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The WP7 marketplace ramp-up compared to the iPhone app store (red line).  (Source:
Nokia and Microsoft have had discussions about possible WP7-based Nokia device

In his weekly op-ed, mobile godhead Eldar Murtazin announced that Nokia has been in talks with Microsoft to possibly develop a device based on the Windows Phone 7 operating system.

"This two way dialogue was initiated by new Nokia management," Murtazin writes. "It's a desperate measure for both companies. This is their only solution to stop an all conquering Android."

Nokia's tribulations have been well-documented here on DT [1] [2] [3]. And while Nokia has not commented on the alleged discussions with Microsoft, it seems particularly plausible considering Nokia's new CEO is a former Microsoft exec.

A Windows Phone-based device must sound even more enticing to Nokia, amid reports that the Windows Phone marketplace is ramping up faster than Android did after first launching, and is holding its own against even the Apple store.

"The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace reaching 4,000 apps two months after launch has to be one of the most rapid ramp-ups in recent times, reaching this milestone faster than Android, which took from October 2008 to March 2009 to reach about the same level," Al Hilwa, an analyst with research firm IDC, wrote in a research note.

"We can say that for a company that just a few months ago was an also-ran in mobile, having 10 smartphones released in 30 countries is not a trivial achievement," Hilwa wrote. "I would not be surprised if Microsoft had the third largest app portfolio in the industry by the middle of next year."

With so many reviews and news reports writing off Windows Phone because of a lack of apps, the analysis is encouraging for Microsoft. And even if sales U.S. sales figures can't match that of the iPhone, international reports say WP7 is selling well in Europe and Asia, according to EWeek. But Microsoft is also in a position that allows itself to lose money on a product initially, if adoption is slow. 

"No one expected WP7 to take the market by a storm, but the role of the first release was to [put] Microsoft in the game. To be clear this is a long term battle that will be pivotal for Microsoft’s long-term relevance," Hilwa wrote.

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RE: App store ramp up, not surprising
By Strunf on 12/22/2010 8:10:08 AM , Rating: 3
My car GPS has done that for ages... I really don't see the innovation on porting that to a smartphone, I think that's pretty normal... the same can be said to 90% of the smartphone apps, most are nothing less than a smartphone version of a PC app.

RE: App store ramp up, not surprising
By theapparition on 12/22/2010 10:08:25 AM , Rating: 2
Your car GPS may post the speed limits on a road but does not show you where cops are sitting in the median waiting to ticket you.

There are apps that let you see where real speed traps are and even when active. Your old (or even brand new) GPS can't do that.

RE: App store ramp up, not surprising
By Strunf on 12/22/2010 10:40:34 PM , Rating: 2
My old GPS tells me not only the speed limits but also where all the speed cameras are... my new one does all that and tells me when there are works on the road or even traffic jams... car GPS have been improving too, they have to or no one will buy a new one.

By The Raven on 12/23/2010 10:02:54 AM , Rating: 2
The one I heard about is community powered and tells you where the cops post up and wait with their li-dar.

And my point wasn't that it is some big innovation. My point was that it wasn't the first thing that someone thought of when thinking of an app to create. People were making games, cats that repeat stuff in a high voice, and fart raters, and baby shakers earlier on.

But now that we have a healthy history of what people want to do on their phones, the ideas for apps on a new platform are getting increasingly less innovative, which takes less effort. And I'm not saying that innovation will die off. I'm just saying that there was a boom at the beginning because running around with a phone that can do all these things was a new concept.

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