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[3]: 100,000?
by No it isnt on Wed 6th Jun 2012 00:03 UTC 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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