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Google is the top publisher on Apple’s iOS App Store (but not on Google Play)

Published May 6th, 2014 12:26PM EDT
Top iOS App Makers

Here’s a painfully ironic twist of fate if you happen to work for a particular Cupertino, California-based consumer tech giant: Google, maker of iOS’s top mobile platform rival, is the top publisher in the iOS App Store by download volume, when excluding games. The news comes from App Annie, which recently released its March data.

The firm shows that Google’s 37 apps were collectively downloaded more times in March than apps from any other publisher that is not a mobile game maker. The No. 2 publisher in March was Tencent, followed by Facebook and Baidu. Apple’s own apps rounded out the top-5 in March.

Interestingly, Google was not the top non-game publisher in Android’s Google Play app store in March. That honor went to Facebook, which has just 10 apps available on Google Play. Google was the No. 2 Android publisher in March, and it has 97 available Android apps.

Zach Epstein
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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.