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Windows Phone users download more apps than the Android folks, less than the iOS junkies

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Windows Phone users download more apps than the Android folks, less than the iOS junkies
Windows Phone users download more apps than the Android folks, less than the iOS junkies
Microsoft, and the head of developer relations for Windows Phone in particular, Brandon Watson, released a fluff infographic today to explain how the app ecosystem performed in 2011.

The Marketplace app store reached 50 000 applications recently, and the infographic shows what type and number of apps people are  downloading. Turns out that the average Windows Phone user got 48 apps from there in 2011, compared to 30 for Android and 83 for iOS.

This might have to do with the number of apps - although 50 000 sounds more than you'll need in a lifetime, iOS is ten times that, so people get enticed easily when a new quality app comes across.

Another interesting part is that all in all 13 000 of the 80 000 developers registered, have published an app, meaning a huge room for growth once there is enough critical mass of devices for the big app publishing houses to start paying some serious attention to Windows Phone development.

This critical mass is usually 10 million handsets with a platform in the hands of consumers, so with Morgan Staley's prediction for Nokia selling 3 million Windows Phone per month on average this year, the ten millionth sold could be approaching soon, and from there we taste an exponential increase in the number and variety of Windows Phone apps.

source: WPDevelopersBlog via WMPU

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posted on 11 Jan 2012, 15:46

1. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 124; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Android apps = least downloaded? How so?!!?

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 16:03 1

2. wakingup (Posts: 51; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)


maybe because of the target market. I mean, there are many cheap androids out there and they are targeted to senoirs or children (even some adults) who are new to cell phones. I odnt think they download as many apps. Althogh IOS also has this factor, its odd that they have such a high number.

I was wanting to get a WP7(.5) phone but I heard the new Apollo lines were coming out later. So I checked the market. However, I honestly didn't see many good, nor free, apps.

And personally, I downloaded WAY more than 30 apps. Maybe 300 would be a real number. (since i have a low-end one, i had to download, delete, move to SD, and more deleting)

I wonder if this infograph addressed total downloads, or downloads minus deleted.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 16:07 2

4. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


iOS probably has a high number of apps because they ask other people with iPhones for good apps. To be honest the iPhone is essentially an application launcher

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 16:05

3. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


Probably because Android gets the majority of the market that are looking for phones that suit them (In price, size, screen, storage etc...) so they don't actually use the other features of the software more.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 16:22 3

5. baldilocks (Posts: 519; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Even as an Android user, I have to admit that I still miss some of the apps that I had on my iPhone 4. Android apps still leave a lot to be desired when it comes to selection.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 16:44 1

6. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I have pretty much every app I want that my wife's iphone has....on my android....

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 16:53 1

7. baldilocks (Posts: 519; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


Most of the photo editing apps aren't available, most of the better games aren't available, etc..

I keep bugging the developers to make them for the GS II, but it doesn't look like they are going to.

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