updated 09:40 pm EST, Sat March 10, 2012
Google Play Store sees exec shuffle
Google's transition to the Google Play store has also seen a management shakeup that could be a sign of taking its Android app market more seriously. The store's lead, Eric Chu, was said by TechCrunch to have stepped down. Jamie Rosenberg, Android's digital content lead and key Google Music persona, would take his place.
Chu would be looking for another position within Google.
The position change might signal an improvement in the store, primarily through management, sources for the site divulged. Product Manager David Conway had about as much power as Chu, leading to overlap and uncertain management. It's implied Rosenberg might bring a clearer source of authority.
Rosenberg might also spark a renewed interest in the Google Play Store itself. Mobile VP Andy Rubin reportedly focuses too heavily on device activations and revenue from Google search ads, considering the success of the Google Play Store a secondary concern. Apps are considered a key factor behind the success of platforms like iOS, but a lack of resources may have left the Android team struggling to get as much attention.
Apple's App Store is estimated to generate about six times as much revenue as the Google Play Store, at least partly out of getting the attention and resources to encourage paid apps.