Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

Summary: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 devices may not be flying off the shelf, but developers are building for the platform and the Marketplace is passing 30,000 apps in about the same time period as Apple.

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Microsoft launched the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace in November 2010 and as they revealed on the Windows Phone Developer Blog they are just about ready to pass 30,000 apps. For comparison, it took Android nearly 17 months to reach this 30,000 milestone while Apple did it in just over 8 months, which is about the same time frame as Microsoft.

Microsoft has put forth major efforts to get developers on board Windows Phone 7 and it is obviously paying off with hundreds of fantastic apps in the Marketplace. I find new apps for my HD7 on a nearly daily basis and haven't found myself frustrated by a lack of apps. Games are the hottest selling apps on mobile devices and Microsoft's Xbox LIVE games are outstanding.

Microsoft is now accepting and certifying apps for Mango, which means these updated apps will have support for features like fast app switching, background audio, multiple and double-sided Live Tiles, better Search integration, and more. Since I have Mango on my HTC HD7, I will see these apps start appearing in the Marketplace. There is no word on exactly when Mango will be coming to devices, but with HTC likely announcing new Mango WP7 devices in September I imagine the update should be out next month.

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  • Windows Phone is the joke of the industry

    When last week's Gartner report came out, stating that Windows Phone was selling less than Bada Phone, we all realized that Microsoft's phone platform is in dire trouble. It is Kin 2.
    Vbitrate
    • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

      @gjafg

      When you pay off developers you usually get work. It will be interesting to see how many of those apps become abandon ware.

      When your OS is the bottom of the barrel from a sales point of view it's not long until developers stop pouring resources into it.
      itguy10
      • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

        @itguy10

        When you pay anyone they work. Also, being at the bottom of the barrel and not have any potential is one thing but being at the bottom of the barrel and having innovation, money, history and one of the best UI's to ever be created is another.
        Mr. Wet
      • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

        @itguy10 Well your "insights" are sure to be good news for WP, since your usually wrong and we know what the IT stands for anyway.
        ItsTheBottomLine
      • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

        @Mr. Wet
        Don't waste your time he is a lost ball in tall weeds.
        ItsTheBottomLine
      • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

        @itguy10

        Actually android is bottom of the barrel. After all it's free right? Once Mango is in the wild, the general public will acknowledge this.
        mikroland2.0
    • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

      @gjafg

      The Kin never had 30,000 apps. Also, at one point Bada had the same market share as Google did at one point. So what are you saying?
      Mr. Wet
    • I love reading these comments

      @gjafg

      From people who know nothing of the platform. I was all for Android, supported it heavily. Couldn't wait to get my Droid 2 when my contract at Verizon was up last year. Got it, it worked okay for a little while. Then I noticed the constant crashing, even in apps such as Google Maps. I'd go into Google Maps, fire up a search and the whole phone would hang for 2-3 minutes before giving me an option to force close the program. If someone called during that time I couldn't answer, silence, anything. So I defaulted the device and only installed a handful of important apps, setup my e-mail, etc. About 2 weeks later I was back to the daily reboots. So I defaulted again and this time rooted the phone, removing everything that was safe to remove, really trying to optimize my device. It made it almost a month that time before stability went completely out the window.

      So I figured I had a bad device, had Verizon replace it. New device the head phone jack didn't work reliably and would trigger this pause effect about 10 times a second, so everything had a wierd stutter to it. Replaced again. Last device was the same as the first, fine for a week or two then stability went completely out the window.

      I've had my HTC Trophy almost a month. No slow downs, no hang ups, no application crashes. Oh, and not a single reboot since I left the store. Not a single one. Perhaps your toy of an OS in Android is fine for you but I expect my phone to be there to get the work done. I was very close to buying an iPhone despite my dislike of Apple because, ultimately, I need my phone to be a tool that is there when I need it. Android, from my experience, doesn't fit that need. Sure, you can do whatever you want with it. But if your phone is a requirement to get a job done the iPhone and WP7 platforms are so much better it's not even a competition.
      LiquidLearner
      • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

        @LiquidLearner, I love reading these kinds of comments too! So you had a Droid 2 (Motorola based) and are comparing it to an HTC Trophy? Did you bother to try an HTC Android device? I had a Droid 1 since it was out and had NONE (read, NONE) of the issues you describe. I own a D3 now and while I have complaints about battery, the OS is nothing of what you describe. In fact, its just the opposite.

