Windows Phone 7 marketplace grew faster than Android's

A report by research firm, IDC, yesterday noted that the Windows Phone 7 marketplace grew faster than Android's did at launch. The report noted that Microsoft added 4,000 applications in just two months, a milestone that took Android's marketplace over five months to achieve.

There are a number of factors as to why the Windows Phone 7 has grown as fast as it did. As Engadget.com points out, there are already thousands of developers who know the programming language, which means they can quickly turn code into an app without much trial and error.

The same can't be said for Android, which required Java programmers to learn new libraries and constructs. You also need to include the fact that there are more programmers looking to cash in on the rapidly expanding mobile app market. Programmers are also porting over their apps from iOS and the Android market to Windows Phone 7, expanding their portfolio to multiple platforms.

Microsoft could easily become the third largest mobile app market by the middle of next year, which doesn't face very much competition in terms of WebOS, BlackBerry OS and Symbian.

Despite all of that, this is a major accomplishment for Microsoft and its consumers. With a larger marketplace for consumers to download applications and games, more consumers will begin to migrate to Windows Phone 7.

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Funny it took the phone to make it grow fast. Thanks for not doing the same with the Zune HD when it first came out....

briangw said,
Funny it took the phone to make it grow fast. Thanks for not doing the same with the Zune HD when it first came out....

Zune HD would have taken off if it was built on WP7 and have its shared marketplace with WP7 device. I have a Zune HD and was very disappointed with the fact that MS didn't give this amazing device enough attentions to compete with the ipod touch...

XIII said,

Zune HD would have taken off if it was built on WP7 and have its shared marketplace with WP7 device. I have a Zune HD and was very disappointed with the fact that MS didn't give this amazing device enough attentions to compete with the ipod touch...

Very true, but there is nothing we can do now at this point, *everyone with zune hd to xda developers and awayyyy*, joking. Wp7 is expanding much faster than i expected, and gives more of a reason for people to give a wp7 there time and since the majority of the market is still running on regular phones.

thousands of developers who know the programming language

The same can't be said for Android, which required Java programmers to learn new libraries and constructs

Um, actually it would be almost the same.

1) JAVA Programmers know JAVA, but had to learn the Android constructs and OS APIs

2) .NET programmers know C#, but had to learn the WP7 constructs and OS APIs.

Even well versed Silverlight or XNA developers had to learn the WP7 constructs and OS APIs - as there is a lot to how the Silverlight OS APIs and controls work that is not generic Silverlight, especially with regard to the inheritence and what the OS does with the controls. There is no concept of the Hubs or the touch gestures or the media elements or the phone elements or the messaging elements or the event notifications, etc, etc.

I don't see how similar concepts are painted as being so different.

The real difference is the WP7 APIs and Silverlight foundation does more for the developer, so instead of having to code more things by hand, the OS just inherently handles them for you.

Which is more of key to the current application numbers and an essential key to the long term success of WP7 and why it is a developers dream platform in a lot of ways.

There are more mobile developers, with solid applications to be ported, but that was also true when Android was released, as there were a lot of iOS developers with solid applications then that could be ported over as well.

Go search back to comments by a lot of iOS developers trying to bring their applications to Android. They were in almost in shock at the lack of OS API features and the literaly kludges that were needed to get even basic things to work properly. Heck even Facebook developers were very vocal about how horrible Android was compared to iOS at the time.

The BIG difference between Android and WP7 development cycle speeds really does come down to the OS API sets and development tools. There is almost two full generations of development and platform technology between Android and WP7.

Android is like coding a Win3.x application where the development tools were limited and the OS didn't provide many APIs and was not an object oriented platform model.

The next generation of programming would be visual programming with more robust OS API sets, and this is more like the iOS development and is like the majority of application development done in the desktop Mac and Windows worlds.

However, when you look at WP7, it clearly exists in the newest generation where the design and development are split with an extensive object oriented language and a true object oriented OS platform.

Note the word 'oriented' with regard to WP7. There is a big difference between object based development that you find in C++ and a true object oriented language. And there is a big difference in an object 'based' OS platform and and object 'oriented' platform.

Microsoft did things right with WP7 and killing off the old WinCE applicaiton/OS API model and replacing it with the Silverlight/WP7 OS platform model.

There is a lot of elegance that makes developing a WP7 application insanely easy and extensible. This ease of development is why WP7 is doing well with developers and why it should have Google and Apple a bit worried when looking to the future and the future of mobile device technologies/hardware.

Think the whole porting over to a new platform became more of a trend after Android got on its feet.

A lot of developers didn't want to "invest their time" with Android initially as saw more potential building new apps for the iOS.

Since Android has taken great market share and more apps have been ported to Android it makes sense for developers to try and cash in on the new platform available to market, especially when there are more TV advertisements on the products (UK, not sure on US)

Either way, I find these brand X did this more before this one etc. all very misleading, statistics can be made to fit most arguments, out of interest and to continue with a fair discussion what was apples market share on the first iPod touch in the first few months?

L1ke 20 N1njas said,
Why is the same photo used for every single WP7-related article?

Because SAMOLED screens look superior against anything else, even on your LCD...

Northgrove said,
Hmm... Let's see if the marketshare will follow or not.

Well, the news I read from other sources say the marketshare has halted - and Neowin published an article saying Android is outselling WP7 15 to 1...

But I think this has something to do with WP7's steady app rising share:
http://www.techradar.com/news/...rs-ahead-of-schedule-914729


I'm also curious if the developers are unique, or is it just Microsoft and partners making them all?

As Engadget.com points out, there is already thousands of developers who know the programming language, which means they can quickly turn code into an app without much trial and error.

You also need to include the fact that there is more programmers looking to cash in on the rapidly expanding mobile app market.

Plurality disagreement. Most word processors would have caught this.

Relativity_17 said,

Plurality disagreement. Most word processors would have caught this.

Not my brain, thats better than any word processor... and it can't be pirated, yet.

Relativity_17 said,

Plurality disagreement. Most word processors would have caught this.

Subject-Verb disagreement is a common error when the pronoun 'There' is a substitution for the subject at the beginning of a sentence/clause. In these instances, the subject is in the predicate.

bj55555 said,
4,000 apps in 2 months--NOT 40,000.

There wasn't 40,000 apps in android market in two months after release. Stop spreading lies, troll.

floopy said,

There wasn't 40,000 apps in android market in two months after release. Stop spreading lies, troll.

Just reply in the same way
Never answer with "troll"...

Just count his comment as a correction for the number of the WP7 apps and not as the number of Android apps...