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60 essential apps for mobile: Android has finally closed the app gap with iOS

0. phoneArena 20 Aug 2012, 09:58 posted on

Throughout the last couple of years, we've kept on hearing that Apple has the strongest ecosystem, the most and the best apps, and that basically…

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posted on 20 Aug 2012, 12:39 2

30. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


google's offline navigation will work in 29 countries and nokia's maps work in 110 countries
Nokia currently offers Nokia Maps and Transport and Nokia Drive on their Lumia handsets, and has provided regular updates with new and improved functionality.......but the problem is that now these maps are not confined to nokia phones, even the other wp8 devices will get these maps

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 13:10 1

35. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


so Google maps is only short in country number? Google updates its map application to include trains and other transportation options, has recorded hundreds of Local places information(address numbers) along with consumer reviews, 360 view for buildings inside and outside, and now o 4.1 it even recommends places for you to try out and gives accurate and live transit status....

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 13:51 1

38. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


Yes, that's what I want to say...... I don't say that google maps are bad.....google has features that can be completely used only in 29 countries and Nokia has offline maps for 110 countries which means that Nokia maps are the best maps in at least 81 out of 110 countries...... Google maps are good but limited to only a few countries

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 07:00

65. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


well the country number could be increased..... I agree with that.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 11:54 1

21. Aeires (unregistered)


Only if you decide to buy a Windows phone, so I disagree, Google Maps isn't screwed.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 12:02 1

23. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I use booth, and there both good.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:23 1

9. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


They are probably NEVER going to be available on play store or on Windows Phone :)

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 11:33 2

18. maryaaadil (Posts: 146; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


what about Live wallpapers, launchers, keyboards etc.....

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 16:09 1

45. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


google maps is available in the app store, apple is just removing the default app for the new apple maps, so apple users will have both apple maps with siri integration and the google maps.........youtube app will also come to the app store as soon as its removed from ios.......all the google apps are available and will always be available in ios

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:19 7

6. ph00ny (Posts: 1312; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Why would you list iApps? Of course they're not going to be available from playstore.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:20

7. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


wow.. good comparison...

but unlike blackberry os, some of these apps and games has an alternative unlike WP(not hating, i love WP) instagram blackberry has molome, temple run BB has tomb escape, cut the rope BB has feed the chicken... so i think bb deserve to be there...

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 20:18

50. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


BB has Cut the Rope... on Playbook.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 20:55

54. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


but on smartphone? im talking about smartphone... PB is different on BB smartphone!!

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 21:01

55. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


and BlackBerry App World has 86,000 set of apps... and thats pretty decent...

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:27 1

11. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


but android and iOS app catalog are competely different.. android has a lot of angry birds clone... and there are apps that isnt available to android and iOS... i really wonder why devs are loo lazy to make there apps available to android, wp, blackberry? most of the devs are all on the iOS.. and they are really lazy... it took years to make the instagram available to android.. and it might took another year to make it available to wp and bb... same goes to temple run...

so i guess this is what html5 wants to do.. to make apps compatible to all platform.. but then again.. it will only work to mobile phone who is always connected to the internet... and its not ready for primetime...

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 20:26

51. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Some HTML5 apps can be made to work offline. And yes, I am in full support of HTML5 making it big. And yes, some devs are lazy.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 20:53

53. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


yeah.. but thats the point only some... while atleast on API most of them... html5 might not boom in some country like philippines coz, yes html5 might be good but most people dont go postpaid.. and most of us are in prepaid.. we dont have wifi everywhere, not to mention no LTE, and 3G still not everywhere and that just sucks... average still go to internet cafes coz cant afford a loptop or pay the internet connection..

but html5 might be the solution.. but android pushing people to html5 isnt really good... for me i still prefer flash... coz html5 apps just loads like snail... so slow in my type of connection ( i bought the broadband stick that offers 7.5mbps, but on prepaid... all people here say that our carriers value prepaid users than postpaid, but i didnt get what i pay for, only gives me like 150-200kbps..it sucks that 3G isnt fast here) thats why i prefer flash...