        Gjafg has a lot more validity to his comment than yours. WP7 is selling like crap. Nobody wants the tile based ugliness of WP7. Microsoft while having a history of good UIs totally blew it on this one. In fact, when it was released with millions of dollars going into marketing for it, WM6 was outselling it a month later yet!! What's worse, WP7 continues a decline in market share, month after month. If *that* doesn't tell you something, then you are deaf to the truth. Sorry to say, Microsoft lost its "magic" when Gates left. They continue to hold onto PC market share because there is nothing better, however it is obviously not the case in the smart phone and tablet arena. And that PC market share wouldn't be what it is today if Apple made their Macs the same price. Guaranteed.
        MicroNix
      • Anectdotal evidence

        @MicroNix

        Yes, I have used HTC devices. At least my clients have. As I've stated repeatedly the end user satisfaction is MUCH, MUCH higher when using iOS or WP7. Period. Numerous surveys have shown as much.

        The Droid 1 I demo'ed for 2 months before getting the Droid 2 ran pretty well actually. I was happy with it. The Droid 2 was unstable garbage. We have 14 of them in people's hands at our office. All but one persons has been sent back to Verizon at least once. Every single person has defaulted it multiple times. Not a single one has gone more than a week without a reboot. I'm on a month with my WP7 device without a hiccup.

        I used to push Android like crazy until I had one for an extended period of time. Then I started to worry. Then I started getting feedback from clients about how annoying the platform was. About how they had to reboot, how it would ring and the screen would stay black, unable to answer. This is across a huge range of devices. Do I believe a Nexus is probably superior? I'm sure. Doesn't matter though, I recommend what I know will work and for the time being that will be iOS or WP7. If they have the infrastructure to support BlackBerry that's not bad either.

        I didn't even get into the absolute mess it made of my contact lists, randomly merging contacts from 4 different accounts. Marc merged with Mark, different last names. Just some totally off the wall BS.

        As for your comment about market share, it doesn't mean they're selling less it just means their percentage of the overall market, which has grown substantially since WP7 launched, isn't growing as fast as the total. It's still the best smart phone I've used, hands down. Of course, the most important functionality my phone can have is e-mail and it handles Exchange better than anything. I'm also using SharePoint and integration to SharePoint is awesome.
        LiquidLearner
      • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

        @LiquidLearner Whetever I go these days if MS is involved there you are-apparently you've owned every phone ever invented and were horribly disappointed until) (graphic of sun breaking through clouds) poor misunderstood Microsoft graciously released wp7 to relieve your anguish. You have my sympathy.
        radleym
      • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

        @LiquidLearner

        "Sure, you can do whatever you want with it. But if your phone is a requirement to get a job done the iPhone and WP7 platforms are so much better it's not even a competition."

        Please understand the "I can get the job done" approach that most Android fans adopt is why they love the platform in the first place. Android isn't a smart OS. It is a very capable OS with a "smart" (tech smart) user base. If an Android has a problem, the typical user will go and fix it themselves and call it choice, freedom and customization. Flashing roms, killing tasks, turning this feature off and that feature off just to keep a charge for half the day is not freedom. Nor is customization or choice. My friends this is called MAINTENANCE! They will not look at the device and see it for what it is, a PC with nothing on it. A blank desktop or skin on it (Vista anyone) that will only be as flexible or "smart" as the person who is using it.

        That's not what I look for in a mobile device. I consider myself pretty logical and reasonable but I see no reason for me to pay a good amount of money to sit there and customize and perform scheduled maintenance on. You can call that freedom, choice or customization but I call that a PITA. What am I paying for if I have to do everything myself?

