The Windows Phone Store was anything but till some time back. But with the launch of Windows Phone 8 platform in the fourth quarter of 2012 sales has soared, and now Windows phones’ have 10 % of the market share in major countries. App downloads increased to 75%, with 91% increase in premium app revenue.
So much so, in fact that when Microsoft announced its Windows Phone app statistics at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the online store had reached the 130,000 apps milestone. Certainly high, when compared with last year’s figures.
However, it still doesn’t match up to the 800,000 + apps of the Apple’s AppStore and Google’s Play Store, But there has been a sturdy improvement in the app ecosystem and that can be credited to the Nokia Lumia flagships models like the 920, 820, 720, 810 and 822.
According to Microsoft, the average app downloads mark with 55 apps and in total the store has build up over 1 billion in transactions. On the developer side, after three months of the Windows Phone 8 launch, over 40,000 developers submitted their registrations and the platform’s SDK was downloaded over 500,000 times.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said on the sidelines of MWC 2013 that they were proud to announce they had “reached the level of 130,000 Windows Phone applications”. The Finnish mobile phone manufacturer unveiled the new mid-range Lumia 520 and Lumia 520 to the WP8 array.
Tags: MWC, Windows Phone 8