While Palm is hard at work on webOS 2.0, due to release later this year, their new platform reached another milestone today. According to the folks at PreCentral, webOS now has 5,000 applications available to its users, and if you include themes in that number, it jumps all the way up to 7,000. Palm's official App Catalog makes up the majority of the total, with over 4,000 apps. The remaining apps come from a variety of locations, including Palm's Web and Beta feeds, homebrew apps, and patches.
While webOS is nowhere near its competitors in terms of sheer number of apps, I'd say that the platform is doing pretty well considering the limited number of devices that it runs on. Currently, there is a Pre and Pixi on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T, although the Plus models on the latter two carriers never really seemed to get as much marketing or adoption as the original Pre on Sprint. With webOS 2.0 and the upcoming Pre 2, I've got a feeling that 5,000 will soon seem miniscule compared to the number of apps that will be available later this year and into next year.