Study: 64% of top 100 iOS apps available for Windows Phone; 54% on Windows 8

There are now well over 100,000 apps available for Windows Phone, and over 100,00 apps can be downloaded from the Windows Store to use on the Modern UI of Windows 8. Even with the amount of apps in each store, most people feel that it is not the quantity of the apps that is important but the quality.

The fact of the matter is that many popular apps currently available on iOS and Android have not yet made their official debut on Windows Phone and Windows 8. In a recent study from Infragistics, the research firm picked what it considered to be the top 100 iOS apps (not including games) and compared their availability to the same apps for Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8.

The final results show that while Android has 96 percent of the top 100 iOS apps, Windows Phone users can download and use just 64 percent of the same apps and Windows 8 can only come up with 54 percent. The study only shows official ports of the iOS apps to the other three platforms and does not include third party apps or knockoffs.

Among the iOS apps that both Windows Phone and Windows 8 currently lack are BBC News, Flipboard, HBO Go, Pinerest, Vine and of course Instagram, which Nokia has been trying to bring to Windows Phone for some time.

Of course, the list of the top 100 iOS apps is somewhat subjective but as the author of the study says, it can serve as a level benchmark to compare all four app platforms. The same study also points out that in terms of smartphone market share, Windows Phone is still well behind that of iOS and Android, so having 64 percent of the top 100 iOS apps on the Windows Phone platform is quite good.

In fact, in the few days since this study was first released, it has been revised to show that two missing Windows Phone apps, Wells Fargo and the official Major League Baseball (MLB.com At Bat) app, have since been launched for those users. Other official apps made for iOS and Android are already in the works for Windows Phone, such as Path, Flipboard and Vine. Windows 8 is also scheduled to get its own official Flipboard and Facebook apps in the near future.

Source: Infragistics | Image via Infragistics

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The problem is not Top 100 apps but brand new apps which don't get released for Windows Phone along with iOS/Android and we need to wait for a few months to get it.

StandingInAlley said,
brand new apps which don't get released for Windows Phone along with iOS/Android and we need to wait for a few months to get it.

Plus, my impression is that non-IOS (and in particular, Windows Phone) versions of apps can be less feature-rich (e.g. http://www.runtastic.com/en/apps/runtastic/featurematrix ) . I don't have any personal experience in that respect though... it's just that such charts sometimes catch my eye

korupt_one said,
I find the WP apps to be far better than the ios apps.

Good to hear. Yeah, it seems WP users are generally pretty happy with what they've got.

korupt_one said,
Actually I find the WP apps to be far better than the ios apps.

Which ones? It can't be Facebook.

The top apps are coming along, but that major ones like Instagram are not yet with no plans on it coming as of now. Most of us on here could care less about Instagram, but for many thats a major purchasing decision. You also have to remember that many apps start on iOS as well as many third party accessories like car head units, most of them will never get ported to Windows Phone.

"In a recent study from Infragistics, the research firm ***picked what it considered*** to be the top 100 iOS apps (not including games) "

CMON!. It is easy to determine the top 100 apps, the App Store already has a list. So, when we add "what they consider", we are adding a biased list.

This doesn't say anything until you do a comparision in the other direction too. How many top 100 Windows (Phone) 8 apps are available on iOS?

If you count the web sites that have equivalent functionality, Windows 8 does 90% of what's on this list. In the cases of HBO To Go, Watch ESPN and Amazon video, the web sites work pretty well with touch, give IEs solid touch and Flash support.

I am concerned that metrics implying the importance of apps available for a mobile platform is overrated. The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project indicated that some 68% of smartphone owners used five or fewer apps on a weekly basis, with many of their other "impulse" buys losing their appeal almost instantly (quoted here, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23240971). Therefore, if app usage is not as significant as thought, what do smartphone users do with their phones that is perhaps more important?

Developers will make apps for the OS that brings in the most money. Apple although taking a good chunk from the app sales gets results, unlike android where a large percentage of developers charge more for the same app. From what I've seen on windows 8 store prices, a lot of them are charging $3+ for an app that they can get on say an ipad for $1. I can't speak for windows phone prices as I haven't seen their store, but if theres such a large gap between app prices, consumers will go to the OS that gets them the most good apps for cheap.

So looking at the list, Android is only really missing one big one for me which is Amazon Instant Video.

Windows Phone is missing a lot of what I need. Amazon Instant Video, Dropbox, Flipboard*, Google Maps, Google+, HBO Go, Nook.

They excluded Gmail but I beg to differ about the Native app BS. I need a Gmail app for the Labels. I also need Google Play Music. I don't consider it a native app since it is coming out for iOS at some point soon as promised during Google I/O and that is a big one for me.

I'm not really sure why it's compared to Windows 8 though.
Surely apps for mobile users aren't really relevant compared to their computer counterparts?

Raa said,
I'm not really sure why it's compared to Windows 8 though.
Surely apps for mobile users aren't really relevant compared to their computer counterparts?
Just to make Win 8 look bad, presumably, as it's the only PC/ tablet OS there. Talk about comparing apples to oranges.

Surely the inclusion of the fourth largest mobile OS, BlackBerry, would have made for a more fair comparison?

stirring up controversy - well done. making sound statistics? - laughable. My 14 year olds can do a better job. amazing people are getting paid for this.

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