Windows Phone Market Place reaches 45,000 apps

| December 13, 2011 | 11 Replies

Over three weeks ago we noted that Windows Phone Market Place passed 40,000 apps. It’s now at 45,000. Not bad.

With the new wave of Mango Windows Phones from other manufacturers and of course, Nokia’s forceful arrival, developers are showing growing interest and support in the platform. 



AllAboutWindowsPhone expects 50,000 to be reached by the first week of January. Of course we don’t care so much about the amount of apps (and hence noise) but the amount of quality applications and thankfully Market Place does have this in abundance. I just wanted to note that unfortunately the lumiappaday series is defined not by apps I want to show off but apps I like and used, e.g. the Shopping list app worked well for me though it was simple, but there were much more impressive ones (like one that could find local stores, local prices, sort out what isles those items are actually in, etc).

If there’s no growth and theres static increase of about 5k growth in a month, by October-November next year, WP Market Place would reach 100,000 mark. Next year however, Nokia will be pushing Windows Phone in volume and Microsoft will be releasing Windows 8 tablets that will get people into the Metro line of thinking.

Source: AllAboutWindowsPhone

Thanks Viipottaja for the tip!



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  • Tak

    Any good?

    Games? Synthesizers?

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  • dr_zorg

    While good for the WP marketplace as a statistic, no doubt, I really wonder what good does number of apps do to the end user. I was against this number inflation in Ovi Store, as well.

    A few thousand good useful apps can pretty much cover every base. It’s when there are dozens of variations of one and the same, of varying quality and usability, is when it gets to be ridiculous.

    • dr_zorg

      That’s one thing that turned me off from Android. I got rid of my SGS and only use a Galaxy Tab for browsing once in a while. There are just too many “apps” to keep track of. It clutters the mind and is not very productive.

    • Jay Montano

      Yeah, on the point your making,I agree, noise is bad. The last thing I would want is for Microsoft/nokia to try and inflate numbers with shitty apps or rss feed crap.

      Having variations of the same app is nice sometimes. You might have certain apps that fill certain criteria differently. It gets difficult for the user to pick but if they’re free it’s easy enough to try and uninstall the ones you don’t like and keep the ones you do.

      I think the most important thing for Nokia is to make app discovery better. Filter out the shitty apps, either force devs to improve or remove them and push the good ones to the top.

      You are right, it’s not really about the numbers but the quality of apps – both something that the N9/Lumia will have to deal with. (Another point is app usability, but that’s difficult to decide. Apps deal with various people of various interest. I think the main criteria should be that it does what it was intended to do really well. Then who ever needs it will find it the most useful thing to them)

    • FireDragon

      I am against the current trend of “Number War”. It is good only if it has been done right. But the problem with the majority of buyers also known as “Consumers” and now the so-called power-users, the numbers are everything for “quality insurance”.

      Talk about Camera, always sold by number of pixels doesn’t matter if buyer have a single clue about anything else. They will still be using Flash no mater how powerful and perfect low-lighting condition camera come with.

      Same goes for “Cores” in mobile industry now. For Android yes it is good due to how it works but than users started to see everything in that point of view. If you don’t have quad core, you are out-dated (according to them).

      Same is about the pixel density now. Not to mention the APPs. Apes thing it is everything, quality is not a thing for them no more.

      To win the pockets of “those” (use your favorite slang) companies have got to slip into those shoes once in a while.

      And yes I do and will hate to see crap-soft filled a store where to find the right thing you have to go through hundreds of messed up applications.

      IF and IF Nokia and Microsoft give users surety of a sort that they will keep the Number of Applications LOW to keep ONLY the best of the best, than sure it will do.

      Second thing is to control this while keeping the numbers high is Internal Ranking. Developers can push any application they like if they are good enough to be in their library. But the Internal team will rank them to separate the cr_apps_ from Apps. Pick the list of “Recommended” or “Verified” or anything from the menu to get to those limited and super fine-tune applications without hassle.

      Same should apply to Symbian’s store too.

      • dr_zorg

        Hopefully, as a lot of Marketplace apps are made in-house, there will be at least consistency in looks and menus. As well as a certain quality standard. Android market really disgusts me. Ovi Store is much better there.

    • migo

      The number of apps determines the odds of finding that strange niche app that nobody else uses but is quite useful for you. Not everyone has a need for that, but you’ll find quite a lot of iOS and Android users are sticking to their phones just for that one app that they make good use of and other platforms don’t have.

  • eddie

    i wish they had a united airlines free app like american and delta but more airlines apps in general would be nice .

    • ZiPA

      Post this to your favorite airline instead of here, and you’ll stand a better chance of getting one.

      Just sayin’…

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