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BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8 users still suffer from the lack of certain apps

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BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8 users still suffer from the lack of certain apps
BlackBerry and Windows Phone 8 users are missing out on some of the more popular apps. A survey of 102 popular apps shows that only 38% of them or a reasonable facsimile, are available on BlackBerry. 63% are available on Windows Phone 8, or have an equivalent. In late October, Windows Phone had 60% of the top 95 apps meaning that Microsoft's mobile OS has been able to keep pace with the release of more recent apps.

Recently, BlackBerry has had some pretty high profile app rejections. Skype will not be a native program and will be ported from the Android version. Instagram and Netflix both recently said that they will not have an app for BlackBerry 10. Neither platform has Pandora and some top games are missing from both BlackBerry World and the Windows Phone Store.

BlackBerry World is missing names like Instagram and Netflix

BlackBerry World is missing names like Instagram and Netflix

The survey showed that of the 102 more popular apps, 15 were on the BlackBerry 10 platform while there were 20 equivalent apps for a total of 35. Windows Phone had 35 of the 102 more popular titles and 29 equivalents. BlackBerry had 35% of the 52 popular iOS apps and 31% of the more popular 68 Android apps. That is somewhat surprising since BlackBerry 10 is supposed to be able to run Android apps. BlackBerry 10 launched with 70,000 apps and should have 100,000 by the time the BlackBerry Z10 launches on AT&T on March 22nd. And while it would be great to see all of those BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha devices pay off down the road, what BlackBerry 10 needs is native versions of Skype, Instagram and Netflix.

With speculation that Instagram will arrive at the Windows Phone Store in May, Microsoft's mobile OS is doing better than BlackBerry when it comes to big name apps. Nokia devices are doing even better with a collection of proprietary apps. As of year-end, there were 50 such apps available for Nokia Lumia models only.

source: PCMag

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posted on 14 Mar 2013, 14:23 1

1. drpain (Posts: 85; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


2004 called, they want their technology back

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 14:24 1

2. bovcrx (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I only care for Spotify and Endomondo, but neither of these are on BB10 :(

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 14:32 13

3. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


2014 Nokia will be the king of smartphone again

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:09 8

10. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 514; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


Maybe not king, but let's hope they at least win the bronze.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:45 5

17. akki20892 (Posts: 3555; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


so who else win silver and gold.....iphone or samsung or htc......i don't think they deserve that two places.....!!! you know dude Nokia was king, and will king

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 17:23

20. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Sony!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 17:43

21. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Gold - Sony
Silver - HTC
Bronze - Nokia or Samsung

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 17:54 1

22. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


been realistic samsung may start to fall, with sony and HTC rising to start dominating android (cant decide yet which of the 2 will hedge the over) but id give it to sony at the moment as the xperia Z appeals more to the general public then the one as when they hear 4 megapixel it will turn them away

nokia should also rise and be top of wp and match the likes of sony etc

right now cant say who will be flying highest this year its too soon

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:10 7

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3555; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


from phone department nokia will on top spot because nokia know come back and from OS department Android will remain first, then Windows phone took IOS place soon....!!!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:12

12. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Nope by then M$ will be releasing "WINDOWS Magenta" which will only work on M$ made phones ... currently Nokia is King of survival on M$ charity Dell may join the league soon :D

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 20:35

23. lyndon420 (Posts: 1769; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Nokia needs to dump their current OS if they want the throne any time soon. Maybe they (and their OS supplier) should think about maybe spending some money on advertising at least.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 14:47 1

4. xq10xa (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Pandora < Nokia Music or Xbox Music Pass.
Instawhocares? Oh wow look at me post pictures of my sexy bathroom face and food I ordered. Oh look I added a filter.
If you want instagram. Then yes, you deserve an iPhone.
I like Android...on my tablet Nexus 7. I can't stand my Galaxy S III.
If any one wants to buy it PM me. It is in perfect condition.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 14:47 3

5. Jyakotu (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


If Windows Phone gets Instagram and Sprint decides to carry a Windows Phone, I'll be all over it! Lack of certain apps (and the fact Sprint doesn't carry Windows Phone) is the only reason why I stick with Android for now. But I really would love to own a Windows Phone, especially a Nokia Lumia device.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:02 1

6. pookiewood (Posts: 610; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


I hope you get your wish. I left Sprint after 11 years just for the Lumia 920. I owned the Arrive and I was pissed when they said they were not going to support Windows Phone. I would've even welcomed the 8X.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:05

