- 09-24-2012, 02:36 AM #1
I looked at the Windows Phone App Store to see if they have the apps I use most often on my iPhone 4S and whether they are as feature rich as the versions available on iOS.
I noticed some troubling patterns. Often the apps I searched for were, in fact, there. However, the ratings and reviews were horrendous. User reviews stated that the apps no longer worked, were buggy, and lacked a great deal of functionality compared to the same app on other platforms like Android or iOS.
Being a skeptic, I thought that perhaps these could just be false reviews/ratings made by competing developers. That is, until I looked at the apps' last release dates. That explained it. These apps were all AT LEAST a year old with some listed as having been last updated in 2010!
I compared the last release dates to the same apps in the iOS App Store and found that they had all been updated within the past MONTH.
No wonder the Windows Phone versions were buggy, missing features, and had awful reviews/ratings. Developers had simply slapped together a WP port of their apps long ago (likely only because Microsoft at least partially subsidized the effort) and then completely abandoned the apps to whither away while their iOS & Android counterparts continued to enjoy frequent and impressive updates.
I have to say that I find this incredibly disappointing since I was considering upgrading to the Lumia 920 from my iPhone 4S.
What, if anything, is being done about this?
- 09-24-2012, 02:44 AM #2
a Dual Core phone will likely fix up things. And stop making fun of Wp8 for god sakes man. if you don't like it. go. If you want to upgrade to the Lumia 920 go ahead and stop trolling the place about resizable tiles. MS is trying to be different from the competition. look what happened to android. just getting sued non stop from apple because it looks similar to IOS and they are even suing Android 4.0/4.1. that what happens when you don't differentiate from competitors. In the future I think Most OEMs will have Wp for their Second OS of choice
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- 09-24-2012, 03:15 AM #5
In other words; Baseless, meaningless and pointless trolling
We'll talk in a year, when the iPhone 5s maybe has caught up to this years WP8 devices but fails to become the trendsetting phone it once was. That will only happen if iOS is rewritten from the ground up using a modern and fresh UI which will break 90% of the current apps.
Apple is stuck in their own 'infinite' loop (no pun intended) and can't get out unless they abandon their current OS/UI which will in turn alienate many users and give many users the chance to finally jump and switch to a truly innovative OS. MSFT made the generation shift at the right time and the backlash from their choice will pale compared to the disaster it will spell for Apple when they are forced to do the same.
They will find out the meaning of the saying "Don't kick the man you pass when you rise to the top, you will see him again when you come tumbling down."
- 09-24-2012, 03:22 AM #6
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- 09-24-2012, 04:04 AM #7
- 09-24-2012, 06:08 AM #9
You make it hard for us to help you with your questions if you don't tell us what apps you are talking about. That is a lot of research to do without naming apps. Nothing brings about change like community involvement if you will list the apps we can all contact the developer. I will bet that a bunch of app developers are waiting on the WP8 SDK before updating their apps. I need you to post the apps in question or this thread becomes irrelevant.
09-24-2012, 06:33 AM #10
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I haven't seen that the apps that I made or the apps from developers that I know have been and will be fully supported, most people have pride in the work they do and will always want to make them better. unless the developer leaves the platform that is.
- 09-24-2012, 06:37 AM #11
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- 09-24-2012, 06:45 AM #12
It costs 99$ a year to register as a developer.
This might not seem like a big deal initially but after the euphoria of releasing your first app and realizing after 3 months you're barely making half that, most devs will cancel their subscription.
If you decide to stick it out, your 99$ gets you a turn around time of publishing which averages out about a month. A week to get it approved, another couple of days to get it appearing on the market place, you cannot see your app stats in real time. App stats are delayed a week! If I want to view how my app is performing I can only see data from last week.
Reviews are buggy, their official forums are ****, there's no rhyme or reason behind "featured apps", **** i've seen featured apps that don't even work because they haven't been updated and broken. Basically unless you're making quite a bit of money there's really no point in paying to lose money.
So devs will release an app, then abandon it.
09-24-2012, 09:52 PM #13
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iHeartRadio is somewhat broken but there are alternatives. If you are considering buying a 920 then Nokia offers a music app called Nokia Music that is similar to iHeartRadio/Pandora/Slacker. But the Nokia Music app doesn't have adds, which makes it better.
Nokia offers their own version of The Weather Channel and it works just fine. No worry in that department.
I'm married so I don't use dating apps.
I don't use Shazam because Windows Phone has it's own music analyzer built into the OS, easily accessible through the search button. On the back end I think it uses SoundHound to come up with the results. It works great for me.
Anyway you are probably right that there are many apps that don't get the love they deserve from their developers. But on the flip side there are many great alternatives to meet your needs. You just have to weigh the pros and cons and see if its the right move for you.
- 09-24-2012, 10:04 PM #14
- 09-24-2012, 10:21 PM #16
I think you are confusing "published date" and "updated". I know weather channel was updated a month ago, I can't speak for the others. The marketplace doesn't show updates, just original publishing.
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- 09-24-2012, 11:41 PM #19
- 09-25-2012, 12:01 AM #20
Now, search for Shazam on all three. What kind of date is listed for the app? The date that the very first version of the app was released? Nope. It's the "last update" date. Why? Because that's what the average customer cares about. They want to know if the developer is continually making updates to the app or if they just slapped it up there a couple years ago and never looked back.
As for the Weather Channel example you mentioned, I would say it's more likely that Microsoft simply isn't updating the "Last update" field automatically/consistently. I'm pretty sure they know what "Last update" means.
In any event, it's pretty well known that the Windows Phone platform has a problem with many developers not keeping their apps current. The point of my post is to see what is being done about it, not to debate whether the problem exists. It clearly does.
- 09-25-2012, 12:08 AM #21
However, you then state that Microsoft doesn't update "last update".
I offered concrete evidence that the Weather Channel app has indeed been updated, despite the fact that the date has not been changed in Marketplace.
What do you expect me to do: install every app you are interested in finding out if it were updated?
I do not use Shazam, so I do not know if it got any updates. However, it is unreasonable for you to expect posters here to download and install apps just to tell you when the apps get updated.
- 09-25-2012, 12:14 AM #22
I can also confirm The Weather Chanel app was updated lately , i remember updating it not long ago. and I've been using it sints day 1!
regarding SHAZAM ,
well first its basically backed into the OS. so you don't need it.
and SECOND , it too JUST got updated or is about too:
Shazam hits 250 million users and supports TV show tagging. Windows Phone app reportedly getting an update. | wpcentral | Windows Phone News, Forums, and Reviews
being late on a update compared to other OS doesn't mean they don't support it, its a question of revenue priority for the Developers ,
One last thing: Reviews on games/apps are 90% of the time inaccurate to the real value of the app. Do your self a Favour and try them for your self!
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- 09-25-2012, 12:16 AM #24
And no, I don't expect you to do anything at all.
- 09-25-2012, 12:21 AM #25
However, if I search Marketplace on my phone, not using a PC browser, the date given is the original release date. There is no "last updated" when one views apps directly in Marketplace on his phone.
The date given in Marketplace on the phone is "originally released".