Timeline: Two years of Apple’s App Store

We take a look back at the past two years of Apple dominance in the mobile app market.

Apple App Store

This weekend, Apple's App Store turned two.

We celebrate the store's second birthday, remembering how it was "just the other day" when it had a mere 500 available applications.

1. July 2008 The App Store is opened as part of the iPhone 3G launch.

2. July 2008 10 million apps are downloaded the first weekend.

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3. Feb 2009 Competitor Nokia's app store, Ovi Store, is announced.

4. April 2009 RIM starts to challenge the App Store by launching one of its own, dubbed Blackberry App World.

5. September 2009 Apple celebrates two billion downloads from the store.

6. December 2009 More specific feedback is given rather than just listing "Waiting for Approval," "Approved," or Rejected" to those who submit a request for an app.

7. December 2009 Journalist Mark Fiore's satirical political cartoon iPhone app is rejected by Apple and the stir later allows him to become the first online cartoonist to win a Pulitzer Prize.

8. January 2010 Reports claim piracy had cost the App Store around $450 million in revenue.

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9. May 2010 Apple's iPad is introduced to the UK, providing a new device for app use.

10. July 2010 Apple celebrates the App Store's second birthday.

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