Growth returns to the Windows Phone Store as Microsoft announce 160,000 apps, 200 million monthly transactions
The growth in the Windows Phone Store had dropped dramatically in the first half of 2013, with the Windows Phone Store on average only adding 110 apps per day.
Now however it appears Microsoft’s efforts to stimulate developers has worked, as Windows Phone head Todd Brix has announced that there are now more than 160,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store, up from 145,000 on the 10th May 2013. That means over the last 6 weeks around 320 apps per day have been added to the store.
Microsoft also announced that the store was seeing more 200 million transactions per month and that daily revenue had increased 2.5 times since the October 2012 introduction of Windows Phone 8. The increase was driven by increased numbers of Windows Phones and also the expansion of operator billing, which meant 6-8 times more paid transactions in less developed markets and 3x more in developed markets.
The Windows Phone Store now supports carrier billing on 30 carriers in 20 markets, more than Google Play.
Microsoft also announced that their Red Stripe Deals resulted in an average 4 times increase in net revenue for each developer featured, and that this increase lasted for more than 4 weeks after the promotion ended.
Microsoft also teased their “next release”, running on their “next-generation platform” , saying they aimed for this new platform to be compatible with apps being developed now, and promised that developers will be able to reach more users across more devices – possibly teasing Windows Phone apps running on tablets.
The good news of increased growth in the Windows Phone Store is tempered somewhat by knowing Microsoft has been running a variety of promotions which rewarded developers directly for publishing apps which may be of very low quality, but at the same time it can not be denied that a variety of high quality apps, such as Pandora, and much wanted apps, such as BBC iPlayer, have finally made it to the platform in recent weeks, and that the app situation is rapidly improving for Windows Phone users.
Do our readers feel the tide is turning? Let us know below.
In a post announcing the Nokia Lumia 928, Microsoft also rather casually threw out the fact that the phone will have access to 145,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store, saying:
Pick one up and for a limited time you’ll also get $25 to shop at the Windows Phone Store with 145,000 apps and games
The announcement means Windows Phone has taken nearly 11 months to add 45,000 apps, after Microsoft announced 100,000 apps in June 2012. The 50,000 apps before this took only 6 months, though the first 50,000 took around 14 months, not far from the rate Windows Phone is adding apps now.
That obviously leaves Windows Phone running at a much slower rate than any major mobile OS, with Android taking little more than a year to hit 200,000 apps but of course a large number of apps is not an end in itself. Importantly the number of high profile and high quality apps have increased dramatically in the last 6 months, more driven by the increase in Windows Phone users than anything else.
The slow growth of the store however is a real issue, and Microsoft needs to continue to work at increasing the attractiveness of the market to developers.
Our first suggestion would be to drop the fee to developers, so developers will not be tempted to withdraw their apps from the store when their yearly $100 renewal comes up, and so the barrier to entry would be even lower.
The next would be to relax style guidelines and release more tools to make porting apps from other mobile operating systems easier.
Lastly would be add support for OpenGL which would make the porting of games easier.
Do our readers agree with the suggestions or have any of your own? Let us know below.
The official app of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is now available in Windows Phone Store. You can find the nearest The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf store location, beverage details and more.
Your official Windows Phone application for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® is finally here! Now you can find your flavor by creating custom, one-of-a-kind beverages including all of The Coffee Bean® signature beverages like the Original Ice Blended® drinks, specialty espresso drinks and even our pure (caffeine free) beverage offerings! Our store locator makes it easy for you to find your nearest The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® location. Looking for something more specific? Every store listed lets you know what features are offered at that exact location. Whether it’s our free WiFi, Custom Oatmeal Bar, Drive-Thru and much, much more! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news about what’s going on in the world of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®. Feel free to listen to our custom, in-store playlist as you explore the rest of our app! You might even unlock some of our secret menu drinks along the way…
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
The Windows Phone Store is once again having issues, with error C101a006 popping up.
According to Microsoft Answers:
Besides difficulty downloading and purchasing apps, updating existing apps are also affected.
It seems the service is seeing errors rather regularly â€“ hopefully its because the market is growing rapidly, rather than it being built on particular shaky foundations.
Is the Windows Phone Store working for anyone ? Let us know below.
Thanks Phillip for the tip.
GSMA Mobile World Congress 2013 is scheduled to happen later this month. GSMA has released their official event app for Windows Phone devices. It allows you to know about event schedule, venue maps, etc,. GSMA has also released its NFC Badge for NFC enabled Windows Phone devices. Read more about it here.
Mobile World Congress is the event portal for attendees of MWC and is designed to enhance the experience of the attendee by putting the following features and information at their fingertips:
+ full event schedule
+ speaker listings
+ exhibitor listing
+ social networking
+ venue maps
+ complete info booth
+ lots, lots, more…
Download the app for free from Windows Phone Store here.
