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Windows Phone Marketplace crosses 50,000 apps threshold

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Windows Phone Marketplace crosses 50,000 apps threshold
The Windows Phone Marketplace just hit a major milestone, as more than 50,000 apps have been submitted. While the numbers pale in comparison to the untold millions of apps downloaded from the iOS and Android app markets, there are several signs of optimism for WP7 fans.

In particular, the number of apps submitted is accelerating on Windows Phone. It took over a year to get the first 40,000, but the last 10,000 were submitted over the last 40 days. Notably this growth acceleration has occurred since the launch of the Nokia Lumia line of Windows phones, suggesting that the marketing push by Nokia and Microsoft is succeeding in attracting developers to the platform.

The 50,000 app number measures how many have been submitted – some 6,000 apps have been rejected or removed by Microsoft. Also, the number of apps available to end-users varies from country to country.

All in all this is a promising achievement for Windows Phone. Perhaps it will be the harbinger of good things to come in 2012? Check out the graphs below if you want all the nitty-gritty details.



source: AAWP via Tech Crunch

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posted on 27 Dec 2011, 13:36 7

1. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Good job Microsoft.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 13:46 6

2. MYTHiKAL (Posts: 33; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


I'm not surprise at all.. I have a Family Plan with 5 lines and 2 of the phones are Android while the other 3 are WindowsPhone7's Ever since we started playing/using our WP7s, they completely took me by surprise with how smooth they work and overall how easy they can be.. About a year ago, my only issue was the lack of some of the Apps I wanted were just not there in the WP7 market, but now, everything I need or at least a variation of what I need is out there already. Not to mention the fact that XBox Live works perfectly on this phone just making it that much sweetier.. I Love my Samsung Skyrocket, but I also envy the WP7s the others around me have.. :) If I could, I would have both my Skyrocket and a nice WP7 in my hands.. :)

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 14:18 1

3. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


wp7 doesnt have: Pandora, Instagram, speed test, words with friends, skype, an actual youtube app, an actual tumblr app,

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 14:20 3

4. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 980; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


Hopefully they have those apps cause I'd try a Windows 7 phone when im ready to upgrade with AT&T

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 21:02 1

19. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


wp7 is cool, Its very fast and fluid, don't get me wrong, but the phone is very boring, xbox live is cool and all, but the apps are expensive, the iphone gets called "boring" but it actually has a lot of apps. and you can jailbreak it very easily. I just switched from a samsung focus to an iphone 4s via upgrade swap with my sister, so far, i am not looking back, i suggest you look into other phones. but if you do decide to get a wp7 phone , i highly suggest you get a Nokia or HTC, stay away from samsung or LG.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 21:50 2

22. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


first off, samsung and nokia make the best wps.. u cant compete with the screen on the samsung and the look of the nokia...

and i did the same thing as u.. wp7 was the best os i have ever had but i went back to ios because it just didnt have the apps.. when it finally does (cause micrsoft controls the app flow) then itl be worth it

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 14:23 4

5. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


most of these will be available by next year. i am sure.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 20:56 1

18. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Thats what they said last year when the phones were released... >.>

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 14:31 1

6. jabrecer (Posts: 25; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)


@christianqwerty:
They do have Pandora (metroradio, 3rd party app), they have speed test (apps: bandwidth, speed test), a variation of Youtube (by microsoft, very good)
About Skype & instagram, I don't know, I don't need them so far.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 20:55 1

17. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


The problem is that they are all 3rd party apps, not the real thing, metroradio and slacker radio is not good as pandora actual app, the Lazyworm and supertube youtube players always have bugs , the speed tests are crap, i have downloaded the free ones, they don't work, wp7 needs to get BRAND name apps out there.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 14:32 1

7. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


There is plenty different versions of speed test on Windows Phone. MetroRadio is out which is a third party client that works well on Windows Phone. Instagram would be pretty sweet on Windows Phone, Words with Friends too. There is a Youtube app but its meh. Im not a fan of Tumblr so I don't care about that. I keep hearing talks about Skype on Windows Phone especially since Microsoft did buy them out. I have no idea what is taking them so long.

