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Apple's App Store is zombie infested, a research claims

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Apple's App Store is zombie infested, a research claims
We may be crashing the party here, today being Apple's App Store 5th birthday and all, so we do feel kind of bad. We do want to make up for some of the unpleasantness below, so we do remind you that Apple is treating you to some freebies, with over 20 previously paid-for apps going free for in celebration.

Launched on this day in 2008, the App Store has been a real game-changer and continues to reach impressive heights – the latest being its 50 billion app downloads milestone from a selection of about 900,000 apps. And if that wasn't impressive enough on its own, Apple boasts it has paid out about $10bn to app developers to this date -- three times more than all other app stores out there, combined.

So where's the poop? 

Well, according to mobile ad and app analytics startup, Adeven, the reality isn't as rosy as the above data indicates. “579,001 apps out of a total of 888,856 apps in our database are zombies,” the firm said, according to BBC. The startup defines zombies as apps that get almost no downloads and are out of the App Store's list of over 300,000 apps downloaded worldwide: “We can't say how many downloads they have – Apple doesn't reveal this – but it is very small.

So precisely how misdirecting are those big numbers companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft throw around? Somewhat. A noteworthy consideration, though, is that these numbers, in essence, capture the amount of developer interest towards a given platform – a metric on its own.

source: BBC

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posted on 10 Jul 2013, 09:48

1. SamsungNewbie (Posts: 30; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I'm sure I'm not the only one, but I'm tired of zombie anything. It's a trend I can't wait for when it dies. Beats vampires though.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 12:41

14. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


I completely agree. Though, I wonder what's next. Werewolves?

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 09:49

2. Veigald (Posts: 238; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


Another metric also being how long the store has existed. The App Store could have less developer interest than for instance for Ubuntu, but the number of apps would still be higher for many years.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 09:49 1

3. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


“579,001 apps out of a total of 888,856 apps in our database are zombies,”..
Please take note Apple :)

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 09:52 3

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


They have but don't mention it anywhere in their keynotes. They always avoid these figures and cover them up by saying the average user downloads "100 apps."

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 12:56

17. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Pffft, and people are bashing Microsoft for having no apps? They already have almost any app you'd ever need. Android and Apple's stores have hundreds of thousands of 'hottie of the day' and 'strip poker' apps that have less than 100 downloads each.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 09:51 2

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If this doesn't prove why the number of apps an OS has to offer is pointless then I don't know what to tell you. About 579,001 of 888,856 apps aren't used. That's 65.14% of apps that aren't used. I don't want to see the percent figure for Andoid yet alone WP.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 11:53

11. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


One small company makes a claim and admits they don't have actual numbers to back it up and you think that proves something? lol

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 12:54 2

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This isn't the first time information about the App Store has surfaced. You missed my point completely.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 21:47

23. jroc74 (Posts: 4800; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


You somehow looked the other way while reading his post and skipped over some key words that says he's not only talking about iOS, but ALL OS's.

And I agree with him 100%. Out of all the apps Google Store has, I have used a total of less or a lil more than 200 give or take. And thats spread out over 5 Android phones. I believe no one has ever used or downloaded more than 1000 apps from ANY app store. Many apps are duplicates of something you use or like, and sometimes its a bad duplicate.

Since Android is so customizable, many apps could be multiple keyboards, wallpapers, live wallpapers, file managers, ect. Then you have the root apps....many of which also has duplicates.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 12:37 2

13. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


I donno. Quality > Quantity, but when you're "Quantity" doesn't have official apps (official FB apps not from Microsoft, Instagram, Vine, etc) you kind of have a problem. Though, I've always said Quality >>>>>>>> Quantity, when you have Quantity, you can find some really unique stuff that you can't when you don't have that many.

I personally blame bad search algorithms for the lack of download for certain apps. Currently, they seem to be rigged to give those with more downloads already a better place in the results.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 10:10

6. VictorP (Posts: 24; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The amount of Zombie apps in the app store is too damn high.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 10:34

7. alterecho (Posts: 1082; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Doesn't that mean every other app store too have zombie apps?

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 11:28 7

9. rantao333 (Posts: 237; Member since: 21 May 2013)


i suspect 99% of the android apps are spam & ads

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 12:27 7

12. buccob (Posts: 1429; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well I can't refute your claim... but I have installed close to 200 different apps... across my current and past devices...

So I can say that at least 0.02% of Android apps are NOT spam ;-)

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 12:51 2

15. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Same. I've yet to download a "spam" app, and i'm going 300+ strong.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 10:37

8. VictorP (Posts: 24; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Not as much as Apples app store. Blackberry doesn't have much of anything, same with windows phone and android is just spam.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 11:34 1

10. tedkord (Posts: 4807; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


This is exactly why I have two years of food and a cache of weapons in my basement. The zombies are coming.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 14:53 1

18. androiphone20 (Posts: 1451; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


zombie apocalypse?

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 15:35

21. michaellengyel33 (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


ZOMBIES.....

Hey on a real note. there are viruses and pericytes that have been known to give other creatures zombie like actions. Zombie Caterpillars are a good example. hehehe

Also with all the research companies you never know. "Yes we cured cancer woo hoo, oh my god their eating each other runnnnn." lol

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 15:28

19. michaellengyel33 (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Most of the apps I use for iOS are up to date and work most of the time compared to apps for Android. Also not compatible to a lot of the devices as well for Androids And those popular apps are very limited in Windows devices. As for Zombie apps you will find them in every OS.

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 15:31

20. marbovo (Posts: 652; Member since: 16 May 2013)


I don't get it? So every one that is out of Apple's 300.000 is a zombie, but if Apple's list was the top 500.000 , the number of zombies would be lower? How can they make a research without the numbers???

posted on 10 Jul 2013, 15:40 1

22. michaellengyel33 (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


They are also counting the apps that have low downloads as zombies too.
Example:

There are more then likely over 20 or 30 flash light apps made. I bet only 5 of them receive a lot of downloads compared to the rest. So in theory the rest are zombie apps. Just due to little, less or no downloads.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 03:14

24. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2665; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


iPhone Zombies as shown by Microsoft in their ads. LOL

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 09:03 1

25. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Do a quick search for "flashlight" and "notes" and it all becomes obvious.

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