Windows Phone Store hosts 170,000 apps
Instagram recently cracked down on third party Windows Phone apps like Instance, banning it from uploading to the official site. This could be all solved with an official Windows Phone version of Instagram which has yet to be launched. Vine is another app missing from the Windows Phone Store. If Windows Phone is going to ever challenge Android or iOS, it needs to make sure that the software everyone wants is available.
On the other hand, it could take a run-up to 200,000 apps and beyond to convince developers that it is financially worthwhile for them to develop a Windows Phone version of their apps. With momentum returning to the platform, perhaps it won't be terribly long before the Windows Phone Store hosts Instagram, Vine, and some of the other high profile apps it is missing.
Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!
source: Microsoft via NokiaPowerUser
1. veer.d (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)
10000 app will be sufficient if they offer quality
3. Jason2k13 (Posts: 710; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
quality wont matter too much, if the app that people wants is not there.
21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
But still they major ones are not still available.
Still NokiaWp8 has hardly any apps and games
30. papss (unregistered)
Honestly if you are a real gamer its not on a phone.. Real gamers laugh at you.
35. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Android users laugh at you cause it's not a full os and is like phone games which has hardly any apps and games
Wildblood MC4 they have quality graphics and can use Ps3 controllers™
39. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
lmao all pc gamers everywhere are laughing so hard right now. the fact you think mobile gaming proves your a true hardcore gamer is pathetic
im using the s4 which runs your beloved android and guess what
1. there are loads of apps tat are nearly the same and offer near identical services
2. gaming on there is just to waste free time, it isnt serious gaming.
go preach about mythical specs and bs about how its the amount of apps that matter to your basement door because everyones seen your comments and can guess everything your going to dirty the comment section with before you comment......i know you will reply saying blah blah bully blah blah jealous.
so predictable and boring
47. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Yes I no it's not serious gameing, but still no bad.
Chaoticrazor Southpark has, and is using an S4. My it's hard to believe the Symbian S60 Fanboy™®© Wp8 has bought an S4 which he dislikes Android™®© Lmao®
Which S4... Exynos I assume so not or the S600 version...
52. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
wow your so boring
considering ive never hated android, and ive always said i will use what i like and couldnt care about the petty fanboys and trolls like yurself that brand others due to what they use
i use and still use symbian, due to circumstances i got an s4 to try android again. unlike you and your sad existence i dont believe any phone or os is perfect and sent from the heavens
actually its the s600 version, and its overheats still even after the update aswell as poor battery lie. but its still a good phone. again i wont bs about a phone like you that cant stand it not been perfect
so anything else to say? i would say anything of value t say but you never have said anything worthwhile. go check your comments you copy and paste and find one that fits this situation best or maybe dust of an old one like a list of fanboys ive shut up etc
predictable even when you try not to be
63. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Cool +1 for not being bias..
Every device heats up when heavy browsing or playig games. I just ignore it and dosent bother me, I just don't touch that part. Nokia Lumia phones you can't tell cause it uses harden Polycarbonate so the heat vapour can't pass through the harden plastic.
Yes no Os is perfect I agree™
Sometimes I revert to being a Fandroid™®© depends what the news are, and someti. I'm not a fanboy. Yes I go extreme on Apple ios cause I really dont like there business is running prractices. Like you and every others who hate them.
Everyone is not like you non bias®
72. haseebzahid (Posts: 1844; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
battery overheat lead to explosion if they are 3rd party low cost which was not the issue till now the new phones are coming and that is defenetly something that bothers everyone excet you i guess
45. papss (unregistered)
Android users can laugh all they want.. Hell I'll laugh with them hahahahahaha! Is that better for you? I'm still going to laugh at you if you think gaming on a phone is on par with even a 7 year old console you are mistaken
60. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Hahaha you guys are soooo pathetic don't you get it....We will NEVER change!!!
So what's the point in your comments other than starting a flame war??
67. papss (unregistered)
So its you hat wants attention now? Go play in the streets kid.. Seriously no one pulled your chain
66. clevername (Posts: 1435; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
id honestly rather spend time playing an original NES than a cell game. even the better mobile games just cant cut it. its the controller and tv experience.
71. haseebzahid (Posts: 1844; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
can i it handle ps3 like graphics O_o err no . so no thanks for outdated graphics on android we love unreal engine3/ cry engine3 / games far more than unity
62. akki20892 (Posts: 3746; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Keep Going Developers.........u guys need to hit your apps so we can see how is your apps and how is your ability to deliver great apps to us.
2. mariosuneo4 (banned) (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)
Facebook app recieves most negative comments
Youtube app not available
Whatsapp keeps on freezing
Line does not have voice calling
remaining is History
4. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Headline carried on: .......and 100000 of these are poorly made copies.
Seriously though. How many copies of Facebook does windows store need? Surely there should be only one Facebook app, made by Facebook?
22. papss (unregistered)
You must have blinders on because if you look at the play store there are far more repeats of all apps. Lets not twist this to seem like that's only on windows store.
5. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Not exactly on par with iOS or Android, but still large enough to establish itself as the "third ecosystem", thanks primarily to Nokia having made WP8 devices a success.
7. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
And 90% of these apps are poorly made....the other day I was on a plane tracker app and the only related app to come up was a map of India!!
14. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
WHoyton1, you don't even own an WP8 device. Samsung doesn't give those out to their employees...
55. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Hahah funny....do you want a photo of me holding it?
15. Nokfan1603 (Posts: 26; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
Why do you lie? There are plenty of capable flight trackers on WP. Check it out for yourselves on windowsphone.com. What a poor life WHoyton1 must have to write lies about other OPs.
54. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
I'm talking about my experience you don't like it well gtfo
18. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
i do a lot of travelling so this is obviously false
but i dont have the time to post every single travel app....
9. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1126; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
170,000 is not bad number.. Good to hear its still growing fast...
i am wp owner, from my experience windows phone does have most apps. may be instagram is missing but there is other third party solution for that .
so almost all basic apps are covered
but when you compare it to app store and play store it may seems week.
i was an android user, what i noticed on play store way there is alot of app choices.even for a tiny task there is an app for that. The user is in full of choices if one app didn't work for him he can download another and there alot of quality apps on play store ofc dumb apps are there so does on windows market too...
and for games, i must say wp is pretty weak on that department especially if your carrying a phone with 512mb RAM (Lumia 520,620,720 htc 8s etc) . But some main titles are there like asphalt,hot pursuit,modern combat,mass effect etc but still its pretty weak(I really love playing games so its kinda disappointing).
windows phone is growing platform it takes time to reach android's and ios level
but calling "WP does not have any apps and games" and saying "Most apps on play store and app store are junk" is just an invalid argument.
19. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
99% of games play on 512mb....
also check outwww.xyo.net if you have a problem with apps
it is a site by nokia
36. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1126; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Almost all hd games need minimum 1gb Ram . Well at least that market keep saying me "minimum 1gb ram"
16. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)
we need a third platform to get advantage as a consumer otherwise it will be Monopoly
29. timezone (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)
We need apps to get users. We need users to get apps. If people bought the windows phone they would realize the beauty of the phone and the apps will flow. The welcome mat is opened. There are plenty of apps available and soon it will not be an issue. Hmm, buy a great phone or an Android with malware that can steal my identity. Where is that debate?
32. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Consumers want freedom not class AA prison
Apple has jailbreak
Wp8 has nothing
Apple ios has less restrection than Wp8
No wonder the platform is living dead
Android™®© is the one and only with every openess. Even you can command script.
No Roms no kernels. Wp8 is for untechy unsmart for the typical joes and dummies. Android and ios™ is for geeks and techys and saavy nerds.
What does Wp8 have nothing. Unfinished half unmatured Os. Which is trying to become like Android in 5 years time.
38. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1126; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
As far as i know wp has less restrictions than ios
43. veer.d (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)
no choice of default browser
no sd card slot
bluetooth just limited to ios devices
no third party apps installation from other sites
no songs download other than itunes
no automatic apps update
too much reliablitiity on itunes for load content from pc
can`t change theme
don`t support small or large icon size (ip5 is just tall & same width)
yet apple says it is most advance os in world
and you say it is more open than wp8!!
48. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
There are apps to download and apps for Mp3 converters.
Use Cydia anythings possible there.
Wp8 has no Cydia or no Dev support.
No jailbreak so which is open
46. papss (unregistered)
Someone wants another break from this site it seems
58. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1568; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
so you only defend Apple just to bash Windows phone?
33. Cyberchum (Posts: 404; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Pure hypocrisy when an android fanboy bashes windows marketplace for having fart apps. NSF than 50% of apps at the Play store are utter garbage: free live wallpapers, keyboards etc.
34. veer.d (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)
many game on wp8 run on 1gb of ram but in android almost all game run on 512mb and many big title is free.On wp games are not free if nokia and msft call themselves challenger they should offer free exclusive apps & game and make available on 512mb devices i.e. lumia 520,620,720,625.Otherwise they don't stand any chance against iOs and android.
MORAL-if u going to challenge then u must offer something better
GOOD LUCK NOKIA
U just screwed up by MSFT FLOP(ELOP)
42. timezone (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)
Calling yourself the troll is an offense against trolls. Calling a closed OS like the iPhone a techies phone is beyond the pale. The iPhone is a toy when defined as a tech device. Android is really more like the first iteration of the windows phone 15 years ago. Android also is not open source. It is highly configurable by the user but that is not the definition of open source. Google has clamped it down and whatever you could have done the mobile companies have clamped down the rest. Yea, like at&t, Verizon, etc will allow you to mod the device. Now if you are brave you can root the device. I will give you that one.
50. timezone (Posts: 87; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)
That is cool. You can do some basic UNIX commands. I won't discount it but you still can't mod your device. Hey, we can possibly agree on a lot of things. The problem occurs when people dismiss the windows phone with trash talk. It is a great platform and can stand as an equal to the iPhone and Android. It also is better in some areas and soon will start to leave at least the iPhone in the dust.
51. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Dream on with 3% share and next year it will be 4% while Android™®© and ios7 will dominate leaving NokiaWp8 underdog to BB.
53. Darkerm (Posts: 256; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
Why can't all the OS get all the apps and we all can buy phone based on how well the apps perform?
I really don't hate any OS. I used almost all OS based mobile.
If all the apps are avilabe in all os, we consumer will get more benifits as the phone maker will try hard to impress us to buy there phone.
65. clevername (Posts: 1435; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
hey alan, instance still uploads pics to instagrams servers. I had a problem with it the day the original story was posted but since the next day its been fine
68. jacko1977 (Posts: 419; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
wish all app store put in a remove from list so u see a app thats junk u can remove it from ur app store list so when looking for apps it never shows up again hate looking for ages for apps i use
69. Muzhhur (Posts: 256; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
well im quit instagram 'cause is not on WP8
73. antifanboy14 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)
They need to redesign the crappy looking app store as well. the OS needs to mature, and MS needs to at least start acting like they want to compete with Android and iOS! at their current pace, we wont see instagram or vine in the windows phone store until 2020.