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Microsoft doesn't think Windows Phone suffers from an app gap in India

Microsoft is keen on dispelling notions of an app gap on Windows Phone, with an executive mentioning that that the company is not far behind in the apps development space. Joseph Landes, General Manager (Developer and Platform Evangelism) at Microsoft India, has stated in an interview with The Hindu that there is a "zero app gap versus competition."

We are not behind. Of course there are certain apps like Candy Crush which is not available on Windows Phone Store. But if you look at apps created by Indian companies or top brands, we have a zero app gap versus competition.

Landes touched upon security, saying that even though the Windows Phone store does not feature as many apps as Android or iOS, the main differentiator is that its apps are malware-free. He also mentioned that another misconception with Windows Phone has to do with the number of apps, and has said that Microsoft currently has 300,000 apps available for download.

There is no question about it there are more apps in Google Play Store and iOS. The question is how many apps do you really need? How many calculators do you need?

Talking about the state of the app ecosystem in India, Landes mentioned that Microsoft has invested heavily in the startup ecosystem in the country, including a recent partnership with Reliance Industries' GenNext Ventures that will see the introduction of innovation hubs.

We would like to see tons of great innovation come out of these initiatives in terms of building a great apps in the times to come.

As we've showcased several times in the past, several Indian companies and retailers have embraced the Windows Phone platform by launching native apps. As the platform gains momentum in the country, more and more organizations will start offering dedicated clients for Windows Phone.

Do you think Windows Phone suffers from an app gap in India? What crucial apps do you think are still missing from the platform? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Update: Changed headline to better reflect the fact that the statements are in reference to the Indian ecosystem.

Source: The Hindu

Thanks Sarang for the tip!

564 Comments
  • They should think again!!
  • We don't even have proper instagram app, Twitter integration on Wp8.1 is hell, no scoop.it, not talking to google enough to create apps (Google+ & proper youtube apps) for us, all these beta apps are projects works and should not be considered apps. Theres nothing like zero app gap on WP. What is MS thinking? More than 30% of our apps are phurking Betas...and they talk about zero gap...Whisky Tango Foxtrot...smh :'(
  • Well said - I wonder... Does this guy even use wp? Lol
  • Lol
  • Lol. Makes me wonder also haha
  • Lol Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • It lacks functionality not the app gap ex
    1. Files sharing is worst can't share files between apps
    2. App lack basic features as compare to iOS and Android
    3. Can't attach songs in WhatsApp
    4. Can't share files from music player
    5. Native Music/Video app is slow and buggy
    6. Some app never update from the date of release(kik messanger, Times of India)
    7. Stability issue since cyan(8.1) update
    8. Good hardware phone which is value for money(moto g, xiomi redmi s1)
    9. Microsoft charging bucks for their apps(skull of shogun, I dig it and many more)
    10. Got lots of trouble due to the thumbnail issue in videos(thumbnail automatically change of every video that I have which is very annoying for me to find the video now
    11. Not to forget wpcentral app is also buggy need to write 10 time to publish my post
    12. And most of all I hate this resuming in windows phone all the phones have it
  • I think 1 st one is an advantage for security. 3 rd one also not available for ios, for anti piracy? 4th one dosent exists..U can send . 8 th one xiomi??  Moto G .yup.. But nokia's hardwares are outstading 12 depends on your device. doing better after 8.1
     
  • Instagram = 6tag (works better than Instagram itself) Twitter App = I use it with no problems at all, what are your issues? YouTube = myTube really the coolest possible app you will find. Try them first and let me know what you think.. :)
  • Twitter app suffer from slow loading, and way outdated from features present in iOS / Android.
  • Not to me,its fast as on my iPhone.
  • how about a video player(free)? & Facebook app(functionality).
  • VLC soon to land. Moliplayer works fine, as does the inbuilt Video Player (free) Facebook beta? Please troll harder. No one is missing anything about Facebook or video playing on Windows Phone.
  • No ones trolling but vlc - that's been looking to land since wp7 landed. I'm sure they'll get here. I'm sure all the apps will arrive. Eventually.
  • hearing soon since 1.5 years dude. Moli player isn't free. Facebook beta lacks features   Please troll harder. Everyone is missing apps. Just read the below comments.
  • Download Moli Player free by changing your region to China.. In China this app is free.. And it's logo is black.....
  • first you use it yourself & then comment. It ain't free.  
  • ask mom for 1 dollar
  • Ooooh! Di*k like you still exist.
    If I can spend $300 on phone then I don't mind paying few more bucks.
    Money isn't Problem.
    Problem is method for paying apps.
  • D M C, I'm curious... can't you just add a credit card as a payment method? I've heard this before about not being able to pay for apps, and I don't understand it. Thanks
  • I would like to see Microsoft have pre-paid cards like Apple and Google have. I never like putting my credit csrd details in a phone. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • Seriously? Most pathetic excuse to bag for free stuff...u paid for phone or got it on contract because there is no other way....but for apps, pls give respect/credibility to developers who r doing this for living....i don't know what's ur occupation but for sure u r not doing charity.
  • LOLz.
  • Read my comment.. Then comment here.. I said Moli player is free in China not Moli Player Pro..
  • I am saying again,use it yourself. If you able to use is it then comment. Don't troll here.
  • You're not missing apps you just dont have every feature you can imagine on every app. Get an iphone or complain more.
  • You cannot update feeling/travelling/eating status with cirrent Windows phone facebook app. It is also not possible to see these types of status from friends too!
  • All the wp apps lack of features the apps on android and ios are better than the wp apps even ms apps this is so frustrating
  • Totally agree, as much as I love the OS, and how everything is set out, the apps that are created that match the top 50 apps on IOS and Android are poor imitations most of the time. I keep waiting for things to turn around and after nearly 4 years and being there from day one with WP7, I am nearly at my wits end. :'(
  • No, all apps works better thn lagdroid apps. Dnt know about ios.
  • WTF? If you want to update "feeling", "traveling", or "eating" status, you've got bigger issues than missing features no one uses.
  • He is not trolling mate. What he said is true. Facebook app is lacking many features and MoliPlayer is the only decent video player and that too is not so great if you had used MX Player. Windows Phone lacks many apps and some basic features. This is the fact. And you should accept the truth instead of defending with lame excuses.
  • Android has MX Player which is free but WP users have to pay for it. Plus there are less number of games for WP. Thank god they launched Subway Surfer and Temple Run 2. Many apps and games are charged in WP but free on Android and iOS. There is no quizup for WP. Music and video players got even worse after 8.1 update. Can't share music on WhatsApp (even Nokia Asha phones can do that).
  • Share music files? So you're basically wanting to engage in piracy? And your pissed that you can't do this on WP?
  • What is wrong with you? Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • Please troll harder. No one is missing anything about Facebook or video playing on Windows Phone.
    Are you kidding? I can’t even see Instagram-Posts or Foursquare-Checkins in the Facebook app. Also I can’t post or see images in comments. Often I don’t see Videos in my timeline, but the comment from the poster to it. The facebook-App is just a really huge mess…
  • I play videos well with its native app,and as for FBK,got it off the phone,I don't need it,can live well with out it.
  • Look... Great player MoliPlayer costs 1-3 dollars? Even in Lithuania it's not big deal... I've bought it and happy like elephant. Why not to pay for developers for thing, which you'll use everyday some bucks? And why people are so greedy? Don't want to pay at all price of one cup of tea? Wait VLC. 
  • Man u have just seen twitter and instagram feeds... Use it and you will know the gap is big and getting bigger as well. I don't understand why MS need so much bug fixing in simple apps like music and videos (still they lags)!!!
  • Tweetium and My Tube are great and constantly being updated. Again we are shooting MS for the deliberate snubbing by Google, so I say who needs them. The app gap is created by bloggers using sometimes specified apps for their particular work. Most consumers would never needed or want those apps. As well most of this is created by reviewers who are Android or IOS users. They laud the hardware and begrudgingly recognize the OS is quality. Then pronounce that due to this trumped up app gap that no one should buy the phones. Criminal.
  • MyTube is great.. But Use Tubecast ... It runs smoothly.. Subtitle supported... Try it.. You won't regret it,..
  • Real YouTube app up to 4k video playback, mytube is ok but not the best and playback up to 720p the only YouTube app that had 1080p playback was onetube. Twitter app is slow, 6tag might be better but its not official and people who pick up a WP for the first time do not know what the hell is 6tag. And WhatsApp is crap.
  • Use Tubecast... It's far better option I think.. Try it..
  • Tubecast is good but not onetube good.
  • How many people who go to YouTube think about 4k video.. I certainly don't and neither do anyone I know. And I'm talking about the average Joe.
  • But they have the option for supported screens, I have a 1080p screen and my only option is 720p or lower that's why we need official apps. I know one needs 4k on a 6 inch screen but at least if you have a phone that supports it you have the option.
  • i like 6tag .. but pay for upload a video? when everyone else do it free? no thanks.. facebook is fast beautiful .. but doesnt show any publications from instagram, fitness apps etc.. we have the apps but they dont work like on other plataforms  .. 
  • 6tag can't upload videos we edit in other apps. IOS doesn't have that problem.
  • Stick Cricket = what (its a super hit game in India as we are cricket crazy here)  Real Cricket 2014= what (read above) 8 ball pool = what  3d deer hunter = what Yes Bank (Local bank here in India) = what Angel Broking (Local stock broker)= what  WhatsApp = Shitty experience until some months back (WApp is lifeline here) M-Indicator = Shitty experience until some weeks back Mendicoat (a local card game) = its bad even on android but at least its there... One of my iPhone crazy friend always says i wanna try WP, then he says no candy crush no wp... i cant blame him if that game is so imp to him...its his decision. Its not about how many calculators you want... its about choice.... I had hard time selecting a Sudoku App to my liking... I must have seen atleast 10... I dont blame MS for it... defo the developers... as MS in India has generally done a good job. most of the LOCAL well known brand are covered here... App Gap is certainly there in both Local and Global Apps/Games. Denying it is not a right attitude.
  • One less reason for you to complain.. Yes Bank has confirmed they are working on a WP app...    
  • He is talking about apps in India not in rest of the world
  • Candy crush is an Indian app!!!! News.. Hahaha
  • Agreed! This is about India and not the rest of the world! Guys please read the article first... Harish, this is bad press for nothing man...they are clearly talking about India alone w.r.t top brands and stuff. Please update the article either with a note or an updated heading.
  • So, india do not use or like free Video player & Facebook(fully funtional) and games etc
  • They use Moliplayer for free. Even in my country,Bangladesh people use it for free. But i don't know the way how they do that. (not side loading) but I've seen ppl to use moliplayer pro without any costing.[ Sry for my bad English...]
  • Yeah, he is talking about the Indian ecosystem, and the article does mention that (well, if one reads that far). Anyway, I altered the headline to make it less confusing.
  • this is like fooling ppl with useles wrthless criteria to prove something which is not tehre, app gap exists, no denying
  • The app gap is as big in india as in any other part of the world. PERIOD. unless all the iOS/Android apps are banned there or something
  • Agree
  • In my region windows phone doesn't have a app problem, it might be another story in yours.
  • Even skype sucks on wp. Constant RESUMING on my 925. What the hell microsoft? Galaxy s3 mini with the same hardware as holds skype much better!!!
  • This is crap. There are buggy apps on WP and there are buggy apps on Android out ios. Yesterday my friend can't open swarm on LG g2 while I'm using it like a boss. It's just an app don't cry.
  • No,Skype works fine.
  • If I remember rightly WP used to have a youtube app made by Microsoft but google demanded they pull I but refused to make one for the system. So Microsoft have tried to get google apps. to be honest I don't need to use other apps much so don't see much of an app gap on my usage but it would be good to see more companies support wp apps.
  • Same here. And most of the people complaining about other apps not working like ios and Android that is true but for what I use it for it's fine me and probably the casual user. Like Facebook if I really want to get all deep into Facebook I usually do it on my surface tablet and that app works great or the website.
  • I still have that Microsoft YouTube App and it works very well and you can also sideload it
  • What do you mean by sideload.. Pls explain..
    I want to install that app, but how?
