The official AndroidDev Twitter account just noted today that the Android Market has passed the 100,000 app mark. Just like that, the important six-digit psychological barrier was broken. The tweet might not be the most auspicious announcement, but it is an official word on the total number of apps.
Android's app ecosystem has been growing by leaps and bounds in the last year. In November of 2009, the Motorola Droid came out, offering users their choice of 20,000 apps. Now the Market has grown by five times. That's nothing if not remarkable.
Apple is still in the lead when it comes to raw number of apps. The iOS App Store has nearly 300,000 apps within its virtual walls. It's nice to have a large number of apps, but it's which apps you need that are important. Are there apps missing from one platform that you really must have?
We've heard rumors, but now it's for real. Windows Phone 7 will be launching on October 11 with a big event in New York. Of note here, is that T-Mobile, not AT&T will be front and center at the launch. We've previously heard that AT&T would be a big name in Windows Phone 7 devices, but T-Mobile's participation seems to indicate they will have some top tier phones as well.
Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft's attempt to get back into the mobile game after years of faltering with Windows Mobile. WinPho7 will use the new Metro UI emphasizing its live home screen tiles. Microsoft is also aggressively pursuing developers to fill out the app catalog. The new OS may be missing some features of its competitors at launch, many are impressed with what's there in the beta builds.
The launch event will be happening at 3:30PM EST on the 11th, and will consist of showing off some new Windows Phone 7 devices. Excited?