What is the meaning of the globe symbol (at the end after "z") in the application menu? And why is the symbol always deactivate?

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  • I think it's for apps with non Latin characters as their first character (in a similar way that the # character is used for numbers), but I don't have such an app installed to verify...
    – Rowland Shaw
    Jun 1 '14 at 16:38

It's for those apps whose names start with characters not in your phone language's alphabet. So if your phone is set to a language using the Latin alphabet (like English), it will contain apps named with, for example, Chinese or Japanese characters. If, however, your phone uses a language with non-Latin letters, then it's apps with Latin letters that show up there.

Likewise, the # symbol at the beginning means apps whose names start with a number (e.g. 6tag or 4Blend HDR).

Both symbols are also used elsewhere in the OS, for example in the People app.

See also this article at WPCentral.

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