The last time we heard from Windows Phone Store leader Todd Brix, he was bragging about the mind-boggling numbers of new developers who jumped on the Windows Phone bandwagon following BUILD 2012 and the 92% discount on its entry price.
Yesterday, Brix decided to let loose another interesting statistic through his Twitter account, this time revealing Store downloads and developer revenue have more than doubled since Windows Phone 8 handsets went on sale in early November:
If you build it, they will come. 100%+ increase in WP developer revenue & app downloads since WP8 launch in Nov. #wpdev, #windowsPhone
— Todd Brix (@toddbrix) December 1, 2012
Obviously, Brix is being a little more vague than we would like since we do not know the initial numbers which have since been doubled. In addition, one could argue the amount of downloads before November were lower due to the lull in new app releases/updates ahead of the Windows Phone 8 launch.
Nonetheless, it's a noteworthy accomplishment and shows that there is at least some excitement from Windows Phone's passionate user base that is driving downloads and purchases higher than ever before. It also bodes well for the promise of more Windows Phone market share growth, since new device owners could be the driving factor of higher app purchases.
Hopefully in the next few weeks, we will receive some concrete numbers on Windows Phone's position in the market once the dust has settled.
Source: @toddbrix (Twitter)