PDA

View Full Version : Only Half of Top 100 App Store iPad Apps Available and Optimized for Android Tablets




MacRumors
Aug 14, 2013, 12:41 PM
http://images.macrumors.com/im/macrumorsthreadlogo.gif (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/14/only-half-of-top-100-app-store-ipad-apps-available-and-optimized-for-android-tablets/)


http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/06/app_store_icon_170.jpgAccording to a new report (http://www.canalys.com/newsroom/half-top-ipad-apps-either-unavailable-or-not-optimized-android) from research firm Canalys, Android tablets have only a portion of the quality apps that are available on Apple's iPad.

30 of the top 100 paid and free apps in Apple's iPad App Store during the first half of 2013 were unavailable in the Google Play store. An additional 18 apps could be downloaded, but were not optimized for tablet users.

Only 52 of the 100 top App Store apps were available on Google Play and optimized for tablets. Six of those apps were originally paid apps in the App Store, but available in an ad-supported capacity on Google Play, which Canalys points out often provides an inferior experience."Quite simply, building high-quality app experiences for Android tablets has not been among many developers' top priorities to date," said Canalys Senior Analyst Tim Shepherd. "That there are over 375,000 apps in the Apple App Store that are designed with iPad users in mind, versus just a fraction of this - in the low tens of thousands - available through Google Play, underscores this point ."Earlier this month, Canalys reported (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/02/another-study-shows-non-ios-tablets-surpassing-ipad-in-global-market-share/) that non-iOS tablets surpassed the iPad in global market share for the first time, with Apple taking just a 42.7% share of worldwide tablet shipments. Tablets from Samsung, Amazon, Lenovo, Acer, and others combined to capture 57.3% of tablet shipments.

Google Play downloads also reportedly surpassed (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/31/google-play-downloads-passed-app-store-downloads-for-the-first-time-in-q2/) App Store downloads during the second quarter of 2013, but despite greater Android tablet and smartphone shipments and a higher number of app downloads, Apple's App Store still brings in over twice the amount of revenue.

Canalys obtained its data on the App Store and the Google Play store by aggregating daily app rankings during the first half of 2013. Canalys has provided a detailed list [PDF (http://www.canalys.com/download/tablet_apps.pdf)]
of the top free and paid App Store apps that were available or unavailable for the Google Play store.

Article Link: Only Half of Top 100 App Store iPad Apps Available and Optimized for Android Tablets (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/14/only-half-of-top-100-app-store-ipad-apps-available-and-optimized-for-android-tablets/)



inspirations365
Aug 14, 2013, 12:47 PM
Bet the farm Tim will quote this study in the iPad part of the keynote.

Mr. Gates
Aug 14, 2013, 12:48 PM
Oh yeah !?

What apps ?

I just got a Nexus 7 and it beats the hell out of iPad. Looking for some fun Apps :)

dejo
Aug 14, 2013, 12:53 PM
Oh yeah !?

What apps ?

Via the report: http://www.canalys.com/download/tablet_apps.pdf

ghost187
Aug 14, 2013, 12:53 PM
Oh yeah !?

What apps ?

I just got a Nexus 7 and it beats the hell out of iPad

HOW? With it's GPS and Multitouch issues, or by flapping its monster bezel?

yousifabdullah
Aug 14, 2013, 12:53 PM
Proud to be an iPad user. :)

EDIT: I should clarify, I have used my iPad exclusively since late 2012. Bought the 4th gen when it came out and sold my rMBP the same week. I work in retail and as a librarian, need Office apps and I draw and make music in my free-time. I've found the iPad to be perfect for me. The app experience is the best I've ever had and I've tried out the Nexuses, Surfaces, etc. Can't wait for the 5th gen to drop, will buy a 128GB Cellular instantly! :)

jav6454
Aug 14, 2013, 12:57 PM
I don't want to sound like a overzealous Apple lover, but....

Apple holding it's own against 5 other companies world wide is an impressive feat. Regardless if Apple's marketshare is just 42%. Rather impressive.

Karma*Police
Aug 14, 2013, 01:02 PM
I'd say that even the Android phone apps aren't on par with their iOS counterparts. Flixster comes to mind cos I just used it on my HTC and iPhone this weekend and the difference in design and polish was immediately obvious.

