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Google Outranks Apple as Top Publisher in the App Store

Posted in Apps, News on 28/03/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler

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If someone asked who the #1 publisher of non-game apps was on Apple’s App Store, most people would probably guess it was Apple – but as the latest data from App Annie reveals, those people would be dead wrong. According to the report, Google Maps and YouTube are the two most downloaded non-game apps in the App Store in February, leaving Apple’s collection of productivity and other apps in the dust.

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While Google currently takes the top two spots, however, Apple did actually dominate the App Store rankings last month, revealing that the actual download numbers for each app are anything but consistent over time. Further, Google’s role as top publisher is only due to the actual raw number of downloads – when it comes to revenue, Apple still takes the cake.

Interestingly, in the same way that Google is dominating Apple’s App Store rankings, Facebook has taken the number one slot in the Google Play store – not Google Maps, or any of Google’s other apps for their own platform. It’s a pretty interesting revelation, to be sure – and one that I’m sure neither Apple nor Google is ultimately all that pleased with.

These are only a few of the nuggets revealed in App Annie’s latest data, however – head on over to App Annie to check out the full report! Thanks to App Annie for sending us the link!



  • CommonSense

    “Interestingly, in the same way that Google is dominating Apple’s App Store rankings, Facebook has taken the number one slot in the Google Play store – not Google Maps, or any of Google’s other apps for their own platform”

    Those apps come pre-installed on Android Devices

    • Fshumayrqan

      FACEBOOK IS NOT GOOGLE dunderhead.

      • http://MacTrast.com J. Glenn Kunzler

        What CommonSense was referring to was my mention of “Google Maps, or any of Google’s other apps for their own platform”. Wasn’t claiming that Facebook was made by Google.

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J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.