But regardless of the different options of apps on Windows Phone your point is correct where they dont have as many apps also all the apps we want in their marketplace. Obviously that's a developer standpoint and they have to see some sort of reason why they should pursue making their product accessible to the Windows Phone Marketplace. I think with time and since Windows Phone is growing it will only be a matter of time until those developers jump on to the Windows Phone wagon.

I don't blame people not getting Windows Phone for the lack of apps. Microsoft has been doing a good job luring in developers to their platform. They have a hill to climb but they'll get there. As for me I do like my Android but the idea of an LTE capable Lumia for ATT coming is definitely making me wait to upgrade my line until it's release.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 14:35 2

8. darkurious (Posts: 10; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Although there are no official Pandora apps, Radio Controlled and Metroradio plays your Pandora Playlist; quite well, I might add. There is an official Youtube app and there is Metrotube, which will be unavailable after December 31. I can't speak to the other apps you inquire.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 16:40 2

11. snowgator (Posts: 3198; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Certainly there will be Skype. I have heard this company called Microsoft bought them. Figure the makers of Windows Phones have a decent relationship with them.

A lot of these other Apps are really just shortcuts in disguise. I can sure search "you tube", and the site loads up just fine. I am not a huge uploader to sites, so I will just say it makes no difference to me.

But even as a huge WP supporter and extremely happy owner, I will say there are a list of apps that I do wish were there. Would love an ESPN radio app and more streaming radio apps. The game selections (first person shooters, role playing, ect) really need a shot in the arm. But, I am not sure how you complain a whole ton about 50,000 applications in under a year and a half. That is progress.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 21:09

20. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


I was a supporter, having owned a Focus for almost a year, but its still slowly rolling in my opinion. Before Mango update, it was the least capable smartphone, now that it has mango, it has a lot more feature, but it gets boring really fast. I am a teenager, so i tinker and play with my phone a lot. I like to try new things, so far i have used a torch for a month but replaced it for wp7, im now moving back to ios since the 1st gen iphone. They really need to push apps, more customization ( with iphone there is slightly more customization, but you can always jailbreak it and add a million more features), They should also make multi tasking easier, iphone multi tasking is soooo much easier and faster, adding newer phones on different carriers is a must too.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 22:31 3

26. snowgator (Posts: 3198; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Hey Christian- no sweat. I am glad you are enjoying the iOS. The Metro UI of Windows will not be for everyone. I know you are not a "hater". And it will be nice to have another Apple defender on Phone Arena who is among the level headed group!! ;-)

Although, you are among the first to use "Customization" as a reason to go to Apple. Usually that is an Android strength.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 14:50 1

9. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I check new app releases and updates every single day and most are NOT compelling! Most and many are low rate, low class useless apps. I cannot congratulate MS for this. Overall MS is just slow slow slow on many fronts; first rate apps, hardware products, software fixes and updates (disappearing keyboard), etc..!

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 17:03 2

12. snowgator (Posts: 3198; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Really? And all half Million of iOS apps and all 300,000 Android apps are compelling and top shelf? And how many apps has Blackberry added lately? I am not debating that MS is still lacking in a lot of app selections, but seriously. If you look at the percentages of top end apps in all the different OS's, there is a large (maybe even greater?) percentage of fluff. When WP hits 85,000 - 100,000 apps by the end of next year and has all the big ones and tons of exclusives, than we will revisit it. And that will be in TWO YEARS TIME. That will be impressive.

As for the other complaints, you may want to read the whole stories instead of just the headlines. Both Nodo and Mango updates were pushed out to all WP handsets. The "disappearing keyboard" is a bug in a couple of handsets of the first Gen (mostly HTC if I remember right) and manufacturers, not Microsoft, will need to address that, and it mostly has been. I will accept hardware complaints. But enjoy those slams while you can. Apollo will address the vast majority of those. One of the main reasons to jump on the WP bandwagon is the updates and support.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 18:13 2

13. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I bought an HTC Radar more than a week ago (wanted a Lumia 800 but Nokia is taking too long to release it so bought the Radar instead).

