The year 2014 has been a year of features, thrills and chills in the mobile space. We’ve seen the rise of some mobile brands like Xiaomi, the resurgence of BlackBerry, the gradual decline in Samsung profits, the ever bulging profit margins for Apple.
What Microsoft has done with Windows Phone in recent times has been haphazard, irregular and inconsistent. Some of their actions have made Windows Phone lag way behind the competition. Consequently, people are frustrated and losing interest in the ecosystem. Let’s look at some of the frustrations of a Windows Phone user.
Weak App Ecosystem
Compared to Android and iOS, Windows Phone doesn’t have many apps. There are about 500,000 in their apps store, so you can be sure of getting apps to meet your basic needs, the story changes when start needing any ‘extra’ feature, and no app is there to fill your craving.
Some apps on Windows Phones are the last to receive updates, they’re not as feature-rich as their other counterparts in Android or iOS. Windows Phones get to wait a longer time to receive updates, the apps are lagging behind in features, this leaves a typical user feeling left out and frustrated.
3rd party apps are meant to make up for the deficiencies of any mobile OS, and Windows Phone not having such crucial apps will continue to struggle, carrying that air of incompleteness alongside it . Maybe Windows 10 will bail them out, Who knows?
No Strong flagship for 2014
The year 2014 is almost over and Microsoft never released a serious flagship for WP. A flagship device is like a flag bearer for any Smartphone or OS maker, it represents the best of what a manufacturer has to offer- as at time of release- and its the reference point to ,or for any other device, the manufacturer will make next, be it mid-range, low-end, or another flagship.
The best phones to come from Microsoft this year were Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520. The 930 isn’t a serious flagship in terms of its hardware, specs(compared with iOS and Android), and it’s overbearing weight. The 1520 is a phablet, and that can’t be called flagship phone. It’s clear they’ve ignored the high end phone market and focused on the budget series.
The best sells of Windows Phone devices has been on the lower end especially with the Lumia 520. We can say they’re focusing on their strengths but then, they can’t just delve in, and while doing so, ignore the top-of-the line phones for smartphone enthusiasts.
Doing cheap phones alone cannot sustain a mobile OS, and we are yet to see a device to proves that Windows Phone can be a success in the high-end.
Abandoning their apps on Windows Phone
Microsoft has moved their attention to developing and improving their apps on iOS and Android, while ignoring the same apps on their Windows Phone. For instance, the Microsoft Office Mobile versions on Android and iOS are miles better than their Windows Phone counterparts.
In spite of all these shortcomings on Windows Phone, the platform agnostics still find something to love about it. The fact that it offers a smooth experience on top of any hardware is a a huge feat some people cannot boast of, but when apps and its usage comes to the fray the experience is dithered.