Official webOS App Count: 5,000; unofficially over 6k
Our pal @webOStoaster tweeted out the news: the Official App Catalog for webOS in the US now shows 5,000 available apps (on Sprint devices, anyway, our Verizon Pre showd 4,999). That's the official count, if you include web apps, beta apps, international apps, and homebrew apps the count crosses 6,000. If you're wondering, it was the DailyMotion video viewing app that put us over the top.
Before we get too pleased with the platform, we should note that it's taken nearly three months to move the official count from 4,000 to 5,000 and it looks like it won't be long before upstart Windows Phone passes webOS in the app count race.
Still, 5,000 is a nice, round number for Christmas. Hopefully it's a number that will seem like a small baby step in 2011. And yes, the common talking point that it's quality, not quantity, that counts in apps still applies (try to find a quality Google Reader App on Android, we dare you).
Congrats to all the webOS developers out there who are keeping webOS interesting and fun while we wait for Palm and HP to make good on all those "coming months" promises. To celebrate, please leave a comment with your favorite webOS app for everybody that received a new webOS phone for Christmas.