Windows Phone Marketplace crosses 8000 apps mark

Late last week, the Windows Phone Marketplace surpassed 8000 approved apps, according to a report by Marketplace Browser, and It might have come sooner had it not been for a two day hiatus, claims wpcentral, due to scheduled maintenance carried out last week on the site.

Currently tracking 8038 apps. 30% of them are available for FREE; average price is $2.41.

123 apps are updated on average each day. In the last 24 hours, 4 apps were updated and 1 were added.

Source WP7 applist.

It's a far cry from just over two months ago, when 3066 apps were available for Windows Phone 7 devices, with an average of 69 apps updated each day. The Marketplace hit 1000 apps on October 25 and that figure had doubled by November 8. That figure has again doubled, and with just over 5000 approved developers (at the time of writing) the future looks bright for WP7 after the recent joint Nokia/Microsoft announcement.

Yet despite setting an admirable pace thus far, the Windows Phone Marketplace still has some ways to go before coming close to its competitors; Apple's App Store hit 300,000 apps in October, and Google's Android Market crossed the 100,000 mark around the same time.

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Neobond said,
At least you'll know that there will be plenty of apps to choose from when you do eventually get one.

Thanks for that! Makes me feel better hmmmmmmmm!

kazuyenPH said,
So what i don't have any WP7, Android, or even iOS devices. Damn hate this country for being poor!

What country are you in?

kazuyenPH said,

The Philippines so proud of being a "PINOY" but when it comes to these gadgets damn!!

KazuyenPH: Ok lang yun, hopefully Nokia will be releasing affordable WP7 devices. *crosses fingers*

kazuyenPH said,
So what i don't have any WP7, Android, or even iOS devices. Damn hate this country for being poor!

At least you can get a job in a call center supporting these devices.

EricCartmen said,
Good. The more the better. I the big question is; how well are they selling? If people are not buying why should developers develop?

Developers, for games in particular, need to integrate their games with XBOX LIVE. Its more or less a selling point at least for me right now. I don't even look at games that are not XBOX LIVE integrated.

KavazovAngel said,

Developers, for games in particular, need to integrate their games with XBOX LIVE. Its more or less a selling point at least for me right now. I don't even look at games that are not XBOX LIVE integrated.

Ditto, but it's something that cant be done by a regular WP7 developer AFAIK.

KavazovAngel said,
Developers, for games in particular, need to integrate their games with XBOX LIVE. Its more or less a selling point at least for me right now. I don't even look at games that are not XBOX LIVE integrated.

1. xbox live integration isn't a requirement.
2. you are missing some great casual game experiences, swipy man, I'm lookin at you.....

ObiWanToby said,
I just want multi tasking, proper google voice app, proper IM app. That is about it.

and copy/paste!! [March 08 seems a long way]

It's really not about the number of apps, but the quality of apps (and I say this as an iPhone/iPad owner). When's the last time you decided just to look for something cool in the App Store? The problem is that there's a lot of crap you're not interested in (even at the top) and searching is only useful when you know what you're looking for, not to randomly discover something useful.

</end rant>

dagamer34 said,
It's really not about the number of apps, but the quality of apps (and I say this as an iPhone/iPad owner). When's the last time you decided just to look for something cool in the App Store? The problem is that there's a lot of crap you're not interested in (even at the top) and searching is only useful when you know what you're looking for, not to randomly discover something useful.

</end rant>

I totally agree here. Just go to link quoted as the source at the bottom of this article and look at the complete and utter crap that's on there. $499.99 for a picture of a diamond. And you have to buy all 8 versions to get the complete picture? REALLY? MS should not allow this type of app on their market. I know it's a numbers game, but I think a lot more people would like to see more quality than quantity.

dagamer34 said,
It's really not about the number of apps, but the quality of apps (and I say this as an iPhone/iPad owner). When's the last time you decided just to look for something cool in the App Store? The problem is that there's a lot of crap you're not interested in (even at the top) and searching is only useful when you know what you're looking for, not to randomly discover something useful.

</end rant>


You're not wrong at all. -_- I don't browse app stores like we used to browse hard copy stores. It's even worse than the old floppy bins at computer shows in the 90s. I pretty much download stuff by word of mouth at this point. It amazes me how platforms are judged by app count, when I think we can all agree markets get FAR more inconvenient and frustrating the larger they become.

Google is easily the worst offender, barely putting any effort into category choices and management.

Yes, the number of APPS is not a decider and shouldn't considered the choice for "best store". As an iOS device owner I have very little apps, 90% I have are free. Others are some games, turn-by-turn NAV and a few F1 apps. Thats about it. I think the money I have spent in the last 12 months on the app store equates to <£50 .

There is soo much junk in the Apple app store

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