- 12-27-2012, 06:20 PM #27
- 12-27-2012, 06:35 PM #28
Ah, yes, the latest thread on apps.....
Which really sums it up. It is still an issue. If it wasn't, there would be no more threads on it.
First off, thanks to the OP for finding a fun way to start this thread. I respect sarcasm. It is the only way I get through my day.
Secondly, there is not one person on this or any other thread that does not have a solid point. From the pro-WP side:
-The app selection is so much better from where it was, it seems stupid to keep complaining about it.
-Sales for WP 8 are increasing- this will bring major apps to the platform.
-Truly, there are web sites for most missing apps and some fantastic replacement apps for still missing "name" apps, so relax.
-People know the app situation going in. It is a trade off for what can easily be defended as the best OS in mobile.
All completely true.
From the pro-apps side:
-Making excuses for not having the apps is part of the reason we do not have the apps.
-Microsoft has the means to "strong arm" or help pay for the main apps to be here, and have dropped the ball.
-No way- NO WAY- iOS and Android users come over in large numbers without the same quality of apps they have now.
Again, being honest, all true statements.
I see the uptrend in app development, and enjoy WP more then other OS's, so I am willing to use the internet option on my phone for my banking needs and enjoy what apps have been developed. But I am also not willing to say it does not matter. It does, and even I expect more from WP by the end of 2013. I am hopeful this will be among the last of these threads. At some point, either this is no longer an issue, or a large portion of us will not be WP users. I like my chosen OS to give it the benefit of the doubt, and have seen the app catalog improve to back up that decision. I also believe Windows 8 and Windows RT tablet sales will help.
Or, not. If not, WP will hover in single digit % of smartphone sales, and there are hundreds more threads about apps coming......A closed mouth gathers no feet.
12-27-2012, 09:37 PM #31
- 135 Posts
Another day, another wp8 zealot burying their head in the sand about WP8's biggest flaw.
Where are the "brand name" apps, like banks, airlines, tv networks, or sports leagues? Look at the top 100 apps on android or ios, and where the **** are they for wp8? Instead we have a lot of bad clones and fakes.Curse this app gap!
12-28-2012, 01:52 AM #33
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- 12-28-2012, 10:30 AM #37
-it's not about the total sum of apps, it's about the fact that each person has their 'core' of apps they like/want/need and these differ from person to person. With iOS/Android more people are going to be able to find those differing apps because there are more to cherry pick from. When you only have a small app selection, those users are less likely to find that magic spot of a set of particular apps that suits them.
-Big name apps. Android/iOS have ALL of them. WP8 does not. This is an easy point.
-this is where it gets more subtle, and this kind of ties in with the first point - tier 2 and tier 3 apps. These aren't the Facebooks or Instagrams, these are more like your file managers, personal organizers, bank apps, fitness trackers etc etc. There's a TON of these tier 2 developers on iOS/Android because the smaller potato guys know that's who butters their bread. It's hard to convince these guys to develop for OS's with a smaller user base, and really, these are the guys are the unmentioned backbone of an app store.
- 12-28-2012, 03:23 PM #38
I have <20 apps on my 920...
but then again, I am coming from a first gen Blackberry Torch, where, well... I'll just leave it at that. (I'm still discovering the world of usable Apps, though I do miss the Touch messaging app)
- 12-28-2012, 05:00 PM #39
I installed 100k fart aps on my iPhone and now it stinks.....lol
Last edited by Dave Blake; 12-28-2012 at 05:16 PM.
- 12-28-2012, 05:18 PM #40
I looked through the Google Play Store at the current crop of applications they had available and I was kind of ho hum about it. I’m sure my kids will be angry because I don’t have a Furby app on my phone anymore but they really need to learn how to feed and take care of their own pets. People don't need 10 different weed growing and smoking apps. Why do they even need one?
12-28-2012, 06:13 PM #41
- 2 Posts
It´s very good to have 700.000 apps in a phone, like if you use 1000 new apps a day, then you would have used every app in about 2 years time, and you would be ready to use new ones. If an app costs 50c, then the cost of those apps would be 350.000€/ or $.
- 12-28-2012, 08:10 PM #43
So what would you have done a couple of years ago when apps did not matter? Relax every big OS had to begin somewhere and i would not call 150.000 apps nothing, if you look at the charts you will see that since the release of WP8 the line is going straight up in a fast pace give it time and the marketplace will be filled.
12-29-2012, 05:38 AM #46
- 31 Posts
Well.. regardless whether the original poster was trying to be sarcastic or not, the lack of apps is the weakest point of WP. There are lots of basic functionality still missing from WP8 that I was expecting; Skype integration doesn't work. No DLNA apps. No torrent client apps. No LiveStream app. Risk doesn't work on wp8(looking forward to have it). I've found few apps that are simply broken and don't work(probably written for wp7). And the fact that there have been lots of stories about developers ditching WP doesn't help.
I know in time the issues will get fixed and the apps get released, but currently WP is still far behind iphone/android in my opinion. That being said, I love my Lumia 920 and not planning to leave WP.
- 12-29-2012, 06:16 AM #47
iOS has an app advantage that I doubt anyone will ever overcome, or even come close to. Its the only reason I would go back to an iPhone. I wholly agree with another poster-if you're going to ridicule apps and go with the "I need my phone to be a phone" argument, then why are you paying $80+ a month for a smartphone? So you can talk, text, and get some quality web browsing in? No, its the apps. Those simple, yet powerful things that are optimized for the phone. With iOS, anything you can think of that there might be an app for, you check the store and there's usually like five high quality ones. You go and check to see if Street Fighter II is there and every version that ever came out in the arcade or on a console is in there for a few bucks.
- 12-29-2012, 07:19 AM #48awwwww how sweeeeeet. thanks !
- 12-29-2012, 07:24 AM #49
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