  • ahahah Google on Windows Phone lol plz right now google will be happy if windows phone dies ... google is doing everything in it's power to keep youtube and its apps off Windows Phone ... fact is we dont have the market share for any one to take WP serious enough to build solid apps there are some solid ones but few inbetween. Market share and the fact that windows phone is limited (software features) makes developers not care. ... MS need to step up and update windows faster and get more apps heck pay developers and get shit out of beta plz also fix the resume thing or give us true or semi multitasking.
  • Inb4, people who use google+ don't deserve to be on windows phone
  • Lame comment...do u leave under a fuckin rock bro? Or u just a kid...smh
  • Lol and are you a girl? You seem offended, Google + is absolute crap, thats a fact, period.
    Google maps? Okay but Google+? Please dont come onto windows phone. 
  • Well said
  • Ok. Try to create sth from scratch and get every major developer on board, and then lets talk about it. MS's partners need commitment in order to spend the resources and time to develop. And that in itself takes TIME. Ms is late to the party as always and need to prove their platform is worthy. And a money maker (don't forget those in-app purchases). So stop bitchin about it. And don't let me hear those"4 years" arguments. You seem to forget that they are under a major restructuring.
  • Stop thinking there is anything Microsoft can do to make Google apps for WP, they can't.  They have asked, begged, proposed to pay the cost, and even tried writing one themselves.  Which Google quickly made them kill.   Google is using their monopoly position (in places like YouTube) to force people off of Windows Phone.  Sure, it's an antitrust violation, but only a government can stop them, and they pay big to politicians (one of Obama's biggest supporters).  Google apps will never come to WP, and they will also stop updating them on iOS once there market share is low enough.  Google is a closed ecosystem that still supports iOS and x86 Windows until they can kill those off.  Google is pure evil. We normally call "free" software that captures all your personal data and sells it to others "Spyware", "Adware", "Malware", or just a plain virus.  Why would we want that on WP anyway?   There are non-invasive options, just use those instead of the Google viruses.         
  • One thing is sure. Your a wp hater. Get over man. WP isn't lacking anything.
  • Why would you want Google +
  • that's our reality... if you talk with the developers on twitter, they only will say things like "we working on it" or "we have to priorize other processes" it's frustrating that an awesome plataform lack of apps... even the microsoft apps are better in other plataforms than in WP
  • There are most of them not official but for YouTube you have metro tube and mytube which I believe are way better than official YouTube apps.And Google+ app substitute is coming too. Everything is there but very few people have the time to look for them.I am using wp since a year and even in such short time I am surprised that I have all those apps I missed a year ago.So stop complaining and instead thank the developers because they are working for less money than they would have got for developing Ios and Droid apps and thank MS for the hard work they have put in to make wp8.1 and all these apps.It is because they have and are listening to our complains and improving wp.
  • Exactly what I was going to say!
  • I completely agree with him about number of apps...I try to explain the same thing to my friends..how many apps do they really need for some purpose..but some NOOBS would never understand :/
  • You may have managed to find everything FOR YOU but a great majority are under serviced, by wp apps, and that is why they spend their money elsewhere. They're not NOOBS. Enterprise customers are not NOOBS. I've been with the windows mobile platform since '95 - wm6.5 actually had a greater feature set, hence it's mass adoption in Enterprise. As far as apps are concerned - wp lags. The awesome chap Rudy H can't do everything for the platform. Even the apps we get are not on a feature parity with their android and Apple versions. And the betas. Good grief. At least things are moving forward. Slowly.
  • No. Just no. I agree there are some lower key apps missing, like Sonos. But this nonsense about feature parity is a nonsense. Rightmove, Nat West are all better on Windows Phone. Its like anything, its not black and white. The main thrust of this article is correct, most apps people actually need to use a phone _are_ present. Facebook, Amazon, Ebay, Skype, Evernote, Onenote, Spoitify, ESPN, Flixster, IMDB, Shazam, TuneIn Radio, Wahtaspp etc
  • WhatsApp is ok? It's far behind then Android and iOS
  • I don't need WhatsApp anymore, there is hike for me
  • No. Just no. Santander, hsbc, courts. Open VPN support. That's all I need. Oh, steam and shredder chess, as I do play candy whatever. Lucky you've got your apps - I don't have mine.
  • That's should say Coutts
  • rhrh stop clutching, Coutts is tiny. HSBC and Santander. Banking is one of the few areas I would agree with. 
    You know what I did? I changed my bank. Nat West is superb, and the App is better on WP that all other platforms. First DIrect, Lloyds etc all await you. Its a myth apps are better on other platrforms. The app gap is so tiny it doesn't matter. I'd like there to be no gap and every year that passes that will be true. Certainly not enough of gap to stop me buying and loving WP.
  • The apps you're mentioning don't sound like apps that the majority of Android and iPhone users need. Just saying
  • Not sure what you're saying. We're talking about apps that are on ios and android being missing on WP. They are missing, fallen into the gap this msft manager doesn't think exists. And the banks I've mentioned are not only three of the biggest banks in the UK, they are three of the biggest banks IN THE WORLD! no wp apps though. Oh that's a lie - Santander has a Spanish one. In the UK store. Irony or mockery, or a little bit of both there - either way wp slighted one again. And they're banks. Actually financial institutions. Don't know where you're writing from but if you don't actually recognise Santander, hsbc and coutts, well fair enough. But to day most Android and ios users wouldn't need these apps - they are three of the biggest banks in the world. I think they need them. That's why they already have them.
  • Is that a Microsoft problem? Ask your bank for those apps as I do with mine!
    People need to stop yelling in the wrong direction, if you need an app, yelling to the owner of the service to provide to you! That's what we should be doing!
  • It's a Microsoft perception problem. I, and I'm sure others, do ask. How many voices? So Microsoft should approach them and make a deal. That's fairly straight forward. Bottom line, app gap exists and it's not just because people don't want to develop. A multitude of sins. Those banks can afford it - but they don't see a market for it. Simple.
  • While I agree that not many apps are missing (I found everything I need and even more on the store) I have to say that the quality of some apps is far behind the competition... WhatsApp for example, lacks features and it's not optimized for 8.1 yet. Don't know about you but I don't like getting delayed messages or not getting them at all unless I open the app and wait for it to resume. My 920 have 1gb of ram, why does WhatsApp need to be resumed that often?? It works better on old android devices with 512mb of ram and that's quite a statement!
  • Yes...I agree with u. There is a significant lag between notification & msg arrival. Poor performance.
  • IMDB app sucks so badly..
  • -630
  • +1
  • Obviously it's users think that WP still needs work in the app store... And, the rest of the world does as well.. But, MS doesn't❓
    ......................
    That's kind of scary if you think about it because it kinda implies that they don't think that its necessary to work as hard as possible to get the apps that users need on WP... It's simple.. If MS DOESN'T think that WP has an app issue then they AREN'T going to invest resources to do anything about it.... Wow❗ ... That sux to know..
  • I refuse to believe msft as a whole believe that clap trap. Some chap in India is not the rest of the management staff. Hopefully they'll step in and day something like "yeah, we know we have a lot of work to do and we're trying our best". Or what? They don't invest resources in closing the app gap they will end up relegating wp to the bin.
  • Well said.
  • MS is not much interested in device business. They want to sell software i.e. Office 365 etc
  • That's the worry. Where is wp headed.
  • In the right direction if they DON'T badge Lumia devices with Microsoft on the front of them..
  • Well Microsoft can't cover the app gap on its own and alone(except the Xbox Music,,Video and Skype apps)!! The don't own the right to make other's apps!! The problem is of the low marketshare and the article states only the Indian Local apps not the whole of the WP store!! Stop venting at Microsoft people!!
  • True, but we've seen where than can make a difference.. The point here is that if MS doesn't think there is an issue then will they continue to try to help bring important apps to WP..
    Now, we know these are just the words of on man, and most likely don't represent the opinion of the entire company.
  • There have been a few articles on this very site that have quoted MS execs saying that they are working hard to close the app and feature gaps by working with developers. The problem lies with the developers who don't see WP as a viable platform and are worried they won't see a good ROI. If we bug the shit out of the developers of the apps we want and/or love they will see the demand and change will come.
  • I wouldn't care if we had a million more apps in windows store compared to the others, but if the 50 apps that I want are only available on IOS or Android then that really starts to sway my opinion on my next phone purchase.
    I'm a gamer, a lot of companion apps aren't on Windows but Microsoft have put their apps on others so it would be easier just to switch phone.
    Plus can't someone PLEASE make a web browsing flash app.
  • Even i wouldnt care if we had million apps...but how do million apps come into existence? Just counting 20,000 people x 50 apps make 1 million apps... like you have your 50, others have theirs ...out of which 40 apps will be same like yours but those 10 apps make up the other guys 50 and like wise... thats the advantage Droids and iOs has... thats where the MS India manager's argument of "how many calculators you want" is wrong...i may be needing a regular calculator to make my app list complete but the other guy may need a scientific calculator...some other guy may need some other calculator feature.. that needs to be understood before saying how many of "whatever" you want...
  • It's so typical of Microsoft to deny a very specific statement so you can't accuse them of lying.
    I mean like with the "Update 2" thing that everybody in the know knew they were calling it that internally, but the made a fuss out of saying 'we won't be delivering an "Update 2" and people saying so are involved in lies and deception.'
    They knew there's an app gap, and where there isn't, they know that Windows Phone is treated inferiorly in regards to features and updates.
  • You're right they do. They know it when they look at their platform sales and adoption rate. This is just one guy talking guff.
  • This is a guy speaking in a country where WP has a!ready hit 10% market share and numerous organizations have come out with official apps. The app gap for India is less significant then in other areas. Instead of the incessant carping I would like to congratulate the people of India for their excellent support of WP.
  • Thank You! Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • They should go and see other os store their top list always changing, but in WP store, the top list remains the same for months, only once in a while, a new apps come into the top list... ==
  • I'm part of a project team in my bank that is driving mobile money. One of the engineers in the team (happens to be a team lead) blatantly refused to make the mobile money app for windows phone. It's available for android, ios and blackberry. And his reason was that windowsphone is not yet that popular. He took me round the office and asked me to count the number of Wp owners. I argued that it made more business sense to make apps for a growing platform than a dying one (blackberry). I don't use that mobile money app today, even though I am in the project team, just because its not on WP... and that's just bcos of one man's opinion.
  • Let me guess... Your team lead is rocking an iPhone, correct?
  • This unfortunately is a very common feeling from both Android and iPhone team leads. This wont change until they get product and knowledgeable staff out in front of this problem, at least here in the US. Oh and I'll add the DJI config app to the list.
  • Just give me -Watchespn- and I'm good. So pissed about not having it for WP.
  • What about app's qualities? Twitter is outdated, facebook is still crap, instagram without update after one year, YouTube official is very shit, line is shit, BBM is shit too, many2 of them is shit !
  • Ever heard of flash transfer,superbeam,share it,mcent,earntalktime,paypal,adm,YOUTUBE,major sports apps!!miccrosoft should think again
  • First give us proper fully-working apps with all the same features as android, and at the same time, and then I'll consider the app gap to be smaller.
  • Just update the apps more frequently. What is the use of complaining all the time for apps that are not there. Just the updates and keep the present apps to an optimum level quality.
  • Infact I am amazed to see how ignorant this manager really is. For example I was frustrated to learn that despite so many ip camera and dvr apps in the store none was working as expected, forget about the official app. Also I couldn't find any decent dynamic DNS app in the store. These are few examples but the list goes on.
  • Are they actually serious? Lol
  • For me I miss official Steam app, my local bank app (they are already working on it) and maybe some others that wont come to my mind now. ALSO BIG DISSAPOINTMENT IS THAT I CANT FU*KING HAVE CELLULAR DATA IN ACTION CENTRE.
  • Miss steam also. Considering I have a windows pc, and game on windows (very infrequently but still) you'd think MSFT would try get the blinking biggest pc games portal onto its other windows services. Spend more money on pc? No? No. They're asleep at the wheel.
  • The steam app will probably never come.. Or at least not until wp will have a real market share.. Gabe does not like windows 8 in general since the integrated store is now a direct threat to steam (or could be since now steam has not real opponent). And they like Linux more nowadays..
  • Bingo. I think Gabe has a mighty case of butthurt with MS.
  • Buddy we really need that features untill then u can use status tile and create a live tile of ur cellular data to one touch access.. wp rocks..
  • Also we miss 3G only mode :'(
  • settings>mobile+sim>sim settings>highest connection speed. i m not sure if 3g only mode means 3g or low or just 3g. this setting is for 3g or low.
