How close is Windows Phone to closing the "app gap"?

It has been a while since I have been able to really dig into the Windows Phone platform and see how things are going. Early last year, I decided to live with Windows Phone for a couple months in order to really get a feel for the platform, but I ultimately came back to Android. A couple weeks ago, I picked up a Nokia Lumia 1520 to freshen up, and the first thing I wanted to look into are Microsoft's recent claims that the platform is quickly closing the "app gap"...
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2. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

Im not fanboy but when it comes to app my choise is ios... and for usefull features and gestures android. wp needs to work hard to close that app gap. It will be great to see competition between 3 giant (google, apple,microsoft)

19. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I agree.. Competition is best for the consumer.. But, these three need to further differentiate themselves from one another... I actually always hoped that BB would do good.. What's wrong with 4 strong options❔

40. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

True. Main selling point of WP these days are the camera and entry level phones with LTE - and both of these are done by Nokia not MS.

3. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

My choice is google. Tons of free apps, trial versions, and usually they are cheaper. That is without counting the apps that have tons of different options of the same app, but the minor differences between the apps can make a difference. Id rather have options, than one app available.

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Sounds like you should stick with Android, buddy.. Good for you. Isn't the word great❔

8. Dastrix unregistered

You're in the wrong place. Cool story bro.

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol.. I like potato salad..

21. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Article is about WP closing the app gap. App gap with what? iOS and Android. Sounds like a multi-OS conversation to me.

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Who are you❔ Are you new here❔I'm sorry, did you say something❔

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

As far as WP is concerned,, IMO it isn't about WP lacking major apps anymore.. WP needs those apps that the individual needs, like personal credit union apps, municipality apps, local store apps, and so on... This will take time.

9. Dastrix unregistered

That's true. Even if they're unofficial, as mentioned, in WP's case, they'll most likely be the better option (like Rudy Huyn's apps), so the more devs on board the merrier!

6. muneshyne21

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

I've had the Lumia 928 since June and the growth of the platform and the Windows market has been insane. I remember borrowing a Windows 7 phone for a few months last year and the platform and the market were really basic and sparse. Now there are several Beer Brewing apps that are comparable to the android ones I used. Beer Brewing apps! Now all the little specialty apps are starting to pop up here and there. I love it. This is basically the exciting period of time like when Android and Apple really started picking up steam. The only difference is that the phone Hardware is good enough nowadays to keep up with updates. Phones 6 months old wont get left behind with any new update by Microkia. Thats what pissed me off about Androids growing pains. Every (pre-icecream sandwich) android phone I bought was worthless 6 months down the line

7. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I'm just not sure if WP can catch Apple and Android. It could take years and I don't feel like waiting. I've been tied to the Google ecosystem for 4 years and it was tough for me to even use an iPhone 5s. After using the Nokia 521 I changed my opinion but only because it was a $60 phone. I wouldn't lock myself into a 2 year contract or pay over $300 for a flagship WP phone. I think in order for WP to gain ground and entice App developers their going to have to sale phones (flagship phones) well below the competition. I would have never got the Nokia 521 if it wasn't for the price.

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Catch iDroid for what❔ WP is for people who want to be different.. It's nice this way.. More exclusive.. IMO.

15. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I don't think it needs to catch the others, just provide a viable alternative.

28. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

wp has many features that i would like to see in android however its the little things that id like to see

10. Dastrix unregistered

Random fact: Frozen Free Fall is my favourite game right now. Works flawlessly on my L920, lags like crazy and freezes (Frozen?) on GS3. WP FTW!

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

A lot of it has to do with having a different mindset. Yes, you lose out on a lot of Google goodies, but there are very strong Microsoft options available. Skydrive, Outlook and HERE Maps/Drive are great alternatives to Google apps. Pure power users will likely never get the same mileage out of a Windows Phone than they will out of an Android device, but there is an elegant simplicity to Windows Phone that is very appealing. They've managed to attract most of the big third party apps, they just need to convince smaller app makers and non mobile companies to bring their banking, tv, and convenience apps over to their platform.

13. orielwindow

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 23, 2010

Cool. Besides the apps it might help if they stopped all these network exclusive releases. I'd jump at the chance to switch to Windows if the 1020 or the 1520 was available on Verizon but looks like I'll keep buying Android phones.... Not like that's a bad thing ;-)

17. indiebandit

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Windows phone 8 is smoother and faster than android even kitkat (android 4.4) to you na sayers. btw there is really no app gap because microsoft has 99% all of the top main apps anyone would use on a daily basis. windows is getting new apps everyday check out the apps section on wpcentral.com wpusers.com

20. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, but WP is lacking all of the personal apps, the mom, and pop shop apps, that the other platforms have.. That's the old, new, gap..

18. muneshyne21

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

BTW, this writer is awesome. He should be a real journalist (no sarcasm at all). I mean, you'd think common sense would be more prolific but I rarely read a blog where the writer points out the obvious like "If you're fully committed to Google, why would would you buy a Windows Phone?" Nope instead, these hack writers would go on to judge the OS from a Google perspective. Michael H. I applaud you. You hit upon the strengths and weakness of the Os without being a total biased douche.

23. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

i need Chrome, opera mobile, and Google drive... are there available on wp ecosystem?

30. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

If you need Chrome and Google drive stick with Android like you are going to anyway.

43. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

You "need" them? Really? Why? IE, Nokia Xpress, and UC Browser are all excellent web browsers, the latter two are more for folks wanting to minimize data usage and have more options. For cloud storage you get 7GB of SkyDrive free (and the phone automatically syncs darn near everything to it automatically, so, say you lose your phone after taking a night of photos, the photos are on your drive, and you can use the web page to find the phone, also free and initiated during initial setup), plus options for Box, Copy, DropBox, and others.

24. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

WP only needs like a thousand apps to catch up with ios and android. Seriosly.

29. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I'm sorry but the word "Google" does not belong in an article about Windows Phones "app gap". MS has its own ecosystem and Here Maps >>> than my wife's Google Maps on her Android Device. We actually compare the two. Also we already know that no matter which or how many apps WP gets the bar will continue to be moved and moved and moved. There will always be an "app gap" that MS can't reach. Do we need more of these articles? I like you PA and think you are usually fair but I just don't see the need for this article.

32. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Well, that may be true - but if I did own a Windows phone, I would not be using a Windows browser or search engine as they are horrific...but, I agree, Windows should develop their own and its users should stop whining about why Google does not have enough apps for their phones.

44. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

horrific? really? I know right...when i search for theaters in my area, bing things im in mexico, and puts all my search results in spanish... When in reality, i type movies in the search, i get movies near me, their times etc. The browser is fast, supports 99% of desktop mode, google is the only one that it doesnt like..i wonder why. I can go into desktop mode and even create pdf, excel, word docs from the online version of Skydrive

31. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I love how P.A. gets fixated on the so called apps gapps - remember when APPLE had a gazillion apps, then we found out and that quite a few them were never used by anyone. All this will take is more time, and Windows will be fine, just like Android was back when it was new.
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