Sep 27

There’s an App for that

A pretty common phrase… one that we’ve heard a lot – “there’s an app for that!”. And when you look at the sheer number of apps, you realize that there must really be an app for that.

Now, it makes no difference if you’re on an iOS or Android device.  In fact, let’s include Blackberry, Mac, and the Windows phone.  There’s probably an app for the most common things that you might want your device to tell you about. Let’s take a look at some of the numbers that I was able to track down…



Number of Apps by Device:

iOS (iPhone/iPad) – 900,000

Google Play (Android) – 1,000,000

Windows Store – 170,000

Blackberry World – 70,000


These are all approximations, since the precise number of apps will vary from day to day.  And yes, there are more apps in the Google Play (Android) store than there are in the iOS App store.  But that’s not surprising since, if you read my blog, there are some 11,000 Android devices that are all open source (anyone can write an app and publish it) versus about a dozen iOS devices with a store that’s completely controlled by Apple.

And more apps don’t necessarily mean better apps.  The most popular apps are available in pretty much any format.  The big difference is the sheer number of apps that do nearly the same thing in each of the app stores.

Oh, and if you’re using a tablet, you probably know this, but the iOS App store has 375,000 apps that are designed to run on the iPad.  Android developers are starting to catch up, but they’re still way behind on tablet optimized apps.  I suspect that will change.

So, what does this all mean?  It means that if you’re looking for a way to learn how to do something, like play bridge or backgammon, there’s an app for that.  If you want to know the best time and type of fertilizer for your garden, there’s an app for that.  If you want to have a repeating timer for some kind of workout, there’s an app for that. And, there’s an app for virtually any game that you might want to play.

All you need to do is browse or search the app store for your device, and who knows what you’ll find.  A caution though — even though apps are cheap (many of them under $1) before you spend money on an app, see if there’s a free version for you to try.

[warning]If you’re on an Apple device, once you buy it you own it.  They will sometimes give you a refund, but it’s not try before you buy for most paid apps.  Then again… if you find an app that you like, and there’s a free version and a paid version, spend a couple of bucks and buy the paid version.[/warning]

Someone spent a lot of time and effort developing that app and they should be rewarded for their effort by those of us that use the app.

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  1. Patty

    Speaking of Aps, what’s a good fingerprint ap for the new iPhone 5s?

  2. Marty Silbernik

    Patty, not sure about a fingerprint app. I don’t have a 5s yet, so I haven’t played with the fingerprint sensor yet. But I’ll keep my eye out. What do you want the fingerprint app to do?

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