  • Yeah 3G connectivity is weak in India except metro cities. i.e. If you are in your house it will jump to 2G(in towns 2G=0 speed) however in a Android device with a "only wcdma" mode you can enjoy a hi speed internet.
  • Hey agree you am not getting 3 g at all but my android is getting 3 g indoors nd in any place.wp is waste in catching 3 g signal I mean .
  • Hey prasath
    Actually after cyan update i m getting 3G signals in house (rarely loosing like 1 time in 2-3 days than i get back via outdoor trip)..
    However you should vote for "3G only" mode in user voice forum for windowsphone...
  • Well, it's there now.
  • I really need Google services like hangouts, drive and so on...
    About existing apps the gap is still there. The Store is growing day after day but still many apps are not at the same level as Android or iOS.
  • I thought i read google was shutting down hangouts because nobody used them? Perhaps I'm wrong there. What was the name of their facebook rival service? (the one they tried to artificially boost the user base by forcing everyone on youtube and gmail to have an account) Perhaps I'm thinking of that part of the service instead?
  • Plus.
  • Facebook's rival was Orkut. However I'm guilty of using it way before Facebook. ;D Then they came up with Google+ which is still there. And oh, it sucks. Donno about hangouts being shut down, Orkut has been shut down now.
  • Google+ is what I was thinking of, it may have just been speculation that they were closing it, I cant see anything about it from a quick search, but I did find out the average user spends less than 3 minutes a month on google+ and 30% never comment more than once. It says they have 100 million users, ive no idea how many users youtube has, but since it has 800 million unique visitors a month I imagine many of them are members, and since youtube members are forced to have a google+ account. I estimate the number of people who actively chose to have an account at around 17, maybe 18 people. :)
  • Lack of rhythm game...
  • I'd like more Xbox games also at the store... They could really stand out against the competition. Use Xbox, microsoft!
  • Try my games Hyper Cell and Super Polygon. both music rhythm games.
  • Just Pebble :(
  • I wonder how many BETA's WP store has? :D
  • Haha
  • We have alpha as well (Cortana) :)
  • It isn't in the store
  • I would really like to have an OFFICIAL snapchat app, because 6snap is not smooth and lacks features like the recent live video 'call'
  • Not smooth?
  • YA it crashes like hell sometimes when attaching a pic from gallery
  • +1 And in the latest version the notifications have gone to shit, you rarely get a popup notification, when you go into the app it often says theres 2 or 3 snaps waiting, but when you go to the list it doesn't say who theyre from so you have to hold on all the old snaps to see if any of them were replaced with a new one. Sometimes you never find it
  • Yeah, no notifications and when you're on the main screen, where there's supposed to be a little number on the right when there's a new story... There's just no number! (not smooth = bad swiping from page to page)
  • Give WeChat a go.
  • I would, but no one I know has it
  • Encourage some of them to try it out with you. You and them might just like it, after all there no harm done if you or them don't like it.
  • We just want apps that are practical and worth having. I have too many apps as it is. Do we really use half the apps we have on our phone?
  • Yes.
  • I agree. Of the 100+ I have installed on my phone, there are only about 10 that I frequently use. There's even some that I've never opened.
  • They're in denial. It's not the amount of apps. It's finding that one app that you need in store, be it a banking app, be it Yellow Pages.
  • And it's about the quality too! WP apps are often way behind Android and iOS.
  • agreed.
  • Agreed
  • Ya there is no gap as such, but we need more features in apps like Instagram, twitter, facebook, etc like they provide in iOs and Android.
  • Agree. There's a quality gap.
  • Big quality gap. They must work on improving the current versions and then go for bringing the newer apps.
  • Should think then only wp marketing will increase... :p
  • We need more quality than quantity
  • This^
  • +620...and wp store has quality apps
  • +1
  • Agree
    +520
  • INSTAGRAM BETA FUCKING DISAGREES. If it's not for QUANTITY its a gap of QUALITY. They should SHOULD be joking.
  • Actually insta and twitter are waiting for ppl to upgrade to 8.1 fully. Or at least 50%
  • Dude 8.1DP has been out since months and Cyan and official 8.1 came even to Latin America. That means US and Europe already have it and probably China as well and other countries from Asia. There's a lot of people with 8.1 already.
  • People are still currently upgrading/downgrading (which ever way you see it) to 8.1 in the UK.
  • They have to look at the charts glue many upgraded to cyan.
  • Many have, but EE only pushed the update 2 weeks ago and t-mobile last week. Its still early days for 8.1 in the UK.
  • Sorry, I forgot about carriers shit. You are right.
  • I wouldn't use the DP as reference for the rollout of 8.1. These devs are waiting for the official release, you know the one pushed by carriers. Though the DP initiative has many users, its not really the final product as their are some functions disabled that devs might want to use. I.e BT LE.
  • 8.1.1?
  • The tittle is supposed to say "in india" at the end
  • Yes its about India. They forgot. And as soon as Microsoft will do better marketing more developers will come. As your sales of devices increases developers will instantly jump to other platforms. That's how market works.
  • Actually,Microsoft has its own strategy like 'making OS user efficient and more user friendly' by using various sites and forums unlike userxboxmusic site which is good for users to share thoughts and opinions about apps and that's good as well as bad for the Redmond giant Company.I would like to say that they should first finish the whole thing(apps,OS,games) with better quality and then launch the app rather launching as the BETA versions.
  • I don't think so
  • Can you explain why?
  • WP certainly lacks quite a few banking apps, as well as retail outlets. It has the big ones, but of those the majority are in beta and sufficiently lacking.
  • where is 9gag official app,tumblr official app is joke,youtube?,...
  • Game gap, not app gap
  • Just thought of a great idea for a commercial spot using Roy Orbison's 'you got it' as the theme for apps that are available in the windows store.... I reckon it would make a killing!!
  • Forget u tube that's a different story
  • I think there is an official 9gag app
  • Depends on the kind of apps you are looking for really. Those spur of the moment apps that come and go yes they lack. However the apps that stay around for a while: Facebook, Vine, Twitter, etc no. Then again I don't use many apps and the ones I do use I have. So welp.
  • Delusional.
  • Vlc,call recorder,shaplus,tinder,google chrome(google specific apps),Mozilla Firefox,live wallpaper,sbi freedom plus,.....etc
  • Number of apps, they're catching up. Parity of features with iOS and Android... Still a way to go. I'm optimistic though *^^*
  • Its nt about app gap but the quality apps available on wp store are not free which are free in other platforms... No doubt its developers thing but MS could help the matter... Moreover its not that we dnt wana pay the developers but every1 in the world dnt have credit cards... Either make the apps free or make purchasing easy e.g paying app from main balance. Number isnt the prblm but the ease with we can get those apps, full versions.
  • I personally don't mind paying, so I don't have to see a stinking ad - but I'd one has nothing to pay for, well that confounds the issue even more lol. Though yes, ms could subsidise the apps. But they won't. That would be smart.
  • There's not a big gap for me in the amount of apps - as I don't need a million apps on my phone and even my 32gb internal memory is filled pretty well with the available apps! But what I'm missing is the quality sometimes - this is just something which is better in other systems just because of a longer evolution!
  • Hey I've just heard that MS is gifting their @messenger twitter account to Facebook after closing their MSN Messenger.
  • And yeah, i agree with him. App Gap for WP in India is almost negligible. We have almost all major banks' and services' app available on WP.
  • And I'm right here waiting for EOS utility...
  • Windows Phone is dying on its feet due to the app gap. It's very sad as I'm extremely fond of the platform but the future does not look promising.
  • Well said.
  • I have to agree. The lack of app development is the main reason I will trade in my windows phone at the end of the year. Oh, and no smartwatch either for the foreseeable future....
  • Agreed, app gap is the problem. Maybe in India it may not be a big issue, but is everywhere else. I think it is the local apps that need writing.
  • I would somewhat agree... I have seen more WP's at my school and work, etc within the last few months, probably due to the popularity of the cheap 5xx lumias but still I have seen more. You know who's dying on its feet? BlackBerry... And they can run some android apps...
  • Yes. WP suffers a lot!!!! We still missing lot of great popular apps. Microsoft still has to do more work to compete...
  • If I listed all of the apps that feel are missing from Windows Phone, this would be a pretty long post. If someone only reads sites dedicated to WP, you might not even realize that there are tons of amazing apps and games coming out every week, that never get released on this platform.
  • Precisely. Just look at the rest of mobile nations. Maybe someone needs to send some links to him lol
  • Lol
  • Dream League soccer, Injustice, Mailbox, Acompli, C cleaner and a lot more apps are in my list that I have seen on other platforms and I like a ton. And Microsoft talks of zero app gap. The are not too far but yes there are still a lot more important apps and famous games that Wp users want.
  • HBO go my credit union app not to mention American express citi visa ' what else southwest airlines and many others.
  • Still doesn't change the fact develop poet always leave Windows for last, this is something MS needs to fight with hardware adoption of their ne phones next year.
  • Apps are not a problem, lots of games [Clash of clans, Candy Crush etc] are the ones that are missing. 
  • Forget clash of clans
    Age of empires is coming
  • When?
  • Bodyspace app from bodybuilding.com it is on iOS and Android and I want it on my windows phone
  • Yeah! But this guy doesn't bench ;)
  • There is most definitely an app gap. This chap is specifically talking about the indian market, and I can't talk about that as I'm not there. However whenever new apps are talked about, on android central or imore those apps take how long to get to wp? Months? A year? Ever? WP is an evolving ecosystem. Mistakes have been made. Things are slow. They are really getting better - and for me it's actually close to perfect... For me - however there is a deficit and wp is late to that party and to deny that is just simply wrong. But then it is getting better. Slowly. The same for the WP feature set. Open VPN support has been asked for for years, as with other ui features. I suppose he'll deny that also? The user voice forums would disagree.
  • Still missing that third "Available for.." logo on every advert you see. It's not apps from startup developers we need, it's apps from companies, corporations, high street names etc. That's where the app gap is.
  • This!
  • Well said..
  • Exactly. And this guys saying there's no app gap? Bully for him.
  • Such a BS... Difference between apps in iOs & Android is lightyears. Spotify for WP ... hmmm no comments. Facebook is such a crap. unbelievable. Shame. Seriously thinking to switching back to android or iOs
  • You just got to laugh!!!   I would not be surprised if Apple and Google are laughing so hard they are pissing their pants.    
  • Its been over a year since Instagram was launched and its still in BETA !
  • Lol, those Instagram developers don't give a damn about Windows Phone. The app is crap, no features, no quality. You can't even use it as a lens to take photo!
  • Its more about quality not
    the gap
  • True
  • It is equally about having available to you the apps you want.
  • There's still a HUUUGE app gap no matter what BS Microsoft tries to feed us but even more that is the fact that a lot the apps we do have are of piss poor quality when compared to iOS or android (like instagram, kik, Spotify until recently etc...).
  • VSCO Cam, Pocket, Feedly, Flipboard, Snapchat, ALL OF GOOGLE APPS, hundreds of games. ZERO APP GAP. Microsoft should do something about it instead of being blind and talking shit.
  • They are so desperate...
  • Microsoft doesn't think because its own product, but user who uses it feel& think it, windows phone is a beta tester, many apps features are not in standard like messenger, line, some apps are still to come like fring, vlc real player etc. Don't praise yourself, let it be done by others for you
  • We does have apps but the thing is they are not capable of doing much like they do on android and ios. For example in facebook app for windows we cannot accept requests of people who want to join group and there are some limitations in other apps like instagram and don't yet have apps like super beam etc.
    But still its worth having windows phone in my opinion
  • Absolutely we all are right !! Microsoft should do something !!
  • +1 about the Quality gap! I'm quite sure everybody at Microsoft use an iPhone... They never used a WP in everyday's life to say that....
  • I think everyone at Microsoft should be forced to use wp for one month iPhone for next month and keep the same loop. Soon they would themself understand the quality and quantity.
  • App quality is really lacking even though they're official, so it is not only about app gap!
  • They are still not serious !! I think that many best games & apps are missing !! For eg. Hay Day , frontline commando , clash of clans , candy crush , etc in games . And in apps many apps are still a project such as instagram & facebook !! Facebook & Facebook messenger are still not even good they are the worst apps !! Just have a look of these apps in android & ios I just luv to use these apps in android & ios !! In short don't ever buy a windows phone !!
