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Why no. of apps in a store is an exaggerated myth? Latest study rates most of the apps as dead.

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A latest study by “Stardust” (a company that tests mobile apps to make sure they are compatible with the relevant systems, app stores and hardware) has published its analysis of applications in three major stores Apple store, Google Play and Windows Phone store. This study puts number of apps in the three stores as 617,436 apps in the Apple Store and 484,271 in Google play much less than official claims, while the estimate for Windows Phone store is still close to official claims at 156317.

Now, comes the real shocker which puts 65% of iOS apps, 41% of Android apps and 69% of Windows Phone store apps as dead. The criteria here are two, either apps have had no updates and they have fewer than 10 reviews on the relevant app store page. The % in case of Google Play may look less but that is primarily due to the reason that because of the variety of Android software editions and customizations may increase the need for frequent updates.

While, questions may be raised on this study, but it puts a big question mark on the huge application numbers myth and also on the official claims of huge totals by Google and Apple.

Thanks Ramil for the Tip. Cheers!!

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  • TS

    If one wanted to calculate serious statistics (even I remember this from university), he’d have to take the user base into account.
    For example – market share:
    android – 80%
    IOS – 15% = 15/80 = 18,75% of android
    Windows – 5% = 5/80 = 6,25% of android

    So if I demand 10 comments for an app for android,
    I may only demand: 18,75/100 x 10 = 1,85 = 2 for the IOS, and
    I may only demand: 6,25/100 x 10 = 0,625 = 1 – only one for Windows
    Otherwise the result shown is pure nonsense, well saying every user is equally likely to comment an app.

  • TS

    What is really important is:
    1. the Price,
    2. the quantity

    2.03 – this is more than android – good for Windows. But worse than IOS.
    Low price = bad market = bad ecosystem.
    –> here the result = Windows is better for developers than android, but worse than IOS.

    286 per day = ca. 8700 per month = ca. 105.000 per year –> brings us to 300k somewhere around december 2014. 300k is what IOS had when Windows 8 launched – could go faster if you ask me.

    • Kamal Mishra

      The apps rate will accelerate further, as soon as Q3 results and next wave of devices hit the market…

  • TS

    The “dead apps” statistic does not seem serious to me.
    As you can see there are very few comments for Windows apps – so obviously most apps are dead after this criterium – probably because of the small user base Windows has.
    –> so a very distorted result here.

    Secondly – I think you’re right: every new android version 4.0 –> 4.01 –> 4.02
    problably means an update is necessary.
    There is only one Windows 8 – so no update necessary –> maybe when we get Windows 8.1, we’ll see more updated.
    –> so again, a very distorted result here.

    I don’t think this result gets even close to the real “dead app” number.

  • Jeff

    Isn’t 100,000 apps enough.

    • Geeks

      I’ve never used more than 10 mobile apps. Maybe I live on a different planet!!!
      Those who want to spend all their lives testing apps can try hundreds of thousands…

      But, the US government released a report showing 80% of spyware on ANDROID phones and I prefer to limit my exposure to malware although I am using WP8 that according to the report has 0.3% malware vs 0.7% for IOS. 170,000 WP apps are still too many for me.

      • Kamal Mishra

        One can stuff the device with 50-100 apps but frequently used apps will be no more than 20-30.

      • TS


        80% ANDROID malware means 99% modern smartphone malware is android.
        The other 19% is Symbian.

        You can say, that all malware programmed today targets the android only.