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:30 1

12. dwillis (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


No ESPN The Magazine app for Android

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 13:00 1

33. AppleWho (banned) (Posts: 57; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


that is located in the play store magazine section.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 11:47 1

20. jordanetodd (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


neck and neck.

Also why are you including iOS proprietary apps? That seems redundant... There's apps similar to iMovie and Garageband for android, but those apps will never be ported. Not if apple has anything to say about it.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 12:04

25. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I wonder why? Is it exclusive just for ios?

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 12:46 1

31. primarchlion (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


They are first party apps developed by Apple. Apple doesn't port their apps to other mobile OS's.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 12:36 2

28. Savage (unregistered)


So the app gap has finally been reduced to zero. That is terrific news. Now we can finally throw out the argument of App Store having more apps than Play Store.
Now what remains to be rectified is malware caused by SOME apps and piracy of apps on Android. Malware isn't that high on Play Store plus there are tons of Anti-virus apps, that will do. Although, I'd like Google to screen apps that are published. Speaking of app piracy, which makes developers turn away from Android, I expect this will greatly reduce once the Play Store Gift Cards are made available everywhere.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 13:09 3

34. AppleWho (banned) (Posts: 57; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


Android is ahead just because it has a bunch of apps to customize specific launcher, wallpapers, live papers, fonts, etc. - things not on the app store...and, it has many useful apps for rooted users.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 13:21 2

36. remixfa (Posts: 14263; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


looks like you took an iOS app list and then tried to compare everyone else to it. A little disingenuous is it not? You could easily do the same with Android or heck even WP7.

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 01:32 1

60. Victor.H (Posts: 686; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Remixfa, I've run through a couple of popular app lists to come up with this, both for Android and iOS. I don't find the presence of some iOS apps disingenuous since Apple led the space for a while with some great titles. I guess you're not happy to see GarageBand or iPhoto, or some of the others here. Let's make it clear, those are there because they are good apps that might make you stay on iOS and I don't know of similar apps on Android or Windows Phone. Feel free to add suggestions if you do.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 13:45 1

37. Whateverman (Posts: 3280; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Funny, people are saying Android is only catching up because of all the live wallpapers and themes, suggesting that theses are not real apps. But how about all the proprietary apps in ios? All the time card and schedule checking apps that are only used by employees of a particular company. If these can be added to iOS's talley, than customization in Android shouldn't be such a big deal

And Victor is even saying the quality of Android apps are their as well, but there are still a few of you not willing to admit developers are making high quality apps for Android as well. Yet there is no difference in any of the games mentioned shared by Android, iOS, and WP7.

It's times to let it go guys...they're all pretty now.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 14:23 2

39. rd_nest (Posts: 1615; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


When did iPhoto/iMovie/GarageBand become essential apps?? Someone though forgot about Google maps :P

People should check the app called Tasker. I would consider something like Tasker, DSLR Controller as excellent apps.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.dinglisch.android.taskerm&hl=en

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.dslrcontroller&hl=en

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 16:00 1

44. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


google maps is available in the app store, when ios 6 comes, the ios users can have both apple and google maps......only the default app is being removed, it was not as good as the google maps app available in the app store which is quite good and apple also wanted to integrate it with siri so.......google isn't going out of the app store,even youtube app will come to the app store as soon as its removed from os, so no one will miss any google apps
there are much better apps in the app store as well,even some good apps and games like urban crime and action movie fx etc etc.....anyways, i will try both the apps that you have mentioned over here so thanks....... phonearena, here is taking only the apps that are very essential and popular, its impossible to compare all the apps from these two stores, both the stores are too big to be compared....

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 19:20 2

49. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


I can just say iOS is way better. They have great graphics that suit iDevice. Overall, it is more systematic.

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