Windows Phone Store growth slows, only at 145,000 apps

Windows Phone Store growth slows, only at 145,000 apps
Microsoft has always been active in fostering the developer community for Windows Phone, even going so far as to fund a number of developing events. But, it looks like all of that work may not be going as far as was once thought. As part of the official Nokia Lumia 928 announcement today, Microsoft said that that there were 145,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store. That number sounds okay, but it's quite a bit lower than was expected based on the growth rate the store had been seeing.

As of last June, the official number of apps in the Windows Phone Store was at 100,000, which marked an impressive doubling of the total in just 6 months. However, if that number was accurate, and so is the new one, it means the WP Store has only added 45,000 apps in the past 11 months. Based on the growth that the Store had been seeing up until last June, it should have passed 140,000 apps back in January.

Given the progress that the platform has seen around the world since the release of WP8, it's very strange that the Store has seen such a drop in growth. No word yet from Microsoft on the matter. 

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48 Comments

1. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

All I need that is missing is a couple of bank apps and I would jump to wp8. What's taking so long!

14. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

For Me: No good free weather app whose live tiles actually update No good sports app for all sports Skype is a disaster in its current state, though I can't say much better about the program Yelp is miserable Twitter is OK Facebook is not good (for any platform), the alternatives are OK Instagram doesn't exist Zynga's attempts have been below par Prices are a little too high. This is all for pre Windows 8, so take note that Windows 8 does have apps that 7.5/.8 do not.

20. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

For Me: No good free weather app whose live tiles actually update ---Bing Weather updates just fine No good sports app for all sports ---I hate sports, NC Skype is a disaster in its current state, though I can't say much better about the program ---Sure Yelp is miserable ---NC Twitter is OK ---I think the client really cool but it's your opinion Facebook is not good (for any platform), the alternatives are OK ---I must be easy to please. Instagram doesn't exist ---Looks fun, my wife has started using it. i'd liek to see it also. Zynga's attempts have been below par ---I agree!! Prices are a little too high. -- They aren't too bad. Coming from Android? Then i can see where you are coming from as they use ads everywhere and it's probably why we don't have Subway Surfer because right before you play the game they try to hit you with a "gotcha" ad.

25. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

For me: -HTC app is great. changes the lock screen according the weather and obviously tile too. -i dont like calender. it liked setting changes in google calender and that would sync to chrome browser and my android phone. -facebook was bad but new beta one is like android so yay! -twitter is ok but could have been better. -espn works great for sports app but is little buggy. -i dont take food picture so never needed instagram(joking, i dont like touching up pictures on phone, thats what photoshop cs6 is for) -and i dont play games. thats what pc/ps3 is for. for typical users, windows is great day to day os. as in alternative to android, and much simplified. for heavy user. no, windows is bad idea. stick to android. im gonna go back soon, but i like app quality here. on android alot of apps are still gingerbread looking like.

43. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

stock weather and the weather chanel update just fine, the weathe channel app shows tons of data. ESPN has a fantastic app now. skype has been updated and is a lot beter now. i dont use yelps app, but nokia city lens uses yelp for ratings and such and it works great. twitter is good, but with twitter integration its better. same for facebook and its integration, but microsofts acebook beta app is wonderul, and matches design with other platforms. no chatheads though. instagram should be here next week. idk about zynga. i dont play those kinds of games. but gameloft is making a huge push and others to. games are more plentiful now. and im seeing an overall drop in app prices, not drastic, but visible. and there are more free apps and games now.

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i guess microsoft getting apps slowely but they are checking apps first to see how quality apps are then they release on their marketplace, but we know great apps and games are coming. and there are so many developers are woking on WP8 SDK so we will see good numbers soon. Slow and steady.

30. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

As the saying goes... QUALITY above QUANTITY. But WP isn't even following that, as it just has a weak selection of a relatively small number of worthwhile apps that imitate the best apps on Android and iOS. I'll just wait a few years until WP has matured enough so it'll (hopefully) be on par with the high quality apps on Android and iOS.

44. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

quality is showing up now. the new youtube and hulu apps surpass the android and ios apps in every way. games are arriving with similar quality as well. camera apps like camera 360 are also amazing. theres still a bit of trash but the quality is pouring in.

37. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

I dont feel any severe lack in apps after jumping from android itself; probably 3 or 4 apps are missing, but what i use either has a windows phone version or a really good alternative. If the quality is there, no problem. And I prefer the XBox integration in the games, or my xbox and microsoft accounts will be underutilized.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

145,000 apps? Not bad! The number sounds okay, it reached over 100,000! Microsoft, keep it up, we need MORE!

6. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I think its a great number, we don't need 20 of the same app

12. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

In part, I disagree. On Android there are many todo list managers, but each has a slightly different workflow or feature set. I'd rather have a good selection to choose from so I can pick the best solution for my needs than be forced into someone else's idea of the way I should do things.

26. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

i would say what we dont need is ugly apps. android had to remove 50000 apps this year because they were old and ugly. so far on windows phone i havent come across single app that is ugly.

45. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

oh ive seen several. but in the past six months aesthetic quality has drasticaly improved. i was amazed with the youtube app itself.

47. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Huh, when did that happen?

10. AngryAppleCustomer.

Posts: 30; Member since: May 01, 2013

But Apple has like a million apps. Even android has more than 100,000.

13. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

They need to lower the prices of the ones they do have. I understand that by keeping prices high so they can give more to developers and try to lure them in to making Windows Phone apps, but eventually they're going to have to please the consumers too

36. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I agree with you.

3. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Its cool because android a litte more decent apps than WP. Speaking as a previous andoid user, 99% of the free apps in the play store are s**t. #fact

4. twcobra

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

It makes perfect sense if ports where driving the initial growth. But if Microsoft is smart and I am sure they know this. They need original development to compete with Apple and Android. Of course orininal development will be a lot slower so I am sure that is where Microsofts goals are. For phones I will most likely stay with Andoid for the time being but I have been looking closley at the Win8 Tablets. Especially the Pro versions.

9. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I had the same thought as you, so I think you're right. They're probably in a phase where not as many people are porting over their apps to WP8 from other platforms because those who wanted to do so would mostly have done it by now. As a lot of the recent app development in WP8 has been with big names and native apps, it appears that we'll see a slowdown in number, but an increase in quality and native apps, especially from major players.

5. eness

Posts: 6; Member since: May 03, 2013

its not about number its about useful apps numbers don't mean anything. good luck to windows users i hope you get all the apps you want. android fan here

11. HASHTAG unregistered

I agree. I'm sure Windows has all (or most) of the apps I need that I currently use on Android.

7. ZeroCide

Posts: 809; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Thats cool. Don't want all those Fart and Flashlight apps that are the bulk of other app stores.

24. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Flashlight apps:http://www.windowsphone.com/it-it/search?q=flashlight Fart apps:http://www.windowsphone.com/it-it/search?q=fart You're assuming that those 145.000 apps are all serious and useful... but the truth is that you have no clues to say that. You simply have 145.000 apps (while there are 800.000 on Google Play and 1.000.000 on the Apple Store), and among those 145.000 apps there ARE fart apps, flashlight apps and so on. What's certain is that many serious apps and games are missing.

27. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Most of the apps on the windows store are junk/copys of each other.

33. ZeroCide

Posts: 809; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

OK from the seach links you gave me only 96 flashlight apps and 139 fart apps were found. If there are 145,000 apps in the store. That is 0.063% of the apps are flashlight and .096 % are fart apps. Go get the numbers for the other stores for yourself then come and complain about windows phone. The appstore is growing every day with great games and useful apps. Smooth buttery OS getting better all the time!

35. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Unfortunately the Play store doesn't give out specific numbers (all it states is "more than 1000"). Results in the AppBrain store Wallpaper - 73166 Launcher - 18356 Calculator - 20891 Battery - 18756 Weather - 11259 File manager - 4457 Music player - 4912 That's over 150,000 apps right there which 99% of users will never install. While most fanboys call it "choice" I refer to it as overkill and waste.

8. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

That number of apps still ain't too shabby for a relatively new OS compared to others. It's got almost all the essentials.

15. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

What is this Windows Phone anyways? Is not Sold in my Local Apple Store...

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