It seems the Windows Phone Store search is having intermittent issues, both on the device and on the web, with searches on occasion not returning any results at all, such as the one for Angry Birds above.
Microsoftâ€™s service status page is not reporting any issue, but Microsoftâ€™s Office 365 and Outlook.com have also been having issues recently, suggesting there may be some problems brewing in the back end.
Are anyone else having issues? Let us know below.
Skulls of the Shogun, a turn-based strategy video game developed by 17-BIT is now available for download from all the Microsoft Windows platforms which includes Windows Phone, Windows 8, Windows RT and Xbox 360. The game is inspired by Advance Wars and features turn-based combat between undead samurai.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for $4.99 with free trial available.
Amazon has updated their Kindle reading app to v2.0 for Windows Phone 8 devices. This new version brings in few notable changes such as new wide Live Tile support, new logo, etc,.
- Buy Once, Read Everywhere: Read anytime you have your Windows Phone 8 with youâ€”just download the Kindle app to start reading eBooks now.
- Sync to Furthest Page Read: Amazon Whispersync technology automatically syncs your Kindle books across apps, so you can start reading on your Windows Phone 8, and pick up where you left off on another device with the Kindle app installed.
- Personalize Your Reading Experience: Adjust the screen brightness, font size, margin width, and line height.
- Read Free Books: Choose from thousands of free Kindle books such as Pride & Prejudice or The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- Track Progress: Tap the screen while reading a book to see the progress indicator that shows you how much of the book you’ve read.
- Save Your Favorite Books: Tap while youâ€™re reading to pin a book, or press and hold a book in your library to move it to your Archived Items.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
If you remember our old Windows Phone days, you will remember this 3rd party browser called SurfCube 3D.Â It’s a feature-rich web browser with unique 3D UI. This app got updated to v4.5 with support for Windows Phone 8 devices and more.
V4.5 Change log:
- Optimized for WP8
- Support for HD phones
- Fast App Resume
- Added loading progress indicator
- Temporarily disabled Bing due to it launching the built-in Bing app instead
- Context menu is working again
Microsoft today released a new free mobile app called HelpBridge for Windows Phone, iOS and Android devices. HelpBridge enables you toÂ easily connect with friends and family during a large-scale disaster such as an earthquake or a hurricane. It also enables users to give time, money and resources to support relief and rebuilding efforts.
HelpBridge is a free mobile app that connects people to their loved ones and opportunities to help in a time of disaster. With just a few clicks, you can quickly send e-mails and texts to co-workers, family, or friends, and post an emergency message to your Facebook wall. All communications can also include your location, if you want. Or, if youâ€™re in a position to help, you can donate money via text-to-give or PayPal, donate goods, or volunteer your time towards relief efforts.
For more information, visit www.microsoft.com/helpbridge/.
Download it from Windows Phone Store here.
Read full press release after the break.
LastPass has updated their app for Windows Phone devices with new UI and many new features. LastPassÂ helpsÂ usersÂ remember their passwords and better manage their online identities. It’s a browser-based password manager and form filler that works with all platforms and smartphones.
- Identities support
- Standard icons in the application bar
- Jump list support for quick navigation between groups
- Alphabetical sorting, including jump list for quick navigation to a particular site
- A separate panel for Secure Notes
- A Favorites panel and “favorite” option in the detail screen
- Support for selecting the group name from the list, instead of typing the group name
- Support for long text in the Notes field of a site entry
- Add “pin to start” for sites and secure notes
- A welcome screen and account creation wizard for new LastPass users
- A secure password generator
Source: LastPass blogÂ
Thanks to Valkyrie for the heads up.
Official Speedtest.net app is now available for Windows Phone 8 devices in Windows Phone Store for free.
Use Speedtest.net for easy, one-tap connection testing in under 30 secondsâ€”accurate anywhere thanks to our global network.
Millions of users have made Speedtest.net the #1 app for testing internet speeds, and itâ€™s trusted by the professionals like Anandtech, Engadget, and the BBC and New York Times!
- Discover your Download, Upload, and Ping
- Real-time graphs show connection consistency
- Troubleshoot or verify the speed you were promised
- Track past tests with detailed reporting
- Easily share your results
Download it from Windows Phone Store here.
Many apps and games in Windows PhoneÂ Store are yet to support Windows Phone 8 devices. Photosynth was one of the popular apps which was not available for Windows Phone 8 devices since its launch. Even though the app was used in the WP8 launch demo, itÂ never got released to the public. Today, Photosynth tweeted that the delay was due toÂ problems with drivers on a few important phones and the app will be for WP8 devices in few weeks.
Photosynth for WP8 slipped due to problems with drivers on a few important phones. Mostly behind us now. Release should be weeks away.
â€” The Photosynth Team (@photosynth) January 14, 2013
Good news for Photosynth fans!