According to Mplayit, the latest “social app store”, regardless of smartphone, we’re all using the same apps. Mplayit tracked 42,000 visitors and their app preferences and it turns out that regardless of platform, the same apps tended to be most popular. Apps like Evernote, Shazam, Pandora, Yelp, Nimbuzz and Facebook all appeared at the top of the charts.
Mplayit suggests that the findings also show that the sheer scale of iPhone’s 100,000-strong App Store isn’t such a big advantage compared to Android’s 20,000 apps and BlackBerry’s 4,500. “‘How many apps?’ is the wrong question,” says CEO Michael Powers. “People just want to get the job done. It doesn’t matter if there are 50 different to-do list apps on iPhone, because Android or BlackBerry just need a couple of good ones to make consumers happy.”
The only real differences between platforms were the Utilities. For the iPhone, Bump is the most popular. Android users love Google Goggles and Vlingo is the most popular among BlackBerry users. This sort of reflects the smartphone stereotypes: iPhone users love their one-trick-showoff-apps, Android users are Google fan-boys and BlackBerry users are always on the move and too busy to type their emails.