Google has just hit a major milestone, and it's one that should make app developers extremely happy: Google's app store, Google Play, has passed the 50 billion app download mark. Now let that sink in for a moment.

The announcement was made by Google CEO Larry Page during a second quarter earnings call yesterday. Google Play didn't just waltz on through this milestone, either—it was more like a full on sprint. Page stated that app developers have made more money in the first half of this year than they did all of 2012. People want their apps, and it looks like they want a lot of them. It was just about two months ago in May that Google announced they had hit 48 billion app downloads, right when Apple announced they had hit 50 billion.

Note to yourself: if you're still deciding to do as a career, well, make some apps. 

[via Mashable]