KidSqueek
Aug 14, 2013, 01:06 PM
Those Andriod apps don't even compare to iOS apps when it comes to quality. Before my iPhone, I had a Android phone and I used my iPod touch a lot more than my phone because of the quality of the apps.

Doctor Q
Aug 14, 2013, 01:25 PM
How many of the top Google Play apps are available for the iPad? Without answering that question the reported results could simply show that the marketplaces have different sets of apps, as opposed to one being a subset of the other.

It wouldn't surprise me to see proof that iPad apps are higher quality, but rather than show it this analysis begs the question by defining a high quality app as one available for iPad.

jm001
Aug 14, 2013, 02:14 PM
Oh yeah !?

What apps ?

I just got a Nexus 7 and it beats the hell out of iPad. Looking for some fun Apps :)

Mr. Gates? Bill? Bill is that you?! Wouldn't MS be angry that you're not using a surface?

nagromme
Aug 14, 2013, 02:35 PM
Not all apps are created equal!

How many Android-exclusive apps are little system utilities/mods (fine, that can be neat, for sure) and how many are like the best iOS exclusives: real power apps? Like ArtRage, GarageBand, Procreate, Inkpad, Pages, Numbers, iMovie, Keynote, Textastic, iDraw, iTunes U, OmniGraffle, iPhoto, Bento, Omni Outliner, ArtStudio, Adobe Ideas, NanoStudio, Diet Coda, Intaglio, Freeform, TouchUp, iTeleport, and ReBirth.

Where are apps like these for Android? Not, “well, here’s SOME kind of app in this category,” but a truly top-level (and tablet-optimized) experience with that level of productivity, features, and quality?

There must be some--but far fewer; I can think of only two candidates: Photoshop Touch and Sketchbook (which is reportedly maddeningly slow on Android). But those aren’t exclusives—they’re on iOS too—and both have better competing apps that are iOS-only. (And often when an app technically exists both iOS and Android, the two versions are the same in name only, and side-by-side comparison makes the Android version look terrible.)

I'm amazed the number found was even 50%. I often look up an Android version whenever I find a new great app, and I almost never find one. (I do sometimes find an app with the same name and icon that's a scam or malware!)

AngerDanger
Aug 14, 2013, 02:39 PM
Oh yeah !?

What apps ?

I just got a Nexus 7 and it beats the hell out of iPad. Looking for some fun Apps :)

Feel free to read the article and click on the link (http://www.canalys.com/download/tablet_apps.pdf).
Feel free to read the comments and see that somebody already provided him with that link, FreshPie. Your attempt at condescension was abhorrent.

JackieInCo
Aug 14, 2013, 02:48 PM
I originally bought a Nexus 7 thinking it could be an iPad replacement and it worked for 4 months. Then I bought an iPad Mini and discovered that when buying all the same apps that I had on the Nexus 7, very few of the Nexus 7 apps were actually made for tablets, they were simply scaled up phone apps.

If I had bought my Mini first, I would not have bought a Nexus 7. iPad is that much better. It's all about the apps. Apps are clearly superior on iOS.

Tones2
Aug 14, 2013, 03:09 PM
How many of the top Google Play apps are available for the iPad? Without answering that question the reported results could simply show that the marketplaces have different sets of apps, as opposed to one being a subset of the other.

It wouldn't surprise me to see proof that iPad apps are higher quality, but rather than show it this analysis begs the question by defining a high quality app as one available for iPad.

This is exactly what I was thinking. Unless they go the other way, this report means very little. Not to say the results would or wouldn't come to the same conclusion, but the methodology of judgement is completely flawed.

Note that I've been using Samsung Galaxies for about two years after switching from my iPhone 4S, and I also use an iPad. So I continuously use apps on both platforms. And I can say unequivically that in general the totality of the apps are pretty comparable. There are certainly a lot of apps that iOS does better or don't exist on Android and many that Android does better or don't exist on iOS. The top aps are pretty comparable. Android is weak on anything that uses no-latency audio and iOS is weak on anything that needs access to file systems and a lot of menu options. Generally iOS apps look visually better while Android apps have more flexibility.

