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Apple’s App Store has reportedly reached its 1 million apps mark, more than five years after launching.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook revealed the milestone at the company’s latest products launch on Tuesday.

According to Mashable, there have been more than 60 billion app downloads to date and 13 billion dollars paid out to developers and at the same time last year, by comparison, Apple had only 7,00,000 apps and 30 billion downloads. However, Apple’s App Store is still behind Google’s Play Store which passed the one million mark in July this year, the report added.

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Aereo launched its first Android app at the Google Play store on Tuesday.

The app, which was launched in a public beta, allows users in the seven markets where Aereo operates to access the cloud-based TV service from smartphones, tablets, and other devices running Android operating system 4.2 or higher. Aereo members will also be able to connect a Roku box to their Aereo account using their Android device.

The release came on the date promised earlier this month by Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia.

Aereo, which launched in New York last year, uses antenna/DVR technology to let consumers watch live, local, over-the-air television broadcasts over some Internet-connected devices for $8 a month. The company laid out plans earlier this year to expand its service to 22 new US cities in the US by the end of the year, but it currently operates only in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Miami, Houston, and Dallas.

The service is expected to make its Detroit debut next week, with expansion planned for Cincinnati, San Antonio, Indianapolis, and Columbus, Ohio. A planned launch in Chicago has been delayed.The company has been a thorn in the side of major broadcast networks like NBC, ABC, Fox, and CBS (the parent of CNET). The companies have sued Aereo, claiming that the service violates their copyrights. So far, the court has ruled on Aereo’s side, saying the companies have not been able to prove copyright infringement.

BlackBerry’s BBM messenger service keeps chugging along.

The company said that BBM has racked up more than 10 million downloads in its first 24 hours.

“I’ve seen reports of apps that launched with 1 million downloads in a day, but over 10 million? Amazing,” BlackBerry executive Andrew Bocking said on the company’s blog.

BBM actually garnered 5 million downloads in its first 8 hours. The app has since zoomed to the top on Apple’s App Store, garnering mostly positive ratings.

BBM hasn’t yet shown up on Google Play, but that could be because Google doesn’t update the list as frequently. Bocking noted there have been 60,000 five-star reviews out of 87,000 total reviews.There was significant demand for the iOS and Android version of BBM, with 6 million registering ahead of time to get information on the app. There was so much interest that BlackBerry had to institute a wait list for people who hadn’t registered ahead of time.