  • Microsoft are imbeciles.
  • i've realized that MS is 'high' when i saw the 830 promoted as a flagship LOL
     
  • Affordable flagship. Notice the twist.
  • Nah! You're just not looking at it correctly. It is a flagship phone, however, the flag is at half mast :)
  • Instagram NEEDS updating. Whatsapp NEEDS improving.
    SnapChat NEEDS to release an official app.
    Popular apps NEED to be as full featured as IOS and android and any new updates need to trickle on down to windows phone within a month of being released.
  • But the apps like FB for example were at the time of initial launch for iOS and Android nowhere near as full featured as the apps are today. It took them years of evolving to get to the point they are now. For WP apps it will also take a lot of time to complete this develop I guess?! Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • No, it should be updated soon.. All the discovered features are there right? So why wait? Trust me, i'm really frustrated with wp
  • Listen to your users!
  • Apps that control other high end gadgets or other specialist technical interests Wireless speakers for example. Yes I know you can use Bluetooth or aux connector for streaming but its the controller aps that I'm referring to. Apart from the one JBL -Nokia tie up I have searched for a company that would enable me to use Windows phone for this but not found one yet. I'd be delighted to be proved wrong mind.
    There's nearly always a way to do the minimum but any of the interesting features are restricted. I'm a die-hard MS man and wouldn't touch Apple or god-forbid Android but I've contemplated getting a cheap Android phone just as a Universal controller!! In reality I won't but I can understand how some would find this frustrating enough to jumps ship.
  • Seeing a fair bit of nonsense in the comments above, I can easily pay for an app through carrier, no credit card needed. I think the main gap is games but there are some fair points about quality and features, where in Netflix profile support, I mean how hard can that be? Biggest problem is often with iOS/alphaDroid users looking for an app when WP just does it and many unofficial apps are pretty good. If Google lived by the Do No Evil principle we would have a stellar YouTube client and access to their services could be complete, when the sheep want less lock in we might see big improvement
  • "There is no question about it there are more apps in Google Play Store and iOS. The question is how many apps do you really need? How many calculators do you need?"
    You know, I've never really thought about that...
  • Instead of terming it as just "app" gap, cal it as "QUALITY, FUNCTIONAL, FULLY FEATURED, ANDROID iOS like app" gap.
  • Unfortunately there are still lots of apps I need that aren't on WP:
    - Yamaha Controler
    - Companion for Olympus cameras
    especially regional Apps in Germany like:
    - DB (German Railway) with integrated ticket
    - HVV (Hamburg transport): again no buying of tickets
    - Amazon Prime Video, Lovefilm DVD, Netflix,...
    - taxi.eu
    - various newspapers
    - and most events have a dedicated app for iOS and Android but none for WP (ok, most of these apps are crapp)
  • Of course not, every week in television on the news a portuguese app is showcased at prime time, and it is available for IOS and Android, I mean everywhere I look I only see for IOS and Android. I mean with propaganda like this who will even think of windows phone?? get it?? What is sad is that many apps they announce sooner or later appar in windows phone, but they are not advertised!
  • This is true
  • Not all banking apps have landed on wp like pnb, union bank,
  • No, not suffer. But WP store need some more apps/games and improvement to some existing apps
  • ok, but the quality of some apps are really bad.. whatsapp should launch faster, spotify should be less laggy.
  • Still waiting for hangouts, now that it has a dialer backed in.
  • Need more quality apps rather than quantity
  • I agree. There is no app gap. Many blogs still say that the platform needs more apps, but I have not rread one article on this point, explaining further what is actually missing. It feels like there is this converged thinking on the phenomenon of more apps, but what. I do agree there need to be more quality apps. With quality I mean is this: windows native apps really need to be improved on certain features. For example all the native apps need to have the uservoice features adressed such as transparent live tiles or an improved integration of basic social media featrues within the people hub. Working in the medical field I would like to see better and higher quality medical apps. Some suggestions: -Merck Manual (with also offline information) -Pubmed app for mobile -Sobotta anatomy atlas or Netter's anatomy app -Medscape mobile app wiht option for offline reading -(in my home country): NTVG, Medisch Contact Journal apps for mobile, Farmacotherapeutisch Kompas for offline medicine database.    
  • Instagram still in beta, twitter still has no gif support, still no official snap chat, yik yak, secret, timehop, tinder, apps. Even stupid games like Kim Kardashian aren't on WP. Yes, there's still a big app gap, that's why I carry two phones.
  • In China, WP is way way behind in terms of ecosystem. Even if WP fortunately has the app, 99% of WP equivalent of iOS/android apps are lacking MANY significant features.
  • Maybe not so much on the amount of important apps, but that's misleading. I feel there's a huge gap in Official App quality. I know some Official Apps I use often suffers from that, WhatsApp (slow loading), Instagram (lack features), Twitter. There are apps I no longer use due to poor quality, like Facebook, LINE, and about 5 more I can remember. Get to work Microsoft, make it easy for developers to create a good app, maybe a better development kit or whatever.
  • Many developers claim visual studio is the best platform for them... It's not the tools but the developers that are to be blamed for those high profile apps
  • So everyone is agreed Joseph Landes is a bit of a div then?
  • windows phone still needs some apps
  • I agree that there are some apps missing for WP store, but still there are decent no of apps available to download.....
  • Over 35% of IOS and android apps are trash , I agree with Microsoft , WP users need
    1-calling feature in facebook messenger
    2-candy crush
    3-clash of clans
    IMO that's all WP users want IMO
  • I don't want or need any of those things.
  • Stars , others want ...
  • your right bro....................almost 70-80% of most popular applications are there in windowsphone store................ that 20-30% might be filled within an year or less............. In android and ios, just to turn on flash, u find hundreds of apps, like this many apps are repeated and many apps are not accurate...................... android offers flexibility, ios offers security, windowsphone offers both.......................
  • You're right u may find over 10000 flash apps , and u find stories and you find many unusable apps , I think at least 30% of google play and app store are trash and I really mean trash , there are thousands of apps has zero downloads !
  • Yup, windows offers both, agree
  • I don't know about security, MSFT removed about 1500 fake apps recently. Something they wouldn't have need to do had they pursued quality in the first place.
  • I want PVZ2. I want Vlc. I want to have original apps even of I'm not going to use them. I don't want it for myself but instead for those who ask about them so I can recommend WP to them. What's so hard to understand?
  • It doesn't.
  • Zero gap? It's not about quantity, its about quality. There's more beta apps than official apps lol.
  • i'm curious what phones most MS employees use
     
  • This! +1520
  • My guess is iPhones.
  • Microsoft doesn't think Windows Phone suffers from an app gap. So, Why Microsoft is trying to run Android apps on windows phone???
  • What is the problem in that, in think it's better for all, it will run in sandbox
    No issue with os
  • You shouldn't believe everything you read online, especially when what you're reading is stated as a rumour.
  • wish it were plant vs zombies 2 and free Candy crush official
  • If ms want to know what difference are they can easily can compare with ios and Android
    Ms have kept many api closed, We cannot records calls , truecaller like apps is useless for us,
    We cannot send WhatsApp message directly from contacts Many many improvements required
  • Addidas mi coach is a cool app on WP.
  • It does not,they are right as far as I'm concerned.
  • We don't have proper apps. Once an app comes with. "Beta" tag.. It remains beta forever.
    We don't have proper UI.
    In android you can share any thing with any app directly just taping "share" but on windows phone when you tap share.
    The option v get for sharing is "our email id" "facebook" sometimes"WhatsApp" too..
    Even for some sharing it only shows the option for email id.
    You can't forward multiple msg, videos.
    Still v r on Bluetooth while time is with "Xender".
    Though he said v rn"t behind with apps. But do they all do all those fictions which "same android app do".
    I alway found that android app UI is way better than WINDOWS phone app UI.
  • Just curious if you are on the developer preview because app sharing is there in the next update, I know because I use it. However, it requires the developer to make it visible to the share option. Also you can forward multiple SMS messages. It just seems that a lot of what you are requesting is being handled already.
  • There is less of an app gap, but it does exist. however, I do believe the WP user experience is better. This does not make up for it though.
  • Absolutely! Last night I tried to play with my friend's Lenovo a mid range one. Just in a few seconds I feel want to throw it to the floor. The experience is really bad. No wow feeling like my Lumia. It doesn't matter if I don't get much high end game as along I don't feel want to throw away my Lumia.
  • All d google apps ! And many games like shadowgun deadzone , ace fishing,hayday etc ... And many apps are in beta
  • Do u really need scroogle ?? Think about it...
  • yes we need it specially when MS apps are USA centric.  
  • Wow... Google... Omg... :(
  • How many decent video player apps out there? Or file managers? Or anything really? They think if you have one of every kind of apps, it's fine. No, it's not actually. People need choice. Not just yeah, "we have that one app" too.
  • Lotus traveller, vpn
  • This is insane... Kingdom Rush 1 and 2. Candy Crush, Plant VS zombies 2, Bastion, Oceanhorn, Horn etc are games users want! This guy should get fired on the spot for uttering such nonsense. The above mentioned APPS also need to be released to the Windows APPSTORE for PCs and tablets. Otherwise the App gap is just increasing, and MS falls behind in the other markets as well.
  • The only app that I desperately need and is missing in WP is Sonos!
  • Ask.fm , yahoo messenger , soundcloud
  • Android is doing better, in spite of being in OS market windows has not performed in mobile OS
  • ....and here I brought a candle to a forest fire (referring to the fury of angry comments).
  • One thing is very clear WP 8.,8.1 OS is very smooth very optimized
  • Need to get the company apps, banks, major retailers, fast food chains etc onboard here in Aus... Either that or get them to update their mobile web pages so there is no need for apps!
  • It honestly us music studio owners and some people that need apps to control software's like Steinberg's cubase so many music making apps lacking here hence all production studios choose mac the support is awesome
  • Clash of clans
  • Ages of empire is coming na
  • Yeah where the heck is the game?
  • Its in the store, go search for it. Next time you should search for an app before making a clown out of yourself.
  • Forc3 , clash of clans isn't in WP store
  • He is not talking about clash of clans, its about age of empires is on store but we can't download yet
  • Oh I'm sorry , my bad , its in private beta right?
  • They tend to view WP apps as businessmen or as old men, very old old men. I think they too would think the Java feature phones at par with smartphones
  • No single education oriented apps are available in India... App lik TESTFUNDA, tcyonline, etc are needed and they have to think beyond just banking, shopping, games apps before commenting on this. Hope to see education app soon.
  • No they Are right . That's why I always loved winphone . You've every app you really need . And the rest is just idk .. If you want candy crush or whatsoever go get yourself fucking android or ios . Seriously . Winphone always was simple . Had not those useless millions of apps nobody really need. It's perfect the way it is. I don't want a store full of bullshit.
  • ^ this is called nazi fan. Dude may be you have all the app you need but others don't. Stop talking b*llsh*t for every users here.
  • Thank you.
  • Like the man said, quit screaming into a paper bag. Buy something else.
  • Microsoft, are you reading these comments? We all agree that there is a gap. Quantity AND quality gaps. Who are we? We are WP users, we know what we are talking about. We're using our phones every day. So to whom were you talking? Surely not to us.
  • Well said!
  • They are not reading comments on a fan site. Buy something else.
  • Actually time and again it seems they do read this site.
  • After 500 comments they should...
  • I want an official chess.com app
  • I miss shredder chess.
  • Well micky how wrong are you. I luv Lumia but if you think your jobs done. Then your mistaken. Get my Santander app. All the latest updates on games. Candy crush. Gaydar. Factor. Big brother. Sort it out. If you snooze you loose.
  • More 3d games like Galaxy on Fire 2, ECT.
  • This article is related to the app gap in India. Good for them but in the US it just seems to be a different story... WP growth is slow and steady but there is still alot of work cut out for the platform for many to consider it a 3rd viable option. Many people in the US don't even know Windows Phones exist... That should tell you something...
  • The bigger app YouTube is still much missing in WP as compared to android and IOS
  • I want an official champions league t20 app which is starting from today.
  • Lol
  • Vsco cam is app i really need and others too since our lumias are capable of taking great pictures, vsco cam is the decent app for photography enthusiasts
  • Snapchat
    Candycrush
    Spotify
    Retrica
  • There's QUALITY & GAME Gap.
