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Google turns 14, celebrates 25 billion Android app downloads

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It's a double celebration for Google today as it turns fourteen and marks the 25 billionth download on the Google Play app store.

Google has hit the grand old age of fourteen, positively ancient in tech terms. To mark the occasion, Google has indulged in an animated birthday-themed doodle, a cartoony birthday cake.

The internet giant is also currently celebrating the 25 billionth download from the Google Play Android app store. We get to benefit a little more from this landmark, too. There's currently a tasty sale going on at the app store, letting you snag a few choice apps and games for just 25p. Highlights include Asphalt 7: Heat, Angry Birds Space and OfficeSuite Pro 6 .

At the time of writing, 15 downloads are being advertised at this rude-not-to price. A bunch of 99p movie rentals and 25p ebook downloads are also available. New titles are being added daily until Sunday.
Page and Brin
Google founders Page and Brin


Google's market capital is currently riding high at $246 billion, just below the granddad of the tech world Microsoft, at $252 billion. It's not bad going for a company started just over a decade ago by two University students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The stock market success story of the moment, though, is Apple with $623 billion market capital and a share price that recently went above 700p, following the iPhone 5 launch.

For a company so large and global, Google is responsible for a surprising number of quirky tech "innovations". It worked on a self-driving car, it mapped Mars inch-by-inch, and came up with Project Glass - the Geordi LaForge-a-like digital HUD glasses.

Google first become an official company back in September 2008, and now employs more than 50,000 people.

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