WP7 Marketplace about to hit 30,000 apps, doubles Android apps growth rate, devs welcome to submit Mango apps

WP7 Marketplace about to hit 30,000 apps, doubles Android apps growth rate, devs welcome to submit Mango apps
The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has been growing at a steady pace with Microsoft investing heavily in wooing developers. And that seems to finally pay off as Redmond’s platform now is close to reaching 30,000 apps, nearly 9 months after the launch of the OS last November. This translates into twice the growth rate of the Android Market and to just about the same momentum as with the Apple Store. Google needed 17 months to get the same number of apps, while iOS took just above 8 months.

Currently, the Windows Phone App List states that there are 29,700 applications, slightly short of the round number. At the eve of the app anniversary, Microsoft’s Todd Brix also added fuel to the fire by saying that developers can now submit their Mango apps with app switching, background audio, multiple and double sided Live Tiles. So - yes, you can expect Mango apps to roll out in the next couple of days, but Brix warns that doesn’t mean that Mango devices are necessarily launching that fast.

For all WP7 developers, Microsoft has also updated its Windows Phone SDK to version 7.1. The release candidate has been released with a complete Marketplace Test Kit, which gives programmers the chance to test applications before submitting them for approval. This should significantly speed up the process of getting published on the platform. The Microsoft Advertizing SDK is now also included in the WPSDK, with its final version expected at the end of September.

The latest rumor on the street claims that HTC Mango devices are coming early next month, so the wait shouldn’t be long - and what’s best, all likelihood is that by the time you get a WP Mango handset, new apps would already have hit the market. But finally it all boils down to the quality of the apps, so have your say - are you happy with the content on the Marketplace?

source: Windows Team Blog



1. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

I have almost everything I need in the Marketplace ... The only thing that is missing for me is TeamViewer ... the alternatives sucks ... =\ otherwise the apps are great :) with the improved scrolling and picture loading the apps look as they should :)

2. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

uninterseting. Nokia just lunched Symbian belle, which has more apps than WP7 and looks better and hs more functions too : D Gonna get me one Nokia 701.

8. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

So, why all the thumbs down ? I did not say anything hatefull or negative against WP7 ! Just said Belle has a nicer UI and more functions. The UI is subject to a persons taste, but that Belle has more functions is a fact.

14. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

I like your support and touting of alternate OSes like Bada and Symbian, but this is a thread on WP7...

15. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

this a W7 story about apps. You are touting other OS's and are going for features. Not to mention that you know that W7 Mango will ad better than 500 features, and than Bada and Belle or whatever will not have more features. Most of us know you had a bad experience with W7, and we all know you are mad at Nokia for dropping Symbian and Meego for W7. But, if you are going to come on the thread to post negatives about W7 you will get thumbs down. Gonna happen.

16. CoolBB unregistered

you said that the WP7 is uninteresting on a thread about it which is pretty negative. you compared nokia with WP7 putting down WP7 even more which sounds pretty hateful in my opinion.

9. ReturningToNokia

Posts: 130; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

@Peterlfromsweden...But shouldn't the Ovi store have more apps? After all, the Ovi store has been open since 2009! By the way, Ovi has about 50K apps, and WP is approaching 30K and it only took 10 months to do so. Not to mention, that the majority of the high profile, DESIREABLE apps are in WP Marketplace. Still no Kindle app, Netflix, or any of the most desirable games are in the Ovi store.

11. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

The Ovi store will be Windows Marketplace eventually...

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

This is further proof that WP7 is steadily going to be bigger & bigger. 30,000 apps in a shorter time than Android & on par with the App Store means there is validity on the OS as a whole. Developers ARE embracing it. WP7 is ONLY going to get better when the Mango update is finally official! Just think that in a couple of months, the BIG BOYS will be releasing AWESOME phones, like the HTC Omega, the Samsung Galaxy S II phone, & the Nokia phones. Windows Phone 7 is extremely compelling to me ESPECIALLY if I were to have one of those top-tier phones with the 500+ new features Mango update with an extensive 30,000+ app market. You just can't go wrong. I have said it once & I will say it again, WP7 will be BIG in 2012! You can BET on that!

4. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Nokia's Qt quick based Belle has a wonderful UI and its OVI store is really gaining momentum (9 mio downloads/day) given the recent inclusion of a huge army of Nokia S40 OS based devices. However, it won't take very long for the Microsoft/Nokia partnership to take the game to a whole new level and bring a serious third player into the battle of ecosystems. Glad to see Nokia managing the transition to WP while still standing by its loyal fans with a commitment to support symbian thru 2016.

12. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

lolz @gaining momentum. are you sure about this? because the symbian platform will be over after two years. :-D

5. dandirk

Posts: 187; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

I hope MS pulls it off, their obvious clout in technology is helping and they are being smart by giving great incentives to dev for their platform. Lots of phones in the works... I think it's either going to catch or stumble in 2012. MS HAS to capture at least 10% of the remaining 20% of marketshare. If it gets divided up by Apple and Google, it will almost spell doom for WP7. I am rooting for it, I would much rather have a choice of 3, than 2.

6. iliketech

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

maybe i'll become a WP7 developer...

7. symbian crap unregistered

peter are you mad or something first u loved bada that was good and now u are after this crappy os didnt expect this from you i loved ur comments about bada but now this crappy os i hate it

10. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Hang on a second here... I really like bada and i still do, i have not forsaken bada at all !!! Second, i also like Symbian belle. I think it looks really nice and a good update from Symbian Anna. Since i've used Nokia phones since the Nokia N91 in 2005 i still like Symbian as well. So you'll definitely hear from me being positive about bada and commenting about bada, but i also like Symbian as well. But just so you know, i like bada lot's better than Symbian belle, even though Symbian Belle comes in second place for me.

13. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

you guys like platforms made for low-end devices.

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