    We don't need more apps, we just need official apps to be perfect.
    We also need all games.
  • Talking about apps we need regular update support from fb inc,twitter inc,LinkedIn and other imp apps mostly used. On the other hand talking about the game gap. I don't think so we should whine for games candy crush trend will be over soon. Ots just a matter of time. And Microsoft is getting their own games cross platform which may turn out to be as a hit thing for Microsoft gaming developers on windows and cross platform. I guess soon Microsoft games will trend more on other platforms no need of games like subway surfers and candy crush.
  • Then why don't you make it... Microsoft is not at all behind in the app ecosystem... I have over 100apps and most of them are way too cooler then any one on IOS or android...
  • I personally think there is a gap but I don't care all the apps I use are the one that do the job. I mean candy crush is a very old game by far there are better games than candy crush. I use my phone for email. Take pictures banking read news watch YouTube videos I mean IOS and google might have the biggest number but I do have a tablet nexus 7 and moat of the apps in google are garbage. They are some garbage apps in WP and IOS too so we should discuss here quality not quantities
  • INSTAMESSAGE :'(
  • Go to the google play store most of the games appear here on windows store.. And those that don't are either outdated or are shit..
  • You don't know what you're talking about, or are blind.
  • Wy is no tango ap on wp8??????
  • Be intersted tp hear from India what the app gap perspective is there. The line in the interview "Talking about the state of the app ecosystem in India" makes me think the interview was to an Indian reporter that has then been spun globally, clearly there is a gap for US/European apps but is it the same in India??
  • There is no big of an app gap for me, but apps must work too.. Ahh
  • In India people love android bcuz 1st thing ppl here are mostly dumb... I agree.. I have heard from so many ppl that think, WhatsApp is android l.. I mean they literally think WhatsApp only runs on android.. And that's just one example...
  • This^ ppl are dumb your correct. + this year android has done hype marketing with Moto phones and micromax getting Samsung down. Ppl go for better specs too. Don't think of a better os.
  • Correct @Ashish Sharma6610. In India, most people go for Android because of the "apps and specs" and also the "Google" name. They don't bother about the performance, security and quality issues of Android devices.
  • I bet this guy isn't using WP at all. or may he use for only calling & messaging.
  • Harish do your research. He clearly stated that there is no app gap in the indian store! Thanks for heating up the community again.
  • This is from other source. He's justing posting it on WP central. And kindly read its about India not the whole world. Harish should correct the headline instead.
  • I think the exec was from Microsoft India and considering the amount of local app support by Indian brands for windows phone, he wasn't far off.
    But then there are other countries. And like always, MS has a huge battle to fight. MS has to convince developers/brands/services across the globe that Windows platform is well worth their time and money.
  • And if apps are not available its not bcuz of Microsoft.. It's the developers if the apps that find it so hard to create apps for MS.. WP
  • Way to go Microsoft! Arrogance will not fill in the app gap nor improve the quality of existing apps that's far behind those on other platforms!
  • How about this ; "Available for Android and IOS"  Windows is deliberately neglected by many SW companies. only when demand is seemingly high enough a WP version is developed. Sad hopefully this will change, Regards
  • Mix radio, is d best music streaming app available and the here suite is better in certain areas than Google maps. If developers work as hard as they do on Android and ios apps, WP apps would be much better.
  • There are no crucial apps missing. It is the overall impression for the public and salespersons which is the problem. Of course in comparison windows phone has a lot less apps than Android or IOS. But every average person should find all apps they need. I see the problem is in a certain way not about big and important missing apps... It is about all the small apps from things like a small shopping mall around the corner or from my university ... From the local public transport company...etc. these apps are always just available for Android and IOS. But it's kind of hurting my feelings when i see them promoting their apps like: "Now do your shopping from your smartphone!" Or "we now have an app for all your smartphones!"... They always talk only about IOS and Android... THAT is the problem. And that is quite difficult to solve... Because these small companies often do not have enough money to create an app for another platform...
    That's also why I think it would be acceptable to have Android apps running on Windows phone.
  • App banking in my country not available
  • There is still no official Formula 1 app for Windows Phone. There was last year but none this year.   I wonder why?
  • There is an app gap. Some of the problem is quality; the Audible app on WP loses your place much more often than it does on other platforms. And I really wish we had one iOS-only app, SmartGo books, which I bought an iPad for. Which reminds me, people always say the WP app store lags behind iOS and Android, but that's giving Android way too much credit. It's more correct to say that WP lags behind Android, which lags behind iOS. 80% of the apps I wish WP had are not on Android either. If WP wasn't around to show how bad it could be, people would make a bigger deal of Android's app gap.
  • Non I know of, but the present apps needs to be updated with new features, apps like messenger( to introduce fb calls and other cool features), facebook( the feed is broken on both apps and other FEATURES) twitter, instagram( at least just introduced the video part and instagram direct and come out of BETA) Skype (to be more data friendly and other cool features) BBM( the group chat takes forever to restore, and it should be updated to introduce BBM voice, channels and other features too) this are the ones I remember for now, I know here is not the right place for this, but what is keeping MS from releasing cyan for dp users?
  • There are apps! But mind the quality! Especially the ones like opera, instagram, Facebook messenger!
  • He clearly specified "apps by Indian companies/brands" and I definitely agree with it. Many commercial apps for India give a better experience on Windows Phone than on other platforms.
  • Yes,windows phone is still suffers an app gap.
  • There is an app gap and it's obvious whenever something new as advertisted on TV; you'll see the "available in the Apple Store and Google Store" icons...but rarely more and this is where it hurts the most. "Join SportsYapper today!"...only you can't, because there isn't an app for WP. Off To Glastonbury? Download the official app...only not on WP. Even if you like to bet in-play on the football, you can download the app and play anywhere...but not on WP. Of the major banks only Barclays have really made much of an effort to support the patform and for the kids going into phone shops on a Saturday they're always asking if it has the latest app for xxxxxxxxxxxx and in the event the sales assistant doesn't just put an iPhone in their hand, there's a very good chance that if the app is new, it's not on WP. It may get there...but not right now. While this may be a discussion about India, it's really a platform-wide issue. Ther other problem is that a number of really popular Apps like Spotify, Instagram and Twitter are just not very good; compare them side-by-side and they look and feel dreadful.  I'm quite lucky in that I rarely see an app advertised that makes me wish I had a different phone, and I like the tech, the OS and have no desire to leave, but I could understand that potential customers would be put off. The gap isn't in the catalogue (that's a quality assurance issue), but in the apps released "today" which are generally "next month" or "not at all" in some instances. There can be no denying that, surely? +1520 +520
  • Want hyperlapse,plague inc etc
  • Are You guys retarded? It says Microsoft India...
  • In Asia many people changed WP to Android or IOS.Because they found out that the needed applications are not response to their need.Some people do business or eCommerce on facebook or line and other social networks.And some of them want to play the game in application that compatible.Yes,I agree there are many applications on the apps store.But the most of them are not working well or not up to date and still experiencing issues.And I agree again to WP is a very nice OS.The point to lose more market share is developing the great OS and only think to the quantity of apps not the quality apps for the users.
  • The article seems to have forgotten to mention this guy is referring to the Indian market. Which makes it more accurate as it seems that there is a crucial or big name official Indian app that seems to be coming every week. Be it banking, flight or some other types of app, the Indian market seems to be releasing them regularly. However the rest of the world is still being ignored......
  • They should think again x 2
  • Those who think there's an app gap go throw your fuckin phones and get an android or iPhone and those of us who thinks there's no app gap are cool anyways...!!!
  • I'm cool !!
  • OK granted that WP Platform has more than 300,000 apps. And maybe that's because MS invested heavily to get companies and studios make apps for WP.   But MS cannot do that forever. I think, WP platform needs more users. Larger userbase will automatically attract companies and developers and they'll be interested in keeping their apps well updated.
  • Lol
  • Share it app...
  • Instagram,Flipboard etc... Seriously?????????
  • Personally games, Nubee.
  • Sorry this comment may not related to the topic.
    I recently bought PvZ which gave 60% discount, but I didn't get the full game though the carrier charged me.
    What a bad day!
  • apps are fine with me. in fact there are some really great ones on WP.
    but i need more games and good free ones too.
    there are so many great games by gameloft, chillingo, EA and other popular studios that are not on WP.
    i jumped ship to android 2 months back. experience hasn't been that nice. but i did come across some great games (free ones) and i'm not going back till WP has them too.
    that being said, the app/game 'gap' on WP is only partially MS's fault.
    in the end it's upto the developers.
    if only MS had developed WP faster like they are now, in the beginning, they could've had a better market share and also more developers developing for the platform. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • its not just about the missing apps, its also about the quality of the available apps! have a look at the shitty instagram app or whatsapp! even skype sucks on wp! the quality of the user interface is lacking behind.
  • Apparently, this guy doesn't know anything real about the facts that how important apps are for smartphone users. And this guy also proves the fact that Window phone will never be the leader of the smartphone world if Microsoft believes there is no app gap..... This kind of guy is really the blocker of Windows Phone market share...
  • Playstore has a lot of free apps which wpstore lacks.. Even those apps which are free in playstore, we have to pay for that in wpstore !!.... And this is really bad.
  • Soundhound is free in WP store n but in IOS and android its 5.99
  • Ok.. Most of the the angry birds are free in Playstore but in wpstore they are all paid app except one.
  • You're. Right :'(
  • Sorely missing QuizUp on Windows Phone.
  • I can't play with my friends :'(
  • The article is referring to local indian apps. Title should be corrected.
  • Quiet Hours App is not  availbale in WP8.1. Microsft has included in the setting in some phones but not in my phone Lumia 1020. 
  • Windows had the most logical collection of apps...Most of the apps are junk in IOS and Google store. You will have thousands of calculators apps or instagram clones there. But do you really go through all those thousands.. Whatever you need its there in Microsoft. I really do not think that there is a necessity of instagram or candy crush like apps here. The Microsoft ecosystem is much cleaner and contains less junk than IOS/Google+
  • I'm kinda with them on this... Own a SP3 for proper editing, xbone for proper gaming and a nexus 7 (13) for any media apps and apps that are not available on WP. My phone (930) does everything a phone should but if comparing number of official apps to iOS and Android then I disagree completely with them. What an arrogant misinformed statement! After dozens and dozens of Nokia phones serving me since 1998 I'm a bit sad to say that Nokia's last flagship is my last as I won't be buying Microsoft mobiles partly because of crap like this statement but mostly because the real Finnish r&d team is no more and whatever remains is not from the "real" Nokia. I have just purchased a second 930 to take over when my current ones battery or other hardware is at its end. I was going to get the 830 for my work phone but my 2 920's are still functioning fine and are near indestructible. Sad end to my Nokia journey and not willing to be taken for a ride by Microsoft.
  • It does suffer from the app gab and not just slightly. We don't get apps right away and miss some trends. Where I live several business and even my bank don't have WP apps. It's getting tiresome to day the least...
  • I strongly disagree. There's quite a lot missing apps when compared to iOS/Amdroid we do have loads of apps from big brands but many of them apps have issues. Let's say - Skype Spotify, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram and more! Now just to add we still don't have official google apps and I do blame Microsoft for that too not only Google. I won't be talking about missing apps because it's pointless they needs to make sure that the apps we have are good quality unfortunately I think this isn't going to happen anytime soon.....
  • I think the essential apps are there just need some bonus ones like clash of clans, flicker etc.
    Live windows phone have left to go to apple but within a few months always come back. As I have ocd I find it neat lol!
  • Still far behind on apps. Seems when a developer is commited to Windows Phone platform the app can be amazing. But sadly even when some do decided to make a Windows Phone app, you can tell they didn't put a lot of time or effort to make it great. Just wanted to push something out. Tend to be lacking a lot of features compared to the iOS or Android version "Boom, we have an app. Lets check in on once a year or so to see how it's doing and if we have nothing else to do we can update it". I know if market share can grow to a more substantial number then that problem will be less. I hope so. Having used both iOS and Android as well, I really like Windows Phone.
  • Guys let instagram die. Really that's a shit not talking about our app but instagram as a whole is overrated. It's just a thing what we used to do on fb but just with more filters and having celebs official account. Either keep instagram or fb acc. I feel its the same mostly if one just post pics.
