Popular game Traffic Rider is just one victim of the fake app invasion on Windows 10
Windows 10 for phones has a huge problem: its app store is infested with fake apps
1. BobLawblaw (unregistered)
They need to do a Blackberry and look to Android. Plus Microsoft releasing more than 1 or 2 phones a year might help..
25. Jason78 (Posts: 241; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
Microsoft needs to release 4-5 phones per year spread across the various price points.
Microsoft launched 10 phones last year but 8 of them were budget phones
29. sgodsell (Posts: 3638; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Microsoft use to have Operating Systems that were more open where OEMs could take their OS, and they could tweak and add their own things to it. However with the latest Windows 10 it is more closed than ever. With that said Microsoft should just do what Apple does. Just make their own devices and stop pretending that your Mobile OS is like your laptop and desktop OS. No one is fooled by this facade, even Microsoft's Windows 10 IoT is a joke with only a tiny handful of boards that are actually supported. We get it, since your so closed these days, only a tiny handful of people actually have access to your OS's.
31. joey_sfb (Posts: 5742; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Microsoft as a company also has integrity issue.. Fake apps is just the tip of the iceberg.
2. Sidewinder (Posts: 429; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)
I think they'll just ditch the whole windows phone and develop apps and services for the Android platform.
24. Jason78 (Posts: 241; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
They are already do that for the Android and iOS platforms. In fact some of their services work better on other platforms than on Windows Phone.
3. Syracuse (Posts: 30; Member since: 26 Aug 2015)
Dumb asses at Microsoft expect everyone to shell out the grand prize for an ecosystem that is still in its infancy. They should of given great hardware for very interesting prices instead of introducing two full price flagships expecting it to compete right away with ios or android.
23. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 479; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
You are being far too kind - we're well beyond the ecosystem's infancy at this point.
5. aco96 (Posts: 240; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
I love WIndows Mobile, but the app selection is horrible. Even the store app itself sucks.
21. xq10xa (Posts: 692; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
So...basically saying Windows Mobile sucks. WTF is the point of your smart phone if you can only load it with garbage.
6. Planterz (Posts: 2079; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Microsoft probably lets these apps stick around so they can boast about how many apps they have for their OS.
22. garciano (unregistered)
and you know this how?
7. 47AlphaTango (Posts: 290; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)
Microsoft should have just stick to desktop and leave the mobile to android and ios. As long as there's no developers for windows. It won't be long until they become like nokia. Where they only stayed at 3rd place straight.
16. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Well they seem to have a shot with tablets. But I agree.....get out of the mobile phone business.
8. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
Those ugly blackness everywhere are the issue not the app store or the app gap crup
12. nasznjoka (Posts: 402; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
yeah all wp fans think so, the reason wp is stuck at 1%
18. yann (Posts: 222; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)
It's not just black. Honestly I like it, but those ugly rectangular filled with text, that must be buttons are so so so ugly and choppy.
The whole new interface is unfinished. It's like made by person that doesn't care about the user experience. It's too distant from iOS or Android.
Maybe there are functionality that are unique and useful, but behind this ugly unfinished interface - NO.
That's why I went back to windows 8.1 on my Lumia 640 and my next phone will not be windows one.
Will wait to see next iPhone and next Android flagships till April.
My opinion, but market share numbers confirm it.
9. EcoCare (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)
At this rate, it's doubtful that they'll gain more market share in the smartphone business.
-Abysmal app selection
-Underpowered, pricey budget phones
-Questionable software updates: Windows 10 Mobile is still in preview
-Their OS is getting less inspiring, with most initial innovative features being removed since Windows Phone 8
10. xondk (Posts: 1402; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Unfortunately this is something that happens a lot of times, and yeah there needs to be some kind of control, but yeah, it is quite sad that people do this, it is as much as store problem as well a people problem.
13. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)
Well Apple and Google at least try to remove the offenders. Not so difficult having a fuzzy string comparison to see if there already are similarly named apps and review them.
26. xondk (Posts: 1402; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
Oh yeah, microsoft definitely needs to do something, but even apple and google have a tone of clone software to the point of silliness depending on titles.
14. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Do note that you are under 'apps' and not games. While not obvious to the common person and MS needs to fix this (I already reported all I could find, like other MS users need to do!). But if you look under GAMES you will find the real GAME.
15. sip1995 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Didn't know you have a Windows device.....impressive.
19. kefalin (Posts: 249; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)
I think its okay for them,because the number of apps will grow and thats main for them. However when there is 50 apps that are same....
20. jellmoo (Posts: 1590; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Microsoft is at the point where they seem to have given up. Given how lackluster the 950/950XL were and how they can't even figure out their product pipeline, the phone pipedream may be over. They dropped the ball hard with Windows 10 for Mobile, to the point that I'm not even sure if those running WP 8.1 should want to update their device.
They really should be looking at this as an opportunity to pivot away from seeking to control a dying platform, and move into the area of owning and controlling services. I think that Microsoft can have a very important place in mobile. Heck, if they want to stay in the handset business I think that they could. But not as platform owners. Those days are done. (Which is sad, as a third platform option is very much needed)
30. tluv004 (Posts: 13; Member since: 10 Aug 2015)
HD2 was the last best Windows phone hands down!!!