Is the app-gap between Windows Phone versus iTunes and Google Play really that wide?

It should not surprise anyone that there are in fact, very few gaps between the three platforms in the top free applications category. Where gaps do exist is in the area of games. With that, all the high-profile social and network applications are present across all three platforms (with the notable exception of Google+ on Windows Phone).

If you use any of these applications, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Skype, Viber, Tumblr, Fandago, Kik Messenger, GroupMe, WhatsApp, Netflix, Pandora, Slacker TuneIn Radio, Rdio, Spotify, Shazam, eBay, PayPal, Amazon, Audible, Kindle, Evernote, The Weather Channel, WeatherBug, and YouTube, you will find them in iTunes, Google Play, and the Windows Phone store. That is not even close to a complete list either.

Those are first or second-party apps (Microsoft – Facebook, YouTube). There are a number of first-party applications obviously that iOS and Android enjoy which only have a third-party solution for Windows Phone. Here are some of the better rated solutions from the Windows Phone Store



1. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013


9. ihatesmartphone unregistered

But still... I more prefer using open system just like Android because... I LIKE CUSTOMIZATION!!

40. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Is there a Phonearena app for Android, Apple or Windows? Lol

43. ihatesmartphone unregistered

I don't think so.. lololol xp

46. windork

Posts: 16; Member since: May 24, 2013

yes, all three, although having spent some time on the windows, it is basicly 3 months behind and looks just like the site itself


Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Facebook is arrogant for not rolling out a native Facebook app and also Instagram to Windows Phone! Come on Zuck! WP is really growing and very promising, it's already the 3rd major OS in the market! Why not reconsider releasing FB and Instagram to WP?! :/

53. affandi

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I read somewhere that Windows Phone has 2 % of the market or something, so "the 3rd major OS" sounds better than it really is.

2. wendygarett unregistered

I don't get why apps is so important to someone, especially gaming apps, all completely useless... most of the Google play apps are launcher, and here goes customisation excuses from fandroid... On ios? Please, a lot of them 0 download record... I personally found that only social network and web browsing apps are useful in the smartphone... Because that what smartphone are for.. optimise those apps to every platform and you be the winners, and I see only whatsapp done that, big kudos to whatsapp...

3. wendygarett unregistered

Added that facebook apps is the worst app I have ever experienced, it works so well on ios, but on android? My lord, it gets every month update, yet every month sucks, I compare Facebook apps on nexus 4 and bb z10 in the carrier store and it so ashamed that even bb10 work more responsive than android even that bb10 apps still on infants stage, I'm not sure about wp, but I know that fb on wp miss a lot of info... Because the apps is by ms not fb themselves...

15. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Just because they may not be important to you doesn't mean they aren't important. The only appeal that IOS ever had for me was the games and game center. Games are HUGE market and appeal for people. The biggest reason so many people want bigger and better phones/specs is the ability to play great high end games.

16. jibraihimi

Posts: 808; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

OMG...... First time I'm seeing some sensible comment from Wendy, it's really very surprising....... Both of your comments make lots of sense...... So, first time I'm pressing that green button fir you....... :)

20. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Whether i end up using windows phone or blackberry i dont think there will be an app that i want but not available. Im not that demanding, and i dont even use instagram and all sorts of services (netflix? Pandora? Vine? I dont even know what they are if i dont read tech sites) other than FB and Twitter.

4. wafflemuncherr

Posts: 23; Member since: May 29, 2013

I'm ready to switch out of iOS but I'm always going back and forth between Android or WP. In a way I'm lucky to have to wait till November so I can see what each one is gonna bring to the table.. and to save up some cash.

18. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I believe MS WP8 team is sleeping with earmuffs on. Also they have a tendancy of abandoning their users, even their most faithful ones.

26. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Couldn't have put it better myself. I was an avid Windows Mobile user (back in the day) but, finally gave up on them. Hate the tiny screen on the iPhone even if it did grow .03 inches last year and, overall, hate the restrictive nature of iOS. Android allows me to do everything I want without having to "jailbreak" the bloody device, for example (some of my favorites): 1. TubeMate (download YouTube content directly to my phone). 2. tTorrent Pro (search and download torrents from around the World, making my phone truly "Global"). 3. Groove IP (VOIP using GVoice) 4. Astro (File Manager with integrated Dropbox). 5. Dropbox (if you don't know what this is then, you might as well be using a flip phone). 6. MDScan (document scanner using main camera, scan can be exported as PDF or Image - GREAT tool). 7. Countless premium games that I've purchased for either 99¢ or 10¢: GTA III, Vice City and Rio; Samurai II Vengeance THD; Asphalt 6 & 7; Need For Speed (Most Wanted); The Dark Knight Rises; Avengers Initiative; etc (too many - 99¢ or less) 8. Talking Pierre (my favorite pranking app, you can literally have Pierre curse someone out by name) And, that's only about half of what I've got on my lovely Note 2; I haven't even touched on the S-Pen and S-Note!!! Yeah, so I'd agree with you: MS WP8 is sleeping with earmuffs on (and blinders, too).

44. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The saddest part is the Skype app. MS owns Skype, and they have the worst app of the three? Seriously, they should have the best of the three.

5. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Hmmmmm.... sounds like somebody got a backhander from Microsoft. Why does an app comparison article need adverts for the 'hardware strengths' on each page?

12. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

We make it pretty clear when it's an advertisement. I was looking at the assortments of apps that I use most when I'm switching between iOS, Android and WP and with exception of Google+ I have not run into so many issues. Everyone's mileage may vary, and I'm not saying there are no legitmate gripes against WP, but when you look at the most commonly used apps, I don't know that makes the best argument anymore.

27. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

I disagree, the "most commonly used apps" would be apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, etc; they are all Social Media apps and an extension of said Social Media services, I wouldn't necessarily consider them apps that add a considerable amount of varying functionality to any platform whether it's Android, iOS or Windows Mobile (YES, I said Windows "Mobile")!! This did come across as some sort of defensive ploy for Microsoft. And, BTW, I don't use most of the above (FB, Twit', Insta'); I do use Skype from time to time.

28. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

We all have a set of niche apps that we like and are not available elsewhere. The common denominators for the majority of users of smartphones are social, email, and pictures. Since all smartphones perform those tasks differently, the apps they use to do that are fairly relevant. Your point is well taken however.

31. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

I wish I could say that I could give Microsoft another try but I can do too much now on Android that, for the foreseeable future, I would not be able to do on Windows Mobile. And, for what I do, iOS is out of the question. I understand that the average user just uses their smartphone for voice calls, email and Social Media, hence, I am not the average user nor am I willing to devolve. Your point is also well taken but, I still think Microsoft has much progress to make; Dear God, they don't even support Skype Video calling (and, they own Skype)!

38. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

They DO support Skype video CALLING, just not video MESSAGING (for now). That said, you can send video messages through the regular messaging method, as well as email. What particular things do you do on android you feel wouldn't be able to be done on Windows PHONE? I'm genuinely curious since I switched from android to WP (and at the time, it was only on 7.5) and haven't looked back.

29. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I came here to read an article about an app-gap between the 3 major mobile operating systems. I expected some graphs or statistics on how many apps are currently available for each platform, and instead I get a 4 page article about why Windows phone is better.

30. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Hardly, I was trying to convey that the argument of "there aren't any apps" holds less weight. 10 of the top 15 paid apps in Google Play are apps that only apply to Android. 9 of the top free 15 apps are social, all of which (except Facebook Messenger, which is baked into WP) are also available for WP (and iOS of course). I probably could have emphasized it better in the summary that a lot of underlying issues that WP is facing traction-wise is that user experience and notifications are more of an issue than apps alone.

6. Adithya7184 unregistered

"Love it or hate it, Office is still the standard for document and spreadsheet productivity."...... i think you haven't seen office-suite pro yet....

7. Adithya7184 unregistered

can you please compare office suite pro with MS office 365

10. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

There's nothing to compare. OfficeSuite Pro handles Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF documents. Office 365 provides up-to-date Office for 5 computers, plus 5 mobile devices, Word, Excel, PP, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Office on Demand, additional 20GB SkyDrive, and 60 Skype minutes each month.

19. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Can you insert rows in excel now?

8. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

I think you haven't seen the full suite that is Office 2013. When paired with Office on Demand it's a heck of a deal. I didn't even mention OneNote. ;-)

17. Adithya7184 unregistered

office 365 may be a better one...but $99 per year is bit too one will use office 365 only to take notes...we have lots of other apps to take notes.. spending $15 for lifetime is far better than spending $99 per year

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