Connor Mulcahey of Weston, Conn., will receive a $10,000 iTunes gift card, an iPod Touch, a Time Capsule backup system for the Mac, and a MacBook Pro. The billionth app was Bump Technologies' "Bump," which enables iPhones to share contact information from users' address books by bringing the devices close together.
The App Store, launched nine months ago, reached the billion-app milestone Thursday, according to Apple. The online store that offers third-party applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch has more than 35,000 applications available in 77 countries.
Mobile applications have been available for download for years from the Web, but the popularity of the App Store has changed the market. All of Apple's major rivals are expected to eventually have their own over-the-air way to distribute mobile programs.
However, competitors have their own twists. Google says its Android Market will be more open, Research In Motion's App World is more enterprise-friendly, Nokia's Ovi Store will integrate social networking and location, and Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile will allow users to be billed through their carriers.
Apple is hoping the App Store will become even more popular with the release this summer of version 3.0 of the iPhone operating system. The update provides more than 1,000 new application programming interfaces that enable developers to build software with in-app purchases, peer-to-peer connections, push notifications, and more.
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