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Google Play store hits 700,000 app milestone to match Apple

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The Google Play Store has more than 700,000 Android applications available for download, matching the figure available through Apple’s App Store, latest reports have suggested.

Having yesterday officially unveiled the new LG manufactured Google Nexus 4 smartphone and the iPad rivalling Google Nexus 10 tablet, Android mastermind Google has reportedly confirmed that its Play Store outlet now plays host to 700,000 individual apps, up from the 675,000 apps the company reported late last month.

Matching the number of iOS applications offered through the Apple App Store, Google has reportedly informed news outlet Bloomberg that it has topped the 700,000 application milestone, taking away one of Apple’s key selling point in its more populated application outlet. Google has yet to officially comment on the claims.

Although Google has been previously knocked for its open door policy to application submissions and the high number of low quality apps available through the Google Play store, the Google Nexus 7 mastermind has rapidly closed the gap on Apple in terms of number of apps offered with both company’s now vying to become the first to offer 1 million applications.

Despite having been forced to abandon its planned New York launch event due to the impending threat from hurricane Sandy, Google yesterday expanded its collection of Nexus branded hardware with both the Google Nexus 4 and Google Nexus 10 lining up with a newly revision Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS in tow.

Packing a 1.5GHz qual-core Qualcomm processor and a 4.7-inch, 1280 x 768p display, the LG produced, Google branded Nexus 4 features an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera with a second, 1.3-megapixel snapper included on the handset’s fore. With a Google Nexus 4 UK release date pencilled in for November 13th, those looking to snap up the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 rival will need to part ways with as little as £239.

With a Google Nexus 10 UK release date also set for November 13th, those looking to shun the market leading iPad 4 in favour of a 10-inch Android tablet will be able to add a dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM to their tech arsenal for as little as £319.

Are you an Android smartphone or tablet user? What do you make of the Google Play store’s collection of apps, as good as Apple’s offering or a bit hit and miss? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comments boxes below.

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