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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Microsoft_Bob said,
22k apps is all well and good, but if no one is buying it then something is clearly not working. I have a feeling it's actually the tile/metro UI that's putting consumers off. After all, it wasn't popular on the zune either.

I always get a chuckle when people criticize a new OS for not selling millions out of the gate. Especially in a market where people are locked into contracts. At best people upgrade when their contract renews... Why anyone would think that this wouldn't be affected by that are clearly not thinking this through... lol

Let's give WP7 a chance and see what their sales look like in a year or so. Microsoft is in it for the long term, not the short term anyway...

Microsoft_Bob said,
22k apps is all well and good, but if no one is buying it then something is clearly not working. I have a feeling it's actually the tile/metro UI that's putting consumers off. After all, it wasn't popular on the zune either.

Who said noone was buying it?

MS Lose32 said,
Well the 2 ways that WP7 differs the most from iPhone and Android is 1) its UI, and 2) it's crappy sales. Any statistician might find the two to be somewhat linked.

Oooor that its a new platform thats still gaining momentum.... Do you expect the great wall of china to be built in a day? No. Do you expect WP7 to make a HUGE dent in a year? No.

The strategy here is long term.

M_Lyons10 said,

I always get a chuckle when people criticize a new OS for not selling millions out of the gate. Especially in a market where people are locked into contracts. At best people upgrade when their contract renews... Why anyone would think that this wouldn't be affected by that are clearly not thinking this through... lol

Let's give WP7 a chance and see what their sales look like in a year or so. Microsoft is in it for the long term, not the short term anyway...

Yep, even Windows 1.x, 2.x, 386, and 3.0 didn't sell very well. It wasn't until around 3.1 that any momentum caught on. Of course Windows since has only sold a few billion copies, so maybe it isn't an impressive example.

WP7 will not be successful when Microsoft pulls the plug on it and puts their support behind Android or iPhone, and with the money invested and planned for the platform, this won't happen for another 3 to 5 years at minimum.

People are funny, cause if you look at OS X sales in comparison to Windows, OS X would be a total failure based on the the same adoption levels and rates that are used to argue against WP7.

Microsoft owned the SmartPhone industry for several years before people even knew it existed, and they have the right focus and technology to draw from to eventually outpace the iPhone and Android in a couple of years.

If WP7/WP8 has any market appeal in a year or two, a large % of the Android customers will consider it when their contract is up then. Right now people are buying 'phone hardware specifications' and don't know what the OS is and don't care.

The sad thing is that under Android, even a pretty dual core, is still going to have a laggy UI and will still only be able to put out about 1/3 the GPU performance in games. Which makes the hardware debate kind of sad, when the 'middle of the road' WP7 devices can run circles around even some of the latest and impressive hardware based Android devices.

MS Lose32 said,
Well the 2 ways that WP7 differs the most from iPhone and Android is 1) its UI, and 2) it's crappy sales. Any statistician might find the two to be somewhat linked.
Just give it a couple more years. WP saturation vs iphone will be on the same scale as PC vs Macs. Same goes for Windows tablets vs ipads

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 :

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.

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

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.

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