Windows Phone 7 hits 20,000 applications

By Tom Warren, on 29th May 11 8:20 am with 11 Comments

Windows Phone 7 reaches 20,000 apps

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace has now reached 20,000 applications.

The software giant only recently announced that it had 18,000 applications, during a VIP Windows Phone Mango event earlier this week. Microsoft has approved over 1,200 apps just this week, further evidence of the Marketplace growth rate. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has taken 219 days to reach 20,000 apps since launch. Apple’s iPhone App Store took 215 days and Google’s Android store took 419 days. The speed of application growth shows that Microsoft is doing well with its app momentum.

Marketplace trackers is currently tracking 19,789 apps in the U.S. Marketplace alone. WP7applist is tracking 20,185 applications worldwide and explains 1,166 of them are inactive, 48% are available for free and the average price is $1.45 per paid application. Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace is growing at an impressive rate. The software giant added 3,000 applications in April alone after reaching its 12,000 milestone in late March. The Marketplace passed 15,000 apps in April just in time for its six month birthday. WP7applist says that 175 apps are updated on average each day. In the last 24 hours, 99 apps were updated and 288 were added.

Windows Phone 7 launched on October 26 with 1,000 applications available. Six months later and the platform has increased impressively. Microsoft appears to be building up a good momentum amongst application developers. Microsoft says it now has over 32,000 Windows Phone application developers, who deliver an average of 100 new apps per day. The Windows Phone Developer Tools have now been downloaded more than one million times.

Despite delays with its first platform update, “NoDo”, developers have a lot to look forward to this year. Microsoft’s new Nokia partnership is a great opportunity for new and existing developers as more and more consumers take advantage of Windows Phone. Nokia said recently that it plans to ship Windows Phone branded devices to developers when they are available later this year. Nokia is currently engineering Windows Phone devices and is expected to wait for “Mango”, the next version of Windows Phone, until it unveils them later this year. “Mango”, the codename for what will likely be named Windows Phone 7.5, is currently in the final development stages at Microsoft. The software giant revealed a number of new enhancements recently and promised over 500 features at launch. Nokia has also promised a batch of Windows Phone Mango devices, due later this year.

  • AlienSix

    Lets go Windows Phone!

  • Mrdeus

    The marketplace growth will probably even better after Mango release.

    • Anonymous

      True, the new amount of API’s will unleash a new wave of apps that take advance of the new possibilities.

  • BucksterMcgee

    Ok, this is atleast the 3rd time i’ve posted this, so I’ll save the copy and paste, but from the data I can gather from and applying some very crude curves to it I’ve gotten a few estimates to what the marketplace might look like one year after launch, which is in early october right around when Mango is supposed to ship.

    If the progress is linear, then it should be around 30k to 40k apps by this one year mark, given nothing changes. If instead the growth of the market place is exponential (similiar to how iOS and Android’s marketplaces’ grew, and how it seems to be growing) it could reach around 130k to 140k.

    Now that sounds a bit extreme, but given that it took Apple about a year and a half and Android over two years to reach these marks, and that so far the Windows Phone marktetplace is great outpacing either of those two in the same time frame it’s not so crazy.

    Again my estimates are incredibly crude, but it’s interesting that including the changes to Mango API’s, OS improvements, and Nokia’s own developer community, these numbers might not be so crazy. I guess we’ll just have to see.

    Oh, and if anyone has any suggestions, techniques, or anything on how to more accurately predict the marketplace’s growth, please let me know.

    • RedStarDev

      It will come down to phones selling, and sadly that is not happen ;(

  • Anonymous

    And always keep in mind that the possibilities for developers are still limited until Mango will bring more APIs and that lite versions of many apps aren’t counted separately as in the other app stores because of the integrated demo feature.

  • Chris Leadley

    Its great that the number of apps is going up and at a great rate and its certainly going to help out WP7, but is this going to be at the expense of quality control? It does seem as if a lot more of the apps are more or less spam and the quality seems to be a bit patchy, i’ve downloaded a few only to have them freeze or not work as expected, which is a shame.

    • Adam Fontaine

      That’s how I’ve felt with the Android market. A lot of the apps there seem to be worhless junk apps. I don’t seem to see that as much in the iOS app store. That’s one if the reasons why I don’t like Android.

    • Ken Grabe

      That’s part of the appeal of WP7 for me, is that MS is being proactive wanting to work with promising devs, and are listening to whats going on with apps. If you listen to this weeks Windows Phone dev podcast, Brian Watson actually said that they removed a bunch of junk apps.  So at least they are not leaving real junk up just to pad the numbers.

      Android reminds me of the days of shareware, once in awhile you will find gem and that dev should get rewarded, but the majority of the apps are junkware and potentially dangerous. With there being no regulation in the Android marketplace, no one looking for malware and just bad code, the results are going to be unpredictable and often enough, it’s not pleasant.

      Microsoft has a deep, long relationship with a lot of developers from all disciplines under the MS umbrella. I think that just lends itself to having a built in developer base. They (Microsoft) have all three screens covered or just about. Windows 8 next year will mark a substantial step forward, I want a 10″ tablet that is running full windows out of the box, can print and hook up keyboard and mouse if I want or  use a jump drive with it, oh and by the way, all with always on always connected. YEAH, I want that!

      Now that being said, I think that in any environment where you encourage people to participate (write apps) you’re going to get some junk. There is a publisher on WP that puts out a bunch of apps, all legit apps, they are a company that makes apps (en masse) for news outlets and that sort of thing. None of the apps vary at all, they are all the same stock looking, and they remind me of iPhone apps. If I see an app is made by them, I walk on by. I would not call their apps junkware, but I wouldn’t get their apps because I don’t like the apparent lack of effort on the publishers part.

      More devs need to spend more time on learning to utilize the Metro UI and at least somewhat adhere to it. Take a look a beautifully done app like Cocktail Flow. The dev has said that it didn’t take him that long to do it, and he did it right.

      An Enthusiast

  • Josè Daniel

    Congrats developers for making this possible! :`)

  • Annie B.

    Apple has 500,000 apps, Android has 200,000. Mango, Nokia and time will tell.