Windows Phone 7 is slowly but steadily adding apps and games to its online application store, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.
According to WP7 Applist, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace sports 4159 apps. Of those, 29% are free while the rest are paid apps with an average price of $1.41. 22% of the total apps are games.
The Canadian app shop Polar Mobile, in its turn, just announced the availability of the first batch of 50 it made for WP7, which should turn into 500 by the end of 2011, as promised. Polar Mobile’s customers include popular news, sports, entertainment and lifestyle media, so among the first 50 applications now available in the Marketplace by the developer are Pro Football Weekly, CTV News and Kompas. The company said it is strongly committed to bring its customers’ apps to Windows Phone 7, like it did with the other mobile platforms.
One of the weak points of Windows Phone 7 was the lack of a dedicated YouTube app, or, to be more precise, there was one, but it just took you to the mobile version of the YouTube site. HTC, which said it will try to modify the WP7 interface, if the company feels change is needed, recently updated its HTC Hub with live weather tile, and is now introducing its own dedicated application for playing YouTube videos.
While the growth is quite decent, the numbers are still nothing compared to the Android Market or the iPhone App Store. The WP7 Marketplace should overtake the Palm Appstore in Q1 2011, going by current trends.