Windows Phone Store rings up 9 million transactions a day

Windows Phone Store rings up 9 million transactions a day
While the Apple App Store and Google Play Store (still prefer the Android Market moniker) battle it out to see which one stocks the most apps, the Windows Phone Store is coming up behind the pair, just like the Android Market did to the App Store in the good old days. Microsoft says that during the holiday season (which it says is November and December) downloads and app purchases increase by 50% and it sees nothing that will keep that from happening again this year.

Microsoft also noted that the Windows Phone Store now rings up 9 million transactions a day. According to Kantar, in Britain, France, Germany, and Mexico Windows Phone has a 10% or higher market share of smartphone purchases. And with 42% of Windows Phone buyers coming from feature phones, Microsoft's mobile OS is beginning to gain some traction. The smart and hilarious marketing coming out of Redmond includes some new ads directed at the Apple iPhone 5c and Apple iPhone 5s. And with a focus on both the low end and the camera-centric high-end of the smartphone market, there could be some reason to expect the big two to become the big three.

Not that the road isn't without bumps for Windows Phone. Consider how fast Apple and some Android manufacturers quickly improved the rear-facing snappers on their latest models. And as quickly as the Windows Phone Store is ringing up downloads and sales, there still is no Instagram (although many rave about the third party replacements available for Windows Phone).

The upcoming GDR3 update is big news for fans of the platform. Coming in November, expected to debut on the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet, the update will allow Windows Phone to have a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution on larger sized screens like the 6 inches rumored for the Lumia 1520. It will also allow for quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processors under the hood. Considering that Windows Phone was buttery smooth prior to the update, it would seem like the next few months could provide Windows Phone with a great opportunity to get closer to iOS and Android.

Microsoft has also cut the annual fee for developer registrations to $19 and has agreed with third party ad networks to bring more ads to the Windows Phone platform to help developers grab some revenue. This should start next month. Speaking of money and developers, the latter will get paid for carrier billed purchases in 30 days instead of the 120 days that was the norm.

source: Windows via TNW, Engadget

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29 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Most of the people who get windows phones are kids whos parents get them on contract for $0.

3. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

you are the one . Most of the ones who get an android device are a tard kid who looking for games !! STFU ~!

14. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

STFU™ to NokiaWp8 hardcore Fanboy! Go buy 5 million Nokia devices to save them from selling them self to MS. Nokia Rip™ Jealous jealous jealous Lmfao ™

18. jameshoe unregistered

If the dislike button is still there, I'll get you one!

21. znellu

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

"Jealous jealous jealous" That doesn't look like a mature person's comment and looks rather kiddish. :D

23. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

dont come to read articles from WP . Go to your android news and STFU ! I dont really care about that OS , so i dont read the news .. i expect from all of noobs who dont like this OS to do the same ..

24. oister85 unregistered

Just because they're sold they company means they dead.

15. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

All the Android fans and users are smart, techy and geeks who needs to be smart and clever to operate and understand that full mobile mini platform, while Wp is for kids and illiterate old age pensioner and for average joes. Android aka Linux is for smart clever users not for dumb users.... ™

17. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

android has become so over rated just like ios was at a stage and still sort of is sailfish is da one4me and microsoft are trying hard they're being less thick headed and allowing some more stuff in to gain traction that would prove either desperation or they're finally thinking outside the box

4. vananucho

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

I'm a grown up who has owned over 20 different Android mid to high end phones + 1 iphone 4s and changed to WP because I actually liked the experience and usefulness, and actually payed $99 for a Nokia 920 1 month after launch date, I guess I'm out of those "most people" :P

8. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Android is the better choice for me. I don't upgrade my phones so often, so I don't want to be stuck on WP8 when everyone else is on 10.

13. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Why do u care what people think??

19. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

That seems silly. Most android phones are at least one upgrade behind. My og note is a testament to that.

22. FanDroid

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

U can still install custom ROMs, like cyanogenmod which r almost fully functional with android 4.3 I havent seen this sorta stuff with wp

5. criticism

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

How you found that?! Are you working in MS?!! Are you counting WP purchasers?! Are you asking their age?!

7. papss unregistered

Your typical love affair with spewing your opinion as fact.. Where did you get that fact?

16. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

On the contrary. I would argue that kids are more likely to be peer pressured into going with what's popular because they generally lack the critical thinking skills of adults. Android and iOS are the popular ones right now, so that's what kids are likely to want.

20. jaxson983

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

I would say that most adults lack critical thinking skills and just pick what popular. In general people even adults are followers. Most of the people on here "screaming" that one OS is better than the other have never used the OS they bash. Instead they just repeat things they've read in reviews or assume. Think about what you want to do with the phone any buy what's best for you.

2. HalaMadrid

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Android : That's cute

6. Santi_Santi unregistered

Serious angry birds downloads

9. sw9056

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

like I said before a smartphone is for smart people android is for smart people who can't stop playing with there smartphone all they brag about is customization and games that's a toy. yet like myself and many others who has an android smartphone we don't even customize it. WAITING FOR THE NEW: GDR3 UPDATE THEN I WILL GET A REAL SMARTPHONE ( WINDOWSPHONE ) :-) I will give my android Samsung galaxy3 TOY to my wife.

10. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Well, you know what? 9 million per day is really a rather low number. Pathetic, compared to 500+ M that Android pulls in

11. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

You seem to be forgetting that Microsoft makes money from Android as well. They get royalties paid to them from Samsung, HTC, Sony, and the rest of the Android OEM's, and Nokia does too. In other words, even if WP8 gains only limited traction, Microsoft will still be earning billions... Eat that :oP

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Don't forget, each one is paying one way or another to other Eco systems. No one, gets out alive, err free.

25. freeze360

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

Guys just buy a windows phone. Its a real smartphone not only a toy. Less consuming battery and much better in memory optimization. You don't need to kill annoying background apps like you always need to do in android.

26. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Gingerbread basically took care of killing apps, so we don't have to do that anymore. Personally, WP isn't for me but I think it looks good and I don't know why Android fanboys are calling 9 million downloads pathetic. Sounds pretty darn impressive to me.

27. theaztech unregistered

im a fandroid by all means, but still i am able to say that both wp and ios are great operating systems. Its just that i tend to prefer android tthats all. When it comes to operating systems all three tend to be identical, still i would say wp and ios are the smoother ones out of the three. Android has come a long way, just like wp, but you do still get the ocasional lag here and there (although it isnt as noticible as in the beggining stages of android) when it comes to wp i have noticed NO lag whatsoever, ive noticed minor laging in ios but never have i noticed a spot of lag on a wp phone. Now ive never owned one but my job has me using them constantly (all three actually) and ive noticed this on a day by day basis. That being said when it comes to hardware, android phones tend to have the best hardware hands down, followed by apple products.

28. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Push a wp to it's limit. I bet it will lag. Any os will eventually

29. UdhaiyaPrasanth

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

And android will die at that point?

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