        This meme may be for some but it's not for me.
        Mr. Wet
    • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

      @gjafg
      It will sell. If I were buying a new smart phone today, it would be a WP7. They are easily the best out there - the UI beats anything, and the devices are much more responsive than IOS or Android devices.

      I am looking forward to early next year when I will be buying a new smart phone. My wish list includes a really big OLED screen and an 8MP camera like the Samsung Infuse, but running Windows.
      Schoolboy Bob
      • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

        @Schoolboy Bob You forgot to state that it was your opinion, stating that the UI is the best makes it sound like a fact. Your opinion and someone else?s opinion may not be the same. Such is the joy on being an individual.
        Rick_Kl
    • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

      @gjafg
      Actually it's people like you that will be proven to be the joke of the industry when you'll be forced to eat crow.
      mikroland2.0
  • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

    I believe that Microsoft is doing fine. They know that they have a great name recognition and a strong developers' base. I believe if they (MS) execute Windows 8 properly, the product's introduction such as "tablet" will do well. I for one cannot wait to see Windows 8 because I believe that it allow tablet manufacture to create a "truly" probable tablet with full web experience. (I am so frustrated with view "mobile" sites on my first generation Samsung Galaxy Tab). Windows 8 will have a very well integrated Web Browser (IE 10) Just not acceptable). Come on MS, don't let me down.
    cbg865
    • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

      "They know that they have a great name recognition "-cbg865

      I say this with all due respect, but I think that Windows' name recognition is actually hurting them. First, many people do not seem to know that there is an entirely new operation system available. They think that Windows Phone 7 is the same as Windows Mobile. Second, while the Windows name may be respected on the desktop, it does not have a stellar reputation on the phone. I think it was a mistake for Microsoft to burden their new operating system with the name "Windows".
      Falkirk
      • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

        @Falkirk

        Agreed. I actually think Windows 7 is the best PC operating system available at the moment, but I also recognize that the Windows brand is. not. cool.

        They would have been better served by calling it the xPhone or something. Even the Bing Phone would be better, as Bing is pretty well thought of, *when* it's thought of.
        x I'm tc
  • RE: Microsoft hits 30,000 apps twice as fast as Android, same as iOS

    Developer making money on WP7 this year may be few, but it gave them plenty of time to learn the new platform. Wp7 is primed for take off in a few months time. I am sure plently of developers willl be making money next year and the app market will 'explode' with new apps.

    Lot of anti-MS bloggers (most of them are idiots and lacks tech skills) and sites are trying their best to 'screw' WP7 , but they won't succeed for long. One example is CNet 'Executive editor' Molly. Her excuse to critizise WP7 was that there was no app for skydrive. Office is a pillar for WP7 and everybody who has used it knows skydrive is integrated. How idiotic and stupid this lady is.
    owlnet
  • In the other news: Android usage on the rise, iOS continues to fall

    <i>Millennial: Android usage on the rise, iOS continues to fall<br><br>With the upcoming wave of new smartphones looming, mobile advertiser Millennial Media have reported new statistics that show that the only way for Android is up.<br><br>The research results showed that iOS is continuing to lose users, as its usage went down 6% compared to the 1% it has steadily lost each month prior, leaving it with a total of 21%. RIM had a similar result having lost 1% in July making it the third most popular mobile OS. Inevitably Symbian lost users too, dropping 1% and leaving it with a much smaller 2%. Windows Phone stood still at 2%.</i><br><br><a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/millennial-android-usage-on-the-rise-ios-continues-to-fall" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/millennial-android-usage-on-the-rise-ios-continues-to-fall" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.neowin.net/news/millennial-android-usage-on-the-rise-ios-continues-to-fall" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.neowin.net/news/millennial-android-usage-on-the-rise-ios-continues-to-fall</a></a></a><br><br>Thought's I'd add this since it is kind of related.
    Mr_Tech