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Marketplace hits 30,000 apps

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According to WindowsPhoneAppList (somewhat more reliable than TechCrunch) marketplace has finally hit the 30,000 app milestone.  Marketplace took 312 days to reach that point, somewhat slower than the iPhone, but nearly 7 months faster than the Android Market.

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The progress is still following the trajectory of the iPhone App Store more or less, but with some slow down recently, possibly due to Mango and restrictions Microsoft placed on spam apps.

As can be seen from the graph above it is still growing much faster than the Android, which took 512 days to hit 30,000 apps.

The 30,000 number is significant in one other way – 30,000 apps is often the number which has been quoted for the total number of applications available for Windows Mobile.  Of course there are classes of apps available for Windows Mobile, like FTP clients, which are not at all available for Windows Phone 7, but with the advent of Mango this will likely change rapidly.

47% of apps are free, 20% have trials and 33% are paid and do not. Only 17% of apps are games,  and books and reference is a troubling 14% of “apps”.  At least Marketplace is spared the “Themes” flood common on the Blackberry, Symbian and Android app stores.

Are our readers finding what they want more often in Marketplace? Let us know below.

Thanks Bugbog for the tip.

Close to 10% of Android Apps festering pits of spyware, worms and premium SMS senders, getting worse

Droid does virussesWe all know Android Market is increasingly afflicted by malware, but I do not think any of us has thought is was as bad as this.

According to security firm named Dasient, of the 10,000 Android apps they studied, 800 or 8% turned out to be malware, engaging in activities such as stealing data, e.g email account passwords,  sending premium SMS messages, trying to spread to users in one’s contact list by sending SMS messages with links to your friends,  and even stealing IMEI  and IMSI numbers, allowing for the mass cloning of a user’s phone.

Dasient CTO Neil Daswani also stated that the amount of infected applications has doubled over the last two years, and the issue does not just involve trojan apps – even browser-based “drive by downloads” have come to the platform.

This occurred earlier this year when a malicious website advertised cheats for the extremely popular mobile game Angry Birds. Another attempt happened last month with malware masking as Angry Birds add-ons.

Google has so far done little to stem the tide, and with the rise of increasingly popular 3rd party marketplaces there may in fact be very little they can do – with the platform never taking security seriously this may simply be a cost Android users will have to bear.

Windows Phone 7 users are protected by a curated app store with strict sandboxing of apps. I suspect we will not be needing to download antivirus software for our phones anytime soon.

Read more at Darkreadings.com

Thanks Guy for the tip.

Flawless Victory: 10,000 Marketplace apps reached, faster than iPhone or Android

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Update: According to Windows Phone App List and Marketplace Browser the 10,000 app milestone has been passed. As reported below, this was achieved much faster than Android and on pace with the App Store.

WindowsPhoneapplists.com reports nearly 1200 applications have been added in the last 2 weeks, which is an acceleration on the usual 1000.

While the quality of apps is as important as the number, the WP7 Marketplace has already surpassed lesser rivals like webOS some months ago, and if one ignores the 11,000 spam apps (ebooks and themes)  in Blackberry App World is nipping at the heels of its much larger rival.

It took the Android Market 11 months to reach the 10,000 app mile stone, something the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace is set to achieve in little more than 4 1/2 months.

In fact the Windows Phone 7 marketplace will hit the milestone even faster than the iPhone app store, which did it in 142 days, according to 148apps.com.  At the time Apple took out a full page newspaper ad, but of course goal posts have moved on a bit since then.

The question of course remains whether growth will go exponential or remain linear, but there is no arguing that this is a very good start.

Thanks Kevin D for the tip.