The very most basic way to find good apps is by popularity. Both iPhone and Android have the option to find the most popular apps, and in fact it’s the default. This is so brain-dead simple that in the app store review videos they just mention it: you can see popular applications (sure, as you would expect).
Maemo, on the other hand, doesn’t even have a concept of popularity. This ensures both that users would not be able to find cool apps, and that cool app writers would not be rewarded for their efforts.
This has to change.
Well, let’s compare:
So, no, whatever measure is being used to determine the place in this list, it’s definitely not popularity. msn-pecan is clearly a more popular project, and it appears on page 18, which is like place #450, while both rulerjinni and givemefive share the page of the #1.
Could it be hotness? Nah, msn-pecan has a higher download rate, and it actually has comments and votes. So what is this listing is beyond my comprehension but it’s not useful.
In fact, if you look at the download stats of rulerjinni and givemefive you would see that they are almost identical, which is probably due to the fact that they come from the same author, so perhaps he made releases at the same time, which is the only kind of activity these projects get, and then, they get to the front page, where they get downloaded at the same rate, because they get the same visibility.
Three months ago I filed a bug report. The only response is basically saying that popularity is not measured in popularity.
Please, vote on the bug report so that this has a chance of getting fixed.
My guess is that the only way the community is finding good apps is through word-of-mouth, social media, blog posts, etc. Because clearly, there’s no place to find popular apps.