  • I disagree, I am an aspiring photographer and I use instagram on a daily basis. With the amount of users they have it is a great place to share your work and become noticed. The community is great too. Obviously it is not one dimensional either. People use it for all sorts of reasons, but to say that we should just get over it is nonsense.
  • I told either fb or insta
  • Sorry, I'm with Aashish13 here; simply don't see the point... And for an aspiring pro(?) photographer, instagram should be the Great Satan!!!
  • I gave my wife a Lumia to replace her Samsung android phone. After a couple of days to get used to it, she is happy with it. She has every app installed that she wanted.
  • Which will be true for 9 out of 10 users, but the argument is compelling nevertheless. And frankly, being without just TWO important apps can still be annoying as h*ll...! Camera quality, UI superiority etc. still wins out, though! :-)
  • I think that he is correct, but only relative to his country. I constantly see stories on here about major Indian companies creating windows phone apps. But here in the states its a different story.
  • The question is how many apps do you really need? How many calculators do you need?
    This statement alone shows that MS doesn't have its head on straight. It's not quantity of apps, but relevance.
  • I still don't understand why people keep blaming MS for app gaps. The people responsible for that are developers and businesses who choose not to bring their apps to windows phone. It's selfish and inconsiderate. I wait for a day when apps can run on any platform regardless. But I guess that's wishful thinking. I've used all the platforms over the years and still find WP 8.1 to be the best out of all of them.
  • "There is no question about it there are more apps in Google Play Store and iOS. The question is how many apps do you really need? How many calculators do you need?" I totally agree with that comment and I've even said that.  There are so many apps on the apple and Android stores that most of them aren't being used.  I mentioned this in one blog and someone said "well they are needed because people are learning to make apps".  Really?  That's a good enough reason to have 80%+ apps that aren't being used or that are of such bad quaity they get 1 or 2 stars?  I know Windows Phone has this issue too but I think all app stores should delete these apps.  If after a year an app hasn't been downloaded or has a really low rating it should be deleted.  What they don't want to hurt the feelings of the developers?  No they could care less about feelings, its so apple and Google can say "we have more apps than anyone else" and Microsoft does it because if they kept deleting apps people would complain even more that they have so few apps.  All it is is smoke and mirrors.
  • Here is the article that the author is writing about.   http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/microsoft-not-far-behind-in-ap... This comment is about apps for the India market.  I don't know if the author didn't read it properly or just hates Microsoft, but he should have gotten his facts straight and then there wouldn't be such bickering on this site.
  • I believe that the app gap isn't a huge one, but - and this is a big 'but' - WP lack the most popular apps from iOS and Android. Sadly this makes it hard for WP to grow. Here in Sweden I have the impression that iOS is big among the developers. Even though Android is the most used OS apps are being developed for iOS first. WP isn't even considered. Some companies have had WP apps but are abandoning the OS because there are too few users.
  • Guys, windows is new platform than IOS and android. Give it some time and loyalty. 2 years back my office has only 1 windows phone (mine) out of 70 people. Now it has 15 windows and counting. So lets push more phones so that app developers get encouraged to develop more apps.
  • I think MS still targeting low income consumer, but the apps dev. targeting the mid to high end device owned by the people with more buying power. That is the problem ....
  • They should think again..because there are many app that aren't available for windows store...like clash of clan..
  • I just came back from the future year 2020 exactly. There is no apps gap. Frankly speaking we don't even use smartphones anymore, we use telepathy communication and our brains evolved to super computers so why bother?
  • A lot of app want to be launch and thousands of app want to be updated
  • There is definitely app lag in the US. I don't care about the games so much, but the fact that one of my biggest clients refuses to create a Windows phone app because "nobody uses windows phone" is forcing me to have to consider switching to Android or ios... My wife uses ios and is constantly trying to get me to switch and apps are certainly a big piece of her argument...
  • Why are they taking their sweet time to fix Facebook? This app has been broken since wp7! I'd have to go between the web and the app just to use Facebook. And why the he'll Joe billiforde decide to eliminate facebook messenger integration!?
  • Please, I need a decent Podcast app for my phone. Tried almost all podcast apps in windows store, but none have resume video to audio if leaving the app like PocketCast on android.
  • Why are not?
  • The real problem is the WAR between Microsoft & google.
    Today google services is very popular and Microsoft trying to avoid this very useful apps. The bottom line is that we don't have google drive, original Gmail, waze stop supporting and many other stuff.
  • MS isn't trying to avoid them; Google is trying to throttle WP in the hopes that they'll win over users to Android. I've practically dropped using Google services as a result...
  • Of course there is an app gap; it's just not as obvious anymore.
    For day to day use there's really nothing I miss. I've got the basics covered, including my bank. I can think of two that I miss: My stock trading bank app (but it's horrible on Android, so even there I'd go for the browser anyway) and my kids kindergarten/nursery app (which is great on Android and horrible on mobile browser, so annoying).
    If I was heavily into gaming I'd bemoan that the potential of my lovely Lumia 1520 is unfulfilled, with hardly any HD games available... As it is, I'd simply like to see more and better strategy games, but I really haven't got the time to play them anyway. :-)
  • Someone should tell them to rethink
  • There's a quality gap and an app gap, to say otherwise is ridiculous but I'm happy with we have. Would really love a good Facebook app but I'm resigned to that never actually happening.
  • In the Philippines, 7 out of 10 are playing Clash of Clans and Boom Beach from SUPERCELL. Imagine how many will shift to windows phone if we have those games. I muself bought a secondary phone just to play those games.
  • In Sweden there is definitely an app gap! Banks who supported WP even now drop support and remove their apps! WP marketing in Sweden is non-existent, so I have to suppose that Microsoft have given up on Sweden.
    On TV we only se iPhones and Androids in commercials. Never ever a Windows Phone!
  • Windows Phone doesn't suffer from app gap. I have found alternative apps for every app I've used on Android minus the malware and useless apps that doesn't work. In South Africa regional apps are available that look and function better on WP then Android. Some international apps are better looking and functioning on Windows while the same can be said for other apps on Android. The only app lacking for me personally on WP is a decent looking Chess game app. As an e.g I used Evernote extensively on Android but switched to Onenote. I only miss the ability to view notes without editing as scrolling in Onenote brings up the keyboard while you are giving speech or referencing notes. Onenote though has far better intergration and editing with corporate systems.
  • There is not an insta messenger in till yet
  • We need more official apps like candy crush and a lot others
  • I just need YouTube , snapchat, and some gameloft games that are missing from window store.
  • And instagram
  • Delusional, I thought Microsoft was getting it but it seems their old culture runs too deeply. They still need to learn IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT THEY THINK, it is all about what the consumer thinks. They are not making the phones for themselves but rather for the consumers, sad, I was beginning to hope.... Not to mention the tons and tons of company based apps, banking, pharmacy, appliance, security, gadget, retail... And so much more which are not at all available for Windows Phone. They should have people trolling the marketplaces, finding these android and ios only apps and send agents to help them develop windows phone solutions.
  • Well, they should think again
  • Stick to galaxy then!
  • App gap is increasing day by day ms should find possible way to solve it and bring fast updates....
    ..
  • You gotta be kidding me! The app gap here in Singapore is wider than the grand canyon! A company, GrabTaxi, just pulled their app from the store after I complained than they did not put the Windows phone logo in their e mail circular and that the app is totally unworkable! Banks are releasing payment services app for other platform with benefits for them, but WP users are left out in the cold again! The government releases apps but not for WP! WTH. That's why the phone never caught up in sg at all. Is there even 1% market share here?
  • Hey MS. Let me know when my music app opens in less than 5 seconds (cold start or resume) on my L520. Then we'll talk about an app gap. 
  • I need to puchase apps ..... Unfortunately im having a mastercard debit card.... (Playstore supports debit cards) Why cant WP store support debit cards.... Dont tell me to get a new credit card.,... I'm a student and i cant have one for myself !
  • You can use your debit card just enter the choose credit card but enter your debit card detail
  •   Oh ! .... Is that so .... I just tried what you suggested !   http://s23.postimg.org/4qk6eiju3/fhhfdhdfgdg.jpg   Never works !
  • Works for me.
  • not possible....i tried tons of time...finally had to register credit card.  
  • Same people that think we didn't need a Real flagship around this time smh
  • WalMart, McDonald's, Wendy's, Starbucks, Macy's, Target, JCPenny, Best buy (real app, not web portal).
  • In the netherlands 95% of all local apps are released for Android and ios only!
  • No complaints here. I have two windows phones and I love them. I have all the money management apps along with everything else I need. More games would be nice but ask yourself, how long do games last on a phone? Not long before the average user gets bored and moves on. I love windows phone along with all their faults (: The only thing people have to put windows phone down is the so called "app gap" im satisfied. I can use metrotube which allows me to listen to YouTube with my screen locked. All my apple friends love that feature.
  • TRUE. Same for all my Android friends. Music from YouTube with locked phone... :)
  • No Citibank app
  • If everyone has so many app problem than why bother using wp
    No one is forcing anyone.
    Using wp since wp7 quite happy with all the apps and my main reason for choosing wp was its os and nokia.
    If I wanted apps I could have gone with something else similarly if you want apps go with other os
    Simple
  • I chose WP because of the potential that was initially there for Xbox enabled games that would add to my gamerscore.
  • That's a big feature about windows phone too. No other platform can interact with your Xbox like your windows phone can. #TeamMicrosoft
  • Wait, so you bought a Windows Phone for extra Gamerscore?
  • I'm seriously missing Guidebook and the St George banking app needs a serious overhaul.
  • Just found another app I wanted this morning!
  • Let me guess... Your team lead must be rocking an iPhone. Correct?
  • In Brazil, have a BIG app gap. And WP sells more than iPhone here...  I wound like: Telecine Play Fox Play Globosat Play GVT Freedom Power Music Club Caixa (HUGE bank here) Santander (bank) .....  
  • Always thought that the whole app gap thing was overplayed, as he says how many calculators do you need. Having 50 different apps performing the same function doesn't mean that iOS is better, just that they have more people developing apps...in time the number of WP Devs will increase and so will the number of apps. Anyway 300,000 is no small number.
  • Having said all that I hope that HSBC UK pull they're finger out and release their app soon.
  • I don't think any app gap what's the need of lakhs of apps.. in last one year there is great improvement ....
  • I am really very satisfied with windows phone and people really envy and ditch their Android and IOS after seeing my phone. I think there is only a RIGHTS or PERMISSION gap for developers in windows phone. The best apps you can find are in IOS because developers get paid for everything and usually people who buy IOS are business people or rich people who don't bother for 10 20 dollars so developers work with heart there whereas in WP fake or virus apps are rejected so its like if it happens in Android as well then there is only difference of 500 to 600 apps in Wp and Android. Developers work for popularity in Android, for money in IOS and for startups in WP.
  • It is about India, but indicative of the ecosystem at large. I can't help it, it's like buying stuff from the street vender; instead of Rolex it's Rolexxe, insted of Gucci it's Goochie, these apps may work, so long as the services from which they pull allow it. And how do they get paid exactly if their apps are free? It's bad enough FB, Twitter, Google has our profiles now all these 2nd tiered apps have our logins and info as well? I don't mind certain things, but WP still seems to get the apps lacking other features. W can't MS require at a minimum the same features offered elsewhere? If anyone says because WP doesn't work the same, then there is another problem; you mean iOS and Android DO? Again, I am keeping my WP 1520 but for the few critical business apps I absolutely need now, I ordered my first iPhone ever. Decided against Android mainly becasue Injust want to turn it on and use those few biz apps to get work done and that is all. I can still use Onedrive, Onenote, Office, etc. on iOS. The minute I see the apps I actually need (no, it isn't candy crush, WTH?) I am swapping my SIM back into my WP device!
  • What about music player....it is a basic requirement..There's no proper music player available in windows store and there is no option to share mp3 files through what's app.. Dear windows dev's Please use android mobile once.. Then u people came to know what's lacking in windows..
  • Hold the title of the song you want to share and tap share. You should be able to send it to emails, social networks and bluetooth and NFC if you have them turned on lol.
  • Zero App Gap have this person lost his mind. Surely we have apps from many big companies in India. But the apps what we really want are missing. And Games in Windows phone store is a very sad story.
  • Actually its MS India that thinks that.
  • Wow lots of whining and complaining. The comments in this particular article are so full of negativism. Reading the comments section in wpc makes one energy level to plummet. If a newbie will come here and read they will think that this is a war zone and probably will think twice to adopt windowsphone. Guys lets whine but also give suggestions on what should MS do to overcome a particular problem. Just my two cents. Peace!!!
