Windows Phone 7 Marketplace reaches 60,000 apps

Tired with the same Windows Phone apps day in, day out? It might be worth taking a visit to the Marketplace, where new additions to the store have been growing at an astonishing rate. Just 25 days after reaching 50,000 apps, the Marketplace has claimed another 10,000 apps, with over a third of the entire store released in the past 90 days.

These figures come from AAWP, which also claims that over 15,000 different publishers have been pushing out apps. There has been a definite acceleration in how quickly the store is growing, as the previous jump from 40K to 50K took around 40 days.

It's easy enough to say that the high figures have come from worthless spam apps, but the store has seen its fair share of good quality titles. Take for instance Flight Control, the addictive time-passer that has seen over 200 ratings since its release. The ever-popular Angry Birds is also present, as developers seem keen to port their existing works over to the younger platform.

Other big hitters on the way include Skype, Microsoft's recent acquisition. Paul Thurrott has also been informed that all "top 25 apps" will be released in the first half of 2012. With progression like this, the future of Windows Phone is looking rosy.

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WP7 Marketplace is pretty horrible. That being said, I just switched from an iPhone4 to a Samsung Focus S and couldn't be happier. WP7 is much more impressive than I anticipated.

BTW, Android apps suck worse than WP7. Android is the mass commodity, shouldn't be considered for quality anything IMO.

For me the only reason I am sticking on android is a Team Viewer native app. and of course Skype which is coming very soon as a perfect integration. I am so excited for that

It is absolutely stupid to me for people to compare how many apps each platform has. How many apps do you have or want on your device? I can ASSURE those of you who say most of the apps on WP7 are garbage that the EXACT SAME THING IS TRUE of both iOS and Android. And it's WORSE for those platforms precisely BECAUSE they have so many apps. Most of them are just crap.

ScubaDog said,
It is absolutely stupid to me for people to compare how many apps each platform has. How many apps do you have or want on your device? I can ASSURE those of you who say most of the apps on WP7 are garbage that the EXACT SAME THING IS TRUE of both iOS and Android. And it's WORSE for those platforms precisely BECAUSE they have so many apps. Most of them are just crap.

+1

ScubaDog said,
It is absolutely stupid to me for people to compare how many apps each platform has. How many apps do you have or want on your device? I can ASSURE those of you who say most of the apps on WP7 are garbage that the EXACT SAME THING IS TRUE of both iOS and Android. And it's WORSE for those platforms precisely BECAUSE they have so many apps. Most of them are just crap.

Really, NOT. I use iPhone and iPad for one fitness app. WP7 has nothing comparable. WP7 has not peripheral apps. Doesn't even have a Withings digital scale app. Health/Fitness is non-existent. There's a million calculate your BMI basement project apps. No hardcore fitness apps.

Sorely lacking in financial and banking apps. I mean, sure all platforms have a large percentage of shovelware. But to pretend the WP7 platform isn't severely lacking and Waaaay behind iOS in quality phone apps is just plain denial.

Besides, people with WP7 don't really care what other platforms have or don't have. We care what WP7 doesn't have. And it doesn't have enough high quality apps across the board. Except for MS' Live Games, most of the games suck too.

ScubaDog said,
It is absolutely stupid to me for people to compare how many apps each platform has. How many apps do you have or want on your device? I can ASSURE those of you who say most of the apps on WP7 are garbage that the EXACT SAME THING IS TRUE of both iOS and Android. And it's WORSE for those platforms precisely BECAUSE they have so many apps. Most of them are just crap.

exactly. half of all android apps you try do not even work for your specific hardware/osversion/carrier salad combo. at least wp7 apps always launch

Love WP7 and believe it has superior Hardware/OS, but the apps are mostly garbage. MS is not doing a good job assisting developers in producing high quality apps for the platform. Best apps are Xbox Live Games for WP7. Navigon is finally there which is top notch. Fitness/Lifestyle apps are non-existent or garbage.

MorganX said,
Love WP7 and believe it has superior Hardware/OS, but the apps are mostly garbage. MS is not doing a good job assisting developers in producing high quality apps for the platform. Best apps are Xbox Live Games for WP7. Navigon is finally there which is top notch. Fitness/Lifestyle apps are non-existent or garbage.

I need to learn how to develop apps and fill in what's missing. I could make a small fortune.

MorganX said,
Love WP7 and believe it has superior Hardware/OS, but the apps are mostly garbage. MS is not doing a good job assisting developers in producing high quality apps for the platform. Best apps are Xbox Live Games for WP7. Navigon is finally there which is top notch. Fitness/Lifestyle apps are non-existent or garbage.

