Oh my, what do we have here. It seems like Redmond’s mobile experiment is finally taking off — quite literally. Windows Phone Marketplace now has over 50,000 apps, 17,000 of which were submitted in the past 90 days. Of course 50,000 is a small number in comparison to the 300,000+ in Android Marketplace and 500,000+ in Apple App Store. However, Windows Phone was launched after both iOS and Android so it is to be expected that it is lagging behind. Indeed, if taken into context, Windows Phone is emerging as a strong competitor. It took Windows Phone about 14 months to get 50,000 apps; comparatively it took iOS 12 months and Android 19 months.
It is also worth mentioning the overall mix of apps in Windows Phone Marketplace, at the moment, is leaning more Android-like than iOS-like in terms of free vs paid apps. As it stands Windows Phone has a 58%/42% split of free/paid apps; Android has a 69%/31% split; and iOS 43%/57%.
Any regular dotTechie knows I am an Android user and can be considered somewhat of an Android fan. However, a third mobile bahamut is in the interest of consumers especially considering that Windows Phone offers something different than Android and iOS. So, keep at it Windows Phone — dotTech is rooting for you (no pun intended).