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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RE[2]: 100,000?
by MOS6510 on Tue 5th Jun 2012 17:52 UTC in reply to "RE: 100,000?"
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

The quality of WP apps is sadly behind iOS ones (don't have an Android phone), but then again it's early days and these apps will get updates and improve.

That the number of apps is increasing does show that there is a healthy developer interest.

Personally I don't care that much for the hardware specifications, much more important are the apps. They give a mobile device most of its effective use. I have both an iPhone 4 and a Lumia 800 and I miss a number of apps on the Lumia, making the iPhone much more useful.

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RE[3]: 100,000?
by Morgan on Tue 5th Jun 2012 19:13 in reply to "RE[2]: 100,000?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I just wish there were some consistency. WP7 is an amazing phone platform, and the few apps that actually follow the Metro design rules really shine on the OS. The thousands that are either bad ports of iOS/Android apps, or otherwise seem cobbled together from a traditional desktop point of view, do nothing but detract from the usability built into the OS.

I'd say one of the best examples of a great WP7 app is Microsoft's own Office. I absolutely abhor MS Office on the desktop, but using the WP7 version is pure bliss. It's as if Microsoft decided they wanted all their workflow experts to concentrate on WP7, and chose that app as their flagship design example.

On the other side you have the thousands of games that are a UI nightmare. I understand that not every game can follow Metro UI concepts, but at least put some thought into what you're doing. The worst offender is a game that I actually do enjoy despite my frustration: Legend of Descent. It's a Rogue-like graphical dungeon exploration game, and the interface seems to be a case of "hey I have all these extra features for this version, let's just keep stacking the already obtuse menu with even more crap!" It's enough to drive me away from the game lately.

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RE[3]: 100,000?
by No it isnt on Wed 6th Jun 2012 00:03 in reply to "RE[2]: 100,000?"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

I don't get the obsession with apps. What you need is functionality, and often the 'There's an app for that!' mentality just adds another way to consume more stuff. Which is, of course, an important reason why Apple is raking in money, and also why Microsoft is copying all the most annoying malfeatures of iOS. Some of the examples of 'great apps' I've seen just make me think: You need an app for that?!

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RE[4]: 100,000?
by Morgan on Wed 6th Jun 2012 01:29 in reply to "RE[3]: 100,000?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I agree, certain functionality should be built into the OS instead of being left to the whims of the app developers. Things that sync like calendars, notes, to-do lists, RSS readers, and so on should be built in. Even esoteric things like LED flashlights and password managers should be a feature of the OS. You can always install a third party app if you don't like what the OS brings to the table, but you shouldn't be forced to go app-hunting for basic functionality.

Sadly though, mobile devices are seen as a cash cow for the people who design the OSes, and we will likely have to deal with "one app per task" for a while yet. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see future versions of Android and maybe even iOS that only have the dialer and app store as core software, with everything else a downloadable (and likely paid) app.

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RE[4]: 100,000?
by MOS6510 on Wed 6th Jun 2012 06:48 in reply to "RE[3]: 100,000?"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I have an app to access my bank account. In the 90s I had a PC app for it, which made a modem connection. Then a web interface came and I had to log in using some hardware device. Now I just enter a code in the app on the phone in my pocket (well, just after it left my pocket).

This is an app I don't think a device maker would or should install as default. Using the web interface is awkward.

Other stuff I use on my phone are Twitter and Facebook. Both free, just like the banking app and again not something I think should be included by default.

And there are more apps, but also a number of games.

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