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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38 Comments

33. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Its not about the amount of apps. It is the quality of the apps. There are millions of apps in the iOS and android store but how many do you actually use?

34. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

thank you very much sick of this app war on quantity seems like NO ONE cares about quality

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

On average i would guess 50 apps on a standard consumer, 25 on a low consumer and 90-110 on a power type user. Heck PA used 102 on theirs. I have 96 on my htc 8x.

37. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

---many "apps" were really nothing more than HTML wrappers that pointed to mobile websites---.. I agree.. actually I also tested WP app store to check this app-gap.. My finding were similar to what author has concluded.. There was a gap of around 5 months between my tests and I noticed that it i growing. 5 months ago I was not able to find any good/suitable games and apps.. But now I have seen Games like Subway surfer, temple run 2, Tom Cat, Wheres my water, plant vs zombies, etc are now available which were missing 5 months ago.... I hope WP grows..

38. Nimay_7

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

why no Real Racing 3!!! :(

41. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Try Asphalt 8: Airborne

46. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

A lot of Apps arent NEEDED on WP.. as they are part of the phones base OS.. thats gets missed a lot by non-WP users writing articles.

47. DKJnr

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

If you still think there's an app gap between Android and WP then you probaly fall into one of the 3 categories: 1, never really used WP long enough to know the OS well and what it offers or 2, you love Android so stick with it (if you love it that much don't change) or 3, get over it and learn or adopt to the WP ecosystem. With outlook - which btw connects very well with gmail, Skydrive, office, Skype and a host of popular apps like whatsapp, the gap closed. Games, WP is still struggling, but not by much. If games ain't your thing then WP is actually quite good, fast and buttery smooth especially with the Lumia enhancements on both hardware and software.
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