I don't think it is any different from iOS android where 99% of the stuff barrely works

Agree with some, WP7 is still too small (unfortunately since I love it) to get people to build many awesome apps. There are a few good ones out there, but most of them aren't. It also doesn't help that Microsoft massively tells new developers/students to develop a simple app (e.g: flashlight app,...) to start. The platform might also benefit if they opened it up for low level programming paradigms like C.

SekaiStory said,
It also doesn't help that Microsoft massively tells new developers/students to develop a simple app (e.g: flashlight app,...) to start.

I think that's a very good point. And any app that does something complex takes forever to get through the approval stage.

SekaiStory said,
Agree with some, WP7 is still too small (unfortunately since I love it) to get people to build many awesome apps. There are a few good ones out there, but most of them aren't. It also doesn't help that Microsoft massively tells new developers/students to develop a simple app (e.g: flashlight app,...) to start. The platform might also benefit if they opened it up for low level programming paradigms like C.

Honestly C# is the easiest programming language to learn right now. You don't need to deal with allocating and freeing objects all the time.

what said,

I think that's a very good point. And any app that does something complex takes forever to get through the approval stage.

actually the approval process takes about 4 - 5 days. goes to show how much you actually know when you say "forever".

SekaiStory said,
Agree with some, WP7 is still too small (unfortunately since I love it) to get people to build many awesome apps. There are a few good ones out there, but most of them aren't. It also doesn't help that Microsoft massively tells new developers/students to develop a simple app (e.g: flashlight app,...) to start. The platform might also benefit if they opened it up for low level programming paradigms like C.

low level C is pointless except for sharing core engines for games. productivity wise XAML/C# is better. but let's focus on the true news, 60K apps faster than android. in 5 years this platform will be all over the place.

neonspark said,

actually the approval process takes about 4 - 5 days. goes to show how much you actually know when you say "forever".

If the app has loads of features it gets caught up in red tape and gets rejected constantly for silly reasons. Thanks though.

Windows Phone seems to have a new issue, why on earth are some apps 69p for the iOS / Android version and £2.99 for an roughly identical Windows Phone app.

Because we live in a free market where developers are free to set their own price... Hardly a flaw in WP7 if it's the developers charging more.

what said,
Because we live in a free market where developers are free to set their own price... Hardly a flaw in WP7 if it's the developers charging more.

Suppose doesn't explain why there's such a markup, I know ported apps need additional work therefore incurring extra costs, but some of the markups are outrageous.

thealexweb said,

Suppose doesn't explain why there's such a markup, I know ported apps need additional work therefore incurring extra costs, but some of the markups are outrageous.

Because some of us like to think that only getting paid 69p for our work is quite ridiculous, and feel free to charge a bit more. It's still less than the cost of a sandwich, for something that you'll probably get more use out of.

iOS developers were put into a corner by these low prices - everyone had a mad rush to undercut each other, and then it ended up if you wanted to get any decent sales you had to practically give your application away for the same price as a pack of crisps - people now think it's outrageous to charge more than 99p for an application... sad times. We haven't had that kind of ridiculousness on Windows Phone yet... and I hope we don't for a while.

It does go without saying though - if they are charging money, I do expect them to have put actual effort into it.

~Johnny said,
Because some of us like to think that only getting paid 69p for our work is quite ridiculous, and feel free to charge a bit more. It's still less than the cost of a sandwich, for something that you'll probably get more use out of.

But then if your app is good it will sell lots of 69p's. If you say it sells 500,000 times that's a profit of £345,000 (exc taxes). Make a decent cheap app = profit!

SK[ said,]But then if your app is good it will sell lots of 69p's. If you say it sells 500,000 times that's a profit of £345,000 (exc taxes). Make a decent cheap app = profit!

Selling half a million copies of an app is very hard.

Aethec said,

Selling half a million copies of an app is very hard.

And not very realistic. I think the apps are very well priced, and think that the developers deserve what they're getting for most of the apps. If I don't think it's worth it I don't spend the money. And hey, there are trials of almost all of them, so you can easily make that decision... I always am amazed by people that think developer's time isn't worth anything and then throw out math showing how simple it is to just move product and make huge profits... LOL

thealexweb said,
Windows Phone seems to have a new issue, why on earth are some apps 69p for the iOS / Android version and £2.99 for an roughly identical Windows Phone app.

it is all in your imagination. developers aren't forced to price things higher. however because there is less competition in the app they make, they are able to demand more $. as the app count increases, prices will drop. classic supply vs demand. the other side of the story is that if you're a developer, you'll never make a buck in iOS or android except if you're that 0.000001% that gets lucky before having your idea ripped of by a million indian sweatshops that will clone your app the next week.

