Distimo has in their latest report, for January 2011, decided to focus on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and the Google Market, the two application stores with the highest growth rate.
Marketplace in facts takes the growth rate crown, at 30%, followed by the Android Market, at 18%. The most interesting aspect of the graph however is that the iPhone app store only grew 1% month on month, indicating a plateau of interest, likely due to developers broadening their efforts to other platforms, and indicating it may actually be possible for other application stores to eventually catch up with the massive size of Appleâ€™s store.
The next graph however shows that everyone else still has a long way to go to reach the market leaders, Android and iPhone, but Windows phone 7, again due to its high growth rate, is doing a good job of going up the ranks, having already passed the WebOS App Catalog, and on the way to pass the Blackberry App World likely in the next 4-6 months.
Much of the growth from in the Windows phone 7 marketplace will likely be from developers porting their apps from other platforms, and the above graph shows Windows phone 7 has already managed to capture the interest of more than a quarter of the top 200 cross platform developers.
The table above however shows that these developers have so far only sampled the market with a few of their apps, with for example GameLoft having 144 apps in the iPhone App Store, while having only 5 in Marketplace.
The overall picture is however pretty positive, with good growth and also much potential for even moreÂ as the addressable market expands.
See the full report at Distimo here.