The "Metro" App Hit List

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My completely subjective list

I went through some more popular apps on iOS and Android and tried to determine, based on popularity and service tie-in, how important they were.

By service "tie-in" I mean how irreplaceable the app is. For example a calculator app might technically be more popular that the Evernote app. However a user would generally be happy with any old calculator app as a replacement as long as it supported the same functionality. The same can't be said for Evernote.

These are the apps I'd like to see "metro" versions of.


I think the book readers are the most important here, rather than the apps that represent real books.

  • Kindle
  • Nook
  • Goodreads


There are a bunch of TV viewer apps in this category. The items on the list are going to change from country to country.

  • ABC Player
  • Netflix
  • Amazon Instant Video
  • Hulu Plus
  • NBC
  • DirectTV


  • Banking apps (Bank of America, Chase, Citibank)
  • Credit card apps (Discover, AMEX)
  • Mint
  • Quicken

Food and Drink

  • Weight Watchers
  • Epicurious
  • Pizza Hut
  • OpenTable
  • Urbanspoon


This is by far and away the most popular category on the iPad, claiming 32 of the top 50 paid apps

However, apart from the Angry Birds, I can't see any examples of users being tied to a specific gaming franchise.

This is actually something Microsoft should capitalize on - for example the release of touch based games from the Halo, Forza, DOA, Fable and Gears of War franchises would give the platform instant gamer cred.


  • eBay
  • Amazon
  • Groupon


The biggest requirement in this category isn't actually listed, and that is an equivalent to GarageBand.

  • iHeartRadio
  • Pandora
  • TuneIn Radio
  • Spotify
  • VEVO


  • Craigslist
  • Instapaper
  • Apps for news publications (60 Minutes, CNN, NYTimes, TIME, National Geographic,FOX, USA Today)
  • Digg

Photo and Video

This is a tough category as there is very little service tie-in, but is also one of the most popular categories.

I think we need to see alternatives to iPhoto, iMovie, Adobe Photoshop Touch and Camera+


This is a category that Microsoft have a pretty solid hold on with Office. Most apps are just trying desperately (and failing) to be like Office.

  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Adobe Reader
  • LogMeIn
  • Evernote

Social Networking

  • Skype
  • Pinterest
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn


This category is going to be very country specific as well

  • ESPN
  • NFL
  • CBS Sports


  • Google Earth
  • Yelp


  • Chrome
  • Firefox