A little over two weeks since it reached the 8,000 app milestone, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace now lists more than 9,000 apps. 9,046 at the time of writing, to be precise.
And while it hasn’t hit 10,000 in the last two weeks, as anticipated when the previous milestone was reached, the growth is still strong. And at this rate, the WP7 Marketplace will soon reach 10,000 apps. Its growth is impressive, and far outshines what Android saw in its first months. However, during Android’s first months, there was only one phone out (the G1), and that wasn’t widely distributed, plus the hardware wasn’t very appealing, to put it mildly. Windows Phone 7, on the other hand, debuted with a handful of devices on many carriers across the world, so perhaps that comparison is way off.
However, the number of WP7 apps is growing at a similar rate to what the iTunes App Store had seen in its first months of existence, and that’s no small feat to pull. And it can only keep growing. Next year, with the release of the first Nokia Windows Phones, the number of developers coming to WP7 can only increase, and with it, the number of apps.
And in a few months these milestones probably won’t be news anymore, since WP7 would have gathered enough apps to be considered at the same level, in terms of app choice, as iOS and Android.
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