Microsoft shows off new Windows Phone devices, 22k apps now in its store

At WPC 2011, Microsoft has just announced that there are now over 22k applications in its marketplace and in 8 months, they have overtaken BBOS AppWorld, which has been available for two years.

This achievement shows the momentum behind Windows Phone. Despite having only a small market share, there are developers behind the platform. Previously it had been reported, by unofficial sources, that Microsoft had over 25k applications in its stores. It is believed that Microsoft purged applications in its official count to more actively reflect the true status of the marketplace.

Also announced at WPC are new hardware devices for the Windows Phone platform.  The three devices shown above are a ZTE based device (far right), Acer (far left) and a waterproof Fujitsu in the middle in a waterproof case. Nothing else was revealed about the new devices.

Also shown off was a new Samsung device that is said to be very thin and light. It also looks like there is a front facing camera on this device, something we have not seen previously on Windows Phone hardware. These new devices will all be running Mango but no release date was given during the presentation.

 

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That Samsung phone looks really nice. Still waiting to see what Nokia has to offer with their WP7.

I cannot wait to dump iPhone!

Jaybot said,
That Samsung phone looks really nice. Still waiting to see what Nokia has to offer with their WP7.

I cannot wait to dump iPhone!

Yay! Lets form a "Dump your iPhone for WP Mango" movement

gzAsher said,
Yay! Lets form a "Dump your iPhone for WP Mango" movement

We should definitely do it up. I think we'd get a lot of people. Someone create a FB page and I'll like it instantly.

I was just wondering today how much longer i'd have to wait to hear about new WP7 devices coming because I'm ready to dump my iPhone 4.

nelsona said,
I was just wondering today how much longer i'd have to wait to hear about new WP7 devices coming because I'm ready to dump my iPhone 4.

Everyone is waiting for Mango's release to deliver the new phones. This is also in part that Mango has the full WinCE7.x kernel, which supports the extra hardware features like dual-core, etc.

So expect to hear a lot in September/October, and expect the devices to be equal to the Android devices on the shelves then.

nelsona said,
I was just wondering today how much longer i'd have to wait to hear about new WP7 devices coming because I'm ready to dump my iPhone 4.
Spoken like a true gentleman

I used an Android device in Orlando a few months ago and the video was horrible., i felt like I was on a 56k modem again.

Until everyone is running on 4G networks, I really do not see the need for frontfacing cameras.... I can think so alot of other features that I would perfer.

it's more a carrier problem than a technology problem
i'm shaping the idea that the usa are a decade behind the rest of the technology world
like when in a movie i see someone use a beeper instead of a simple sms

MikadoWU said,
I used an Android device in Orlando a few months ago and the video was horrible., i felt like I was on a 56k modem again.

Until everyone is running on 4G networks, I really do not see the need for frontfacing cameras.... I can think so alot of other features that I would perfer.

I have to agree. It's good that Microsoft is apparently including this because it's the current "fad", but there are a lot of other things that are much more useful IMO.

Good thing Microsoft is adding a TON of stuff in Mango!

fehu said,
it's more a carrier problem than a technology problem
i'm shaping the idea that the usa are a decade behind the rest of the technology world
like when in a movie i see someone use a beeper instead of a simple sms

Dude, come to NZ, land of $30 for 100mb data plans.

Owen W said,

Dude, come to NZ, land of $30 for 100mb data plans.

The same on Telstra here in Aussieland would get you 3GB of data and change to buy a lolly.

Gaara sama said,
More JUNK from Microsoft

ACER, ZTE, Fujitsu & Samsung. None of those are "from" Microsoft. Learn to troll.

neo158 said,

Hang on a minute, I thought you absolutely hated WP7?

Absolute hate is reserved for WM6 so WP7 will just have to settle for moderate hate i guess.

MS Lose32 said,
Absolute hate is reserved for WM6 so WP7 will just have to settle for moderate hate i guess.

Even moderate hate of an OS is stupid, methinks that both you and Microsoft_Bob are nothing but Android or Apple fanboys.

Edited by neo158, Jul 12 2011, 11:33pm :

Hopefully that's a Focus 2 featured. Love my current one but looking forward to a 4G LTE version that's faster and thinner with a larger display. <3

Billy Gun said,
I wish there be a "1 seg" ISDB-TB/SBTVD hardware/app support in the future.