Technarchy
Aug 14, 2013, 03:28 PM
This is exactly what I was thinking. Unless they go the other way, this report means very little. Not to say the results would or wouldn't come to the same conclusion, but the methodology of judgement is completely flawed.

Note that I've been using Samsung Galaxies for about two years after switching from my iPhone 4S, and I also use an iPad. So I continuously use apps on both platforms. And I can say unequivically that in geberal the totality of the apps are pretty comparible. There are certainly a lot of apps that iOS does better or don't exist on Android and mny that ASndroid does better or don't exist on iOS. The top aps are pretty comparable. Android is weak on anything that uses no-latency audio and iOS is weak on anything that needs access to file systems and a lot of menu options. Generally iOS apps look visually better while Android apps have more flexibility.

The difference being that android users care more about what they are missing on iOS.

All my favorite android apps are on iOS. I do mean all.

But several of my favorite iOS apps are totally missing from android.

This doesn't even factor in apps that cater to specific industries like medical and education that don't have a prayer of ending up on Android.

deeddawg
Aug 14, 2013, 03:36 PM
Anyone happen to notice that six of the top fifty are Apple apps? :D

----------

But several of my favorite iOS apps are totally missing from android.

Amazon Prime Instant Video being one I've noticed missing. Wonder if there's a Kindle Fire related reason for that.

seecoolguy
Aug 14, 2013, 03:55 PM
This is exactly what I was thinking. Unless they go the other way, this report means very little. Not to say the results would or wouldn't come to the same conclusion, but the methodology of judgement is completely flawed.

Note that I've been using Samsung Galaxies for about two years after switching from my iPhone 4S, and I also use an iPad. So I continuously use apps on both platforms. And I can say unequivically that in general the totality of the apps are pretty comparable. There are certainly a lot of apps that iOS does better or don't exist on Android and many that Android does better or don't exist on iOS. The top aps are pretty comparable. Android is weak on anything that uses no-latency audio and iOS is weak on anything that needs access to file systems and a lot of menu options. Generally iOS apps look visually better while Android apps have more flexibility.


as an Android vs iOS, the two things I wish I could do on iOS would be

a) change default app, ie, swap out mailbox for default mail app
b) allow developers to tap into wifi analyzer type tools.

since I'm an iOS user and have pretty much abandoned android, I simply move my Mail App out of the dock bar, and while it's configured for email so that I can tap from within an app and email links or content out of my device, my preferred email app is mailbox. and it would be great if iOS allowed users to modify a bit of the iOS experiance in this regard (i guess it's mostly an issue for me since I am a gmail user, the point would be moot if I was an iCloud user, as I would still get push email).

for the wifi analyzer tool, it's not a tool I use often, but here is the gotcha. @ my work I have this app installed on my company nexus 7 (2012). it's the only thing I use it for. It spends it's life power cycling every couple of weeks when I remember to charge it.

allowing iOS admins to test an area for wifi connectivity is incredibly useful. because the damn nexus 7 is almost never charged up we have resorted to using a mba in it's place to test the signal strength.

if Apple allowed iOS developers to create a nice app like they used to, it would turn my iPhone into an all purpose device. no need to grab another tool.

I suppose I'm in the minority in these two ideas.

iLilana
Aug 14, 2013, 03:59 PM
name one very good music production app or midi controller on android that actually works well, looks good and is appealing to use. This scenario does however remind me of a certain video game industry . The whole DirectX vs openGL where it was heavily favoured to code games in directx only just because of certain financial incentives allegedly provided by Microsoft. Or could it just be that business goes where its good.

alexgowers
Aug 14, 2013, 04:37 PM
Seen it loads.

The customer doesn't know the difference until they've used both but there are certainly very few tablet apps on android and effectively all apps are scaled as screen sizes vary dramatically. It's a mess on android and it's never going to get better.

inlovewithi
Aug 14, 2013, 05:39 PM
This article sounds like it was written by a certain type of person for certain type of people. Like picking and choosing stats out of context in order to feel good about the perception. I mean you would imagine that they would go deeper with their analysis, including listing the apps, but more importantly showing the top 100 androids apps and how many are not available on the iPad. I mean just to sound scientific, instead of bias.