  • The app gap and app quality/experience is the reason I ordered my iphone 6 plus. Don't get me wrong, I love my 920 and WP 8.1 but the quality of apps is just not on par with iOS. The lack of a true successor to my 920 made me switch and slow OS rollouts by carriers and devices being available 3 mo later after being announced. Apple makes sure their OS updates are available for everyone right away and releases their product 2 weeks after being announced and available on all carriers. Will definitely give WP threshold a chance in the future but meanwhile will enjoy my 6+ along with my SP3.
  • How long is the WhatsApp hasn't get the update?
    Quality is important too.
  • All of us are fed up of giving suggestions about app gap situation to Microsoft. It looks like we are not costumers but market advisors to Microsoft.
  • I did miss a a few essential apps like my banks app. Also the browser I is really bad. Others I tested were better in some areas worse in others so finally I have up and sold my 1520. Another reason was the hardware problem where it detected clicks during scrolling. Neither Nokia or Microsoft acknowledge this even after thousands of people complaining and showing proof. I jag big hopes on WP but sadly I have up.
  • With so many High-Profile India specific launching lately ... I think he could be right.
  • I believe they should focus on updating the apps now and make them better than the competition. Also,I don't give a damn about any Candy!!
  • Quality of apps is not on par with iosxand android.apps like facebook,the times of India really r not up to mark
  • Some of our friends are thinking we are hurting the future of windows phone by posting negative comments about windows phone. And will block future users from adopting windows phone. But we do really love windows phone. It has exceptional performance and user interface. But really when a person from Microsoft says something so irrelevant we users need to give a direct and true feedback.
  • Whining and complaining could bring two opposite results. One it could positively impact the one we are complaining to or negatively affect the one who are on the sidelines. My opinion, complain if you may but offer also something constructive no matter how small it is. I think this is the middleground in all of this. At the end of the day it is us who will benefit or suffer directly or indirectly in all of this. I just hope it is the former. Peace mate.
  • SoundCloud! And they have not intention of making an app for WP
  • I'm inclined to agree with Microsoft; in fact, I'll go as far to say there isn't an app gap in any of their markets. However, many of the official apps lack features compared to their Android and iOS counterparts.
  • i agree that there is no gap in apps, i dont miss anything from android or ios and im not going back on android or ios never again... :) P.L.U.R. :)
  • Guys... Where is CLASH OF CLANS? All my friends using Android or iOS play that game and I just have to look at them. Pity! Windows phone lacks lakhs of apps. The biggest set back for WP. And when are google apps coming on WP? Never I hope. That's the main reason WP fails to catch up with its counterparts. And many other such games and apps are still missing, though not Indian, but they should have common sense that Indians also use apps which are not made in India
  • Where is the Citibank app??
  • I think they need glasses there's a few apps I did like we don't have
  • How many apps the platform supports isn't important for me. The quality of the apps are more important, and IMO the quality of the Windows Phone apps are far better than their Android or iOS counterparts. They are also more aesthetically pleasing. Plus, there are no malware apps or unnecessary apps in the Windows Phone store. This is due to Microsoft enforcing stringent requirements for apps to be published in the WP store, unlike Google.
  • We just need top 10000 Apps and Games on Google Play Store and Apple AppStore to be available on WPStore, because 1 million Apps on GPS or 1,3m Apps on AAS, 80% on them are junk:) if those 10000apps have been available on WPStore, i'm done:))
  • I don't know why so many people are against this kind of comments. We need users and this is a great way of getting them. I don't care if it's 100% truth. Most users won't even notice any difference anyway.
  • Agreed they have covered a lot of app difference for the Indian market but they still dont have these very often forgotten/silly apps available : 1) Saavn Online radio (Gaana hasnt been updated in ages) 2) New foursquare - even though swarm is out for WP 3) magzter (surprisingly available for windows 8) 4) buzzfeed - no official app 5) ebay app doesn't support Indian store 6) Facebbok has limited options 7) has anyone seen the Trucaller app on WP . The service itself is a disater and the WP app makes it even more so. 8) No mcdelivery app :(
  • Well I like my Windows Phone. Problem is this OS is like a BETA itself lol I mean come on...microsoft seriously??? You already know the capabilities of ios and android while you continue to update your OS from time to time to catch up? So you telling us the OS is not a BETA itself?? Because we loyal we support but you seriously cant fool us. Dont let me start with the app gap haha anyway as for the app gap, you think BETA apps and Third Party developers fill the gap? They are actually trying to do you guys a favor to fill the gap. But what are ya'll doing? That's why we support these developers. Why put out an Phone OS when you already understand what is the standards it has to meet compared to the other platforms lol but today all you do now is compare Siri vs Cortana and think she will help you cut the cheque! Nope sorry. So help us coz we support MS. Get it right!
  • I feel the same way, as much hard work needed by these guys is not Enough,,, just she basic apps like Xbox Music and all,,,are more feature full on other OS's. If their app is not in upfront on their OS then what can we expect from devs.
  • And above all, the apps that are available are...
    #fast
    #smoother
    #better UI
    #less battery and data consuming
    #quality & malware free
    Ya,they are lacking features but in future Windows will give more what we expect from other OS.
    And I have used both apple and android so, don't think I'm little on my facts.
  • I recognize that there is actually an app gap between the two leading smartphones os and us at least here in my country. Likewise there is much difference in quality between our apps and them. But, here are my suggestions to overcome this problem. First. MS/Nokia should make an irresistible, drool worthy, uncompromised, fully featured, with top of the line even advanced specs flagship phones showcasing the hardware and software harmony and of course at a reasonable price, one which makes the owner proud and satisfied. Second make a low end phone that is likewise beautiful and equipped with specs above and beyond the most selling low end phones in the market. In other words make a compelling low end phones to those who can't afford the high end ones. The keyword here is compelling and the overall feeling of lust for an amazing device. Third is market the device with all urgency as if there is no more tomorrow. We should all realize that developers will not create apps and if they do chances are they would just make it for the sake of saying that they have apps and they will just let it rot non updated, if the marketshare is low no matter how much prodding and encouragement we do. The reality is they are also human and they also need to put food on their tables. Developers enthusiasm and love for the OS can only carry us to a certain level but not over and beyond. Yes MS can offer monetary consideration as well as concessions but that is not enough i surmise for a developer to continue supporting and updating his app. This chicken and egg thing is really the vain in all of this problem. In my opinion the key here should be a multipronged approach for MS to make a compelling product at the same time continue enticing developers thru all means money or otherwise and we the,community should also continue whatever we can to achieve that panacea. Only thru a concerted effort, a united front can we reach that seemingly unattainable goal. Peace!!!
  • Huh ! Seriously? Look at IPhone apps which are missing on wp and are seriously needed ! Like -1. I am T- Pain 2. Action Movie FX ! LOOK @ THESE APPS ! AND BRING EM HERE ! OTHER THING IS MIXRADIO SERVICE STOPPED TOO ! ARE YOU BECOMING SO BORING MICROSOFT..! Its yet a developing phone not Developed ! And just bringing hey cortana feature isn't called as new firmware! There are still security things missing like Pattern Lock ( NUMBER LOCK SO BORING) after so many consumer feedback u say that's enough ? Seriously What the heck!
  • Microsoft is to busy renaming products. They can't be all over the place. First priority renaming apps and services second priority anything else third priority windows phone.
  • Microsoft is to busy renaming products. They can't be all over the place. First priority renaming apps and services second priority anything else third priority windows phone ;)
  • The apps are there and functional but many of them are missing features and the developers are not updating them as often as other platforms. MS needs to keep developers interests by giving them incentives that other platforms. It's becoming a chicken and egg story
  • Sure the apps are in betas...but they still work fine. As soon as they'll get to the final version they'll be better apps comparative to other OS. Only 2apps which I miss right now on wp is Flipboard and the new instagram app Hyperlapse. WP OS is perfect for me.
  • Yup very well satisfied
  • I think we have got decent applications collection, limited but very usable.
  • No flash transfer, apps doesn't have all the features when compared to other platforms
  • Is it just me or the facebook app really sucks?
  • Bring Super Beam to WP!
  • Yes it's nice to have bank apps but it's not going to ruin my experience with my phone especially when I can take care of it over the web. Santander has a nice mobile website.
  • My app gap: - Quicken Mobile
    - Marvel Unlimited
    - NHL Centerice, xbox even gets it
    - Pinball Arcade Give me those and I'll be much happier.
  • Oh yeah and totally Amazon Instant Video
  • This might be true, cause I don't really think I'm missing any apps... But that doesn't change the fact that there is an app gap & even on the case of apps present there is a considerable quality/features issue.
  • Smoking as usual
  • maybe they are right...but pls ur product is on sale nationwide...not only india u are proud of your "perfect" in india only? ok ...fine ...so go back to your world . u never accept the feedback and make it up..improve it..just only try to push your customer to accept ur way...forget it man...
  • 430 comments at the time of me typing this. I wonder how many of them are from people in India.. I don't know much about India,but I've been impressed by the fact of the apps that come from India. I think more official apps come from India than anywhere else.
  • WP users sure know how to b!tch and complain to the wrong people. Always see people complaining on the comments,that's fine and all but I wonder how many people complain directly to the developers,especially when MS has made it easier for the developers to receive and respond to feedback and MS has a user voice site.
  •   If Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Instagram, Tumblr unable to manage there Apps for windows Phone , they should give contract to indian developers they will make & develop them as required by users .... No frustration any more .....
  • Sigh, if only people would actually read the article and realize that the guy is taking about India. However, since it's clearly touched a nerve I think WP users should coordinate, pick one app per week and deluge the developers email with requests to bring it to our platform. Force them to notice a pattern directly instead of complaining here or asking MS to accomplish something that really is not within their power to do.
  • I still don't see Citibank India app.
  • Its not true...
    Most of People are using android that means app problem is still there...
  • Majorly yes all the apps are available,unless someone is really hungry in watching videos and chatting all day on different clients
  • You're fucking kidding me right?
  • I also think the quality of apps should improve,that is a problem.
  • No microsoft are wrong..there are some apps are missing likes
    1. Superbeam for fast files sharing
    2. App locker for locks apps like whatsapp
    3. No good video player apps in which we play all video formets..
  • I think its not about the app hai us about the functionality the iOS and android offer which wp lacks and lag behind ex: You can share anything anywhere in android like facebook photo on WhatsApp, WhatsApp can't send audio files like a song, videos thumbnails always changing itself which is very hard to find out which video should I play for the one I am looking for due to this thumbnail issue, file management is worst, u can't attach word files directly in emails, and their video/music app is worst(slow,buggy, and many more), worst multitasking, after the cyan update stability seem to be degrading day by day(feels like using android honeycomb), there is a long list which I can explain
  • Wp lacks functionality for ex
    1. File sharing is worst( u cant share photos between apps like in android)
    2. File receiving is worst(sometimes it didn't rcv the files at all)
    3. Multitasking is worst
    4. Apps lack in features
    5. Stability issues after cyan update(8.1)
    6. Can't attach files directly in e-mails
    7. Native music/video app is ultra slow and buggy and lacks basic feature
    8. Lacks a quality hardware phone which is value for money (moto g, xiomi redmi s1)
    9. Sometime never respond
    10. Some app never update from their date of release( Times of India) and despite complaining so many times to Microsoft nothing has been done
  • Yeah ..we indian really suffer from a app game in India.. When Microsoft thinks about India.. To introduce app.. We don't have official snap chat... Xbox pass not available in India..
    No games.. Xbox video not working..xbox music sucks..facebook doesn't show notification(if Microsoft link facebook a/c with facebook app.. In windows 8.1 first they improve the app then link)..so Microsoft not concentrating app gap.. No new games.. We have just a phone..
  • We get every app n updates..at the end..Microsoft if you do nothing u lost your buyers.. People buy windows phone.. After using it they feel.. Other OS gets every app+games..and we still waiting when Microsoft gets it..its a drag
  • My wife likes playing Candy Crush.. But app is not available on Windows Phone.. Am really thinking on getting her an Android phone next.. App gap does exists and it does matter sometimes.... In my case, I don't mind.. When for my wife.. I want the best....
