In a televised advertisement for the Apple iPhone 3G, the famous trademarked quote “There’s an app for that” was said to describe the library of the Apple App Store. This sparked the beginning of the App wars between Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store.
Google beat Apple at their own game. While Apple’s staple quote might suggest that they hold the most amount of apps, Google’s Play store has 100,000 more apps. To put this into perspective, it is estimated, with figures dating from June 2014, that Google’s Play Store has over 1.3million apps, iOS falls just short at 1.2million and Microsoft claims that their Windows Store has 120,000 apps but other sources suggest almost double that at around 200, 000 since December 2013.
Though it’s all well and good saying that Google Play has the most apps, how do you find out which has the best business apps that can allow you to work remotely from your phone? Particularly when you run your business on cloud solutions. So we decided to put it to the test. We took 3 types of apps, excluding pre-installed apps, and tested each platform to find an application for each field.
Office suite apps
In our first test, we searched for office suites on all three platforms via a browser. All 3 came back with the Microsoft Office Mobile app as well as the individual applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, which was a good start. Interestingly, we found plenty of other office suites for mobiles which are just as capable on all three platforms including OfficeSuite 7 and Kingsoft Office.
The second test challenged us to look for softphones that work with Hosted VoIP Telephony. All three returned Skype and Lync 2013 for mobile, however these weren’t exactly what we were after. It wasn’t long until we found what we wanted. In Google Play and Apple’s app store we found Bria VoIP softphone, not available on Windows Phone. We then found Zoiper which is a standalone softphone which supports both SIP and IAX, available on all three platforms for free.
Cloud File Sharing
Finally, we looked for a suitable Online File Sharing and collaboration app for businesses, which proved to be a bit of a struggle. We found a version of OwnCloud for Android and iOS easily through their app centres but struggled to find one on Windows Phone. On the other hand, we did manage to find SharePoint apps which includes Microsoft SharePoint Workspace on Windows Phone and SharePoint Newsfeed on iOS, but it doesn’t offer all of the features available from the service.
It’s safe to say that all three platforms offer apps that can improve your productivity while you’re out and about, but it can still be frustrating to find the right applications for the job – as we discovered with Owncloud and SharePoint. Another key point to make is that statistics suggest that only 3% of revenue is driven from business app downloads, but that could simply be due to the growth of free business apps rather than a lack of paid apps. If we were to pick a platform with the best app results then we’d probably pick Google’s Android OS with the Play store.
There won’t be an app for everything, but mobile apps – and even the entire concept of app centres – are changing the whole world of IT. Windows, OSX and Ubuntu have all adopted the app centre in one way or another, helping end users to find and install the applications they need from a single location within a single click.
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