50 million Lumias have been activated, says Microsoft

50 million Lumias have been activated, says Microsoft
Microsoft recently held an event in Germany, and during the festivities, the software giant announced that 50 million Lumia units have been activated.  In addition, the stats revealed that there are 560,000 developers for the platform. And how hard have they been working? Well, Microsoft says that there are 320,000 apps currently offered in the Windows Phone Store. Last December, that figure was 200,000, growing to 250,000 by this past April. Back in October 2012, there were just 120,000 apps in the Store.

Will the Windows Phone Store ever catch up to the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store? You might recall that at one time, the App Store had a humungous lead over what was then called the Android Market. In March 2010, the App Store had 170,000 apps available, compared to 30,000 for the Android Market. That ratio of better than 5.5 to 1 is all gone. Now, both stores have over 1 million apps with the Google Play Store in the lead. The most important thing to note is that device sales drive these numbers. Developers have a greater incentive to write for a platform if there are a large number of potential app buyers using it.

According to Windows Phone cross-promotion network AdDuplex, 90% of Windows Phone handsets in use are Lumia models. This gives you an idea about the number of total Windows Phone handsets that have been sold. Considering that the Lumia name now belongs to the same company that developed the Windows Phone OS, we most likely won't see Lumia models dip under that 90% threshold for a long, long time.


source: WMPoweruser

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40 Comments

1. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

"Will the Windows Phone Store ever catch up to the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store? " - they dont need to ; they need the important apps . Most of apps never get significant number of downloads , and also a good part are old apps that are just laying around.. "Considering that the Lumia name now belongs to the same company that developed the Windows Phone OS, we most likely won't see Lumia models dip under that 90% threshold for a long, long time. " what does one thing have to do with the other ? also with the realease of so much devices i dont belive its going to take long...

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And the 2nd thing you quoted....thats a big assumption the writer is making about brand following, name, recognition.

29. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Hmmm I smell jelly and the will to compromise lol

33. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

That's how fanboyism works.

34. Phonecall01 unregistered

What's the deal with that whole obsession with "catching up" to Apple and Android. As long as they have quality apps and all the ones that "matter" they'll be a solid platform.

36. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

The masses don't see it that way, however, and it will only stay linear or worse now that the REAL Nokia is out of the picture...

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It would also help if companies also advertised that WP has their app. Example - Home Depot shows their app available on the iTunes Store and Google Play. No mention of the Windows Phone app so you'd assume there isn't one, yet there is and it's a pretty good app.

3. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Companies follow marketing trends if they see another company promote their products on certain platforms they fall in line. Once one big name company does advertise WP you'll most like see other follow. Same thing with apps. I does suck cause really good products not just MS get a cold shoulder.

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is a good point, and one hurdle Android has finally got over in the last few years.

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Supporting WP8 app development will also mean developer head count increase. Android is an exception they have reach 80% user base. Who going to pay for them? Microsoft?

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Easy. Once windows 10 hits. Developing and app count will be seamless. Win8 has some luxuries of this already with some 85-95% of the code moveable between apps. Also it wasn't long ago when android wasn't 80% of the market, but coming into the game as the only other competitor, gives you a standing leg.

28. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yeah, yeah. Again this WP fan "once the Windows 10 hits" or "once the Windows Phone 8.1 hits" or "once Windows Phone 8 hits" You'll never beat Android because you most likely don't beat iOS on marketshare before yours drop because of removal of Nokia brand. It's just a question of time.

37. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Has google not been trying to do the same thing. Google's app store dominace came where there was no other competitive app store to begin with. So you had a choice, google/apple. That was pretty much it. Wp8 has already increased apps by more than double in a year. This was the kind of steam android had, that apple themselves laughed at since they were ahead. It's not just about once win10 hits, if their vision becomes reality, coding once and running where it needs to run, means this is the platform. Because now a developer can develop for 3 OS's at once and hit 3 parts of the community. PC/Phone/Xbox. It is not hard to see how this is a good thing.

4. Damo579

Posts: 266; Member since: May 18, 2013

We are still missing big apps and the big apps we have need updates..... Like Instagram, Twitter, ESPN, WATCHESPN.....

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

50 million? Barely? Since 2010? Wow that's rough.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Wait til someone claims WP 7 doesnt count since the core, kernel was messed up. Still.....thats more than ...all.....the other WP OEM's....combined.... Its time for many to face it: (Nokia) Lumia is WP. All the others are just doing something to help pay licensing fees for Android.

32. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I claim it. But not because of kernel. Because of, apps incompatibility between WP7, and WP8. I have an older friend, that has WP7 smarphone - his first smarphone ever. I wanted to show him, what advantages come with a smarphone, and install some usefull apps. It turned out, that they are even more underdeveloped, than the Symbian ones - and that means seriously underdeveloped... So (if I remember correctly) if about 15% from those 50 milions are WP7, that means, that only 42,5 miliions handsets have true access to those claimed 320k apps...

6. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

There are tons of good useful apps that Windows should have available but they don't.. Apps like E-TRADE or TDAMERITRADE should be a must, but they have never made it to the platform.. Others are game apps.. Games like "CLASH or LORDS" - "CLASH of CLANS" - "CASTLE CLASH" and many others.. But just those I mention, bring looooots of money.. So why is it that they aren't on the Windows Market? The Trading Apps I mention for my self and the game apps I mention here too, are the only reason why me and my family aren't using Windows.. We all agree that Windows run overall better and all, but in the end, the Apps we use or need the most are just not there yet. :(

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You mention E Trade....damn. I definitely couldnt use WP back when I had an E Trade account....that was in 2010, 2011...

15. Rifaz

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Hey just to inform you if you didn't know... I find all the apps u mentioned except Clash of clans...

10. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

About the apps..that depends of the user....

11. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Activated...yes...but, how many were deactivated?

14. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

This guy is asking the questions that matter. LOL

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

and how many androids deactivated?

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Still has more than 80% market share so you question is null and voided.

25. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Don't you have some more ASTROTURF to lay down somewhere else?

21. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

If judging by its user satisfaction rate not too many.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So all the WP7 user eagerly tuck their tail between their legs and upgrade to WP8 after Microsoft pulled the plug on their main messenging app Skype. No such problem which Google android my 2010 milestone 2 can still sign into Google hangout messenging.

26. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Yeah...somehow my Moto G and my iPad Air sync better with Hotmail than any of my Lumias ever did. Odd. I would have trudged through it and the plethora of missing apps had Nokia stayed Nokia (not some hostile takeover operation), but I think not. Stateside, there's not too many carriers pushing Windows, so good luck

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