iOS App Store is the most mature, Google Play fails in discoverability but wins in search
0. phoneArena 18 Nov 2013, 13:07 posted on
App stores are one of, if not the most important part of the current mobile experience. You can prefer one platform to another for aesthetics, integration, customization, and plenty of other factors, but in the end the app stores tend to be the great equalizer because many of us live in apps and not on the homescreen. So, Pfeiffer Report has decided to do a study of three major mobile app stores - the iOS App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore - to determine which is the most mature...
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1. buccob (Posts: 2566; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I personally love Play Store's layout, gesture simplicity and features such as Wish List since I do use it.
I love how it shows the recently updated apps so I can read about the changes later without remembering what did I just updated... and I barely try to discover something new through the Store itself, so it fits my need very well and in the past I have become frustrated by Apple Store (though I admit I havent use it since iOS 6)
24. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Here I will praise ios, itunes is really better then andriod app store
2. blazee (Posts: 407; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
Professional reviews on apps is a pretty good idea
3. Sauce (unregistered)
How would one give a professional review? What would determine his status to review in such manor? The consumers, the everyday average Joe, are the ones who are using the apps and therefore have the best credibility to give such reviews. I think I am missing something here, would love some light shed on me as I think it is an interesting subject.
7. Finalflash (Posts: 3109; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Plus what goes to say "professionals" aren't biased or being paid in one direction or another.
22. blazee (Posts: 407; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
OMG Youre so right!! We should also elimininate any kind of news, this website or any other professinal job at reviewing or writing any kind of articles about anything !! Because what goes to say they arent biased! thank you for opening my eyes +1
21. blazee (Posts: 407; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
Google could assemble a team of lets say 10 and have them start reviewing every single app starting from most popular. Id rather hear someone legitametely rate the user experience and quality of an app on some criteria rather than see a 1 star w desciption, i liked the older version
10. Jommick (Posts: 221; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
Relabeling existing reviews as "opinions" seems to be a rather great idea too.
4. JMartin22 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
I agree with professional reviews, 1 star user "it doesn't work on my outdated and/or specific phone" 'reviews' isn't very telling about the quality of an app.
15. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
That's why I always select to see comments from my type of device only. Love that feature.
5. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
The tablet apps section is complete BS. Android doesn't have separate tablet apps. It just has one app that scales to any screen size. Many developers follow Google's rules for auto scaling and the same apps works and looks perfect across any screen size. Other developers that don't follow Google's rules is not Google's fault.
6. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
The net feels the need to baby apple. Just nod your head a smile
13. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2703; Member since: 26 May 2011)
But remember not all apps are optimized properly, that's why Google is going to change how the Play Store displays apps for tablets soon and will hide apps that haven't been optimized. Once that happens, the Play Store will likely get better grades in that section.
8. NoFanboy (Posts: 299; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)
I must say, the iOS app store is much better. Not only does it have more apps, but its easier to find apps. This was the most disappointing thing for me after switching to Android.
17. illusionmist (Posts: 157; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)
App Store has much more "quality" apps. And games.
Android got some pretty wonderful apps as well, but having gone from iOS to Android and back to iOS, my experience is that once you go App Store, you never go back.
18. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
lol, yeah, funny how I tried finding call blocking apps for an iphone once - zilch - while there are many great ones are Android.
20. illusionmist (Posts: 157; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)
Call blocking is native in iOS 7.
I get what you're saying though. There are certain apps that "extends" the system function that can only exist on Android. But to me they are more like plug-ins.
Apart from those kind of things we both know not happening on iOS anytime soon, when talking about apps and games that really matter for general public, App Store does have the upper hand.
19. Blazers (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
As a Note 2 and Note 3 user, I agree especially in regard to games. There are so many games that iOS has that android doesn't. It's kind of annoying.
9. grahaman27 (Posts: 361; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
How did the google play store get a 1 on editorial recommendations? I see "editors choice" apps everywhere! The whole graph looks arbitrary, more garbage articles from pa.
14. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2703; Member since: 26 May 2011)
1) How do we get the blame for a report done by Pfeiffer?
2) Check the source, the report is quite in-depth (and all three stores got the same score on editorial recommendations)
16. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
That was an analytical overload.
Seriously impressed by this Pfeiffer too (the last name of my favorite actress btw).
I'm curious how low they would rate windows phone marketplace.. that place is really appalling.
Microsoft can be thankful that they've been left out
23. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 886; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
I've once head of this fabled land called the Windows Phone Marketplace. I've heard tales of a forgotten wasteland ruled by a bald maniac simply name Balmer. On cold and silent nights you can hear his screams of "WOOOO!" in the winds.
26. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
no offence but if google won this all of you guys would be like wow such a great and accurate report but now all of a sudden it;s opinion and biased cause ios wow