Have been texting a lot lately but have still to encounter the so called "disappearing keyboard". But then again, I mostly use voice commands for short text messages. For longer emails and texts, I draft them first in Word, mostly for the bigger viewing screen, before I copy/paste them to send through text or email.

The hardware issue raised is totally bogus because even with only the 1 GHZ processor of the Radar, WP7 OS runs smooth, fast, and responsive. I would like to add that the OS is also very intuitive!

I don't know about the slow software fixes because the Radar comes with WP 7.5 Mango. All I know is that as soon as I connected my phone to Zune, it updated.

As to the issue on "first rate apps" LOL! I have been using Android for some time (and like it), but most of the apps in Market is junk or a repetition of the previous junk app! Don't know about iOS but with over 500K apps, I would hazard a guess that it's the same thing!

There's only one conclusion to make, lubba is a troll! LOL!

Love my Android, but I'm also loving my new WP 7.5!

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 18:41 1

15. snowgator (Posts: 3198; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Like the idea of using word to write longer texts. Will give that a shot. If it works better, I intend to steal it as my idea, just to let you know!! :-D

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 22:09

23. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


First time ever being called a "troll". Lolzz! I don't compare market place to other app stores. I rate Marketplace how I see it. You and I know it's true, not alot of good useful apps. Yes marketplace is growing at a high rate but I'm just not sure it's for the purpose of quantity or quality. Disappearing keyboard, no oem is fessing up so I'm gonna blame MS for this issue and no fix seems to be on the way. Sure I love wp and yeah its smooth. Can't argue with that. Problem products aren't distributed evenly and not enough to distribute. That's my other grudge for MS being slow. I'm with tmo, can't just to att for a high end phone or an att customer just run to tmo for a low-mid end. And no Verizon customer gonna run to tmo or att when they have awesome Super Android and iPhone line up. Not gonna speak for sprint. You know what I'm getting. Our love for WP ain't gonna be around for long if mS continue this BS.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 22:26 2

24. snowgator (Posts: 3198; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Again, as far as the keyboard problems, I have heard only HTC's having it. Until I get more complaints, I will say it is a HTC problem.

I hope I haven't made excuses for MS, but I just do not see how an OS that was kicked off from scratch in about October of 2010 can be criticized for not having the same quality or number of Apps as 2 OS's that are the king of the hills. There is NO WAY somone who wants apps first in their smartphone would choose WP at this point. I wouldn't recommend them if that is what you want. Nor would I recommend them if you love to reinvent your phone every couple months. But I would defend the experience and performance and support. Those three are easily on even ground with Android and iOS, and easily ahead of Blackberry.

As for carrier support, no doubt. If WP does not get at least 2-3 options on each carrier, and into most every market in the world, they will always be 2nd rate. But I see a lot of movement on that, just slow movement.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 22:26 3

25. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


And what makes you think I don't rate Maketplace as I see it? You saying that the apps in Marketplace as "low rate, low class useless apps" is not true because there are a lot of usefull first-class apps in it, just as there are a lot of useful and first-class apps in the android Market. Can't speak for the iOS app store since I don't own one, but I suspect it's also the same thing.

But it's also true that there are a lot, an enormous lot, of useless and copy-cats in both Market and Marketplace.

The issue I have with your posting is the huge, troll-like, sweeping comments you make!

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 21:10

21. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


I have to agree with you, there may be 50,000 apps, but alot are 3rd party apps for the real apps you get on ios or android.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 16:39 1

10. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


I think MS could be integratin skype to wp so that it would be as a default option in video calls and an option in normal calls.

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 18:21 1

14. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


+1 on this! Although I don't use Skype that much (Tango is quite fine with me), can't understand why the Marketplace doesn't have Skype, especially since Microsoft is acquiring it!

posted on 27 Dec 2011, 20:54 1

16. GremlinUKSA (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


Haven't really dabbled in WP7.5 that much, mainly because I use Macs and I have an Android phone.

Regardless, I'm wishing it the best. The more competition, the happier the consumer

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