When Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace first launched alongside the Windows Phone 7 platform back in October last year, it only had a total of 1,000 apps. However, as from the beginning of this month, that number had increased to more than 25,000 applications. In fact, according to data on WindowsPhoneAppList.com, the application store now offers a total of 25,079 apps.
What’s even better is the fact that the majority of the apps (51 percent) won’t cost you a penny. According to a recent pcmag.com article by Leslie Horn, the WP7AppList.com breakdown reveals that the single largest app category is games, comprising 18% of the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. This brings us to an interesting question: What are the most popular Windows Phone 7 applications?
This is where a recent pcworld.com article by Julie Bort comes in, as it provides a list of 10 of the best and most popular apps available to Windows Phone 7 users. First on the list is Meon Lite, a touch screen puzzle game that tasks players with solving tons of levels to free the Meons. Another application that is definitely worth downloading is the Shazam music discovery app.
Have you ever been somewhere and a song has started playing that you like the sound of, but you don’t know what it’s called or who sings it? With the Shazam app, you simply hold your phone up to the song to identify it. The application not only identifies the song for you, it will also allow you to buy the track, get the lyrics, find related videos on YouTube and share it with your friends.
Meanwhile, SPB Mobile Shell is the ideal application for those that want to change from the standard WP7 interface. The app provides users with a highly customizable user interface for their Windows Phone 7 handset. Although the demo version is free, the full version of SPB Mobile Shell will set you back $29.99.
If you’re looking for a barcode reader app, then you may want to try out Mobiletag Barcodes Reader. The app will read any standard barcode including QR codes and flashcode. Like most apps of this type, Mobiletag Barcodes Reader will enable you to scan and compare prices on products such as books, video games and DVDs. While we are on the subject of shopping, the Shopping Lists Manager app is another popular application. Not only can users create lists with this free app, they also have the ability to edit and organize them.
Other popular WP7 apps listed include WMWifiRouter, which turns your WP7 smartphone into a hotspot, Netflix, which allows Netflix members to watch movies and TV shows on their mobiles, the Guitar Hero 5 game and Google Maps. You can read more about the aforementioned apps over on the pcworld.com website. Which WP7 apps are your favorites?