----------

This is exactly what I was thinking. Unless they go the other way, this report means very little. Not to say the results would or wouldn't come to the same conclusion, but the methodology of judgement is completely flawed.

Note that I've been using Samsung Galaxies for about two years after switching from my iPhone 4S, and I also use an iPad. So I continuously use apps on both platforms. And I can say unequivically that in general the totality of the apps are pretty comparable. There are certainly a lot of apps that iOS does better or don't exist on Android and many that Android does better or don't exist on iOS. The top aps are pretty comparable. Android is weak on anything that uses no-latency audio and iOS is weak on anything that needs access to file systems and a lot of menu options. Generally iOS apps look visually better while Android apps have more flexibility.

I don't have any iOS devices, so I'm curious how do they generally look better? I mean, I'm thinking of a developer who made the same app for both devices, why would the iOS one look better?

fourthtunz
Aug 14, 2013, 05:41 PM
It's good to see the copyists lose!
Hey they look something like the iPhone and the iPad,
But imagine the disappointment of getting the cheap knockoffs
And finding that they're junk...too bad.
Where's the government when you really need them?
Oh the humanity!!

E.Lizardo
Aug 14, 2013, 07:10 PM
Oh yeah !?

What apps ?

I just got a Nexus 7 and it beats the hell out of iPad. Looking for some fun Apps :)

They are on iTunes

Jessica Lares
Aug 14, 2013, 07:29 PM
*YAWN*

Those are not apps. :rolleyes: These are apps:

TouchDraw

https://lh4.ggpht.com/59BMTePmfWbC2-IPT6_KJHQbVVvzsPXA92Pn9LcTDqHueMv6kM-sQTnaQ2UP3jb2l1k=h900

Papyrus

https://lh5.ggpht.com/b3HwgyVoV8kehaf06l7YOZCk2HQ2HIHC7QZy3TD03x5ouzouQU4Eyk2qvUg7UVTOC_EC=h900

Umano

https://lh5.ggpht.com/3Q6iyHs4v_zJsp_KgVnoWyGCi2BZzGsHWK96oiP8L_KnpOgdirFRas5zf4C4d4CFXupS=h900

Timetable

https://lh4.ggpht.com/SpZY6BQlCXI-EU1sDpH31wZ_RexQThIOoaqnHM2J69p818_QxhQAeHtlM70Mf26bHY4=h900

Diaro

https://lh3.ggpht.com/jbHMelU5Gy5438RWWRuypLRz2ZX9bCyGHk3qwTK6PX7qA_oX5F9qqRp1CghtpGMuoy0=h900

Cliffhanger

https://lh6.ggpht.com/lqJNV5cTG3Xw_Fx8PfVBjtL-Yhc_u9xNBimyAvIzaYqxyqIDWd3IwP7_vxyrp2vloQ=h900

F123D
Aug 14, 2013, 07:35 PM
One of the reasons I still prefer an iPad over an android tablet. Maybe in a year or two. For now, waiting for the iPad 5.

jeffe
Aug 14, 2013, 08:31 PM
Did anyone actually look at the list of apps? I can't believe the 3rd top free app on the iPad is a calculator app.

Don't think Android users are missing much of anything.

Fruit Cake
Aug 14, 2013, 10:10 PM
Half is actually pretty good, not long ago there were hardly any android apps optimized to run as tablet form... Give it another yr or 2...

monkor
Aug 15, 2013, 12:40 AM
Good God. When is anyone else just going to go out and say it: no one gives a **** about tablet-optimized apps, except the small minority of tech afficionados like ourselves and the bloggers who even use the term "tablet-optimized". My pops, God bless him, is an IT wizard. He can troubleshoot and build any computer you ask him. So I got him a nice IPad for Christmas to replace his Nexus 7 after hearing all the complaints about it (my dad had none, but still).

What'd he do with the iPad? He asked me to (and italicize the F out of what I'm about to say) return it. Said he didn't like how the apps looked, and wanted them to look how they do on his phone (an iPhone), only bigger. And he went to MIT.

