I have been stewing in silence for a while, trying not to jump into the cage. I have been trying so hard to avoid getting into a brawl. Na; not a physical brawl. Physical brawls are for wimps. Those who know me know that I can hold my own in an argument. More than most people can. My wife once looked at me and said, “One cannot win an argument against you”. I don’t think that she meant that literally (I’m not going to ask). She has seen me hold my own in arguments – whether with her or with someone else, or even up against a whole gang. You better believe it that if my wife can say that about me, I can hold my own. I have balls. Big ones too. You can ask wifey about that too (if you dare)!
I was sent a link to an article in which the writer expressed the very same sentiments that I am expressing in this article. The article, Will Pundits Kill Windows Phone 8?, addressed the oft-repeated mantra by many parochial “pundits” that Windows Phone 8 is not worth recommending because it doesn’t have as many apps as obtains on iOS or Android. I have read stuff like that over and over again to the point that I think I am going to be sick.
Excuse my French, but that mindset from all these so-called “pundits” is absolute bullshit. And like the writer of that article, I am tired of it.
I read all sorts of bird poo like that here on Mobility too, and I shake my head. Just yesterday in the discussions following my article, Mister Mo’s Android Apps that are available on Windows Phone, someone tried to sell us the idea that we do not realize we are missing something until we are shown. Fortunately, that was addressed clinically.
Like the respondent said, and like the writer of the linked article has made clear, it is all media hype. End of.
It Has Never Been About The Apps
When the first iPhone was released, it did not even support any apps, yet it sold. It wasn’t about the apps.
For years, even after iOS began to support third party apps and the platform led the apps race, Android kept out-selling the iPhone and is the number one smartphone OS, though it kept trailing iOS in apps volume. It has never been about the apps.
Yes; I know that Android is finally catching up with iOS in the silly apps war, but you do get the point – the apps didn’t lead the way. They never have. Neither the iPhone’s success or Android’s success was apps-led. Facts. Some of us have been around and followed mobile history and trends long enough not to have the wool pulled over our faces.
Over 100,000 Apps on Windows Phone
Having said that, let’s see whether things are as bleak, apps wise, as these pundits claim it is for Windows Phone.
At last count, Windows Phone has over 100,000 apps, and increasing fast. Look, if anyone has a problem with a platform that has sprung over 100,000 apps in the short period that Windows Phone has been around, that person has a problem. Obviously. A perception problem.
What we are seeing with WP apps was not the trend with Symbian/Belle. This was not the trend with WebOS. Even the BlackBerry app catalogue isn’t growing at the huge rate that Windows Phone apps catalogue is. Yes; BlackBerry OS which has been around since the Jurassic Age has just over 100,000 apps. Windows Phone caught up, and with the current momentum will leave BlackBerry OS in the dust.
There is momentum. Developers are getting on Windows Phone. So, what are these guys bitching about? Bias. Unadulterated, parochial, close-minded, nauseating bias.
In this article, my aim is not to point out why Windows Phone 8 is viable. My only objective is to show how these sort of people are twisted and why they need to shut the app up! They are irritating. Like bugs and ants crawling over a mound of sweets. Or donkeys braying in an airless barn. Or wolves howling on a night that you really need your sweet sleep.
I have only had brief hands-on time with Windows Phone 8 at the Lumia 920 launch, so I am not in a position to comment yet on a lot of things about the platform, but a review unit of the Lumia 920 is heading this way next week. If I find the OS a mess, I will say so. For example, I find Windows Phone 7 limiting and frustrating, especially because of the way multitasking is implemented and the lack of mass storage, among others. It is even worse on a low end device like the Lumia 610. The 610 that I am currently reviewing has me on edge most of the time. But then, I realise that version 8 is a different beast, and I will give it the chance it deserves. But apps wise – oh dear – There are more than enough apps to take care of the majority of people’s needs.
So, dear close-minded, nagging pundits, shut the app up and give it a rest. If Windows Phone fails, it won’t be for a lack of apps.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.