Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jun 2012 15:54 UTC
Windows "More than 100,000 applications have now been published in the Windows Phone Marketplace and new content is currently being added at the rate of 313 applications per day. At the time of writing, 100,145 applications have been published. Of these, 26,493 were added in the last three months and 9,391 were added in the last month. These applications come from just over 23,825 different publishers." Is there anybody out there who still places any value on these numbers, whether they be for Android, iOS, or WP7? Considering virtually all Android, iOS, and WP7 applications are useless, ugly, buggy crap (with only a few being somewhat tolerable - never actually good, because good software doesn't exist), I honestly don't really care. But hey, another check mark on the list of PR talking points.
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The whole app count seems to be apps ecosystem version of megapixel race. I can't talk about WP7 but from my limited experience with Android, the app number in no way seems to translate to actual quality of the software products I encounter (by chance or after deliberate search).
The question is why hasn't any better metrics to compare ecosystems emerged?
My ideas:
- compare ratings of the same apps
- count apps that propose somewhat unique approach ,
- count apps (services in general) that are established in one ecosystem and and missing elsewhere.

Edited 2012-06-06 07:09 UTC

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