- Dec 9, 2013
Thank you for bringing that up. Because that's exactly the problem that never made any sense.
> "There's no app "X" on Windows Phone".
- "You can use app "Y" on Windows Phone, which is as good or better than "X"
> But I want app "X", so Windows Phone sucks and there's too much of an app gap.
C'mon, that has always been bull****.
Same with the argument of official applications. Windows Phone has truly fantastic third-party apps which are just as good or better than the official app on Android/iOS.
But as long as the official doesn't arrive on Windows Phone, there's an app gap. That never made sense.
Sure, there are missing apps with no third party alternatives. But why do you think Candy Crush Saga doesn't come to Windows Phone? It's not lack of demand or market that justifies development. No, it's exactly the same reason as to why Google won't release proper apps for Windows Phone.
It's not bull**** actually, it's human nature. You know what comes with apps made originally from the company itself? Trust. You don't want to download some app, just to find out that that app stole money from your credit card. Or pay for an app, just to find out how shi**y it is. It's not easy to convince someone to blindly trust a 3rd party app, as you don't have personal assurance that the app will function well. For example, the official Amazon app vs. some Third-party-pseudo Amazon app. If you buy something from your phone, and the item didn't arrive but your credit card was charged, you can still claim your money back from Amazon through contacting them. The third-party-pseudo app? Your money's gone, bye-bye. You complain to Amazon, and they say they can't payback for the damages due to it being your fault for downloading an unofficial app not made by them.
There are some great alternatives though, especially 6tag and those other apps, but a person from a different OS will think otherwise. Only people in WP would know about those apps, and will only read the comment and reviews of those apps if they need it. Basically an alternative is like a 50-50 chance of a scam/crappy quality app, or a great and prominent app. You don't get that in Android and iOS, as you can read the plethora of comments served by other customers. WP just doesn't have the amount of consumers Android and iOS has, so the comments/reviews aren't as much. The app gap is real, though it's been better compared to previous years, but it still exists.
It doesn't exist both ways though, as an exclusive app such as "Halo: Spartan Assault" is only one compared to many other exclusives of iOS and Android that aren't available in WP. Also, if you invest in WP, the profit gained would be lower than that compared to Android or iOS, meaning that not as much people would invest then (looking at the devs). Remember that humans are driven to gain the highest profit of all, and a logical approach to a situation is to gain the highest profit which WP could not give right now.