Some more good news, we suppose, coming from Microsoft suggests that many developers have taken an interest in the Windows Phone Marketplace, launched just last month. Evidently, Microsoft has seen registration increase by 40% over the last few weeks, bringing the total amount of registered developers to a sizable 12,000.
While we don't necessarily expect 12,000 apps right away, we assume some of those developers will make multiple programs, meaning we won't have any shortage anytime soon. But enough tip calculators, m'kay?
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Hah, good point about the tip calculators. I also thought the battle of how many apps iPhone vs Android had was silly. I mean come on, most apps are stupid and pointless. It's all about those few apps that people really want.
I'm not so sure that number means anything. It's not as if all 12,000 have paid the submission fee. That's just how many took a look inside. Good news for WP7 is that that number isn't something really embarrassingly tiny, lol, but it's not as if all of them, or even most of them, have an app ready to go. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if a significant percentage were get-rich-quick-on-mobile developers actually developing...tip calculators. But, yea, what Dusteater said. Quantity is only important when it's quantity of QUALITY apps. So far, that number is slim on WP7, but I expect it will rise. I think WP7 will finally have "arrived" when we start seeing significant third party players without a direct mobile software business model including WP7 with their iPhone, blackberry, and Android crapware options. Like insurance companies and their "mobile apps" for example. Silly barometer, but it seems to me that when those companies think your OS is significant enough to waste time on a useless free app, your OS is starting to really arrive. lol
Good point. After the "too many crappy apps" post I was wondering which apps and developers serve as a bellweather for a platform's viability and expected popularity. Last week while browsing the Marketplace, I noticed that HSN (Home Shopping Network) already has an app for WP7. That seemed like a good indicator to me, as HSN is a mainstream brand with a mostly female customer base. It might be telling that HSN launched on iOS in August of '09 and on Android in March of this year, well after those platforms had launched and shortly after Android had begun to gain traction with the Droid marketing campaign; it has yet to launch on WebOS. Then again, HSN has been very aggressive with their attempts to make shopping with them as convenient as possible, so maybe it's not the best indicator.
Well you can add Geico to the list at least: http://mobilitydigest.com/geico-usaa-and-lonely-planet-hit-wp7/comment-p...
Add Geico to the list: http://mobilitydigest.com/geico-usaa-and-lonely-planet-hit-wp7/
MS will have to open up a bit more of the APIs to devs soon so we an start to get newer apps and not more of the same just rehashed. I want socket access so I can get a IRC app (IRC whore, :P).
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