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Move over, iTunes: Google Play is becoming a major cash cow

Published Nov 19th, 2013 2:25PM EST
Google Play Annual Revenue

Even though Google doesn’t make money directly from sales of Android devices, it does benefit financially when more mobile subscribers use its online services and when they download apps from its Google Play app store. Barron’s flags a note from Citigroup analyst Mark May, who projects Google Play revenues will have compounded annual growth of 43% over the next four years and will grow from $1.3 billion in 2013 to $5.2 billion in 2017. Things look even better for Google when you factor in app-related ads, which May thinks will help Google Play generate a “$3.2 billion  in total revenue contribution in 2014 and $7.2 billion in 2017.” In part because of this increased Google Play revenue, May raises his price target on Google shares from $1,025 all the way up to  $1,190.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.