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February 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM
Windows Phone: More apps, new phones
There are now more than 130,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store, according to Microsoft, which offered the update via a blog post from Mobile World Congress taking place this week in Barcelona, Spain.
Because Microsoft launched Windows Phone after the iOS and Android platforms had already launched, it had to play catch-up in the apps department. When Windows Phone 8 — the latest iteration of the Windows Phone platform — launched last November, there were about 120,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store. Both Apple’s App Store and Google Play (for Android) had many times that number.
The number of developer registrations has also gone up by more than 40,000 since the launch of Windows Phone 8.
Also at Mobile World Congress, Nokia introduced two new Lumia Windows Phones: the mid-range-priced Lumia 720 and the lower-priced Lumia 520. The 520 is expected to be carried by T-Mobile in the U.S., but it appears the 720 is not expected to be launched in the U.S.