PCWorld has had a look at the various app stores, and have come to the conclusion that, when it comes to the top apps that matter, the Apple App Store is not that far ahead anymore, even when compared to the smaller app stores like the Windows phone 7 marketplace.
Comparing the top 35 apps in iPhone App Store, and including the apps for which alternatives exist, the Android Market had 32 same or similar apps, and the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace 27. After this the Ovi Store had 24, Blackberry App World 22 and the Palm App Catalog 21.
For years Apple has marketed the iPhone by emphasizing its slick apps, with the mantra "There’s an app for that." But shoppers don’t have to fear being deprived of mobile apps should they select a competing phone.
Our prediction is that the playing field will continue to level out when it comes to available cross-platform apps. Apple’s App Store and the Android Market may always be top dogs in terms of app variety. But as the clichÃ© goes, it’s all about quality, not quantity–and that’s true for both apps and hardware.
Read their full report here.