- 01-22-2012, 10:39 AM #5
I was just about to post something related... I was in the Apple App Store looking for a GPS util for my iPad2. There's SO MUCH GARBAGE out there! Most were 2 stars or below. Some even were "I'd give it 0 stars if I could" type reviews. Some were just front ends to an existing website. Many were thinly veiled ads with no real features unless you paid for the upgraded version.
I'll take our # of apps over the Apple one any day. Its not quantity, but quality! More power to WP!!!
- 01-22-2012, 10:55 AM #6
The other thing is that Windows Phone have the pay app and the lite app merge into one in the form of trials. Most of them are just normal version but with adds.
If that wasn't the case we should be close to 100,000 apps.
01-22-2012, 12:08 PM #7
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Interesting thing about the growth curve is that it is getting steeper. That means that not only is the number of apps growing but it is growing at a faster rate than it used to. It's 400/day now just a few months ago it was 150/day. More developers are getting on board all the time. Good numbers all around.
- 01-22-2012, 01:10 PM #8
As a (mature) student I really do love the WP ecosystem for building/releasing apps.
If your college is registered with MS you can get free developer registration, 100 free app submissions, free developer tools (full version of Visual Studio 2010 - normally in the $900 range), really helps get young developers on board early.
The documentation is getting better all the time too. Makes me wish my programming classes were more than just two a week :(
EDIT: to clarify I'm learning VB.net in college, not WP programming specifically.
- 01-22-2012, 01:29 PM #9
- 01-22-2012, 02:43 PM #12
That's good but what I still don't like is that a lot of the apps are costly compared to Android and iOS.
I get that Microsoft has to keep the price of some of the apps high because they offer achievements for Xbox Live but honestly, I bet most ppl that purchase Windows phones don't give a crap about Xbox Live achievements. I hope Microsoft comes to realize this and drops the prices of their apps to better compete with other platforms. A lot of the paid apps I see in the marketplace are $1-$2 or free on iOS and Android.
- 01-22-2012, 03:19 PM #13
To be honest I think as the market place expands prices will come down. On the Apple store unless you release at 69p your app is pretty much going to fail unless you're a major company, exceptionally well marketed or releasing a version of a PC/Mac program.
While there are a fair number of repeat apps on the WP store, there is still a lot of room for new ideas and so on, it's only fair that the developer charges a reasonable price, especially if it's a good app.
I would be interested to see stats on how many trial versions result in upgrades too. Generally I find trial versions to be very good and will usually upgrade if I get a good amount of use from the app. I find myself much more willing to review stuff on the WP store as well, but I'm not sure why.
- 01-22-2012, 06:19 PM #15
Certainly given that Skype and FB are bestest buddies and MS owns Skype I would have thought a little more commitment to WP would be on the cards. On the other hand we're the only OS with the functionality built in.
That said, the less reasons I have to spend time on FB the better, it gets enough use as it is.
- 01-22-2012, 06:27 PM #16
Well I don't really use the app anymore, I even deleted it but there's the time when I want to check my inbox etc... and I don't want to bother using the app. It looks pretty but the functionality could be a loooot better.
- 01-22-2012, 06:42 PM #17
01-22-2012, 08:49 PM #18
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Good to see the marketplace growing, but it's definitely still not where I'd like it to be. Don't get me wrong, I'm staying with wp7, but it does get annoying when you find out you can't get a certain app. Examples for me are Call of Duty: Elite app and Radio.com app. Plus, I'd like to see more games that are on iOS/Android. Hopefully, market share grows so we can attract more development for the platform so that someday it may become common to hear "available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone" instead of just the former two.
- 01-22-2012, 10:17 PM #20Your smartphone is only as smart as YOU let it be!
01-23-2012, 10:18 AM #22
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I find the app conversation interesting. I usually find what I need but what I find lacking are what I call the "speciality apps", apps that businesses create for their product. A couple of examples.....my credit union has an app for your account but it's only for ios and android. TNT has an app for viewing shows, same issue, only ios and android. GM has a couple cool new remote apps for their newer cars, again only ios and aidroid.
I know that as the marketshare of wp7 phones increase more of these kind of apps will be developed, I just hope I don't have to wait too long. :mad:
01-23-2012, 11:41 AM #23
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01-23-2012, 12:31 PM #24
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I hope this is not too far off topic but I recently ran into this app which takes you to new editable live short cut tiles which I have found very helpful like getting three new tile pages. The app is in marketplace as "Lighting Dial Pro" check it out it does not just have to be for dialing.
- 01-23-2012, 12:45 PM #25Your smartphone is only as smart as YOU let it be!