Less Than 50 apps Use Native Code in the Marketplace

Most apps developed for Windows Phone use the Silverlight API, but it’s possible use the native Windows Phone code if you can get special permission from Microsoft. The benefit of using native code is it makes it easier to port app over from other platforms, but it also gives your app access to more system level things.

Tango Video Calling is one app that uses native code, but there aren’t many others.¬†Tezawaly from Nanapho.jp painstakingly examined the manifests of all the apps in the Marketplace. He found that only 48 apps (out of over 60,000) ¬†use native Windows Phone code. It’s rumored that in Windows Phone 8 everyone will have access to at least some native code, so hopefully these numbers go up.

[via WMPU]

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