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Windows Phone Marketplace sees publishing delays as it surpasses 80K apps

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Windows Phone Marketplace sees publishing delays as it surpasses 80K apps
While the Windows Phone Marketplace is still worlds away from both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, which both sport over 450,000 apps, the Windows Phone Marketplace is continuing to forge ahead. It has just reached the 80,000 milestone, putting it ahead of both RIM and Symbian’s offerings by about 10,000.

While this is great news, no growth comes without its pains. WPCentral has reported that many developers are noticing delays with their submissions. Previously it took about 72 hours for a submitted app to be approved and published after being submitted. In Microsoft’s April edition of the Windows Phone Developer Newsletter, the Redmond giant confirmed, “due to high submission and update volumes, the app certification process is continuing to take longer than it has previously.” Microsoft is now advising that the process can now take up to 7 days and it is recommending that developers who are planning for a specific release date to plan accordingly.

While delays can definitely be frustrating, especially to those who make their living on apps, the influx of submission is definitely a welcome problem that we’re sure Microsoft will be happy to address. With the release of the Nokia Lumia 900 just a few days away and it having very favorable pre-order sales, Microsoft will have to react quickly to handle the demand in order to continue to put pressure on Android and iOS in one of Windows Phone's most criticized categories – the amount of apps available.

source: WPCentral & IntoMobile

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posted on 05 Apr 2012, 12:34 6

1. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

Played a little on my old HTC Mozart, the market has most certainly improved. Quality of the apps is also much better than what I now find on Android.

Can't find a single twitter app which looks as good as the average Windows Phone twitter app.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 13:16 5

2. greyhulk (Posts: 162; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)

That's my one major gripe with Android. The apps are just ugly. iOS wins with respect to both looks and functionality, WP7 has looks, Android just has the functionality.

Love the way WP7 apps look, I just wish they would get more updates and added functionality. Right now, WP7 is the red-headed stepchild and the last platform companies bother to update with new features.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 14:30 2

4. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

tweetdeck,official twitter app etc look the same on android as it does on ios...also personally i prefer functionality over anything else.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 20:16 1

5. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)

I agree. I would have loved to keep my Windows Phone as my main device, but the 3rd party apps can sometimes be lacking in quality and selection. Hopefully it's improved in the 6 months since I've used it.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 14:24 2

3. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

they need a new redbox app..the one available is trash and not working. also they REALLY NEED the freebies like angry birds..etc...they got the phones, the ui and killer smoothness..now they need the free stuff...that and maybe allow a little more customization but not to the point of fragmentation,, and my friends with the new desktop windows 8, people will be all over these phones...maybe end of 2013..by forcast...b/c if they are liking the new desktop with tiles, they will naturally feel more comfortable with the mobile os...i am in early...my lumia is in the mail!!! yeah!!!!

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