Windows and Windows Phone app stores combined now feature over 400,000 apps
In addition to that statistical update, Microsoft can now also brag about having over 14 million daily app downloads (combined for the Windows and Windows Phone stores), a growth figure that developers will definitely be glad to hear about.
Windows Phone has established itself as the third-largest ecosystem, but it still has a lot of catching up to do with the dominant iOS and Android ecosystems. Both the Apple App Store and Google’s Play Store feature over 1 million applications, four times more than the 250,000 apps available for Microsoft’s mobile platform.
We expect to hear more updates on Windows Phone stats during the keynote, so stay tuned.
1. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)
Android and ios may have more apps but how many of them so actually use on a daily bases?
15. Finalflash (Posts: 1881; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Point isn't that they are being used by everyone, it is that someone is using them because they needed or wanted that app. The problem with low app count is that sometimes what you want may not be there. The advantage of high app count is, that what you want is probably there in case you need it.
22. sgodsell (Posts: 1406; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
The other problems is those 150000 Windows apps don't run on any WP devices, and the 250000 WP apps don't run on any Windows tablet.
4. Lt.Green (Posts: 394; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
I agree but the important ones I need are missing in WP.
8. ihavenoname (Posts: 1507; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
And how many of WP/Windows apps are useful? WP and especially Windows 8 are defifinitely not competing with quality. I have Windows 8 and the appstore is crap. Many of apps are missing that are in other platforms. 1-3 star apps start to show up really quickly and actually some of the apps found in other platforms have lower ratings in Windows 8. And games... Everything costs and top free games are pathetic. I prefer Android and iOS, because I love quality and quantity.
14. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Yeah and its also boring. I stopped visiting the WP appstore.
11. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
when its comes to a market ios is number one...
20. PBXtech (Posts: 982; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
And you think that all those of the 400k are used daily? okay
Every market has redundancy and waste, it is what it is.
21. hurrycanger (Posts: 1265; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
If you've been sticking with WP, you won't find any app (exclusively) on iOS or Android that you need to use on a daily basis.
I've been using many apps and playing many games on Android that aren't available on WP8. Mostly games. There are so many good games not yet available for WP8.
Viber and Tango are 2 examples for apps that are lacking for WP8. Viber is there, sure, but it doesn't notify you when you get messages or calls (same thing happened to Skype before). Tango was available for WP7, but it's not there for WP8. Since many people I know use Tango for video call instead of Skype, I do see the need of having Tango.
So yeah, for those who have been with WP and its ecosystem, there shouldn't be any problem involving apps. It's just a problem for some (or many?) iOS and Android users who may want to switch to WP for any reason. Some apps they frequently used just aren't there for WP8.
Anyway, I'm looking at the Lumia 520/521/525 and I see they're fine since they are cheap and can do a lot. Android phones at $70 cannot work as well as the Lumia 521, and android phones at $70 won't be able to run so many apps and games either. To me that's where WP currently shines. If I spent over $300 for a Windows phone, however, I would expect to see more apps. I hope with the coming of WP 8.1, apps developers will care more about WP.
3. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Sweet, they will find a way, to run windows apps on WP!!
5. express77 (unregistered)
good but change that store icon.
6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2004; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
" developer's, developer's,developers,developers"
7. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
The thing about this report is that some of these are duplicate apps between the stores..
9. Anshulonweb (Posts: 349; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
actually windows phone do lag behind in terms of apps...." Android and ios may have more apps but how many of
them so actually use on a daily bases?"....this statement is somewhat correct but being a windows user I can confirm that all essential apps are still not on windows and most of apps available are sh*t..... in terms of good apps windows is still VERY FAR BEHIND
12. ihavenoname (Posts: 1507; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Exactly the point most Windows fans forget. Less doesn't nescessarily mean better.
13. joey_sfb (Posts: 3143; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Exactly. Microsoft should ask samsung to put phone and sms utility in their ATIV series. Problem solve.
Samsung galaxy tablet sells because they are phone enabled.
10. shridharddlj4015 (Posts: 8; Member since: 13 Sep 2013)
Some where in my mind i feel windows will Conquer world mobile n tablet market in few years if Microsoft wishes to listen to consumers priorities..
16. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
More apps can't be bad for everyone. Windows (phone) users will be on par with everyone else. How can that be bad? In the future, different OS'es will all be in-sync and more relative. Spread the love. Don't hate. And code.
17. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 226; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
How many fart apps do we really need? How many flashlight apps do we really need? It's nice to have choices, but I'd rather have quality. There's no question that iOS has the most polished apps, I'll concede that. But Android apps look like 3rd rate BlackBerry apps from the OS 4.5 days. The Metro UI lends itself to good looking apps, let's hope MS inspires the devs to out-do Apple.
23. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
"But Android apps look like 3rd rate BlackBerry apps from the OS 4.5 days."
Hyperbole is hyperbole....
I will agree about Apple too....but lets be a lil more realistic with Android...unless the last Android app you seen was for Donut or Cupcake....
18. sinple (Posts: 115; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
I am sorry, but there was llike 10 flappy bird clones in windows 8 store just the other day in top new. Windows phone might have improved, but windows 8 store needs a lot of improvement
24. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Goes to show no app store is perfect. All will have clones.
25. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1120; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Windows phone 8 NT based OS is 2 years old. it will take time for developers to port their
apps to it's ECO system. mean while the Microsoft and Nokia soft ware programmers will continue to add new features to the windows smart to make it great