Windows Phone Ecosystem:
The ecosystem has been the achilles heel of Windows Phone ever since it was revealed back in 2010. People these days tend to flock towards phones that have their favorite apps and games. Both iOS and Android have over a million apps in their app stores respectively. Windows Phone currently stands at just over 200,000.
The difference of 800,000 apps is hard to ignore. At one place we’re seeing more and more popular apps making their way to the store. Both Instagram and Vine are available. Twitter is regularly updating its official app. You have Viber, WhatsApp and Skype for communication. Flipboard and Path are both currently in development. However compared to competing platforms, the store is still gives a very barren look. Lots of popular apps are either not available, or just completely outdated. IMDb and Flickr have not been updated for nearly two years. There is no Snapchat either. Want Google apps? Sorry, not a single one of it is available. For the most part you’ll find yourself relying on third party alternatives, which to be honest, aren’t really that bad.
Over at the games side of things the story runs a similar tune. The cream of the crop is covered rather well. You have Temple Run 2, Angry Birds Go and Subway Surfers available on the store. They are all as feature rich as their iOS or Android counterparts. But dig in a little deeper and you’ll find the gaming catalogue quite lacking. Where the iOS app store is overflowing with superb indie titles, there is nothing of such sorts over at the Windows Phone side.
Whether the ecosystem will decide your decision to choose a Windows Phone is entirely up to you. You’ll have to first check whether your most used games or apps are available or not. Personally for me, it wasn’t such a big issue. As I said before, the third party developers usually have the most popular services covered. There are excellent third party Snapchat and Flickr clients available. I just hope these developers continue to support the OS.