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Friday, 17 December 2010 11:54

4,200 Windows Phone 7 apps now available

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Growing steadily, but still far behind iOS, Android
Several weeks into the Windows Phone 7 launch the number of available apps stands at 4,274, with an average of 104 new apps each day.

Although the numbers do appear to be growing steadily, it is worth noting that four thousand apps over the first two months really don't seem very impressive when compared to competing platforms.

The Android Market is leading the charge against Apple's App Store, with nearly 200,000 apps on offer and about 900 new apps a day. Apple still reigns supreme with more than 300,000 apps and about 1,000 new apps a day. However, the Android market is seeing faster growth and could outpace Apple in the long run.

This doesn't really bode well for Microsoft's troubled mobile OS, but on the bright side at least they're not Nokia.

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-1 #1 scott.deagan 2010-12-17 14:02
The number of apps becomes inconsequential if the apps are rubbish. I owned a HTC HD7 but soon sold it for a number of reasons, one of them being the performance of third-party apps. Scrolling and the UI in general was so jerky that is really destroyed my user-experience (I also couldn't connect to my company's Exchange server because my username contained a space, and the default "home page" in the browser is Yahoo Mobile and it's not possible to change this).

Try any RSS reader on Windows Phone 7 and you'll see what I mean - none of them are buttery smooth like the WP7 UI.
+10 #2 waded 2010-12-17 15:38
@Scott you missed out on gReadie then. It's an RSS reader based on Google Reader and it's slick-smooth. Quality varies from app to app as it does on any of the platforms; it's a bummer you had to default for the other reasons you mentioned. Windows Phone 7 rocks.
+7 #3 nbr123 2010-12-17 23:18
Its just nearing to 2 months since Windows Phone 7 is out. How many apps did Android have in its 8th week? That's the comparison you need to make Scott.

Windows Phone 7 might take off OR tank in future. Who knows. But this comparison is immature.

By the way, After using WP& I tried to use iPhone. iPhone usability sucks in comparison to that of WP7.

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