As you would expect, Windows Phone 7 would inevitably reach an App milestone. That is the mobile device has reached over 10,000 apps, and it reached this number faster than any other mobile device so far.
Here are the figures. Windows Phone 7 met the 10,000 app milestone in only 4.5 months whereas the iPhone took around 4.7 months (142 days) to reach the same level. Furthermore, Android took 11 months to reach that number of apps and Palm’s Web OS has only had 5,000 apps since its release 15 months ago.
Microsoft Should Thank Apple
One of the reasons that Microsoft reached that milestone this fast is that the market for Apps already exists. It was already in place when Microsoft entered into it. Mobile device users know what they are and how to use them. It is not a new program like it was when Apple started the market. Microsoft is benefiting from that market existence, and it had nothing to do with it’s creation.
Are All Apps Apps?
There are junky apps on every platform and if you want you can throw out all kinds of themes, ebooks, etc. that shouldn’t really count as apps. In the Blackberry App World for example, which was launched in April of 2009, there are now about 20,000 apps; but keep in mind that about 11,000 of them are eBooks and themes. Do these count?
At this point, the developers are having a field day. And the App development technology can only get better. This means that they will get more sophisticated and perform more functions faster. A big part of this, of course, relies on the hardware technology. With the iPad2 just released, new processes will migrate over to the mobile device territory.
There will be a time when the mobile device, may be the “PC” of the future, and it won’t be that far away, it could be by 2012 or 2014.