billion!