Windows Phone predicted to make up 4% of app downloads in 2013

Microsoft has been promoting the fact that since the launch of Windows Phone 8 in November, it has seen a 75 percent increase in the number of app downloads. However, Aapo Markkanen, an analyst for the firm ABI Research, claims that those increased numbers still will be far behind those of iOS and Android app downloads.

ABI Research's press release states that in 2013, they predict there will be a total of 56 billion app downloads. Android apps will take up the majority of app downloads at 58 percent, according to the firm, while iOS downloads will claim 33 percent.

ABI Research says that Windows Phone app downloads will only take up slightly less than four percent of the total number of app downloads for smartphones. BlackBerry app downloads will be even less at just three percent, according to the firm's prediction.

What about tablet app downloads? The firm predicts that 14 billion tablet apps will be downloaded in 2013, with the iPad taking up the vast majority of those apps at 75 percent. Android-based tablets will download 17 percent, excluding the Kindle Fire from Amazon, which will take up four percent of app downloads on its own. Windows-based apps will only take up two percent of tablet app downloads.

Will ABI's predictions come true? They seem to be a safe bet but more and more we are seeing that people really like Windows Phone smartphones, particularly those made by Nokia. We could also see a surge in Windows 8 and RT tablet and hybrid sales in the next year as PC makers learn which designs work and which don't.

Source: ABI Research | Image via Microsoft

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If Microsoft don't start updating this friggin thing, plenty of users are going to be in the same boat as me, starting to resent their purchase.

They are playing catch up, and are telling their users nothing. Microsoft have turned into a bunch of dicks.

You mean something like WP8.5? A major update like that takes a long time to be developed and tested. That's why Microsoft is aiming for a holiday 2013 release for the next major update to WP8.

As for minor releases/bug fixes, I think we'll see those earlier. The next update, GDR2 (General Distribution Release 2), should be out by May. The "Portico" update is considered to be GDR1. Also, GDR3 is expected to be released before Windows Phone Blue or WP8.5.

EDIT: See here: http://www.zdnet.com/gdrs-and-...dows-phone-blue-7000011919/

Too slow IMO. If it wasn't ready to release, don't release it. I love the OS, but it's so limited at the moment.

Nashy said,
Too slow IMO. If it wasn't ready to release, don't release it. I love the OS, but it's so limited at the moment.

Perhaps they should rush it like the **** up called IOS 6.

I use iOS6 on my iPad. What's wrong with it?

Anyway, this isn't about what other companies do, nor is it an article for people to come in and bag the brand they don't like, so really, lets stick to the topic at hand.

Microsoft need to move quicker with updates to their platform which is seriously, seriously lacking basic features, and has plenty of bugs.

Nashy said,
I use iOS6 on my iPad. What's wrong with it?

Anyway, this isn't about what other companies do, nor is it an article for people to come in and bag the brand they don't like, so really, lets stick to the topic at hand.

Microsoft need to move quicker with updates to their platform which is seriously, seriously lacking basic features, and has plenty of bugs.

I am sticking to the topic at hand.

Apple rushed IOS 6 and ****ed up plenty of features, but after a few updates they are coming right, this is just an example and not a "bag the brand" as you claim.

The lacking features are purely a subjective thing, I would rather they did it once and did it right than rush it and have to do it again.

Nashy said,
Too slow IMO. If it wasn't ready to release, don't release it. I love the OS, but it's so limited at the moment.
It's good enough for a lot of people but I understand your frustration. I can list a few things that I consider "basic" and I hope Microsoft includes them in the next few updates. WP8 was released 4 months ago though so it hasn't even reached the 6-month mark. There's still time for Microsoft to add new features.

I absolutely agree. But the waiting period for me is starting to annoy me, and is very quickly making me consider Android again.

"However, Aapo Markkanen, an analyst for the firm ABI Research, claims that those increased numbers still will be far behind those of iOS and Android app downloads."

Everyone can be an analyst then.
How easy it is to claim this.