SAN FRANCISCO — It was bound to happen: Google Play downloads of apps jumped ahead of those at Apple’s App Store.
Google Play app downloads were 10% higher than at Apple’s App Store in the second quarter, according to researcher App Annie.
Shares of Apple were down 0.5%, at $451, in trading. Google rose 0.2%, at $892.67, in trading.
Revenue from downloads is still led by Apple, whose App Store boasts 2.3 times the revenue of Google Play. But that figure is fast sinking, as last quarter the researcher reported that Apple’s App Store did 2.6 times that of the revenue at Google’s app store. Also, Google Play downloads were 90% of the those at the App Store in the period.
There’s a solid catalyst for this growth: Google said on its second-quarter earnings call that Android activations have hit 900 million worldwide.
The movement underscores Apple’s sinking advantage in a world dominated by Android software, where not only do its devices face increasing competition but its marketplace as well.