  • Sick people. Instagram is still on beta. Bbm came after a decade. No sign of candy crush. Woo hoo Badland is not free.
  • It lacks functionality not the app gap ex
    1. Files sharing is worst can't share files between apps
    2. App lack basic features as compare to iOS and Android
    3. Can't attach songs in WhatsApp
    4. Can't share files from music player
    5. Native Music/Video app is slow and buggy
    6. Some app never update from the date of release(kik messanger, Times of India)
    7. Stability issue since cyan(8.1) update
    8. Good hardware phone which is value for money(moto g, xiomi redmi s1)
    9. Microsoft charging bucks for their apps(skull of shogun, I dig it and many more)
    10. Got lots of trouble due to the thumbnail issue in videos(thumbnail automatically change of every video that I have which is very annoying for me to find the video now
  • It lacks functionality not the app gap ex
    1. Files sharing is worst can't share files between apps
    2. App lack basic features as compare to iOS and Android
    3. Can't attach songs in WhatsApp
    4. Can't share files from music player
    5. Native Music/Video app is slow and buggy
    6. Some app never update from the date of release(kik messanger, Times of India)
    7. Stability issue since cyan(8.1) update
    8. Good hardware phone which is value for money(moto g, xiomi redmi s1)
    9. Microsoft charging bucks for their apps(skull of shogun, I dig it and many more)
    10. Got lots of trouble due to the thumbnail issue in videos(thumbnail automatically change of every video that I have which is very annoying for me to find the video now
    11. Not to forget wpcentral app is also buggy need to write 10 time to publish my post
  • Why every app+games available for IOS + ANDROIDS PLATFORM..why any app not make as well as for windows.. Please Microsoft you need to be focused..about App gap in India..we have too wait alot.. When an app come on windows ..which is already launch on ios and Android..we think we really left every just play the game..and we playing like a dumb..
  • Microsoft don't see that there's a app gap in India region,but in the U.S there's a major gap. Major Companies in the US don't have no love for Windows Phone,most app in the Windows OS are 3rd party apps from users. Microsoft need to rethink if they want to be 1st in Mobile Platform.
  • We don't have app like xender which can transfer the pictures and videos fast.. We still depend on Bluetooth..
    We don't have lots of game loft games..lots of
    We don't share video from,YouTube..
    But we still waiting in hope that wp wakes and do something..
  • So please Microsoft do something about this app gap.. Please we really need it..
  • are you delusional, microsoft?! yes, apps may have increased since WP7... but it still lacks a LOT, when compared to iOS and android. don't get too comfortable with what you've achieve, should be aiming higher... like be at par with other platforms, app-wise. it does really make me question if msft is serious with WP or not...
  • Lets not worry about the app gap we all know that wp is way behind, but apps will come when users come. So the problem is how do we get more users to join the windows platform the Answer is sell a windows phone as a perfect compliment to the windows PC. for example I would expect my windows phone to show up in my PC home group so I could effortless transfer files wirelessly. These are areas MS can and should work on. Wifi direct also missing
  • no app for my bank, my credit cards, my investment broker. lacking electronics, hacker/maker, medical apps. every little niche has an iPhone or android app, we don't, its always an afterthought.
  • The only thing that actually has an app on windows store and not on android or ios is IRCTC and we all know how bad that one is. Can't deny that there is an app gap. All the people I know have good medscape and webmd apps, the ones on WP aren't that good.
  • almost every new gadget has a page that shows compatible devices. WP is almost always absent. here is an example: http://www.choosemuse.com/pages/compatibility
  • Seams so, but the existing apps like twitter, instagram is still on beta, Pinterest is in beta and even many more apps require regular updates for stability and crash issues. Please do something.
  • Idiots !!! Pick random 10000 users and ask them what app are they missing , if you get 0 answers only than you dont have an app gap !!
  • I hate the "resuming" thing. Why doesn't any app come up instantly when you have more than one running apps.
  • What phone are you using?
  • Facebook Beta app is missing no features of any relevance.
  • I wonder, does Microsoft even care to read these comments and learn something? I like Windows Phone but at the same I won't deny that it lacks apps in terms of functionality and existence. And the platform itself lacks some basic features. It does not even have a microphone button on the keyboard to enter text through voice recognition. Xbox apps suck so bad. Xbox music takes about atleast 5 seconds from a cold to completely make it functional. It is really hard to play a local stored song. No quick toggle to turn data on/off (Now, please don't tell me to get an app from the store and pin it to start). File sharing is hectic. Can't send multiple items through Bluetooth. No good WiFi direct app to share big files. WhatsApp can't share songs. You can't find the received ones in music or anywhere in the phone except the app itself. Every app takes time to resume in multitasking. This is the truth. And as a Windows Phone user I will never deny or cover it with lame excuses.
  • Citibank does not have a wp app. Since axis bank introduced their app recently, I think Citibank will launch one soon.
  • I don't care about games. Instead there are some crucial apps missing. * I don't have an app for my internet banking * I don't have an app from my gsm carrier (talking about Vodafone RO, they said the WP market isn't big enough) * I don't have a fast and versatile music/media player (no, not the system one, nor moliplayer) * I don't have a reliable mail client with IMAP and POP (metrmail come close but not there yet) * Sharing is tangled and difficult * Where present, official apps are 2-3 generations behind iOS or Android ones.  I am still sticking to WP because I really like the UI experience and the phones are beautiful. 
  • Nook.
  • Yeah we really suffer a app gap in India
  • Um what.. They should first bring Xbox music and video here and then talk.. Apple and google both have it
  • 1. Xbox video is waste.
    2. Xbox music is not upto the mark for India. MS develops it for US & ships directly to India.
    3. Wi-Fi direct.
    4. Facebook app is not showing all the feeds in news feed. Not as good as on android.
    5. Dish TV app & online TV app.
    6. Videocon d2h app & TV app.
    7. SBI Card app.
    8. And a lot more.... I know the app gap is narrowing, but MS is taking too long. At least MS should develop their own app very quickly.
  • I think essential apps are available on WP.... Though no one installs a thousand apps on phone.... Just sort of personal preference... Candy crush is still needed... However that problem persists with king and not wp...
  • Are they kidding?
    1. Duolingo
    2. Tasker
    3. IFTTT
    These three apps alone are keeping me firmly entrenched on my Moto E (yes, the Moto E!) over my Lumia 925. To think that a phone worth ₹7000 provides a better overall user experience and better app selection than a Nokia flagship-level device. For shame!
  • Its a good thing microsft is sticking to keeping the ecosystem secure and safe. but what about many apps being in the beta stage even after the updates the apps are still in beta version.
  • Microsoft must also care about professionals and stop such managers from making irresponsible and euphemistic statement. Just by having banks, games and shopping apps doesn't complete your portfolio microsoft. For instance what about inbuilt wireless printing? These type of things will help you differentiate WP.
  • Our problem isn't in releasing apps our problem is in updating them for example Piano Tiles has been updated 4 on IOS since it released to WP, none of the 4 are available for us, tango, twitter, etc
  • Sooo a little off topic but is it me or does WPcentral app on WP look worse than the app for android, no pictures in the profile names ect...
  • Getting the Apps is one thing, getting the Companies to put some effort into them with updates and the like is quite another.
  • I dont care wat no of apps are dere in store or not
    But surely i need some live streaming apps like bbc iplayer or skysports player available in uk region.
    And tbh if u personally ask some brands y dey dont launch Missing apps : Starsports.com -
    live streaming app(subsc based)
    Some more bank org apps
    Google chrome , vlc player , YouTube app Games : Real racing 3 , assassin's creed , Cant access xbox music and videos apps - as dey r geo restricted N i dont consider 3rd party apps for calendar calculators, orgs
    as optimized app for wp8.1 (sucks big time)
  • I've found zero app gap in Australia just saying
  • Please Microsoft do something about this app gap in India
  • I don't get it why most new apps that come are from Indian devs. I smell a sense of patriotic bias here. #satyanadella
  • Hay day........
  • Forgets the APPS, I thinks window phones have better and very usefull apps in their store.......But, I thinks they more have think on PRICE rather than apps   Price is a basic Funda of INDIAN MARKET.....
  • All rubbish, don't know why they are showing that they care for India or other developing countries.....
    1) if they really care they would have understood till now that we do not have WiFi everywhere, MS would have given option to choose over WiFi or dataplan.
    2) Cortana in native language.
    3) Still cloud services is not common here, whatever data we save, is on fone.
    4) Still no preference on wp8.1 update.
    I agree upto some extent that who need more than one calculator ? May be app gap is zero, but who the hell care about apps when phone has hell lot of problems.
    1) XBM.
    2) Broken notification / Action center.
    3) Mail attachment.
    4) Pre recorded audio/video sharings in chat messengers. If it is copyright issue most successful OS, android would have not dare to do so.
    5) Still needs to restart phone to rectify one headphone voice problem.
    6) Videos shows in hub, needs to search songs if want to watch...if would have in folders, its quite easy to search.
    7) Phone heating is another problem.
    8) Selection/Highlighting text/paragraph is also not upto the mark.
    8) Sick of betas. Seems no body is interested in providing full version of app to MS or may be MS wants to hide its inefficiency by telling mass that this is just beta version....full version may have this and that features. And users are waiting since centuries to get full version.
    So, pls stop fooling around, stop doing propaganda. Get into some serious work to solve our problems.
  • All rubbish, don't know why they are showing that they care for India or other developing countries.....
    1) if they really care they would have understood till now that we do not have WiFi everywhere, MS would have given option to choose over WiFi or dataplan.
    2) Cortana in native language.
    3) Still cloud services is not common here, whatever data we save, is on fone.
    4) Still no preference on wp8.1 update.
    I agree upto some extent that who need more than one calculator ? May be app gap is zero, but who the hell care about apps when phone has hell lot of problems.
    1) XBM.
    2) Broken notification / Action center.
    3) Mail attachment.
    4) Pre recorded audio/video sharings in chat messengers. If it is copyright issue most successful OS, android would have not dare to do so.
    5) Still needs to restart phone to rectify one headphone voice problem.
    6) Videos shows in hub, needs to search songs if want to watch...if would have in folders, its quite easy to search.
    7) Phone heating is another problem.
    8) Selection/Highlighting text/paragraph is also not upto the mark.
    8) Sick of betas. Seems no body is interested in providing full version of app to MS or may be MS wants to hide its inefficiency by telling mass that this is just beta version....full version may have this and that features. And users are waiting since centuries to get full version.
    So, pls stop fooling around, stop doing propaganda. Get into some serious work to solve our problems.
  • There is an app gap and a quality gap. I'm on cyan now and I really hoped that the resuming screen would disappear, but unfortunately it is still there.
  • The best are missing...clash of clans? Snapchat? Candy crush? ....
  • Approx All indian apps are available in wp store...
  • Hey..... Even the normal video app and music app is not proper.... Then you go for other apps.... Do you have apps like Mx player, farm frenzy, candy crush etc etc and your video player doesn't support file types like flv,vob..... Atleast try to fix the music and video app
  • I personally think the app gap has closed.I have all the sofa that I need.I don't need tons of trash like that in Android.Kudos to Ms and all those hardworking devs who made this possible.
  • "The question is how many apps do you really need?" - It isn't about how many you need, but being able to have available the ones you do. Pretty simple.
  • Atleast they edited the title
  • See, I know there are many half baked apps in WP store, but that's not MS' fault. It all depends on app developers. They have just told about app gap which I think is filling. I am from India & proud to hear that. Hope that MS comes with more apps for other countries so that the app gap is reduced.
  • PROBLEM IS UPDATES Not The Apps Like You Cannot Edit Your Comments On Facebook But You Can Do That On Android.Microsoft Needs To Updates Apps Like Facebook,Twitter,Instagram WEEKLY If They Want To Be In The Game.
  • Dear MS only One small request, develop Apps for Indian Banks, Finance services, as well as Govt. Services, All Customers wants this essential Apps, nothing else. Take an example of Axis Bank in India, they have App for android but not for windows as per them only 2% of there cus use windows phone so why they invest money in developing App ? This is an example why users are not switching to windows phone, If you develop App for all the above then see the change. It would be great if you develop APP for those small Banks which does not have there APP for android or IOS. Not to forget your IRCTC App for Indian Railway was most welcomed by users as it was first launched for windows phone only!!   “I have all essential APPS from SBI to HDFC, to LIC” I dont want anything, only request for all others user out there.