The OS is capable, it is about an OEM wanting to provide it. The trend is moving to online video distribution though which carriers and online partners get to charge for bandwidth and access.

WP7 already does radio, which is a carry over from the ZuneHD, but it would probably take Microsoft to require the feature to see it make it out into real devices.

The other issue is that the US is stuck on ATSC, and it is kind of crap in comparison, without real interactive features, multi-streams for events, etc. Additionally, with the distances and coverage of localized broadcast stations, consumers here would be better off with over 3G or 4G online video options. However, the US like many places still don't have any true online Internet broadcast standards, so we are left to Hulu as the defacto standard for now.

thenetavenger said,

The OS is capable, it is about an OEM wanting to provide it. The trend is moving to online video distribution though which carriers and online partners get to charge for bandwidth and access.

WP7 already does radio, which is a carry over from the ZuneHD, but it would probably take Microsoft to require the feature to see it make it out into real devices.

The other issue is that the US is stuck on ATSC, and it is kind of crap in comparison, without real interactive features, multi-streams for events, etc. Additionally, with the distances and coverage of localized broadcast stations, consumers here would be better off with over 3G or 4G online video options. However, the US like many places still don't have any true online Internet broadcast standards, so we are left to Hulu as the defacto standard for now.

For sure its capable, but I don't see any OEM interest in doing it in a near future. For sure it would be a big advantage over an iphone.

I've been thinking more and more about jumping to WP7 when my Rogers contract is up in January - and that Samsung device looks like it might be the the hardware I wanted to complement the software.

Simon said,
I've been thinking more and more about jumping to WP7 when my Rogers contract is up in January - and that Samsung device looks like it might be the the hardware I wanted to complement the software.

Samsung makes nice phones. I'm waiting to see what Nokia comes up with myself.

Simon said,
I've been thinking more and more about jumping to WP7 when my Rogers contract is up in January - and that Samsung device looks like it might be the the hardware I wanted to complement the software.

That device looks AWESOME. Can't wait for it to hit market.

bankajac said,
Not sure why front-facing camers were not there in the first place?

No socket support at first so you couldn't do a video call app like skype anyways.

bankajac said,
Not sure why front-facing camers were not there in the first place?
A reason for current owners to upgrade. Just like iPad.

bankajac said,
Not sure why front-facing camers were not there in the first place?

Time constraints, not exactly a much used feature, etc.

FMH said,
A reason for current owners to upgrade. Just like iPad.

Wait, you really think companies can fit everything into a phone for a good price at the beginning?

ccoltmanm said,

Wait, you really think companies can fit everything into a phone for a good price at the beginning?

To be fair, Windows Mobile devices have had front facing camera's for years before Windows Phone came out.

fehu said,
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? O_o

Honestly, I had a Nokia with a front facing camera years before any of the current phone and made one video call using it so front facing cameras are a waste of time especially as unlimited data plans no longer exist.

in my country video call are not on data plans, just a little expensive call
and we had used them in the last 10 years

"not exactly a much used feature" sounds like it come out from a steve jobs justification

neo158 said,

Honestly, I had a Nokia with a front facing camera years before any of the current phone and made one video call using it so front facing cameras are a waste of time especially as unlimited data plans no longer exist.

true.. but since apple has conviced that face chatting is the new super cool fun thing to do people think it raises a phones value by like 150 bucks.. Its smart for them to add them because they are freeloading on apples advertising..

Lachlan said,

true.. but since apple has conviced that face chatting is the new super cool fun thing to do people think it raises a phones value by like 150 bucks.. Its smart for them to add them because they are freeloading on apples advertising..

just curiosity
from what country are you from?

~Johnny said,

Time constraints, not exactly a much used feature, etc.

I have to agree. I honestly don't think I would ever use this myself...

ccoltmanm said,

Wait, you really think companies can fit everything into a phone for a good price at the beginning?

Apple made a very good profit on iPad 1. Plus, when it was opened by some website, it was seen their was a small empty space where camera should have been.

FMH said,
A reason for current owners to upgrade. Just like iPad.

Maybe for a limited number of people; I had a front facing camera on a Nokia phone around ten years ago..... and I never used it.

Same with land based video phone: they have been around forever but never took off.
Just my opinion of course...

fehu said,

just curiosity
from what country are you from?

I'm in Australia, and on my plan on Telstra, they are charged, I believe, at the same rate as a voice call.