- 01-06-2013, 04:52 AM #51
It doesn't really matter if some people don't care about the app count. What matters is whether most people do. Do most people care? If they don't, then there should be no reason why WP8 doesn't sell as many phones as iPhones and Androids this year. Right? If not, then I guess you'll have the answer.
- 01-06-2013, 08:14 AM #52
I think there might be other factors involved in quantity of devices sold. I would say that investment in ecosystem, availability of devices (Spec Wars), sales reps opinions, even things like WIFI tethering being free when hacked on Android device, their are many more and they all play a part in device sales. Saying that if people don't buy WP's its just because of apps is an unrealistic view. IMHO
Last edited by Dave Blake; 01-06-2013 at 08:45 AM.
- 01-06-2013, 09:52 AM #55
- 01-06-2013, 10:09 AM #56
If you think about it, the "app problem" can likely be solved in around 100 apps. Chances are that all the apps that the pundits bounce around as vital and important are around that mark. If you then move to a global focus and include a bunch of local apps, I really do think it takes less than a few thousand apps to make everyone happy. Honestly, Microsoft needs to start tossing the money around, really. I think if it contacted a lot of these local companies and services and offered to pay for development costs, they'd do it. It might be hard persuading Instagram and Flipboard over, fine. Leave them, flesh out the rest of the ecosystem and apps such as those will grow or be ported over organically.
Get the essentials there - that means services that actually mean something, not a photo ******ing app.
- 01-06-2013, 11:19 AM #57
I'm not concerned. App count is meaningless. I care about which apps we have and the general quality of the apps, not how many fart apps and useless Chinese bikini girl apps we have to bloat up the app count.
I have virtually everything I need and want in the apps department right now with the exception of Citrix Receiver, which is coming before too long now.
I'm all set. Luckily I don't use Instagram and I don't necessarily need whatever Zynga game is trending this week. My only interest in seeing that kind of stuff and seeing a high app count is that it can attract new users to the platform.
01-06-2013, 10:18 PM #61
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No American Express app.
No SiriusXM app.
Those are 2 big misses for me, along with my credit union's app that I had on my iPhone.
That wouldn't be such a big deal except on the iPhone app I could deposit a check by snapping a photo of it. Can't do that through the mobile website.
- 01-06-2013, 11:22 PM #62
Tier 2 apps are the meat and potatoes of an app store. Now surely not every person cares about that. But the majority of people do care. If tier 2 developers don't come to a phone's user base, that app store doesn't grow and that phone doesn't sell widely. If the phone isn't selling widely, the tier 2 developers aren't enticed to come. You can see how this now becomes a catch 22 loop.
- 01-07-2013, 02:21 AM #63
I love using the "app argument" with friends who use iOS and Android.
"I just cannot use that phone. There are no good apps. No Xbox Music, no Weave, no Fhotoroom, no HTC Hub, no Microsoft Office. All the apps that I want and use everyday simply aren't available on that phone -- there's no way I can use it!"
They scramble to explain how there are substitutes, and I say "a copy isn't as good as the real thing."
Only a few of them get how I'm pulling their leg (and making a point). ;)
- 01-07-2013, 10:04 AM #64
"bro, doesn't your Xbox have Centipede? Space Invaders? Ugh my Atari has that."
Apart from Office nobody's going to care if you have apps that they have never heard of and have better ones of. And I daresay out of the total sum of smartphone buyers and users, Office on a 4.x" screen isn't topping many priority lists.
That's like showing up at pre-school with a 'Farby' trying to impress the other kids with a Furby :D
- 01-07-2013, 10:09 AM #65
80-90% of apps for every ecosystem is garbage. So even with WP "small" offerings that leaves about 25K good apps. That's good. How many do we need? Geez. With that said, even the most popular apps, like Facebook, aren't as good on WP compared to other platforms but it's improving.
- 01-09-2013, 02:37 AM #66
very true...we who use WP are never bothered about it...they dun have some cool apps which WP has...why people dun write about tht...these people with fixation of app sucks including my best friends...people are so fool that they want to spend **** of money for cheap plastic like SG 3 or lest innovative and useful crapple phone....hope this trend changes with WP8 phones...the biggest obstacle in selling WP is carrier representatives...they dun knw anything about WP...they will keep promoting android...y cant people see tht when android or ios came to market they had very few apps...it took android 4 years to increase app store at this level...its damn frustrating to see...nokia should adopt low price point strategy for india and china like they did in US to increase sales...Lumia 620 looks best for penetrating emerging market...hope they launch high end 920 with reasonable price and not crapple price...
- 01-09-2013, 02:49 AM #68
- 01-09-2013, 05:14 PM #69That's like showing up at pre-school with a 'Farby' trying to impress the other kids with a Furby :D
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