Windows Phone Store growth slows, only at 145,000 apps
0. phoneArena 10 May 2013, 12:42 posted on
Microsoft has always been active in fostering the developer community for Windows Phone, even going so far as to fund a number of developing events. But, it looks like all of that work may not be going as far as was once thought. As part of the official Nokia Lumia 928 announcement today, Microsoft said that that there were 145,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store. That number sounds okay, but it's quite a bit lower than was expected based on the growth rate the store had been seeing...
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1. darkvadervip (Posts: 313; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
All I need that is missing is a couple of bank apps and I would jump to wp8. What's taking so long!
14. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
No good free weather app whose live tiles actually update
No good sports app for all sports
Skype is a disaster in its current state, though I can't say much better about the program
Yelp is miserable
Twitter is OK
Facebook is not good (for any platform), the alternatives are OK
Instagram doesn't exist
Zynga's attempts have been below par
Prices are a little too high.
This is all for pre Windows 8, so take note that Windows 8 does have apps that 7.5/.8 do not.
20. pookiewood (Posts: 582; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
No good free weather app whose live tiles actually update ---Bing Weather updates just fine
No good sports app for all sports ---I hate sports, NC
Skype is a disaster in its current state, though I can't say much better about the program ---Sure
Yelp is miserable ---NC
Twitter is OK ---I think the client really cool but it's your opinion
Facebook is not good (for any platform), the alternatives are OK ---I must be easy to please.
Instagram doesn't exist ---Looks fun, my wife has started using it. i'd liek to see it also.
Zynga's attempts have been below par ---I agree!!
Prices are a little too high. -- They aren't too bad. Coming from Android? Then i can see where you are coming from as they use ads everywhere and it's probably why we don't have Subway Surfer because right before you play the game they try to hit you with a "gotcha" ad.
25. omar300 (Posts: 181; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
-HTC app is great. changes the lock screen according the weather and obviously tile too.
-i dont like calender. it liked setting changes in google calender and that would sync to chrome browser and my android phone.
-facebook was bad but new beta one is like android so yay!
-twitter is ok but could have been better.
-espn works great for sports app but is little buggy.
-i dont take food picture so never needed instagram(joking, i dont like touching up pictures on phone, thats what photoshop cs6 is for)
-and i dont play games. thats what pc/ps3 is for.
for typical users, windows is great day to day os. as in alternative to android, and much simplified.
for heavy user. no, windows is bad idea. stick to android. im gonna go back soon, but i like app quality here. on android alot of apps are still gingerbread looking like.
43. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
stock weather and the weather chanel update just fine, the weathe channel app shows tons of data.
ESPN has a fantastic app now.
skype has been updated and is a lot beter now.
i dont use yelps app, but nokia city lens uses yelp for ratings and such and it works great.
twitter is good, but with twitter integration its better.
same for facebook and its integration, but microsofts acebook beta app is wonderul, and matches design with other platforms. no chatheads though.
instagram should be here next week. idk about zynga. i dont play those kinds of games. but gameloft is making a huge push and others to. games are more plentiful now. and im seeing an overall drop in app prices, not drastic, but visible. and there are more free apps and games now.
16. akki20892 (Posts: 3438; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
i guess microsoft getting apps slowely but they are checking apps first to see how quality apps are then they release on their marketplace, but we know great apps and games are coming.
and there are so many developers are woking on WP8 SDK so we will see good numbers soon.
Slow and steady.
30. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
As the saying goes... QUALITY above QUANTITY. But WP isn't even following that, as it just has a weak selection of a relatively small number of worthwhile apps that imitate the best apps on Android and iOS. I'll just wait a few years until WP has matured enough so it'll (hopefully) be on par with the high quality apps on Android and iOS.
44. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
quality is showing up now. the new youtube and hulu apps surpass the android and ios apps in every way. games are arriving with similar quality as well. camera apps like camera 360 are also amazing. theres still a bit of trash but the quality is pouring in.
37. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
I dont feel any severe lack in apps after jumping from android itself; probably 3 or 4 apps are missing, but what i use either has a windows phone version or a really good alternative. If the quality is there, no problem. And I prefer the XBox integration in the games, or my xbox and microsoft accounts will be underutilized.
2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5402; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
145,000 apps? Not bad! The number sounds okay, it reached over 100,000!
Microsoft, keep it up, we need MORE!
6. tigermcm (Posts: 716; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
I think its a great number, we don't need 20 of the same app
12. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 293; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
In part, I disagree. On Android there are many todo list managers, but each has a slightly different workflow or feature set. I'd rather have a good selection to choose from so I can pick the best solution for my needs than be forced into someone else's idea of the way I should do things.
26. omar300 (Posts: 181; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
i would say what we dont need is ugly apps. android had to remove 50000 apps this year because they were old and ugly.
so far on windows phone i havent come across single app that is ugly.
45. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
oh ive seen several. but in the past six months aesthetic quality has drasticaly improved. i was amazed with the youtube app itself.
10. AngryAppleCustomer. (Posts: 30; Member since: 01 May 2013)
But Apple has like a million apps. Even android has more than 100,000.
