Survey shows app store sizes don't matter to buyers
The survey which was conducted iGR, has produced some results that might be surprising to some. The findings included the fact that 58% of the users did not consider the application stores offered on multiple platforms to be a deciding factor when making a purchase.
The sheer volume of applications offered in stores such as the Android Market and the iOS App Store were a non-factor. Despite the wide-array of app’s available, 31% of the users surveyed do not even see the need to add apps beyond those pre-installed on the devices.
Of course, applications have still taken the mobile world by storm. Upcoming platforms such as Windows Phone 7 will be far behind the competition when it comes to the amount of applications offered. The fact that a majority of users do not take the application store into consideration may be a saving grace for any future Windows Phone 7 device.
So what are your feelings in regards to application stores? Do they factor into your decision when buying a phone? Will you consider purchasing a Windows Phone 7 device even though their application store will be behind their main competitors? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
1. Dihce (unregistered)
These "Surveys" crack me up. I call BS on this one. Yeah, having 80k Apps as opposed to 200k+ apps might not be the determining factor between iphone and Android, but you can bet your a$$ that the amount of apps in the app store has turned WebOS, Windows Mobile, Nokia, and Blackberry users away... Just my thoughts though, your mileage may vary
2. whatifisaid (unregistered)
I just really wanted a worthwhile app experience. By that I mean that the apps in BB appworld are worthless. Very few of them are actually worth having. But sheer size doesn't make or break anything for me. In choosing a phone this time around, I wanted something with a great, snappy OS that was going to blow away my previous BB Storm. My Droid X has done that and then some flawlessly.
4. rasinhussy (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)
It's about quality not quantity! I don't need 2000 fart apps!!
5. VZWbamf (Posts: 61; Member since: 11 Oct 2009)
I think the robustness of the app store is more important that the quantity. Both Apple's App Store and the Android Market have a ton of totally useless apps (like soundboards and lightsaber sound effects), but I do think that there are quite a few apps that are only available for the iPhone. I have noticed more and more apps being offered on both platforms that where previously only for Apple (ex.-Angry Birds). Hopefully this will continue to change as Android becomes more popular. It should, being that there more Android devices out there than iPhones...
6. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
But remember, Apple gets the upper hand on apps for the most part. Take Angry Birds for example: it came out on Apple first then to Android, but the Android version is still Beta! Even if they get the same apps I've noticed that Apple gets theirs first and is made better. I've had the Droid and I have a iPod Touch so I know.
7. PhoneLuver (Posts: 474; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)
Once you're used to an app store, you'll be hooked. It's not raking in Billions for Apple for no reason. I agree that Quality is definitely superior to Quantity. Price is another issue! Many "smartphone" (Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile) users won't care about an app store simply because they've never had a decent app! Let's see what their new platforms have to offer though...