The discounted apps appeared quietly early Tuesday in Google’s Android Market as Android Central and a number of other sites reported. Until mid-morning Google hadn’t officially released details other than featuring the apps for sale at its 10 Billion Promo page on the Android Market site. But in a new post Tuesday morning at Google's Mobile Blog, the company confirmed the ten app promo will rotate in a new top ten apps each day for the next ten days.
The promotion is to celebrate over 10 billion downloads at Android Market since its debut three years ago. The promotion is supposed to last ten days and discounts ten “premium apps” down to ten cents instead of several dollars.
"This past weekend, thanks to Android users around the world, Android Market exceeded 10 billion app downloads — with a growth rate of one billion app downloads per month," said Eric Chu, Director of Android Developer Ecosystem, in the blog.
As a report in SlashGear notes, the deals are great for consumers and a clever marketing move by Google to get more people to register their credit cards with the Android Market. Some research indicates indicates Android users buy fewer paid apps than iPhone users, but sales of paid apps at the Android Market could pick up with more credit card registrations in place.
The ten apps on the list as of Tuesday are: