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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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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

"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.

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.

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.

I hate these stories so much... Because it is assuming that IOS has all the apps that everyone wants.. I am sure that there are apps on Android that are not on IOS such a UTorrent and many others.

Seriously.. They put IOS at 100% yet it does not have FULL Office, which is probably one of the most used programs in the entire world.. I seriously do not feel like I am craving a single apple APP at all.. Microsoft has been great at filling in the store.. with the release of the bing apps this week it is even getting better.

It is pointless to compare apps stores like this.. Since ipad does not allow flash they need to have apps that are pointless on windows 8..

Except, no. The apps mentioned are ones that publish to more than one platform (iOS and Android) and aren't OS/Platform service specific.

Neobond said,
Except, no. The apps mentioned are ones that publish to more than one platform (iOS and Android) and aren't OS/Platform service specific.

But it is the top 100 iOS apps. Even if they don't count the iOS exclusive apps it will always end with iOS at 100%. Giving the appearance as if iOS has everything people want. I think Lachlan just used Office as an example.

These kind of comparisons get interesting if they do the same study but then based on the top 100 of Android and Windows Phone. If iOS ends up at less then 96% of Android's top 100 then in comparison Android comes out better.

How does one determine what is an "OS service specific" app? Up until a couple of weeks ago MS Office suite was OS specific. Apple could release iTunes or Safari on multiple platforms. iTunes was Mac OS exclusive until they released it on Windows. Microsoft could release Internet Explorer 11 or Xbox Music for iOS/Android.

Neobond said,
Except, no. The apps mentioned are ones that publish to more than one platform (iOS and Android) and aren't OS/Platform service specific.

What about Bing News, Sports, Weather, Halo: Spartan assault, Aldera, Gunstringer, Nokia Music, RBC Canada?? the are all top apps on the windows 8 store and soon windows phone 8 store..

You say "OS service specific"?? but what about google apps.. Google+ is only on IOS and Android yet it is counted for all? Companies like Google that strategically will never support windows phone or windows *..

Years when windows phone 7 was out and onenote was only on windows phone no one ever said that it was missing from IOS .. yet now that it is on IOS it is included on the list..

These lists are just being silly.. I know there are some good streaming apps that we all want but remember this is mostly from the point of the US... ABC, CBS, Fox streaming, redbox streaming, CNBC realtime, Citibank, Amazon instant video, GMA, HBO GO, NBC player, PNC bank, TBS... they are all just missing from the US store because they are not released worldwide anyway.. The worldwide store is just missing a few big ones .. but its the US store that is hurting the most..

Avatar Roku said,
How does one determine what is an "OS service specific" app? Up until a couple of weeks ago MS Office suite was OS specific. Apple could release iTunes or Safari on multiple platforms. iTunes was Mac OS exclusive until they released it on Windows. Microsoft could release Internet Explorer 11 or Xbox Music for iOS/Android.

You pick a date and compare available apps on that point in time.

Windows Phone is coming along nicely. Those coming from iOS would now miss 36% of their favorite apps. However many have third party alternatives on Windows Phone. In some cases they are even better then the original app on iOS.

Now the other way around! People unfamiliar with Windows (Phone) might not know but Windows has its own set of popular, exclusive, apps as well. This closes the gap even more. Seems like the WIndows Phone platform is now competitive in the app department. And Windows 8 is very impressive considering its only a year old!!

I am liking the RT or WP8 explorer as I don't really rely on apps to do it. For example, Groupon is more pleasant on my RT. I think the reason for iPad or Android have tons of apps are mostly because for Facebook to drive traffic, the need to create apps is less problematic to user as compare to navigate thru safari or chrome. Just FYI, I haven't used safari or chrome, but I heard those browser has no flash support.

How reliable is this?

I've always seen infragistics as a company that offers third party controls for development, not a place to grab stats.

adrynalyne said,
How reliable is this?

Don't see why it wouldn't be fairly accurate, it's not hard to find a top 100 list and then check the with the developers (or even Bing/Google/whatever) to see what platforms are available.. don't need a specialized service to figure that out.

The fact that Windows 8 already has 54% of the top apps only 9 months after launch is the most impressive stat. Windows 8 support is growing much more rapidly than Windows Phone and in my opinion the Windows 8/RT store should eventually completely replace the Windows Phone app store. Windows Phone apps should be made available on Windows RT, but Windows RT should replace Windows Phone OS.

Avatar Roku said,
The fact that Windows 8 already has 54% of the top apps only 9 months after launch is the most impressive stat. Windows 8 support is growing much more rapidly than Windows Phone and in my opinion the Windows 8/RT store should eventually completely replace the Windows Phone app store. Windows Phone apps should be made available on Windows RT, but Windows RT should replace Windows Phone OS.

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obviously, windows is a popular and reliable platform unlike Windows Phone which is an utter failure.

do you have facts to back your wp is an utter failure crap????. WP is the fastest growing mobile platform out there, it may not have the market share but it is doing extremely well.

onionjuice said,

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obviously, windows is a popular and reliable platform unlike Windows Phone which is an utter failure.

How? Market share is increasing. Number of apps continues to grow. Nokia making top notch hardware. Updates every few months. Just not seeing where the "failure" part comes in. It's not iOS or Android but it's surpassed BB for the #3 spot if you go by sheer numbers.

laserfloyd said,

How? Market share is increasing. Number of apps continues to grow. Nokia making top notch hardware. Updates every few months. Just not seeing where the "failure" part comes in. It's not iOS or Android but it's surpassed BB for the #3 spot if you go by sheer numbers.

3 years after WP released 3% market share. I'll end the discussion here. How many billions has Microsoft spent in promoting? lol.

Nashy said,
Adoption doesn't mark failure. They're trying to push into a pretty heavy market. They'll be right.

If adoption doesn't mark a consumer OS's success/failure then revenues and profits don't mark a corporation's success... oh wait.

EDIT: Android was in the same situation, they edged past the iPhone because they had something different or better to offer.

WP has neither with Microsoft in every ad advertising "You can get xbox on your phone" (because people care about checking their achievements every 2 hours on their phone right or they want to chat with their random xbox friends?) Xbox for WP is such a joke.. at least now they made it a games hub. and Nokia "Our camera is your phone". Best camera in the world... how many people buy a phone because they want to use it as a professional camera? Other phones take great pictures also advertise something that's unique and not create phones based off cameras.

Edited by onionjuice, Aug 13 2013, 12:08pm :

That is purely your opinion, so it's probably best not to sprout that crap as fact.

Windows Phone has impressed many, many people with it's simplicity, and new style of mobile OS design. It will be big, mark my words, it's going to be a player in the coming years.

You're just one of those people who forget that you can't click your fingers and have a hit. Just like iOS and Android.

Nashy said,
That is purely your opinion, so it's probably best not to sprout that crap as fact.

Windows Phone has impressed many, many people with it's simplicity, and new style of mobile OS design. It will be big, mark my words, it's going to be a player in the coming years.

You're just one of those people who forget that you can't click your fingers and have a hit. Just like iOS and Android.

It's my opinion that iOS and Android are leaders because they are ones offering better products to the consumers? Lol okay.

Click your fingers? More like actually innovate and develop a good product and consumers will automatically adopt to it... WP suffers the same fate as BB only Microsoft will continue to spend billions promoting it. The only reason it even has the 3% is because it's made by MSFT and since they spend billions over 3 years to market it.

Comparing BB with WP is just sad. BB10 is way way way late to the game. It, just like WP doesn't offer anything better/different than Android/iOS so you see a slow/no adoption rate.

Nashy said,
Are you trying to tell me that Nokia's Lumia handsets are no good?

Now you're just being ridiculous.

Did I say that they are bad? Or was I talking about how Nokia advertises the Lumia line. Maybe you should read the post first before replying.

No, but you're trying to some how make fact from your opinion that Android and iOS devices are better. That's what you said isn't it, or do you need to re-read your post?

Will you come back here and say you're wrong when WP8 is in a stronger position a year from now? Or will you turn into one of those arrogant Internet people who can never be wrong?