App Gap closes between Windows Phone and iOS/Android




Table courtesy PCWorld


It's not up to a year since the first Windows Phone 8 device hit stores and already the gap has been closed, regarding apps availability when compared to iOS and Android.

We have seen a surge of essential apps dropping into the windows phone store, and not just apps, I'm talking essential apps that are relevant if windows phone is to be competitive against its rivals.

Microsoft had a strategic plan to bring the top 50 iOS/Android apps to the platform and so far so good, even though this number would have greatly improved if they had released WP8 from the very start, but I digress.

While there are numerous reports of the rapid growth of windows phone, it's not because Nokia has the best quality devices out there (well, that plays a part too) but I would say its because consumers get the apps they want, making it easier to switch.
We have got apps, here are some noteworthy ones...
Redbox
NBC News
E!
Order/chaos MMORP
textNow
voxer
fifa13
BestBuy
moviefone
TimeOut
Lufthansa
At&t locker
Walgreens
ABC News
hulu Plus
Zombie HQ
iHEartRadio

The table above shows how windows Phone stacks up against its rivals, and it is doing well, though in the area of corporate apps and utilities, windows phone is lagging behind, but that is about to change as Microsoft expressed that they will be focusing on this app category next.
And this shouldn't be a problem, after all there are reports of Microsoft paying developers to create these apps, this isn't shameful, quite the contrary, it only shows microsoft is willing to do what it takes to make their WP platform noteworthy and competitive.

In hindsight, Nokia made the right call going with Windows Phone and why there are skeptics who think it was a bad idea, I say to them, "Rome was built in a day" but after it was built, it was a magnificent city.



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