Windows Phone Marketplace Beats Android Market to 50,000 Apps
Though it’s still dwarfed by Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market, Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace has been posting some decent growth lately. In mid-November, it hit the 40,000 app milestone, and now, a little over a month later, it’s hit another.
According to All About Windows Phone, which tracks Windows Phone app submissions, the Marketplace has seen more than 50,000 apps published to it — 50,126, to be exact.
Notably, Windows Phone reached that 50,000 app milestone in 14 months, faster than Android, Symbian, or BlackBerry (but slower than iOS, which hit that mark in about a year).
Clearly, the platform is picking up steam. While it took a little over a year to reach 40,000 apps, it took just 40 days to accumulate the next 10,000.
That bodes well for Windows Phone in 2012. Of course, it needs to drive that growth higher still, if it ever hopes to match its rivals in the space. Though a noteworthy milestone, 50,000 apps is still a paucity, compared to the App Store’s 600,000 and Android Market’s 500,000.