Windows Phone marketplace soon to hit 30,000 apps

With a HTC and Samsung conference only a week away, leaks have begun as to what the two OEMS may reveal – it's largely expected that they will announce several new Windows Phones, running Mango out of the box.

Coincidentally the Windows Phone app store is well on its way to hit 30,000 apps which will mark another milestone for Microsoft and a win for the consumer. The Windows Phone Marketplace has seen close to 1000 new apps developed in the past two weeks and that number continues to climb.

The most popular apps are games, which account for 17% of the marketplace – hardly surprising considering the same category is also the most popular on iOS and Android app stores. Educational and sports apps tied for second place both taking up 14% of the market each, followed by entertainment apps which came in as the fourth most popular at 11%.

Of the 29,000+ apps currently on the market, 75% of those are in English with German being the second most popular language.

And what provides more joy than a free app that is incredibly useful? Currently 47% of the apps on the marketplace are free to download and use. A smaller 20% are trial-ware apps which ask you to pay after the trial is over and 8522 apps (33%) require you to pay to be able to use them.

With the release of Microsoft’s new update for Windows Phone codenamed “Mango” and new OEMs on board, it’s only a matter of time till the current 8105 approved developers for Windows Phone becomes a much larger number as development for the marketplace and Windows Phone entirety continues to grow.

More recently Microsoft has been trying to capitalize on the recent collapse of WebOS, as Brandon Watson offered developers the chance to develop for Windows Phone. Neowin reported that the opportunity had attracted over 1000 emails in a short amount of time, which could cause Windows Phone app development to skyrocket.

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I'd like to back up text message conversations, among other things. Let's face it, we WANT to use these things like little computers, so it would be nice to be able to back stuff up in a granular manner - apps, data, so on...

And please don't get me started on what the "cloud" has done to data on occasions

This is definitely good news for users, and there are some really awesome apps and games.

I just really wish a RedBox app would come out...

And 20,000 of those are crap that should be weeded out so that quality applications could be found in the mire.

Skwerl said,
And 20,000 of those are crap that should be weeded out so that quality applications could be found in the mire.

Windows Phone 7 is not Android!!

neo158 said,

Windows Phone 7 is not Android!!


And yet I still wade through swaps of crap like hundreds of different prayer reminders and cloned real estate ads. *sigh*

Skwerl said,

And yet I still wade through swaps of crap like hundreds of different prayer reminders and cloned real estate ads. *sigh*
I haven't found it to be that bad at all...

And not a single, lousy backup utility to speak of. This, of course should be Microsoft's responsibility, and yes, there are some hairy-scary unsupported developer oriented tools out there, but the whole Windows Phone 7 system utilities space is essentially empty.

M Murcek said,
And not a single, lousy backup utility to speak of. This, of course should be Microsoft's responsibility, and yes, there are some hairy-scary unsupported developer oriented tools out there, but the whole Windows Phone 7 system utilities space is essentially empty.

Maybe this is because Microsoft don't allow access to the file system, which is essential for backup utilities to work.

M Murcek said,
And not a single, lousy backup utility to speak of. This, of course should be Microsoft's responsibility, and yes, there are some hairy-scary unsupported developer oriented tools out there, but the whole Windows Phone 7 system utilities space is essentially empty.

What do you need to back up? App data or stuff on the phone? I guess it will suck that once Mango comes out and apps that use the local db can't be backed up -- but as for your contacts, pictures and emails -- those should all be in the "cloud".

I'd like to back up text message conversations, among other things. Let's face it, we WANT to use these things like little computers, so it would be nice to be able to back stuff up in a granular manner - apps, data, so on...

Games are probably my #1 app my phone.

Favorite Apps:
One Rep Max
Weather Channel
Doodle Jump
Angry Birds
Plants vs Zombies
Score Mobile
USA Today
Fox News
ESPN
Weave (their WP7 news and gaming news client)
AP Mobile and several more I use less frequently (and my phone is not in front of me)

ryuh3d said,
Games are probably my #1 app my phone.

Favorite Apps:
One Rep Max
Weather Channel
Doodle Jump
Angry Birds
Plants vs Zombies
Score Mobile
USA Today
Fox News
ESPN
Weave (their WP7 news and gaming news client)
AP Mobile and several more I use less frequently (and my phone is not in front of me)

Now, why the heck aren't ilomilo, Tentacles, and Enigmo in that list? They're practically the three best games for Windows Phone to date. I downloaded them and haven't been able stop playing since.

PlogCF said,

Now, why the heck aren't ilomilo, Tentacles, and Enigmo in that list? They're practically the three best games for Windows Phone to date. I downloaded them and haven't been able stop playing since.


Ilomilo is awesome. I just wish each new chapter had achievements... Lol