In pictures: Smartphone app store comparison

We compare the interfaces of popular mobile app stores from Apple, Google, Microsoft, BlackBerry and Nokia

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Apple's [[artnid:309245|iPhone]] may have kicked off the phenomenon, but believe it or not, there are alternatives to the ever popular App Store: Google's Android Market, Microsoft's Windows Marketplace, BlackBerry's App World and Nokia's Ovi Store.<br><br>We take a look at the user interfaces of these application stores and how they differ from one another.<br><br>With more than 2 billion downloads and almost 100,000 applications to choose from, Apple's [[xref:http://www.apple.com/iphone/apps-for-iphone/|App Store]] kicked off the mobile app phenomenon in a serious way in mid-2008. Apple groups apps into general categories such as games and entertainment, but with so many downloads available the search function often proves more useful when looking for apps.

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