Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jun 2012 15:54 UTC
Windows "More than 100,000 applications have now been published in the Windows Phone Marketplace and new content is currently being added at the rate of 313 applications per day. At the time of writing, 100,145 applications have been published. Of these, 26,493 were added in the last three months and 9,391 were added in the last month. These applications come from just over 23,825 different publishers." Is there anybody out there who still places any value on these numbers, whether they be for Android, iOS, or WP7? Considering virtually all Android, iOS, and WP7 applications are useless, ugly, buggy crap (with only a few being somewhat tolerable - never actually good, because good software doesn't exist), I honestly don't really care. But hey, another check mark on the list of PR talking points.
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100,000?
by TemporalBeing on Tue 5th Jun 2012 16:20 UTC
TemporalBeing
Member since:
2007-08-22

What's 100,000 apps compared to the millions for Android and iOS? They're way, way behind.

The other question is whether it is sustainable. If those 23,000 publishers are not finding much benefit from the Windows AppStore, then they probably won't follow up with more applications, and the number will plateau if they don't get more publishers.

All said, there's not enough WinPhone/WP7 devices out there to really make it worth it for publishers - each user would have to purchase several apps regularly for them to break even, which users are not necessarily included to do on average, let alone all of them.

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RE: 100,000?
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 5th Jun 2012 16:23 in reply to "100,000?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

What's 100,000 apps compared to the millions for Android and iOS? They're way, way behind.


Millions? Lolwut?

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RE[2]: 100,000?
by Fergy on Tue 5th Jun 2012 22:27 in reply to "RE: 100,000?"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

"What's 100,000 apps compared to the millions for Android and iOS? They're way, way behind.


Millions? Lolwut?
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And that's just Angry Birds.

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RE: 100,000?
by Alfman on Tue 5th Jun 2012 17:43 in reply to "100,000?"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

TemporalBeing,

"What's 100,000 apps compared to the millions for Android and iOS? They're way, way behind."


Why is the emphasis on quantity rather than quality?

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RE[2]: 100,000?
by MOS6510 on Tue 5th Jun 2012 17:52 in reply to "RE: 100,000?"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

The quality of WP apps is sadly behind iOS ones (don't have an Android phone), but then again it's early days and these apps will get updates and improve.

That the number of apps is increasing does show that there is a healthy developer interest.

Personally I don't care that much for the hardware specifications, much more important are the apps. They give a mobile device most of its effective use. I have both an iPhone 4 and a Lumia 800 and I miss a number of apps on the Lumia, making the iPhone much more useful.

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RE: 100,000?
by tomcat on Tue 5th Jun 2012 19:52 in reply to "100,000?"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

What's 100,000 apps compared to the millions for Android and iOS? They're way, way behind.


Seriously, it doesn't matter. Most people use a handful of apps (Facebook, Twitter, banking, finance, news) and a few games. Nearly all of the most essential apps are already present on the WP7 App Store. So, really, whether or not WP7 has XYZZY-New-App is irrelevant.

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