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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 app store currently has about 145,000 apps

I want a Windows Phone.

I know that doesn't seem to be a popular statement. I've heard a range of complaints, spanning from the fact that Nokia's Lumia line is starting to look alike (the Lumia 925 and Lumia 928 are basically the same phone -- minus the aluminum vs. plastic bodies and different carriers) and that some people just can't get into the Windows 8 operating system. 

But I think the No. 1 complaint is the Windows Store's lack of apps. Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 app store currently has about 145,000 apps, which is far below Apple's App Store and Google Play (each have over 800,000 apps a piece).

This worry was reinforced the other day when I read that the app store for Windows Phone 8 still didn't offer Instagram -- so Nokia went ahead and introduced a similar social camera app that allows users to post to Instagram as well.

The app is called Oggl, and it was created by Synthetic Corp (which also created the Hipstamatic app -- an Instagram competitor). While Oggl isn't the real Instagram app (obviously), it allows Windows Phone 8 users to send pictures on Oggl to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. 

Nokia introduced Oggl alongside the Lumia 925 last week, likely in hopes of bringing Instagram fanatics to the platform and increase sales of its latest WP8 hardware.

“We hear the voices on Instagram,” said Matt Rothschild, head of sales for Nokia in the Americas. “For now, we see great technology complementing Instagram; we are continuing to work on that.”

Oggl is currently invite-only, but you can request an invitation here

Despite the app selection, I think WP8 is a pretty solid product. I wouldn't want Windows 8 for my desktop or laptop because I think it performs better as a mobile operating system for touch devices like smartphones and tablets.

Personally, WP8 has all the apps I regularly use (Spotify, Netflix, Gmail, Pinterest, Dropbox, Hulu Plus, Amazon, Groupon, Skype, Whatsapp, Zombies Run!, etc.) so I can't really complain. In my opinion, it's a matter of quality over quantity: it's more important to have key apps than more apps. 

However, I hope Nokia doesn't have to keep creating knock-off apps to keep up with the big boys. 

What do you think DailyTech readers? Would having apps like Oggl instead of the real deal Instagram take away from your mobile experience, and even deter you from switching to Windows Phone?

Source: Business Insider

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RE: Windows 8
By p05esto on 5/20/2013 9:07:52 PM , Rating: 2
Are you for real? Win8 on the desktop is so horrible I started crying while trying to use it and realized I had to go and redo my Win7 desktop. Not having a fast way to all my apps (aka Start menu) is a total deal killer and that stupid ass Start screen is so lame I want to vomit when I see it. Basically they reverted a prefessional OS to Tinker Toys and dumbed it down... I freaking HATE it. Now Win8 on my phone, that I pretty much like. Some of the apps and functions are way to striped down and don't offer enough features and customizations, but it's getting better. Lumina 928 is an awesome phone!!! WOW. Blows anything else on the market away, especially the camera.

RE: Windows 8
By datdamonfoo on 5/21/2013 9:50:38 AM , Rating: 3
WTF are you talking about? I'm not sure you've ever used Windows 8. If you have programs you use often, try pinning them to the dock. Ever done that in Windows 7? It's the same in Windows 8! And accessing apps is much faster in Windows 8 than Windows 7. The start screen is much more customizeable than the Start Menu, plus the search is MILES above Windows 7's. Try sitting down and USING Windows 8 instead of just listening to what others tell you.

RE: Windows 8
By InsGadget on 5/24/2013 1:01:12 PM , Rating: 3
You started crying from an operating system?

Might want to get that looked at ...

RE: Windows 8
By p05esto on 5/25/2013 8:31:51 PM , Rating: 2
lol. I know right (I live on my computer, so it's important, lol)

RE: Windows 8
By Wolfpup on 6/12/2013 10:09:29 AM , Rating: 2
Umm...what's horrible about it?

Other than a slight learning curve for a few things, it's just another updated version of Windows.

As for Windows Phone, I like iOS better overall, but I definitely like it better than Android.

I've actually found a lot more Windows Phone programs I care about than Android ones too, and I hate that Google gives out your personal info whenever you download anything from Play.

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