We Might Have Different Smartphones But Our Apps Are The Same

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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.

  • Gabriel

    But i have one question here? why the UI is so different??

    Blackberry is already in OS 5.0, they promise is amazing the OS but why the developers keep doing apps with UI so poor? u see an app from android or iphone and it looks amazing, but u see that same app in Blackberry and its ugly, the buttons, the colors, windows…

    Why the difference? Apis from RIM? or developers?

  • Gabriel

    But i have one question here? why the UI is so different??

    Blackberry is already in OS 5.0, they promise is amazing the OS but why the developers keep doing apps with UI so poor? u see an app from android or iphone and it looks amazing, but u see that same app in Blackberry and its ugly, the buttons, the colors, windows…

    Why the difference? Apis from RIM? or developers?

  • Gabriel

    But i have one question here? why the UI is so different??

    Blackberry is already in OS 5.0, they promise is amazing the OS but why the developers keep doing apps with UI so poor? u see an app from android or iphone and it looks amazing, but u see that same app in Blackberry and its ugly, the buttons, the colors, windows…

    Why the difference? Apis from RIM? or developers?

  • Gabriel

    But i have one question here? why the UI is so different??

    Blackberry is already in OS 5.0, they promise is amazing the OS but why the developers keep doing apps with UI so poor? u see an app from android or iphone and it looks amazing, but u see that same app in Blackberry and its ugly, the buttons, the colors, windows…

    Why the difference? Apis from RIM? or developers?

  • murphythadog

    +1 Gabriel, I too often pondered this. For an app to be great, it has to work well, it has to be aesthetically appeasing, fast, and useful. Some apps on BlackBerry pull this off somehow, most do not as far as look and feel. Almost all iPhone apps look great. I’m guessing it’s the API’s but I thought RIM just released new ones, but maybe they don’t matter as much. Also RIM just released widgets but I haven’t seen one yet so I’m not sure what they look like. Maybe these will help the looks of BlackBerry apps. I have an iPod touch for this very reason, I can’t wait until Verizon gets their version of the iPhone.

    One of my top favorite apps for my iPod Touch is the Guitar Toolkit, nothing comes even close to it from BlackBerry developers. Plus the Blackberry has multitouch so I can play 4 to 8 notes on a piano keyboard, I don’t think this is possible with BlackBerry. now I know these are kind of apps that wouldn’t be for a normal BlackBerry user but I’m not normal.

    The other issue is RIM will need to figure out memory issues. I can barely have 10 apps on my Blackberry before it starts telling me I need to delete some for memory. My ipod touch has 4 pages of apps and still going strong. That’s a big void that Blackberry needs to address. They can have 1000′s of apps but until I can load more than 10 at a time then no thanks.

  • murphythadog

    +1 Gabriel, I too often pondered this. For an app to be great, it has to work well, it has to be aesthetically appeasing, fast, and useful. Some apps on BlackBerry pull this off somehow, most do not as far as look and feel. Almost all iPhone apps look great. I’m guessing it’s the API’s but I thought RIM just released new ones, but maybe they don’t matter as much. Also RIM just released widgets but I haven’t seen one yet so I’m not sure what they look like. Maybe these will help the looks of BlackBerry apps. I have an iPod touch for this very reason, I can’t wait until Verizon gets their version of the iPhone.

    One of my top favorite apps for my iPod Touch is the Guitar Toolkit, nothing comes even close to it from BlackBerry developers. Plus the Blackberry has multitouch so I can play 4 to 8 notes on a piano keyboard, I don’t think this is possible with BlackBerry. now I know these are kind of apps that wouldn’t be for a normal BlackBerry user but I’m not normal.

    The other issue is RIM will need to figure out memory issues. I can barely have 10 apps on my Blackberry before it starts telling me I need to delete some for memory. My ipod touch has 4 pages of apps and still going strong. That’s a big void that Blackberry needs to address. They can have 1000′s of apps but until I can load more than 10 at a time then no thanks.