Why you should do your own mobile app store research before buying a phone

Gigaom

Have you heard the latest app store numbers? Apple(s aapl) and Google(s goog) now offer 800,000 or more apps each. Google’s store has crossed the 42 billion app download mark, while iTunes surpassed 50 billion. Big numbers, indeed. That means Microsoft(s msft) and BlackBerry(s bbry), both with far fewer apps, simply can’t offer the same experience. Or does it?

Google Play Android PhoneLast night I was reading a mobile app store report published by research firm Canalys on Thursday that suggests the “app gap” is still huge.

And when talking about overall available apps, it is. Microsoft has around 145,000 apps for its Windows Phone platform and BlackBerry offers 120,000. But when Canalys took a deeper dive, something didn’t sound right to me.

From the report:

“Of the top 50 free and top 50 paid apps featured in the Apple App Store and Google Play in the United States, based on their…

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