But it's not just him. It's my auntie, it's my friends who aren't techies, it's everyone I've encountered with a tablet (anecdotal means nothing -- whatever). They just don't care; it's not a deal breaker on a tablet. And if it is, it's literally dead last.

What's more important to them? Can I Skype? Can I Gchat? Can I send messages? Can I watch Netflix or whatever? Can I bring it on an airplane? Is it pretty? What about Candy Crush???????

Nooooboooodddddyyyyy caaaaarrrrrreeees about TO. They just want something familiar, and tablet optimized apps aren't. More menu buttons to memorize, more of a hassle than just giving me my standard app and scaling it up. That's actually what even I want! Familiarity, only larger.

I'm not saying some tablet optimized apps aren't cool. Far from it. I'm just saying that they only matter to an incredibly small minority. And if I really wanted to have a productive time, I'd just whip out a laptop with a keyboard and mouse.

But by all means tell me how Candy Crush Saga or Monkey Poo Fling Session IX are so much better when they're "tablet optimized". Nobody buys most of the tablet optimized apps knowlingly thinking, "Man this is tablet optimized it's going to look saweeet." They see an app they want, and they buy it.

I apologize if it came off sounding like a dick, but this is one issue that's so nerdy it's insane to me. It doesn't apply to the general populace, they literally have no clue (or a very vague idea at best) what tablet optimization is.

And for the record, here are the top grossing apps of 2012 on the iPad. You tell me if you see a trend on what people are buying:

1. DragonVale (game)
2. Slotmania HD (game)
3. Comics (leisure)
4. Pages (no clue)
5. Quickoffice Pro HD (work)
6. Slotmania (game)
7. Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North (game)
8. Modern War (game)
9. Mystery Manor: Hidden Adventure HD (game)
10. Clash of Clans (game)

ValSalva
Aug 15, 2013, 04:36 AM
Google is probably not all that concerned at this point. They make more money off of iOS than they do Android.

It seems like huge numbers of people, especially the younger generation, don't care about the privacy implications of Google and love the Google lifestyle. If Google is able to make great iPad apps, which they are beginning to do (apparently) then they will essentially make iOS a proxy for Android anyway.

szw-mapple fan
Aug 15, 2013, 07:15 AM
I'd say that even the Android phone apps aren't on par with their iOS counterparts. Flixster comes to mind cos I just used it on my HTC and iPhone this weekend and the difference in design and polish was immediately obvious.

If you pay attention to hardware details, even the most beautiful Android phone, the HTC one, doesn't have the same build quality. The front aluminum looks like it's glued on if you look at it from the sides(which it probably is), and the plastic lines on the back isn't well integrated with the aluminum.

yousifabdullah
Aug 15, 2013, 08:12 AM
*YAWN*

Those are not apps. :rolleyes: These are apps:

TouchDraw

Papyrus

Umano

Timetable

Diaro

Cliffhanger
Thanks for the list, I was looking for something like TouchDraw! It's also available for the iPad and works wonderfully. (I downloaded and tried it out as we speak, again thanks!)

I won't comment on Papyrus as I don't use handwriting apps. For this purpose Samsung tablets may be better for the stylus support, however some apps like Penultimate on iPad seem to be viable alternatives. I looked up Umano and it seems to have debuted on iOS first, Android afterwards: http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/21/umano-android-launch/. There are many apps similar to Timetable and Diaro, I'm sure there are great options on both platforms. AS far as Cliffhanger, I've used an app called Shows Tracker (http://showstracker.plekstudios.com/) which looks just as intuitive and feature rich as Cliffhanger. I'm not a big TV fan so I don't know how similar these apps are, but a simple web search led to many different options.

Bottom line: there are many great apps for either platform, some of the better apps are multiplatform, some are better on one or the other. At the end of the day, you and I may find different selections preferable to the way we personally like to do things. The difference is just that iPad's app selection is far bigger than that of Android tablets, so the likelihood of finding great apps is greater.

0x0x0x0
Aug 15, 2013, 09:43 AM
Did anyone actually look at the list of apps? I can't believe the 3rd top free app on the iPad is a calculator app.

Don't think Android users are missing much of anything.

Yup, and the 2nd top free is YouTube...