7. Jyakotu (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I remember reading a story on here that Nokia said that they would develop a Lumia flagship for each of the Big 4 US carriers. Why Sprint would rather bet on Firefox OS instead of Windows Phone is beyond me. The HTC Arrive, despite flaws, was still one the BEST user reviewed phone on the Sprint website. I don't understand Sprint at times and when I have the means to get out of my family plan, I'm leaving Sprint and heading back to AT&T. Never had a problem with their service.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:24

14. xq10xa (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Yeah, I really liked the HTC Arrive. I am thinking of trying Ting on top of AT&T. Seems like good service. I just don't know if I can go from a Lumia 920 and even look at the Arrive now......major difference.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:26

15. xq10xa (Posts: 132; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Since you are into Instagram I believe Nokia just released an app called #2InstaWithLove that works just like it.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:06 2

8. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


The problem with windows phone for me is the lack of Google services and apps. Even the iPhone has a full suite of google services ( G+, Gmail, Drive, Maps, Search, Talk, Chrome, Youtube, Earth, Currents, And soon Google Now).
iOS is the king when it comes to apps, there is still tons of apps exclusive to the iPhone like Mailbox, vine and TONS more. Android comes as a close second and WP is still far behind.
I Won't even bother talking about Blackberry since most of it's apps are android ports.
iOS also wins in app quality and design, followed by WP because all of it's apps have the Metro-Modern UI. Alot of android apps need to follow the new design guidelines and the HOLO UI and the in-app menu button to keep the experience consistent.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:27 1

16. Jyakotu (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Blame Google for that, honestly. However, a lot of the Microsoft and 3rd party apps function just as well or even better than most of the Google apps. You can sync GMail with the Mail/Outlook app, SkyDrive = Google Drive, Nokia Drive and Bing Maps work just as well as Google Maps, Bing is a good search engine, and there are a bevy of YouTube-like apps for Windows Phone. Google probably won't develop any more official apps for Windows Phone.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 17:16

18. Rydsmith (Posts: 138; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


I'm going to have to stop you on the Google Apps as they are not even close to being up to par with regars to the Microsoft offerings.

Don't get me wrong, I have a Lumia 920, and I truly like the phone but the lack of proper integration does hurt the phone from a consumer stand point.

The one that I will give you is Skydrive. It is actually SIGNIFICANTLY better than Google Drive (being able to view documents and edit them online WITHOUT Word installed alone puts it above Google Drive).

However, Bing/Here Maps is atrocious. The navigation is great, but the fact of the matter is that here in Ohio, Bing Maps doesn't have a ton of listings that Google Maps has. If I want to find an AT&T location on Here/Bing Maps, it only brings up the downtown corporate office, nothing else. However on GMaps Pro it gives me all the store locations. This is true with banks and other rather important locations. If you have an address, it's great, but when I am looking for the business by its name it's pretty lackluster.

Bing is also not a good search engine. When I do searches in it, the results a re pitiful, and sometimes just insulting. If I am looking for a specific HBR (Harvard Business Review) article, I seem to get almost everything but an HBR article. I gets bits and peices of different parts and it's just a mess. And yes, while I understand how to do a bolean search, that should not be a requirement for something so fundamental, something that Google finds without any need to go past the first two or three links.

I like WP8, and think it has a place on the market, however until Microsoft throws lots of money at developers it will be a constant chicken and egg race with potential users yelling for their needed apps and developers yelling there aren't enough users.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:08

9. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 514; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)


I guess they are RC and Double Cola in the world of Coke and Pepsi.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 15:12 4

13. akki20892 (Posts: 3555; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


waiting for few more months then some cool popular apps will hit in windows phone store.....!!!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 17:21

19. Rydsmith (Posts: 138; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


My problem is that I have been playing the waiting game for over a year now. First with WP7, then 7.5, now 8. It seems that it is always within the next few months, but when will those months get here?

The L920 is a great phone, but Microsoft has burned a lot of bridges and it's hurting the consumer (looking at you Intuit! Mint is one of the best financial apps available and it is not being made for WP8 due to a pissing contest.). Microsoft really needs to get developers on board and pay the cost of the application to get on the platform.

They have taken a, "if you make it they will come" approach to WP8 and W8, and it's not working. People aren't coming and developers see no reason to develop for it if the users aren't there.

MS has a lot of work to do to get the phone solidified as the #3 choice on the market, especially with the Z10 hitting the US soon. (Though honestly I'm not sure how it will truly fair in the US, with the onslaught of HTC One, Galaxy S4, Xperia Z, Lumia line, and iPhone all being thrown in the face of the consumer over the next three to six months.)

posted on 15 Mar 2013, 08:12

24. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


That's because blackberry is junk. Who wants to develop for an outdated junk phone and software.

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