Windows Phone Marketplace exceeds 50,000 apps

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).

[via Engadget and All About Windows Phone]

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  • While normally its my job to defend MS, and I in fact own a WP7, AND have gotten people to switch to it from iPhone and Android…It should be noted that the 50,000 is total apps GLOBALLY, no one market place can actually see 50,000.

  • Ashraf

    @hatman: Quicker than Android, you mean — iOS was still faster. Still, you have a point.

    Another reason I can think of is Android opened the door for non-iOS app development success. What I mean by this is when Android first came out not too many developers embraced it because they thought you could only make money from iOS. Now it is fairly obvious you can make money from Android too, thus developers are more keen to adopt Windows Phone after looking at Android’s success.

    Another reason is the smartphone market is expanding a lot faster now than it was in iOS and Android’s infancy, thus having more room for Windows Phone.

    Still, though, we should take nothing away from the platform.

  • hatman

    I imagine app makers for the Android and Apple phones are re-tooling their apps for Windows Phone. This may account for the quicker roll out of apps.