Phone 7 builds app catalogue at rapid rate
Following the announcement it is to legally challenge Apple’s patent of the term ‘app store’ Microsoft has revealed there are now more than 6,000 mobile applications available from the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.
Having celebrated the 5,000 app milestone just two weeks ago, Window’s Phone 7 adopters now have in excess of 6,000 apps available for download with an average of 116 apps being added to Microsoft’s marketplace every day.
With an average price of $2.34 (£1.50) per app, 71 per cent of the available applications are of the paid-for variety with Games the most developed category accounting for 23 per cent of all Phone 7 content. Tools are the second most numerous responsible for 14 per cent of available releases followed by Entertainment applications which make up 11 per cent of the offering. Currently almost 3,000 developers have produced downloadable content for the recently launch Microsoft mobile OS.
Microsoft yesterday filed legal action against Apple for a patent the fruity tech company holds restricting competitors from using the term ‘app store’ for their respective mobile application sales avenues. The filing read: "Apple cannot block competitors from using a generic name. 'App store' is generic and therefore in the public domain and free for all competitors to use."