Windows Phone Store hosts 170,000 apps

Windows Phone Store hosts 170,000 apps
From January 2012 through June 2012, the Windows Phone Store had doubled the number of apps available from 50,000 to 100,000. But 11 months later, it appeared that momentum had slowed to a crawl. By May 2013, 11 months later, the tally was only at 145,000 apps. But this slowdown in momentum has apparently ended. Microsoft included the latest app count for the Windows Phone Store in a new infographic called Microsoft by Numbers, and the latest data shows 170,000 apps in the store for a pick up of 25,000 over the last two months. Of course, quantity is important, but so is quality and that means making sure that the platform supports the most popular apps.

Instagram recently cracked down on third party Windows Phone apps like Instance, banning it from uploading to the official site. This could be all solved with an official Windows Phone version of Instagram which has yet to be launched. Vine is another app missing from the Windows Phone Store. If Windows Phone is going to ever challenge Android or iOS, it needs to make sure that the software everyone wants is available.

On the other hand, it could take a run-up to 200,000 apps and beyond to convince developers that it is financially worthwhile for them to develop a Windows Phone version of their apps. With momentum returning to the platform, perhaps it won't be terribly long before the Windows Phone Store hosts Instagram, Vine, and some of the other high profile apps it is missing.


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source: Microsoft via NokiaPowerUser

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72 Comments

1. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

10000 app will be sufficient if they offer quality

3. Jason2k13

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

quality wont matter too much, if the app that people wants is not there.

21. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

But still they major ones are not still available. Still NokiaWp8 has hardly any apps and games ™

30. papss unregistered

Honestly if you are a real gamer its not on a phone.. Real gamers laugh at you.

35. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Android users laugh at you cause it's not a full os and is like phone games which has hardly any apps and games ™ Wildblood MC4 they have quality graphics and can use Ps3 controllers™

39. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

lmao all pc gamers everywhere are laughing so hard right now. the fact you think mobile gaming proves your a true hardcore gamer is pathetic im using the s4 which runs your beloved android and guess what 1. there are loads of apps tat are nearly the same and offer near identical services 2. gaming on there is just to waste free time, it isnt serious gaming. go preach about mythical specs and bs about how its the amount of apps that matter to your basement door because everyones seen your comments and can guess everything your going to dirty the comment section with before you comment......i know you will reply saying blah blah bully blah blah jealous. so predictable and boring

47. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Yes I no it's not serious gameing, but still no bad. Chaoticrazor Southpark has, and is using an S4. My it's hard to believe the Symbian S60 Fanboy™®© Wp8 has bought an S4 which he dislikes Android™®© Lmao® Which S4... Exynos I assume so not or the S600 version...

52. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

wow your so boring considering ive never hated android, and ive always said i will use what i like and couldnt care about the petty fanboys and trolls like yurself that brand others due to what they use i use and still use symbian, due to circumstances i got an s4 to try android again. unlike you and your sad existence i dont believe any phone or os is perfect and sent from the heavens actually its the s600 version, and its overheats still even after the update aswell as poor battery lie. but its still a good phone. again i wont bs about a phone like you that cant stand it not been perfect so anything else to say? i would say anything of value t say but you never have said anything worthwhile. go check your comments you copy and paste and find one that fits this situation best or maybe dust of an old one like a list of fanboys ive shut up etc predictable even when you try not to be

63. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Cool +1 for not being bias.. Every device heats up when heavy browsing or playig games. I just ignore it and dosent bother me, I just don't touch that part. Nokia Lumia phones you can't tell cause it uses harden Polycarbonate so the heat vapour can't pass through the harden plastic. Yes no Os is perfect I agree™ Sometimes I revert to being a Fandroid™®© depends what the news are, and someti. I'm not a fanboy. Yes I go extreme on Apple ios cause I really dont like there business is running prractices. Like you and every others who hate them. Everyone is not like you non bias®

72. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

battery overheat lead to explosion if they are 3rd party low cost which was not the issue till now the new phones are coming and that is defenetly something that bothers everyone excet you i guess

45. papss unregistered

Android users can laugh all they want.. Hell I'll laugh with them hahahahahaha! Is that better for you? I'm still going to laugh at you if you think gaming on a phone is on par with even a 7 year old console you are mistaken

60. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Hahaha you guys are soooo pathetic don't you get it....We will NEVER change!!! So what's the point in your comments other than starting a flame war??

67. papss unregistered

So its you hat wants attention now? Go play in the streets kid.. Seriously no one pulled your chain

66. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

id honestly rather spend time playing an original NES than a cell game. even the better mobile games just cant cut it. its the controller and tv experience.

71. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

can i it handle ps3 like graphics O_o err no . so no thanks for outdated graphics on android we love unreal engine3/ cry engine3 / games far more than unity

62. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Keep Going Developers.........u guys need to hit your apps so we can see how is your apps and how is your ability to deliver great apps to us.

2. mariosuneo4

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Facebook app recieves most negative comments Youtube app not available Whatsapp keeps on freezing Line does not have voice calling remaining is History

4. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Headline carried on: .......and 100000 of these are poorly made copies. Seriously though. How many copies of Facebook does windows store need? Surely there should be only one Facebook app, made by Facebook?

10. Jason2k13

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

and maybe 5 more copies of instagram

22. papss unregistered

You must have blinders on because if you look at the play store there are far more repeats of all apps. Lets not twist this to seem like that's only on windows store.

5. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Not exactly on par with iOS or Android, but still large enough to establish itself as the "third ecosystem", thanks primarily to Nokia having made WP8 devices a success.

7. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

And 90% of these apps are poorly made....the other day I was on a plane tracker app and the only related app to come up was a map of India!!

14. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

WHoyton1, you don't even own an WP8 device. Samsung doesn't give those out to their employees...

55. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Hahah funny....do you want a photo of me holding it?

15. Nokfan1603

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Why do you lie? There are plenty of capable flight trackers on WP. Check it out for yourselves on windowsphone.com. What a poor life WHoyton1 must have to write lies about other OPs.

54. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I'm talking about my experience you don't like it well gtfo

18. gazmatic

Posts: 812; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

www.xyo.net i do a lot of travelling so this is obviously false but i dont have the time to post every single travel app....

9. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

170,000 is not bad number.. Good to hear its still growing fast... i am wp owner, from my experience windows phone does have most apps. may be instagram is missing but there is other third party solution for that . so almost all basic apps are covered but when you compare it to app store and play store it may seems week. i was an android user, what i noticed on play store way there is alot of app choices.even for a tiny task there is an app for that. The user is in full of choices if one app didn't work for him he can download another and there alot of quality apps on play store ofc dumb apps are there so does on windows market too... and for games, i must say wp is pretty weak on that department especially if your carrying a phone with 512mb RAM (Lumia 520,620,720 htc 8s etc) . But some main titles are there like asphalt,hot pursuit,modern combat,mass effect etc but still its pretty weak(I really love playing games so its kinda disappointing). windows phone is growing platform it takes time to reach android's and ios level but calling "WP does not have any apps and games" and saying "Most apps on play store and app store are junk" is just an invalid argument.

19. gazmatic

Posts: 812; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

99% of games play on 512mb.... also check outwww.xyo.net if you have a problem with apps it is a site by nokia

36. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Almost all hd games need minimum 1gb Ram . Well at least that market keep saying me "minimum 1gb ram"

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