Good news for WP7, hopefully more and more quality apps will pop in as well, and yes I have seen an increase of really good ones in the market lately.

dagamer34 said,
People made the same complaints about Android a year ago. They need to stop whining.

So true man..they think andriod apps were made on day one..

yardmanflex said,

So true man..they think andriod apps were made on day one..

Exactly. It's rather pathetic to think that people are still whining about apps not being out yet on a relatively new platform. For it's age, I think it's doing quite well.

M_Lyons10 said,

Exactly. It's rather pathetic to think that people are still whining about apps not being out yet on a relatively new platform. For it's age, I think it's doing quite well.

especially since i know i can go out and buy a phone that is over a year old and know that all the apps will work on it.. if I went out and bought a mediocre android single core phone from a year and a half ago, new games would struggle on it.

M_Lyons10 said,

Exactly. It's rather pathetic to think that people are still whining about apps not being out yet on a relatively new platform. For it's age, I think it's doing quite well.

What is relatively "New" is the upper levels of the platform; the core is CE6 plus some CE7, nothing very new honestly.

Besides the problem is that people do not check how new is the product you are launching but the year: in 2012 not having SMS backup functionality is ridiculous.

Launch a WP X.XX OS with new GUI and ALL the functionalities offered by WM 6.5.XXX and you will see the new OS market share skyrocket...........

The app store will develop nicely as time goes on and the platform matures but this line seemed so pitiful:

Take for instance Flight Control, the addictive time-passer that has seen over 200 ratings since its release.

Hollow.Droid said,
The app store will develop nicely as time goes on and the platform matures but this line seemed so pitiful:

/care about ratings and reviews, unless I REALLY am missing something from the application.

Unfortunately, there are apps that SHOULD be made for WP7, and I really miss them from Android. For example, there's no app (at least not that I know of) to block calls or messages, or hide messages (like GOSMS Pro, fantastic app). And many more that are really useful but not present (yet?) on WP7...

TDT said,
Unfortunately, there are apps that SHOULD be made for WP7, and I really miss them from Android. For example, there's no app (at least not that I know of) to block calls or messages, or hide messages (like GOSMS Pro, fantastic app). And many more that are really useful but not present (yet?) on WP7...

Apps on Windows Phone are isolated to their own environment. They are unable to access any of the core functionalities of the OS and quite rightfully so because Android is riddled with spywares due to the open nature of the platform.

foodan said,

and quite rightfully so because...

Nope.
I use and love WP but this is one of the things that sucks about it.

mrp04 said,
Nope.
I use and love WP but this is one of the things that sucks about it.

You can't have both security and comfort. Microsoft chose security.

foodan said,

Apps on Windows Phone are isolated to their own environment. They are unable to access any of the core functionalities of the OS and quite rightfully so because Android is riddled with spywares due to the open nature of the platform.

Riddled with spyware? really?

Aethec said,

You can't have both security and comfort. Microsoft chose security.

Exactly. You'd think a Windows Phone user would get that...

mrp04 said,

Nope.
I use and love WP but this is one of the things that sucks about it.

I agree; Windows is not locked down, still I do not get viruses and spyware.....

Aethec said,

You can't have both security and comfort. Microsoft chose security.

Ho much are you willing to give up for security?

A history book will give you some examples..........

Besides, acting with a grain of salt help avoiding breach of security and infections; granted if someone visit a porn site, a message pop up saying to download a "special" player for the clip and the user does............... there is nothing that an OS can do to protect the system.

60k app and still no Call Blocker. Fail on Microsoft part.
Samsung makes one but it's not compatible with Samsung Focus (1st gen).

Call Blocker and Vietnamese keyboard, those are the only two things I desperately need. WP7 is really nice though, especially after unlock.

I agree. I think Microsoft should just allow and give access to developers to create sms/call blacklist app. I lent my WP7-using friend my android for a while because of that.

npe said,
60k app and still no Call Blocker. Fail on Microsoft part.
Samsung makes one but it's not compatible with Samsung Focus (1st gen).

Call Blocker and Vietnamese keyboard, those are the only two things I desperately need. WP7 is really nice though, especially after unlock.

the extended developer api for calls and sms is scheduled on Tango. so keep your fingers crossed.

