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"We see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon” -- Steve Jobs

Apple's App Store is continuing its domination of the smartphone/handheld application market. Apple today announced that the App Store -- which supports the iPhone and iPod touch -- has crossed the three billion downloads mark.

“Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months—this is like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”

Apple launched the App Store in July 2008 with 500 available apps -- within one week it had over 10 million downloads. Apple crossed the one billion downloads threshold in April 2009. The success of the Apple App Store has led to competitors from the likes of Palm, Google, RIM, and Microsoft.

There is also competition in the form of unofficial app stores for jailbroken iPhones and iPod touch like Cydia. Applications available on Cydia include a port of Google Voice (which was rejected by Apple), and numerous applications/tweaks that allow you do things from enabling tethering on your iPhone to allowing quick access to oft-used settings (a la SBSettings).





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