It is no surprise that the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Windows Phone Marketplace also are full of junk apps. While they do not have 1 developer responsible for 1/3rd of the apps they are also cluttered with piles of junk apps. This just goes to show what I have been trying to explain about quality trumping quantity. This study by mobile testing service StarDust tries comparing the three rival app stores though it does not include BlackBerry World. They found that 65% of the 617,436 apps on Apple’s app store have never been updated and have fewer than 10 reviews (Zombie Apps). That compares to 41% of the 484,271 apps on Google Play and 69% of Windows Phone apps.
VentureBeat has more of the details on the study. I hope this just stresses further how little this game of “how many apps does your store have?” means. It is a useless metric when all that really matters is if the platform has GOOD apps. For me that means it needs the 50 apps I use regularly and I hope BlackBerry has directed all of their focus on cultivating those apps while promoting developers creating QUALITY apps and not quantity app spam.