Windows Phone Marketplace app selection zips past 70,000

Windows Phone Marketplace app selection zips past 70,000
Microsoft’s Windows Phone might have not yet gotten the traction it needs to compete with the big two iOS and Android, but it definitely caught developers’ attention. The Marketplace, Windows Phone’s app catalog, now consists of over 70,000 applications and is growing by a healthy 300 new apps added every day.

This is also the first time Microsoft has officially used its channels to announce the achievement, so obviously the company is proud with developer engagement. That’s to a large part due to Microsoft taking apps seriously from the very start when it offered incentives to some software companies to port apps and code for Windows Phone.

70,000 itself can’t match the hundreds of thousands of applications available on both Android and iOS, but we’d argue that while the total number has some significance, after you’ve got some healthy competition the actualy figures give away their place to the quality of the applications.

Another important development for Microsoft’s Windows Phone is its expansion to 28 more countries, adding to the existing 63 regional markets. So far, our initial impression of the Marketplace is that it’s got almost all of the essential apps present on other platforms, and while it might be a bit behind in certain areas, the real problem might be the slightly bigger prices on some applications. What are your impressions from the Marketplace and app shopping on Windows Phone in general? Sound off in the comments below.

source: Sina via UnwiredView

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8 Comments

1. Usual

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Windows phone FTW!

6. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I'm really hoping WP will become more popular when Win8 comes out. Hope it will knock some sence into Google.

2. nando2do

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

I own a titán and personally un satisfied with the apps I have but also know there's lots of great games and other apps for ios and android.. I didn't get WP for the apps but for the OS

3. phonton

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

Almost all the essential apps are there now! MS is aware that the ecosystem needs more apps and evidently they seem to be pushing for it. I'll wait with my Samsung Focus until the APOLLO comes back to EARTH :D

4. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

I'm not sure about ios but most of the apps are repeating in android with different developers name & style but the use is same. There are some unique apps but hope MS will eventually increase its size when i buy lumia 900 for me

5. Jamus

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

Thumbs up if you would move to windows phone if they had more apps at lower prices. I would move today, at full retail, if the ecosystem was there. I love android, but WP is a better OS than any out there IMHO. But w-t-f is a smart phone if all you get is 3$ angry birds (which is now old) and MS Office.

7. REYNER

Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

yep i agree they have to expand os marketplace unit availability in various regions of the world esp. that now wp is starting to heat up! they have to make it faster so people would not get bored and shift to other os just like in our case wp are available in the philippines but only in selected area people who are interested in other areas got nothing to do i know wp and nokia will do their best.. i'll be waiting patiently for the wp8 :)

8. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

To me it's not the number of Apps that count it's the ones that really matter and work well that counts Microsoft has to get the knowledge of what are the most sought after Apps on Android and Apple IOS AND THEN get the developers who made them to make a version for Windows 7 series smart phones and the coming windows 8 smart phones later this year.

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