Posts Tagged ‘Apps’
There are a lot of Windows Phone 7 users that have been eagerly waiting for the extremely popular Angry Birds to be flung over to their platform. The game has flung itself over to Android and has now made its way towards Microsoft’s mobile platform. However, to get the game, users would have to pay 5 times as much compared to how much iOS users pay for the download.
The news came from the Windows Phone Blog’s Michael Stroh. On the blog he wrote, “At last. Angry Birds is now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace—a few hours ahead of schedule and so fresh it hasn’t even been rated yet!”
“Be the first—or just hunker down with your phone and get dem pigs.”
“The game, the last in Xbox’s Must Have Games series for Windows Phone, is free to try and $2.99 to buy.”
In the US, Windows Phone 7 users would have to pay $2.99 to enjoy the popular game. In the UK, Windows Phone 7 users would have to pay £2.49 to enjoy more from bird-flinging action. This is almost 5 times more expensive compared to what iPhone users have to pay for the same game, which they can play for only 59p.
In addition to the extreme price difference, they pay this much for levels found on the original game. There is no news if the Seasons version will be available on the Zune app store. Is this game worth £2.49? Well, you can always try the game out first for free and decide to purchase it, if you really want to play the additional levels on the paid version.
Is this how Microsoft plans to win the hearts of the consumer? We’re not sure why Angry Birds is 5 times more expensive on Zune compared to the App Store. Hopefully, they drop the price to attract more WP7 gamers.
It looks like things are looking up for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform, when it comes to the apps in its app offering. There are currently 25,000 apps in its apps marketplace. This is impressive since this app store is only 8 months old.
These numbers may not have come officially from the software giant Microsoft, rather from WindowsPhoneApplist, a website dedicated to providing real-time and updated statistics of the apps in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace. According to the website, the grand total of apps on Microsoft’s app offering for their Windows Phone platform has hit a milestone 25,076.
According to another website, WP7Applications, tracking the progress of apps in this marketplace, the actual figure is 24,878. This isn’t really a big difference in the total amount of apps reported. One thing’s for sure, Microsoft is kicking it up in high gear when it comes to apps in its app offering. At the rate they’re going, they will soon become a worthy contender among app leaders such as Android’s Android Market and Apple’s App Store.
The apps in Microsoft’s app marketplace are composed of free apps that amount to more than half of the apps offered. These are mostly comprised of eBooks and games.
Despite reaching a milestone 25,000 apps in just a matter of 8 months, the number of apps in Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 apps marketplace is still nothing compared to the Apple-claimed 425,000 apps in the Apple App Store and currently 5.1 billion downloads, and rising, from the Android Market (according to AndroLib). However, we all remember when Android started with nothing on its app offering. Now, they are neck-in-neck with Apple. Microsoft plans to do the same.
By adding approximately 3,100 apps on each and every month, we will soon see apps for the Windows Phone platform as the new contender.
What is the biggest downfall of Android Honeycomb tablets like the Motorola Xoom? Its biggest downfall is apps. There are literally hundreds of thousands of app found on the Android Market and only a few apps for Honeycomb tablets. This is one of the main reasons why the Xoom failed miserably in its attempt to bring down the Apple iPad 2.
Compared to the Android Market, the Apple App Store has more than 100,000 apps especially designed for the iPad. For Android Honeycomb tablets like the Xoom and Samsung’s the number of apps amount to only a few hundred. This means that Apple iPad users have more choices in tools, eBooks, fun, and entertainment. This is the main reason why the iPad is still going strong.
This is the main reason why there is an ongoing love affair between users and the Apple iOS tablet. On Apple’s app offering, app developers offer more iPad-optimized games, tools, news, movies, music, and other forms of entertainment.
According to CNET, when the iPad was released to the market last year, it only came with 5,000 native apps. This quickly grew to 11,000 native apps on the 2nd quarter of 2010. When the iPad 2 was announced on March of this year, these apps have grown to 65,000. At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced that these apps have grown to over 90,000.
Coupled with the Cupertino firm’s unrivaled marketing prowess and the preference of app developers to the iOS platform, there is no doubt that future versions of the iPad will still remain the most popular tablet in the market.
However, this dominance is indefinite. The Ice cream Sandwich is on the horizon. This may be one of the reasons why app devs have been waiting for the right time to create more tablet-optimized apps for Android. Developers can hit two birds with one stone, since ICS is set to unite both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. We might just see more apps for Android tablets when the Ice Cream Sandwich rolls out.