24/01/2011

By Max Clarke

A start-up UK app developer and a woman from Orpington were the winners of Apple’s 10 billionth download from its iTunes App Store.

Gail Davis of Orpington in Kent downloaded the app, Paper Glider from Cirencester-based iPhone app developer Neon Play (www.neonplay.com) over the weekend.

"We've been eagerly discussing the 10 billion app countdown in our game studio, so when I got a call from Apple Cupertino saying they had some "good news", I thought they might tell us they were featuring one of our apps on the App Store,” said Oli Christie, CEO of Neon Play. “So when they said that Neon Play's Paper Glider was the 10 billionth app, I was completely and utterly dumbstruck. It's a great piece of news for the whole Neon Play team. Paper Glider is currently the number one app in the UK, so this is a double piece of great news for our studio."

Apple has been counting down to its 10 billionth app using a counter on the iTunes App Store. Gail Davis will receive $10,000 in iTunes vouchers.

Paper Glider is Neon Play’s sixth app and follows hot on the heels of number one selling app Flick Football, as well as Talking Baby, Golf Putt Pro and Hotshot Pool.