Only 30% of the top 50 free Android apps not available on Windows Phone


24, 2013


A recent report by UK analyst company Canalys complained that “Top iOS and Android apps largely absent on Windows Phone”.

They note that Windows Phone only had 22 of the top 50 fee applications on the Google Play store.

This number struck me as somewhat odd, and a closer investigation shows that it is rather far from the truth.

Ignoring games, which many over the age of 25 probably do, the top 50 actual applications in the UK Google Play Store are rather well represented in the Windows Phone Store.

Of the top 50 applications, 27 had Windows Phone versions created directly by the developers, and 5 had functional equivalents (e.g Itsdagram and Instagram).  3 of the top 50 apps were pure junk e.g. the Lie Detector Polygraph app, and only about 15 out of the 50 apps were not present at all, and would in some way be missed by Windows Phone users, a far cry from the 28 claimed Canalys.

Those apps were:

RankGoogle Play apps missing from WP
8BBC Media Player
16BBC News
25Yahoo! Mail
30Sky Go
32Sky Sports Live Football SC
36My O2
40ITV Player
43Chrome Browser – Google
44Adobe AIR
45Google Play Music

I think the absence of streaming TV apps by BBC, Sky, ITV and 4OD will be most acutely felt, and is obviously a category problem Microsoft needs to work on, and are the majority of the list.  Other apps like Snapchat are obviously high profile holes in the Windows Phone line-up. Otherwise I don’t think there is much else of note.

One thing I think which is important to realize is that removing the volatility of the ever changing list of popular games means that the list of actual utility apps which are absent on Windows Phone will become increasingly shorter very quickly. Once the streaming TV services capitulate to the increasing market share of Windows Phone in the UK for example that issue will be solved permanently, and the list of ever popular missing apps will be much shorter.

See the list of original, equivalent and junk apps after the break.

RankGoogle Play apps with  WP versions
2WhatsApp Messenger
3Skype – free IM & video calls
4Official eBay Android App
7BBC iPlayer
11Viber : Free Messages & Calls
17Adobe Reader
18Antivirus Security – FREE
19Amazon Mobile for Android
20TuneIn Radio
24Met Office Weather Application
28Kik Messenger
33Calorie Counter – MyFitnessPal
37Tesco Mobile
38Tango Text, Voice, and Video
42Sky News
46µTorrent®  Beta – Torrent App
47IMDb Movies & TV


RankGoogle Play apps with good WP equivalents
6Facebook Messenger
22Tiny Flashlight + LED
29Google Translate


RankPopular junk Android apps
12iPhone lock Screen Theme
13Lie Detector Polygraph
35Insults & Flames App


Looking at the lists, do our readers think the app gap issue is overblown? Let us know below.

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