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Which phones have the most apps – iPhones or Android?

Does iTunes or the Android Market have more apps?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Apr. 24, 2012 at 12:26

What's also woth mentioning is this:
those figures are all meaningless:
a) not all apps are available in all countries or relevant in all regions; so total app figures are
MEANINGLESS. A network specific app such as O2 Ireland's Money app, is meaningless to all non-irish people...

b) no one has figured out how mny apps are just wallpapeers, webapp links, ringtones and other bullsh*t.

So, stop counting beans, fellas - you will neither be able to use 500,000 apps, nor do you
need or want them... :p
Leave that kind of nonsense-hype to PR folks who know nothing else.

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 31, 2011 at 14:56

AS of March 11:

http://phandroid.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/google-is-closing-the-gap-on-apples-app-store.jpg

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 31, 2011 at 15:04

...about 30,000 apps in Nokia's Ovi Store, and 13,000 for Samsung's Bada.
Note, though: not all apps are available in all countries/stores ;)

nairbeary  Mar. 31, 2011 at 20:34

So iphones a winner then
nice graph

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 31, 2011 at 20:48

Well...it's all a bit philosophical, eh? Many iPhone appstore apps serve a function that other phones have built-in. With the sheer number of apps it's hard to really keep track, though, so hey, yay, Apple wins, yes.

adiz123  Apr. 24, 2012 at 05:58

It is worth mentioning that every androis has more than doubles its aps everyear. Apple still have more apps (though there are more free ones on android), but if you actually examin the chart, they are slowing down in number compared to the number of apps. If you wanted to make a prediction, based on this chart, it appears that androoid will continue to catch up and double rapidly, while apple seems to be slowing down... free apps on android for the win.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 24, 2012 at 12:26

What's also woth mentioning is this:
those figures are all meaningless:
a) not all apps are available in all countries or relevant in all regions; so total app figures are
MEANINGLESS. A network specific app such as O2 Ireland's Money app, is meaningless to all non-irish people...

b) no one has figured out how mny apps are just wallpapeers, webapp links, ringtones and other bullsh*t.

So, stop counting beans, fellas - you will neither be able to use 500,000 apps, nor do you
need or want them... :p
Leave that kind of nonsense-hype to PR folks who know nothing else.

Pondlife  Apr. 24, 2012 at 13:27

Also worth noting that's a year old which I didn't immediately notice and MS now claims 80k apps an over 800% increase year on year. ;)

AhmadCentral  Apr. 24, 2012 at 18:07

perhaps rather than asking which has the most, ask which has the apps you want.

And also consider whether you want an open market or closed market system etc...

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 24, 2012 at 19:31

perhaps rather than asking which has the most, ask which has the apps you want.

And also consider whether you want an open market or closed market system etc...


True!
2 things I miss on Android, e.g., are good photo editors and a Twitter client that isn't full of distracting comic book feature, while still offering all necessary features... Boid seems to be getting there, though.
That is different for everyone, of course. So it IS important to figure out what one wants.

Pondlife  Apr. 24, 2012 at 19:44

Yeah but until you use an os you might not know what apps you want and which suit your need. I'm quite happy with no twitter apps ever.
Is adobe photoshop express no good btw?

Of course the decisive thing will be which format the Mobot app will be ;)

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 24, 2012 at 21:20

Yeah but until you use an os you might not know what apps you want and which suit your need. I'm quite happy with no twitter apps ever.
Is adobe photoshop express no good btw?

Of course the decisive thing will be which format the Mobot app will be ;)


Nah, Photoshop Express sucks.
As to not knowing hat one needs/wants... yes, to a degree that is true, but still: anyone who has used smartphones for a few years oughta make an honest list of what they actually use, and what they only have on their phone for no particular reason. I usually try loadsa apps, and there are dozens on my phone. But I actually only use 4 or 5 regularly.
But there are a couple I do not wanna miss...

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 24, 2012 at 21:41

I easily spend 90% of the time I'm on my phone using less than 10 apps.

Pondlife  Apr. 24, 2012 at 21:42

Still quite a few people not on smartphones though.
There's a few I don't use atm but know that I will when they improve or I get better broadband and focus on those when looking at new hardware. Most of the stuff I use is on both anyway.

AhmadCentral  Apr. 24, 2012 at 21:59

yeh my comment was more for smartphone users.

Those who haven't used smartphones before, i'd recommend trying both Android and iOS before buying because tbh 95% of the apps are the same and the casual user won't really care about that 1 app that does something better on android/ios than the app they have.

iOS is easier to use IMO so thats why i'd recommend it to casual users. But for longtime smartphone users its best to see which apps/platform suit you. e.g blackberry doesn't have all the apps but it has a good email service. So it'd be good if you just use email/BBM for work etc...

Pondlife  Apr. 24, 2012 at 23:05

For as long as BB is around at least...

AhmadCentral  Apr. 24, 2012 at 23:07

For as long as BB is around at least...

Yeh that was just an example haha. I still have no idea why people buy them. Especially kids just to use BBM. Have they not heard of whatsapp, KIK, MSN, Skype etc... its flipping free!

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 24, 2012 at 23:08

For as long as BB is around at least...
They'll be software only one day. There's no way the BB hardware dept. can keep up with the One X, S3 and iPhone 5. Every year BB hardware slips further and further behind iOS and Android.

Pondlife  Apr. 24, 2012 at 23:33

Yeah maybe although was the software that really crippled the Playbook.

60k+ apps on BB now apparently. Not the ones I want admittedly..

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 24, 2012 at 23:39

By software I meant BBM and the other BB services, not the crappy BB OS :p.

Pondlife  Apr. 24, 2012 at 23:52

They do something else? oh.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 25, 2012 at 00:11

Yeah, BIS.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 25, 2012 at 07:23

I cannot think of ONE real study that looked into how many people actually use their smartphones as smartphones.
I suspect not many.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 25, 2012 at 07:25

By software I meant BBM and the other BB services, not the crappy BB OS :p.Why is BB OS crappy then?

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 25, 2012 at 07:54

By software I meant BBM and the other BB services, not the crappy BB OS :p.Why is BB OS crappy then?
Slow (though that could be the hardware it's forced to run on), lack of useful apps which are as nice to use as their Android/iOS counterparts, the internet browsing experience (something I use A LOT on a phone) isn't up to par when compared to iOS/Android.

I'll give RIM one thing, BBM is quite useful for organising riots...damn, that's a bad thing, isn't it :p?

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 25, 2012 at 07:57

I cannot think of ONE real study that looked into how many people actually use their smartphones as smartphones.
I suspect not many.

Define "using a smartphone as a smartphone". Watching a YT video on a 4.3" screen is something a "dumbphone" can't manage, but it's hardly a "smart" feature.

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