At the launch of Blackberry 10 Blackberry’s Martyn Mallick was quick to say they would have more than the 46 out of the 50 top mobile apps which Microsoft boasted Windows Phone had.
PCMag’s Sascha Sagan decided to put this claim to the test, given that Blackberry 10’s app store now has more than 70,000 apps, with the promise of 100,000 by their US launch in a few weeks.
Collecting a list from the top free and paid apps on iOS and Android, he came up with 102 applications, and found Blackberry’s claims pretty hollow.
After looking at a list of 102 popular apps on Android and iOS, we found that only 34 percent of the apps had BlackBerry 10 versions or equivalents, while 63 percent had Windows Phone 8 versions or equivalents.
BlackBerry had 15 of the 102 apps, plus 20 functional equivalents, for a total of 35. Windows Phone had 35 of the 102 apps, plus 29 equivalents, for a total of 64.
Of the 52 iOS apps surveyed, BlackBerry had 35 percent as opposed to 31 percent of the 68 Android apps.
Windows Phone had 63 percent of the Android apps, and 58 percent of the iOS apps.
Sascha found the majority of the missing apps were games, something which will hopefully be addressed by the easier porting and larger market share brought on by Windows Phone 8.
In the end however, while Windows Phone continues to have an “app gap”, it certainly is much more competitive than Blackberry 10 is.
Read much more at PCMag here.