Have a Windows Phone with 512MB RAM? Report shows you can enjoy 99% of apps and games
There have been numerous discussions surrounding exactly how many games and apps are available to Windows Phone 8 smartphones with only 512MB of RAM. All About Windows Phone, a fellow community dedicated to the platform, looked into their database of Windows Phone apps found on the official store to see exactly how many apps and games don't work on low-end hardware. The results are encouraging to say the least.
Before we crack on with the findings, we've covered this issue multiple times in the past, as well as reporting on games being updated to work on hardware with less advanced components - a good example being Temple Run. That said, the majority of apps and games should run on hardware with 512MB of RAM, or so consumers would like to think. Thing is, you'd be absolutely correct in believing just that.
This isn't official data from Microsoft, but AAWP has been fairly accurate in the past when it came to Windows Phone Store figures. The above charts show just how much support is present for Windows Phones with 512MB RAM - 99.7 percent of apps are available (331 labelled 'incompatible'). But we really shouldn't be surprised. Not only have we come from Windows Phone 7 - the first generation of the OS that ran on smartphones sporting at most 512MB RAM, but apps shouldn't really be taking up that much resource (we did previously experience issues with phones with 256MB of RAM).
The games pie chart is interesting too. While we'll be the first to admit that future, more advanced mobile games will require more powerful hardware, it's positive to see that consumers won't be bored should they opt for a Lumia 520 or the HTC 8S. There are a plethora of titles on the store and this report shows that you'll be able to play 99.6 percent of them. But we're not finished as AAWP reveals some interesting details that hide behind the figures produced.
Of the 331 incompatible apps reported above, 199 of them come from just two developers: Maan and AppDesigner.com. Both are utilising app templates to create similar apps, the former being city guides and the latter video-based tutorial apps. If both developers were to be excluded from the data, we'd be looking at just 0.088 percent of apps being incompatible with hardware sporting 512MB of RAM. Good job, developers.
The issue with games is that while the percentage of those that are incompatible are low, these titles are high profile games. Halo: Spartan Assault, FIFA 13, N.O.V.A.3, Tiger Woods 12, Mass Effect: Infiltrator, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Sims 3, just to name a few. It's expected that apps and games will continue to receive future updates to bring them up to speed with latest budget hardware. And since the Lumia 520 is taking the world by storm, it would be almost mad not to have your apps and games supporting the more popular devices.
Should you own a budget Windows Phone, this is further proof that you're no worse off than those with the latest flagships. While a handful of high-profile games are excluded, it's positive to see just how low the amount of incompatible apps and games are. Head on over to AAWP to read the full report.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
Android not only got more apps but it also have free games which are paid on WP and still lack quality. In simple Android free apps offer better quality than WP paid apps.
Wanna know example - try Andry Birds and compare with it Android.
and please don't make fool comment like WP has better apps, if it has give me an example.
Have fun with Angry Birds, I'll be playing Halo: Spartan Assault.
If your lives tiles stop working, you have a problem or your apps do. Mine always work.
skype to fb messaging, people hub to office, xbox to nokia music, navigation to offline maps to kids corner everything just works.
I have nokia lumia 920 , my cousin just bought 520 and we exchange our phones . I have been using 520 since a month and trust me the user experience remains the same. Now 920 is 35k and 520 is just 9k, but my friend , you android user cannot understand it. My friend has 32 gb iphone 4s which he bought in 38k and when he used 520 , he was amazed by fluidity and responsiveness of wp8, now this is the power of wp8.
You android user need to buy s3 , nexus 4 and other high end phones to enjoy this smoothness. Then too, you have to wait for updates , then you hunt for custom roms. You waste your productive time by fixing or customizing your phone. You install antivirus to make your phone secure. When you search for apps , you get 100s of search result, then you need to find app which is best reviewed. You android user really waste a lot of time on your phone, where as wp8 just works. You won't understand it, untill you use it.
So my friend wp8 just works, give it a chance buy a super cheap 520 and it will amaze you
Temple run is good but keep crashing on my Lumia. I didn't like Moto 3d and jetpack.
Yes, Moster Island was good game.
But again Those games which are famous and avaiable on both WP and Android phone, I find it that normally those games are paid on WP and free on Android and even if we paid, still it doesn't match with quality of Android. Angery Bird is just an example of that.
I hate this thing about WP.
Everyone has its taste, some like to cutomize and some don't, some like freedom and some like closed OS. It's matter of preference. No comment on that.
and if you don't know there is no need to customize, its just and option dude. You can use it the way it come out of box.
If it's a game , give a link i'll try on both my WP and Android phone.
So as a conclusion these numbers dont cheer me up, i'm still waiting for a real good news abt WP to cheer me up.(and this is on the software side, hardware side amazes me with phones like lumia 92X & 1020.
The lack of onboard storage rather than RAM is the limiting factor for games on budget WP handsets. If you're unlucky enough to only have 4GB onboard (HTC 8S, Huawei Ascend W1) then you have not much more than 1GB available for applications and games out of the box.
And then the article goes on to basically ignore this rather salient fact, even saying that if you own one of the 512MB phones, you're no worse off! What? "Sure, you can't play the most popular and high profile games, but maybe one day you'll be able to, so this proves you're no worse off." Makes no sense.
And, these are the only games I play on my phone, so... :D
So, I do have a 1GB phone!
A better comparison for your question would be with Android (if they have 512 Mb phones)... to which I don't have an answer.
(just my opinion, I only have a wp7 but I want to buy a 820)
Angry Birds, Burn the Rope, Droplitz Delight, Feed Me Oil, Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride, MonstaFish, Oregon Trail, Parachute Panic, Plants Vs. Zombies, Pocket God, Shuffle Party, Wordament, Aces of the Luftwaffe, Ae Coin Mainia, Ae Gun Balls, Ae Jewels, Ae Lucky Fishing, Battleloot Adenture (awesome final fantasy type game), MonsterUp, My Country, Temple Run, vNesLight Pro, and Words By Post Free, Inifinite Flight. A lot of the high profile games sometimes get updated later 512mb compatibility.
its good if ur ok with a 4inch phone id suggest if u can streach get the 625 im using it and its real good hered it got a cut im price now i mean in India