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Just 1.6% of all apps incompatible with Tango, but 25% of Xbox Live games

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Just 1.6% of all apps incompatible with Tango, but 25% of Xbox Live games
The newest venture for Windows Phone is with the Tango update, which will add in a lower tier of handsets that only have 256MB of RAM. This will help to make handsets even cheaper than they already are, and may help to push the platform in developing regions. Of course, lower RAM means that the handsets won't be able to run some of the more intensive apps in the Marketplace. 

Microsoft promised that this limitation would affect less than 5% of all apps, and according to new numbers from All About Windows Phone, Microsoft has hit that target quite easily, but drilling down into the numbers shows a bit more disconcerting info. AAWP dug through the Marketplace, which according to their numbers has 86,292 apps available right now (in the UK at least). Overall, there were only 1.6% of the apps that were incompatible with Tango, but when you look at the most popular apps, the numbers take a pretty big jump. 

Looking at the top 10,000 most popular apps in the UK, 4.6% of those apps are incompatible with lower memory phones. If you look at the top 1,000 apps, the number jumps even more to 6.4% being incompatible. Overall, that's not so bad, but the trouble comes when you look at Xbox Live games, which are by far the best games available. Of the Xbox Live catalog, a whopping 25% of games can't run on lower memory devices. 

Granted, Xbox Live games are also by far the most expensive apps in the Marketplace, so since Tango phones are targeted at more cost conscious consumers, maybe the incompatibilities won't matter so much. 

source: AAWP via WMPU

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posted on 29 May 2012, 19:25 3

1. mercorp (Posts: 955; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Now for android..

posted on 29 May 2012, 20:53 1

2. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And here we go: as much as Microsoft has dished on Android over the past few months, the issues their platform faces are now fair game to be magnified and pointed out.

posted on 29 May 2012, 23:43

3. jroc74 (Posts: 4043; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


As much as Android has been hated on for fragmentation....

Well...lets see if those same folks let MS slide. I didnt even knbow about the lower ram for phones until the Angry Bird story dropped.

EDIT: yea....the dreaded F word is starting to pop up around the 'net.

Its times like this when its not good to be a fanboy....it can come back to bite you..

Now I see that Android have low end phones...with double the ram. The Galaxy S Mini 2 is one. And ppl are defending MS on this saying they are making it easier to tell the difference between low and higher end phones....lol. Doesnt price at launch do that? Retail price? Cpu type and speed can too.

posted on 31 May 2012, 01:22

4. tumchaaditya (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 May 2012)


yes.
android does have lower phones with double the RAM.
but they are often slow and at some points unresponsive which is not the case with WP.(My friends have a few of those. e.g. Galaxy Y)
they at least ensure consistent OS performance on lower RAM devices.
the app restrictions are gonna be there whether it be android or WP.

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