The State of Android Apps, Part One: The Big Names


  • MSEV777

    You should try comparing the same apps to Windows Phone 8…. You would get some interesting results. For Instagram, use Instance.

    • vannumber1

      except what would be the point, wp8 is about 2% of the market share.

    • ITCanWork

      I hate this mentality, so we shouldn’t care about learning about another OS or software unless it magically blows up by its own and have a bigger market share and THEN pay attention? Im an Android user, but it would be nice to have a comparison to wp8, i haven no idea what the apps look like or even if they’re are available, probably because of this same mentality.

      Look at MAC OS X market share in the desktop world, should we completely ignore it cause what, 5-10% of desktops have it? On a side note, i use Ubuntu on my TV, and all my friends/visitors always ask me “What is that??” and they all love it, especially the way I have it setup. And it didnt take any special linux knowledge to get it to work either, yet Linux has 1% market share.

    • Guest

      On a side note, i use Ubuntu on my TV, and all my friends/visitors always ask me “What is that??” and they all love it, especially the way I have it setup. And it didnt take any special linux knowledge to get it to work either, yet Ubuntu has 1% market share.

    • ChrisPollard77

      These days it’s surprising Linux hasn’t seen more uptake. I have Ubuntu running on an old laptop that couldn’t handle Windows acceptably any longer. An example of where it has overtaken Windows is a Bluetooth dongle I picked up to use Bluetooth headphones. After an hour of driver installs and updates, win 7 have me headphones that sort of worked in a couple of programs. And then crashed the machine. The Ubuntu machine installed the drivers in seconds and I had working headphones in under two minutes – including pairing. Also funny how many people have no idea Android is Linux.

    • vannumber1

      blah blah blah, don’t even get me started on apple, and their whole, we know what you want more than you do holyier than s**t attitude.

    • Olerius

      You’re using old info; WP8 is now closer to 5-6% of (world-wide) market share. Still not intense, but potentially over double the potential customer base than you thought.

    • vannumber1

      lol still a drop in the bucket.. almost nobody uses that platform.

  • JBR

    Also, one thing that is lacking from the review, probably because iOS has no comparable feature is the ease with which Android users can navigate these same apps using widgets. A great example is Evernote’s button bar from which I can chose to create a new note without even having to first open the app and the way that I can scroll through my newsfeed right on the home screen.

  • Zed

    it boggles the mind how facebook can be as bad as it is right now, though it was worse. My first app, pretty much an experiment, is better organized than FB.

    Also, concerning the article, it’s an interesting idea Daniel. It’s sad that 5/7 most popular apps, at least in your opinion, are social network apps. Glad to say I barely use one 🙂

  • park kyokeun

    oh look, apps that i never use cuz they all suck and is replaced by better 3rd party apps 😀 haha just fooling around.. except facebook…. i hate facebook app

  • alphs22

    Some developers prioritize development on iOS for two main reasons:
    1.) Less hardware variation compared with Android, hence faster development and lower development costs; and,
    2.) Apps in Apple’s App Store generate more revenue per user than Android. This gap was significant in the past but Android is catching up.

    Now, if you’re a small time developer with limited development budget, would it not make sense to first develop on iOS before Android?

    I’m an Android user myself and it sucks that we seem to get updates later than iOS apps, but I can completely understand why smaller developers would first go to iOS.

    • Patrick Polish

      and catching up fast, I’ve heared of some major apps like whatsapp that announced that their android version is generating more revenue. Google still has a long way to go, but the sophistication of their SDK that ports most apps almost automatically for all format and versions of phones will help devs get motivation to create on Android

    • gmaninvan

      In addition, Google is starting to provide much more advanced api’s and service tie ins than you can get with Apple. A good example was the new game service and google+ sign in shown off at IO this year. The ability to install an app and have it signed in automatically is pretty awesome. Couple that with the in app youtube and maps integration and it gives developers some toys apple doesn’t offer.

    • Mathieu

      If you decide to only go with iOS first, you must be 100% sure that Apple is going to approve your app.
      Whereas on Android, you can safely assume that Google will not remove your app from the Play store and that, worst case, you can distribute it yourself on your own website.

  • FlipMango

    Maybe it’s because I’ve been with Android for almost a year now, but I personally find Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram superb on my Galaxy S3. In fact I one of the reasons I started using Twitter recently is because I found the application interface very sleek. I really find the Facebook Heads very useful, that iOS is missing out on. Plus one thing Android has way over iOS is widgets. It is one of the main thing I prefer Android apps over iOS. They are incredibly useful. The day iOS starts using widgets is the day I will seriously consider an iPhone.

  • gmaninvan

    I must say, I find this article to be heavily iOS biased with almost every comparison showing favour to the iOS version. It neglects several apps where the Android version and corresponding holo experience are arguably better than their iOS counterpart. Examples include notable apps such as Score Mobile, Google Drive, LinkedIn, Plex, Slacker Radio, Songza, Youtube, and several others. I personally find the design aesthetic of iOS to look dated in comparison to the latest android apps.

  • Chris Carter

    I guess I don’t see it, as I use widgets, but the screen shots look the same to me. Maybe functionally they work different. I never get how IOS ones are “prettier” when they look the same to me. For Foursquare, I check-in with the widget. I have use the Plume and Twitter widgets. I guess I just don’t see the aesthetic differences that IOS users insist are there

    • Krel Adam

      Android users prefer functionality over looks.

    • Philosoraptor

      I see no reason why I can’t have both.

    • Chris Carter

      I’ve never looked at and app and said”wow that’s pretty” or” wow that’s ugly”. Since I have no ideas what the iOS ones look like’ I can’t even compare and say they are a crappy port. I’ve also never had an app on my tablet look stretched or bad. Apparently I’m all about function and that function well.

  • Krel Adam

    A developer take android seriously? Why? So they can have their app pirated within a few hours? Android is a joke. I know a guy who made close to $200 a day on iOS and only $5 a day on android. According to analytics, more people were playing the game on Android but less people paid for it. I wonder why…

  • Eluder

    Hopefully you’ll have a part about the useful apps on Android that iOS can’t touch. Things like Tasker or Locale, Swiftkey Pro, Maildroid Pro and the countless of productivity tools out there that iOS has nothing to compete with.

  • MajikMonkie

    You should really compare each screenshot at their relative sizes (4.7in vs 4in). As “nice” as iSheeps say it is, I can’t get used to the tiny screen. It’s like replacing my HDTV with a 27″. Can’t imagine you spent years watching TV on something that small…

  • gommer strike

    and are you an app developer? who lives and dies by what they code?

  • gommer strike

    Guys it’s pretty obvious that, when you only have to code for a single platform, that the optimizations and so on are all going to be better and nicer.

    One thing that would definitely help is when all devs move over to ICS at the minimum, and leave gingerbread behind.

  • g-off

    This is so biased. The author clearly is in love with apple lol and fails to mention one positive on the android side. How about taking a look at what android phones have that iphones don’t?

    • Krel Adam

      Maybe because there is no positives on the Android side? From what im seeing, Android apps are just an port from the iOS apps and don’t look as good.