However, worth mentioning, Omnia W (recently launched Samsung in India/Asia), by default have call/number blocking option

And how many of those apps are worth downloading? My bet is < 100. Most of the apps on the market are **** Android ports, or "science experiments".

Dot Matrix said,
And how many of those apps are worth downloading? My bet is < 100. Most of the apps on the market are **** Android ports, or "science experiments".

Yeah thats what I hate, I love WP7 especially the design of their new Nokia Lumia phones but I just want a 'good' selection of apps.

Dot Matrix said,
And how many of those apps are worth downloading? My bet is < 100. Most of the apps on the market are **** Android ports, or "science experiments".

It's reality that WP7 will won't have the quality of apps that iOS or Android have. For example, they can't *pay* the administrators at my college to make an app for WP7. We have mobile apps specifically for android and ios but not enough people have WP7.

Dot Matrix said,
And how many of those apps are worth downloading? My bet is < 100. Most of the apps on the market are **** Android ports, or "science experiments".

I have no complaints about the quality of apps. There are a couple of things I'm waiting on, but nothing I need. The vast majority of apps that that are important are already there and done very well.

There are plenty of good apps, still several apps missing (major financial institutions, etc). The quality of apps is beyond Android in quality/consistency and on par with iOS, depending on your preference to Metro.

With that said, the marketplace really does need a cleanup. I get a lot of Chinese apps showing up, which are completely useless to me. Hopefully they'll have a localization/language option in the future so I only see what's relevant. And yes, there are a lot of junk apps, like any app store.

BunBunCake said,
It's reality that WP7 will won't have the quality of apps that iOS or Android have.

Its reality Android won't have the quality apps iOS has. This comes from experience.

BunBunCake said,

It's reality that WP7 will won't have the quality of apps that iOS or Android have. For example, they can't *pay* the administrators at my college to make an app for WP7. We have mobile apps specifically for android and ios but not enough people have WP7.

who said android has quality apps? As an android User I hate their poor quality apps. most of apps works very poorly, has lots of bugs and affect others apps performance and phone in general. I have Galaxy S 4g and I give you example: recently I tried to download a mirror app for my front facing camera. I Used to have Symbian long time ago and I used something like that which is a pretty handy app. but guess what? there are few apps which are free and all of them show me upside down. literally most of apps are piece of crap. Just paid apps are good plus google's app. that all

Enron said,
There are plenty of good apps, still several apps missing (major financial institutions, etc). The quality of apps is beyond Android in quality/consistency and on par with iOS, depending on your preference to Metro.

With that said, the marketplace really does need a cleanup. I get a lot of Chinese apps showing up, which are completely useless to me. Hopefully they'll have a localization/language option in the future so I only see what's relevant. And yes, there are a lot of junk apps, like any app store.

I get a TON of Chinese apps showing up in market searches. Really kills the marketplace.

But to be honest, I have had a WP7 since the end of July, and I only have 9 apps (outside the default ones that come with the OS) that I actively use daily.

Dot Matrix said,
And how many of those apps are worth downloading? My bet is < 100. Most of the apps on the market are **** Android ports, or "science experiments".

the same can be said about android with tons of iOS ports. but who cares? 60K is 60K and as the number keeps getting higher, it solidifies WP7 standing as a thrue competitor to iOS and android. Just get over it. wp is here to stay

I'll take iOS and android ports of great apps. not everything has to be exclusive and in the days of 3 dominant mobile ecosystems, we will see something more similar to console wars where most apps are all over the map instead of exclusive. that's the new normal.

S3P€hR said,

who said android has quality apps? As an android User I hate their poor quality apps. most of apps works very poorly, has lots of bugs and affect others apps performance and phone in general. I have Galaxy S 4g and I give you example: recently I tried to download a mirror app for my front facing camera. I Used to have Symbian long time ago and I used something like that which is a pretty handy app. but guess what? there are few apps which are free and all of them show me upside down. literally most of apps are piece of crap. Just paid apps are good plus google's app. that all

As an Android user, I totally agree with you.
It's just f***ing sad how MANY of the apps (some paid, too) are just some quick sh**ty jobs to gain some popularity using those ignorant voters (who keep rating it 5 stars after using it for three seconds, while it only deserves like 2).
In fact, most apps actually look like they've been developed by a simple teen wanting attention.

TBH, I haven't thoroughly seen the markets and their quality on other mobile Operating Systems, so I cannot say wether they're better or not.