FORTUNE -- App Annie, the mobile analytics site with the friendliest name, is the first to report that four years after it was launched as Android Market, Google's (GOOG) app store has overtaken Apple's (AAPL).
Driven by Android's rapidly growing market share, 10% more of the world's population downloaded Google Play apps in the June quarter than App Store apps, according to Ask Annie results published Wednesday.
But in the same period, the App Store generated 2.3 times more revenue -- probably because so many of those Android apps were free.
Link: App Annie Index.
Its new music service -- Google Play Music All Access -- has features that are similar to both competitors.
By Ryan Bradley, senior editor
FORTUNE -- After months of buildup, on Wednesday Google announced a new, subscription-based streaming music service called Google Play Music All Access. The name may be clunky, but the offerings appear bountiful.
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Barnes & Noble's tablet business is struggling mightily. So what's the book chain to do? Let Google in.
FORTUNE -- Ask Stephane Maes, Barnes and Noble VP of Product, why holiday sales of its Nook tablets were weaker than expected, and he'll tell you it wasn't due to lack of interest. When shoppers looked at the Nook HD, one of the first things they asked was whether apps bought for their MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 3, 2013 1:07 PM ET
Exclusive: Google is planning to roll out a music streaming service to capitalize on the power of YouTube.
By Ryan Bradley and Jessi Hempel
FORTUNE -- YouTube, the world's largest digital repository of streaming media, will launch a subscription music service later this year. The service has its own negotiating team and operating unit but will likely have some overlap with new features also rumored to be coming to Google's Android MOREMar 5, 2013 10:35 AM ET
Both now boast more than 700,000 apps, but Apple's store generates 4.3 times more cash
FORTUNE -- Manufacturers on Google's (GOOG) Android platform may be selling more devices, but Apple's (AAPL) App Store is still the best place to be for developers trying to make a living.
That's the bottom line in the year-end review published Friday by Distimo, a Dutch analytics company:
"On a typical day in November 2012, the revenues in the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 21, 2012 7:23 AM ET
The battle to become the dominant one-click entertainment shopping mall begins
FORTUNE -- The consensus among analysts the day after Google's (GOOG) jam-packed I/O keynote is that Apple (AAPL) doesn't have much to fear from the hardware unveiled on Wednesday. The $299 Nexus Q mimics Apple TV but at three times the cost. The $199 Nexus 7 tablet is aimed at Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle, not the iPad. And it's going to take MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 28, 2012 7:17 AM ET
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