13. RiseAgainst94 (Posts: 271; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)
They need to lower the prices of the ones they do have. I understand that by keeping prices high so they can give more to developers and try to lure them in to making Windows Phone apps, but eventually they're going to have to please the consumers too
3. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
Its cool because android a litte more decent apps than WP. Speaking as a previous andoid user, 99% of the free apps in the play store are s**t. #fact
4. twcobra (Posts: 9; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)
It makes perfect sense if ports where driving the initial growth. But if Microsoft is smart and I am sure they know this. They need original development to compete with Apple and Android. Of course orininal development will be a lot slower so I am sure that is where Microsofts goals are. For phones I will most likely stay with Andoid for the time being but I have been looking closley at the Win8 Tablets. Especially the Pro versions.
9. Penny (Posts: 1143; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
I had the same thought as you, so I think you're right. They're probably in a phase where not as many people are porting over their apps to WP8 from other platforms because those who wanted to do so would mostly have done it by now. As a lot of the recent app development in WP8 has been with big names and native apps, it appears that we'll see a slowdown in number, but an increase in quality and native apps, especially from major players.
5. eness (Posts: 6; Member since: 03 May 2013)
its not about number its about useful apps numbers don't mean anything. good luck to windows users i hope you get all the apps you want. android fan here
11. HASHTAG (unregistered)
I agree. I'm sure Windows has all (or most) of the apps I need that I currently use on Android.
7. ZeroCide (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
Thats cool. Don't want all those Fart and Flashlight apps that are the bulk of other app stores.
24. boosook (Posts: 992; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
You're assuming that those 145.000 apps are all serious and useful... but the truth is that you have no clues to say that. You simply have 145.000 apps (while there are 800.000 on Google Play and 1.000.000 on the Apple Store), and among those 145.000 apps there ARE fart apps, flashlight apps and so on.
What's certain is that many serious apps and games are missing.
27. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)
Most of the apps on the windows store are junk/copys of each other.
33. ZeroCide (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
OK from the seach links you gave me only 96 flashlight apps and 139 fart apps were found. If there are 145,000 apps in the store. That is 0.063% of the apps are flashlight and .096 % are fart apps. Go get the numbers for the other stores for yourself then come and complain about windows phone. The appstore is growing every day with great games and useful apps.
Smooth buttery OS getting better all the time!
35. Edmund (Posts: 654; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Unfortunately the Play store doesn't give out specific numbers (all it states is "more than 1000").
Results in the AppBrain store
Wallpaper - 73166
Launcher - 18356
Calculator - 20891
Battery - 18756
Weather - 11259
File manager - 4457
Music player - 4912
That's over 150,000 apps right there which 99% of users will never install.
While most fanboys call it "choice" I refer to it as overkill and waste.
8. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
That number of apps still ain't too shabby for a relatively new OS compared to others. It's got almost all the essentials.
15. funnyguy (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
What is this Windows Phone anyways?
Is not Sold in my Local Apple Store...
17. ZeroCide (Posts: 688; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
It seems like you need help. Get out of your Apple bubble. There is a real world out there that is not in the Apple store.
23. cyko969 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)
not at all ... not sure how you got that from what i had said or from anyone else that posted before me previously
21. pookiewood (Posts: 582; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)
The Sky isn't falling. MS is doing good. I only use a few key apps and the only one I'd love to see is Subway Surfer and more Cut the Rope.
46. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
cut the rope and cut the rope experiments are available on wp8
22. cyko969 (Posts: 49; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)
Still a good number... Rather not have our market flooded with apps that are s***
28. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Agree with most comments. App development is STILL the Achilles Heal of WP, but it is not horrid, just not as strong as what users want. If the number of apps is closer to 200,000 by the holiday selling season with the glaring omissions taken care of, MS will have built something to be pleased about.
29. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Even though its not all about the apps, I think that WP will never have the respect as a platform until its not only growing as fast as Android or iOS but furthermore 1 million apps.
31. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
"What is this Windows Phone"....?
32. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Only 145 thousand Apps, is that all™
42. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
yes i dont need 100k apps for tourch light or flash light sorry i can have one good app for one thing
34. maikyvenger (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)
Isn't the quantity, is the quality of apps.
38. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1195; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I still cannot get past Windows Phones boring yet speedy front end. I used it on Android but always reverted back to other options. The screen shot of the nokia 928 reminded me why I don't like WP phones. If only they could use home launchers like Android. I don't want to be stuck with a boring interface. Wish that there was an app for that.
39. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
BlackBerry 10 world apps are growing everyday! pity windows phone for the lack of apps!
they just hit 100,000 last month and maybe at BlackBerry Live this may 14 the content is around 150,000!
40. jimjacob29 (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 May 2013)
even though accordng to your opinion its slow.. i feel more quality now a days because all apps coming are good.. also famous apps are coming... for good weather download... the weather channel... for sports there is nokia espn hub,
41. shammont (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
I came off of Android and the only thing I really miss is the Citrix Receiver. I use it for work. WP 8 is awesome!
48. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
Well how many Free Flashlight apps and spam apps does one need.. ?