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Confused: Is it all about apps, or not?

I was just reading an article on TNW  regarding some data from Canalys, an independent analysis firm. The article highlights the number of top iPad apps that are currently not available for Android tablets via Google Play.

Sure that’s interesting stuff, but that’s not what caught my eye. This did though. Canalys Senior Analyst Tim Shepherd said in a statement. “That there are over 375,000 apps in the Apple App Store that are designed with iPad users in mind, versus just a fraction of this – in the low tens of thousands – available through Google Play…”

TNW adds, “While it is estimated the last quarter saw more Android tablets ship than iPads, the app ecosystem on Google’s platform has yet to catch up to Apple’s”.

So, what is is. Are apps important for an ecosystem? Or not? Can’t have it both ways. Is it possible that price might be a factor here? Or maybe people just love Google more than they love Apple. Not sure, but the next time someone brings up the app war, I am going to put my hand over my mouth and clear my throat with a well directed “bullshit”.