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Like Engadget, BI's Ellis Hamburger is impressed with Nokia's (NOK) Lumia 800 Windows Phone...

Like Engadget, BI's Ellis Hamburger is impressed with Nokia's (NOK) Lumia 800 Windows Phone (MSFT). But, in a refrain others are likely to echo, he refuses to buy one until it supports his favorite apps. Windows Phone supports over 30K apps, but that pales relative to the 500K+ available for iOS (AAPL) and Android (GOOG).
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  • D_Virginia
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    Let's get the cart and the horse in the right order here:

     

    Since each iOS is proprietary, there is no way for Windows Phone to "support" iOS or Android apps. The various app makers must port their iOS or Android apps to Windows Phone on their own, and they must then maintain both versions.

     

    There might one day be some kind of virtualization for Anrdoid apps, since Android is the most open, but there will be such a thing for iOS or Windows Phone.

     

    This is why mobile OS market share is so important -- "it's about the apps, stupid."

     

    App writers aren't going to invest in building and maintaining different versions of their apps for every smartphone OS, they will pick the top two or three (and right now Windows Phone is a distant third behind Android and iOS), and forget the rest.
    27 Oct 2011, 02:37 PM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Bluestacks is Android virtualization software for windows. http://bit.ly/sDEwWR

     

    Presumably, Windows phone supporting Android apps would quite significantly impact its app universe if it chose to follow RIM footsteps in that direction.

     

    The OS is becoming less relevant, and the apps will too, as virtualization becomes more common.
    28 Oct 2011, 01:00 AM Reply Like
  • NINJA1200
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    Who cares if Apple has 500k+ apps? Are you really thinking about using all of them? ;)
    Many of IOS apps are copycats of each other, not to mention that there too many worthless apps.
    27 Oct 2011, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • D_Virginia
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    The total number of apps certainly is a stupid metric, but a few super-popular apps can go a long way toward keeping customers on your platform.

     

    Imagine if Angry Birds wasn't available on Windows Phone (which it is) -- that might be a serious dealbreaker for a lot of bored businessmen.

     

    Personally, I wouldn't want a smartphone that didn't have my Reeder, Instapaper, Kindle, Audible, and Remember The Milk apps.
    27 Oct 2011, 04:12 PM Reply Like
  • dividend_growth
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    Now it becomes a chicken and egg problem: no developers for apps -> no customers, no customers -> no developers for apps.

     

    One way to break this vicious cycle is to sell new Windows phones at dumping prices. But Apple's $81 billion cash hoard and its highly efficient supply chains do scare competitors off.

     

    People who cry for dividends and buybacks should view cash as a powerful tool instead of some unwanted liabilities.
    27 Oct 2011, 09:38 PM Reply Like
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