After 16 Months, Windows Phone Has 70k Apps. How Long Did it Take iOS and Android?

March 25th, 2012

By: Hillel Fuld (@hilzfuld)

70,000 Windows Phone apps as of February 2012. The Windows Phone Marketplace launched in October 2010, so some quick math indicates that it took the platform 16 months to reach this milestone. Now let’s take a look at some of the competing platforms.

Let’s start with the leader of the mobile world, Android. The Android Market hit the 80k app milestone in August, 2010, two years after it launched. It took Windows Phone 8 months less to reach 70k. As for the growth rate, the Windows Phone Marketplace has been adding 10k new apps every month. So, bottom line? The Windows Phone Marketplace is growing WAY faster than Android was in its first few years.

How about iOS? Well, the App Store is a little bit of a different story. As mentioned, it launched in July 2008 and reached the 75k apps milestone in September 2009. So it took the App Store 14 months to reach 75k apps compared to the Windows Phone Marketplace’s 16 months to reach 70k.

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