Innovation – Which App Store Demands It?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by EnzoAmata, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. EnzoAmata macrumors regular


    Dec 5, 2010
    Anyone who owns a smart phone will have many apps which they use everyday. We are at a stage now where all the big platforms have most of the main apps people use everyday, so why does the iPhone tend to get most of the newly created apps before other platforms? Apple were first to the market? The iPhone has most of the paying market share? We aren’t looking for an answer but yet looking to make a suggestion as to why.

    We are suggesting that innovation is welcomed on the platform that has the most solid foundation. The stronger the os, the more focused the app can be on doing what it does best. Apple has faced alot of critisism for having a closed system, yet with that closed system comes the confidence that the app will always work the way it was designed, nothing can be changed underneath it. We believe that confidence in the os leads to most apps coming to the iPhone first.

    A solid foundation within the os and the more secure the os is – the more people it will attract to create within it, the platform with the strongest foundation attracts innovation, it can be trusted to let the app be what it was designed to do. This is what attracts developers and innovation to a platform more than anything.

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  2. danahn17, Jan 24, 2012
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    danahn17 macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Having owned both an iPhone and an Android phone (in addition to the iPad), I noticed that there is a big gap in the quality of apps. I think it has to do for a few reasons.

    1. the iOS market is already well established with not only the iPhone but iPad and iPod touch. Apple had a head start and it's really helped them. They had time to design it well, whereas the other companies seemed like they had to throw something together to stay competitive.

    2. Android is still too fragmented. Too many different screen sizes and other hardware issues make it difficult for the programmers to make a "one-size-fits-all" app. While you could make the argument that Apple is somewhat fragmented too (i.e. iPhone vs iPad apps), it's still nowhere near as fragmented as Android.

    3. As good as Android is, iOS seems more polished and runs more smoothly than Android's offerings. Not sure if that would affect the app's performance but I imagine it could, especially in music-creation apps (where the iOS system has far more and far better offerings).

    Of course, this is all IMHO. :)
  3. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    The only App Store that needs innovation of any kind is the BlackBerry App World.

    How many apps do they have? Like, 60?
  4. EnzoAmata thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 5, 2010
    Ohhhh burn...
  5. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    The reality is that most people don't use more than a few third party applications regularly. Does it really matter what store has X hundred thousand apps available when all you really want is one for Facebook, a news reader and maybe something to check the train times or local travel news.
  6. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    I agree with what you're saying but having the most Apps in your App store doesn't mean you have the best App store. Especially when them 60 Apps are the only ones people would ever use. The rest are 'fart' Apps.

    EDIT; Beaten to it.
  7. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    I wish people would realise everyone's essential app list is not necessarily the same. For example, I don't have a car at the moment so don't need a nav app. Also there are apps one uses infrequently but are nice to have when those occasions arise. I don't need to travel for work-but it is nice to have travel apps available for when I do go on holiday even if it only several times a year. Everyone has there own tastes in entertainment and games (or not for that matter). That's why having a choice is good.

    P.S. Just to stop these arguments, I've checked and all three stores, the App Store, Android Market, and Blackberry have plenty of fart apps. :rolleyes:
  8. EnzoAmata thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 5, 2010
    Bringing thing back to the point of the thread, I'm talking about why the innovation happens first upon the iPhone, yes it has to do with those other reasons 'danahn17' suggested but again those points wouldn't be true without that strong OS to build upon.
  9. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    True, but have you SEEN the BBAW? The apps are outdated and perform the best on the non-touch models, even though a majority sold are now touch only or touch based. They pretty much stopped integrating well with BB OS starting with BB OS 5.

    Also remember that a large amount of "apps" are games too (Like Angry Birds, Scribblenauts Remix, Infinity Blade, etc.) Take out all the games and numbers would DRASTICALLY decrease. Then you're left with your couple of useful apps and the "fart" apps.

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