Here's how Windows Phone developed throughout 2011 (infographic)

Here's how Windows Phone developed throughout 2011 (infographic)
After 2010 saw the launch of the first Windows Phone handsets, hopes were high for 2011 to become the year when Microsoft’s platform catches up with user. This hasn’t been the case, but with the huge Mango update and its compatibility with the first wave of devices, Redmond made a step in the right direction. And with Windows 8 almost right around the corner, we’re starting to look into a family of devices.

But what did 2011 bring exactly to Windows Phone? Microsoft came up with this infographic summing up all the important events for the platform, yet didn’t reveal the actual sales number.

First of all, the Windows Phone Marketplace has grown to more than 50,000 apps (over 55,000 currently), with the biggest chunk of them being ones for entertainment, productivity, books and games.

Actually, games dominated the app selection with 64% of paid downloads being games and 31% of the free app downloads. Developer interest has also grown and now there are 80,000 registered developers on the Marketplace.

Overall, Windows Phone has quietly evolved in 2011, but is still failing to lure users away from their iPhone and Android handsets. Is it missing something or is it just a question of time for it to catch up? Drop us your two cents in the comments below.

source: PCMag

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31 Comments

1. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Windows 7 homepage looked boring Windows 6.5 looked better on HTC HD2.

12. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

I would have to agree that the home screen is my least favorite aspect of windows phone 7. I think they could have use the space more wisely and interestingly. Hopefully, as they continue to push out updates, the home screen will also improve.

2. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

The problem with WP7 is that it just lacks anything terribly innovative. Think about your Gingerbread phone, are you jealous that it doesn't have Mango installed, thats what I thought. I hate Microsoft and their phone OS just doesn't have that feeling of jelousy you might get from a Droid Razr or Galaxy Nexus

3. Striker

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

You gotta be kiddin', right? Android and innovation - an indian and a violin...

10. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

dont make fun of indians lol

4. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

The way you talked about Android and jealousy between phones, is like 2 girls bitching over a Justin Bieber ticket.

13. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

Not really, I understand what you said about wanting to use a galaxy nexus but when you use it day to day life you will see it isn't as enjoyable. It lags. Snfm,.

5. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Windows Phone sucks big time! Why? Apps ain't available in all countries, there is only little choise in phones, there is no frontcam for videocalls, it has no expandable memory and the screen isn't up to the latest standard for hi-end devices. And I'm not even talking the high-prices for a newcomer to the smartphone buisiness. (I'm not counting the prehistoric WM phones here) People who want an affordable smartphone will turn to HTC/Samsung/Sony running Android ;)

6. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

exactly + android and ios are just betting OS's Win8 will just appeal to people who want the following all in all package windows pc, xbox, windows phone.

14. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

its spreading popy. and yes, lumia 900 does have front facing cam.

19. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Not yet on the market though :(

21. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

WRONG.. BOTH the HTC Radar and the Nokia 710 at Tmobile have front facing cameras.

15. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

iPhone has one choice in phone, doesn't have expandable memory. The screens are up to the latest standard, front cam will be coming soon for Skype on windows phone. iPhone is extremely similar, why are they succesful? You are just one of the people who prefer Android. It doesn't mean Android are bad, but Windows Phone has a lot of potential.

20. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

You can't compare any WPhone to the iPhone; Not even the old 3GS. Windows could have potentional IF the phone(s) AND apps would be available worldwide, not just specific markets ;) Let's wait for another year and see what will happen. This is what made Android so populair in such a short time!

31. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

I understand what you're saying, but for now, let Windows Phone grow in these small markets till they can break even for adding new markets. Do you agree that it is a promising software though?

16. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

I wouldn't say that it sucks, but Android and iOS currently offer pretty much "better" options right now. Lack of expandable memory is ridiculous though, lifting this requirement would be in Microsoft's best interest. And btw, newer Windows Phones do have front facing cameras. As far as the screen is concerned, the only problem is the lack of higher resolutions. However, most people want a screen that looks good, and they don't pay attention to high resolutions, so IMO they still have time to improve that. Yes higher resolutions can look better, but technology like Nokia's ClearBlack, and Samsung's Super AMOLED are equally important (which windows phone does have).

30. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Little choice in phones? There's more choice for models of Windows Phone on AT&T alone than there have been iterations of iphones. I don't disagree with the lack of onboard expandable memory, but with the bundled cloud services (SkyDrive) which is free, unlike icloud, you have an additional 25GB to use, and since no WP7 that I know of has less than 8GB of onboard memory, that would put their native storage capacity at no less than 33GB, which is more than you get with the middle-tier iphone4s 32GB, which is $300 on contract. As for the screen resolution, sure it's not to the same specs as a Galaxy Nexus or LG Nitro, but it gets the job done, and for as small as screen sizes are, I don't need the quality to exceed that of my television. The next-generation of WP for the Apollo release are said to be offering higher-resolution screens, as well as better camera software and other siginificant fixes. Considering WP7 is just over a year old, I have to give them solid props on what they've done with it so far. No other mobile OS has had so much in its first year

7. weishin92

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 08, 2011

I think windows phone 7 is cool. But it's just that I can't get 1 in my country.

23. djg71087

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 2010

i believe people are approching windows phone in the wrong way. you can make your argument about the phone not having expandable memory but by signing in to your live-or-hotmail account, skydrive provides you with 25Gb of online data storage (Doc's, Photos, Etc...). @ 1st the UI seems a bit boring but it def grows on you, very helpful/functional.

25. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Cloud-storage is perfect for back-up or if you're on WiFi. But if you're commuting it's better not to have a DATA connection when listening music/watch video. A microsd card is the solution for that.

8. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

notice how this is about number of apps instead of phone sales? Thats because the latter is pathetic and still far behind "dead" platforms like Symbian and Blackberry, nevermind Android and iOS which is killing it still. I dont have a problem with windows phone, I actually like the OS, but clearly the average consumer doesnt like it. They should enhance the look of the live tiles and not make them look so plain.

17. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

If you haven't noticed, there are actually other articles about phone sales; there are also articles about Android's apps, obviously the topic of the article has nothing to do with phone sales, and it is not intended to. As previous articles have stated, the main problem for Windows Phone's lack of sales in US (Europe sells them just fine) is that sales employees push Android or iOS. Most don't know very much about WP7 and so those phones just sit there collecting dust, waiting for someone to pick it up. If no one knows about it, then no one ever will pick one up.

24. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

"Europe sells them just fine" ???? I'm sorry to dissapoint you, but please read the following: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2011/nov/29/nokia-lumia-smartphone-dwindling-sales I'm from the Netherlands and there is a big ad-campaign running on television and in printed. The opposite is true; Sales are disappointing

9. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

those damn tiles kill it !!!! ...

11. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

people who havent have a hands on a windows phone say this...those tiles kill it ....

18. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Those who have used it tend to like it. Obviously some people prefer other OS's and that's cool. Freedom of choice is wonderful.

27. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

oh trust me ive used the phones and even put WP7 themes on my current android and even on my blackberry when i had one... No matter how i look at it the tiles are just not cool.. Because i have used the phone i say ... those tiles kill it!!!

28. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

SUCH A LIAR AS UR NAME SHOWS

29. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Lying about what?? BTW i chosed this name when i first registered a while back there is no need to change it? .. just like you changed your ugly avatar pic

22. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Well for one.. in all of 2010 and 2011 T-mobile had the WindowsPhone (They only had the HTC HD7 in the stores) located buried (and usually turned off) at the end of a long line of Android phones. The HD7 was too large for the average customer, so there wasnt a "Comparable" WindowsPhone to any of thier androids. NOW Tmobile has a Nokia 710 and Radar display when you first walk into the store.. Both phones are more comparable in size to the better selling androids. Add to that this display has been there a mere 3 days. I think 2012 will be the year WindowsPhone turns it around.. its a matter of getting the phones in the stores, and having them IN FRONT of the customers.

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