Chime in: Do you feel that the Windows app gap is getting worse?

Windows Central forum member HoosierDaddy recently created a thread talking about a frustrating situation involving a smart sprinkler.


Okay. There never was a Windows version of some apps. Okay some windows apps go away. I am shopping for a smart sprinkler timer and thought Orbit's B-Hyve was a good choice. Says can be controlled from an Android phone, and iPhone or a web interface. Great! But the web interface tells you you must first create an account. You may have guessed.... You can only create the account with an...


The problem is that the Orbit B-Hyve, the sprinkler maker, doesn't have a Windows 10 Mobile app, and in order to access the web interface, you must create an account on an iPhone or Android device. Even when signed in, the web interface doesn't offer nearly as many settings and options compared to the mobile apps.

There are already a bunch of replies to HoosierDaddy's original comment, including a workaround involving the BlueStacks 3 Android emulator for Windows. Feel like sharing a similar story? Just want to get something off your chest? Have an argument for or against the size of the app gap? Drop us a line!

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