The top 10k Windows Phone apps in one massive image


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Windows Phone has just crossed 90,000 apps in its marketplace but if you have ever wanted to see an image of the top 10,000 paid apps in the US marketplace; you have to come to the right place.

Cliff Simpkins, a project manager for Windows Phone, posted up the image on twitter and he states the image is a valid representation up to May 17th 2012. The order has been randomized but it is a mesmerizing collage of application icons that are currently selling in the Windows Phone marketplace.

If you like purchasing apps from the Marketplace, make sure your device is upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 or else in the near future, your access will be shutoff

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I love WP7 but they really need to sort out the marketplace, I zoomed up at probably 70-80% of the ones in that photo are rubbish cheap apps. Basically all of they stupid talking animal apps are on it, there are a lot of good apps on WP7 but you basically have to search hard to find them.

You really have to wonder how so many people can't even make icons that looks even slightly metro-ish.

Hours spent developing apps, with a 30 second icon job in paint ... I'm just pleased Ferrari don't let kids mix the red and paint the cars.

DerAusgewanderte said,
programmer ≠ artist
I'm a programmer and no artist, but he's right - don't understand why other programmers don't get it. I spent hours on one of my apps icons and paid Templarian to do the other. Initial impressions can make or break a user's ability to forgive bugs, etc.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
I'm a programmer and no artist, but he's right - don't understand why other programmers don't get it. I spent hours on one of my apps icons and paid Templarian to do the other. Initial impressions can make or break a user's ability to forgive bugs, etc.

Generally after a search when I look down the list of apps those with really tacky icons I will generally ignore - I've found often the apps with poor icons have poor user interfaces too. It's just like websites that look "wrong".

I'm glad as a programmer you can accept the help of a graphic designer who can probably helps make the app better as a whole.

lt8480 said,

Generally after a search when I look down the list of apps those with really tacky icons I will generally ignore - I've found often the apps with poor icons have poor user interfaces too. It's just like websites that look "wrong".

I'm glad as a programmer you can accept the help of a graphic designer who can probably helps make the app better as a whole.

Exactly. I judge an app....

1) Icon
2) Rating

and if they pass those, then I'll click on it. I immediately skip icons that look like a two year old made them, since they probably put the same amount of effort into the actual app!

if it's a square of 100x100 then my question is why is the bottom row not complete? and if it's not 100x100 my question is why not? It would fill the entire image with apps

Crisps said,

But if Apple did it...

They did something similar with the falling apps into a grid like thing (plus variations on that the year after).

lt8480 said,
Could they have no arranged the colours so it looked like A windows logo or something?

Ooops just realised the terrible typos. Sorry!

All those horrible icons with probably equally horrible applications, bleh. Looks like the devs really didn't agree with Microsoft's Metro icon style guidelines.

Ambroos said,
All those horrible icons with probably equally horrible applications, bleh. Looks like the devs really didn't agree with Microsoft's Metro icon style guidelines.

The "top" 10k paid apps is basically ALL the paid apps on WP7, so a lot of the bad ones are in this list.

This collection is actually the top 36% of paid apps. And there are a lot of crappy apps in there lol

Jub Fequois said,
What an overflow of ugly.

Yes, you would think that they could have picked an aspect ratio that would allow the pictures to fill the image, which a big black area at the bottom.