- 02-20-2013, 02:51 PM #76
I wish I could answer that but I'm starting to see a lot of similarities to Android happening here: One OEM squeezing out others, OS updates coming months apart depending on manufacturer and carrier. Me no likey fragmentation. I don't think anyone wants Android to just turn into Samsung, nor WP8 to be Nokia 8. The way I see it, Android OEM's all fight each other not just on the hardware, but by using their own UI skins to differentiate themselves from the competition. That was the worst thing Android being open source has allowed. Since WP8 is too locked down for that to happen, it looks like Nokia dug around until they came up with this idea of OEM apps instead. Do you want all of the OEM's now trending towards installing more and more bloatware to be 'different than the other guy'? I sure don't.
That's a very good example of how this trend could easily end badly. How much of a fan and cheerleader are you going to be when Nokia screws up a couple of times - and don't kid yourself, they ALL do eventually - and installs buggy troublesome bloatware that pisses you all off? And it takes them 4 months to iron it out and get it through all the carriers in a patch? So will it still be such a great idea? You're being short sighted.
- 02-20-2013, 02:53 PM #77
If you're so clever, tell me how you're going to enjoy the scenario I pointed out above. Good luck with that, I'm on coffee break cya in a bit
- 02-20-2013, 03:03 PM #78
Is it a fully built app? Not exactly but it can be construed that way. In fact, Motorola patented "Smart Actions" or whatever that, for a period of time, nobody else had access to it (I believe).
Samsung had "S-Voice" which was similar to Siri. Fortunately, Android released Google Now soon after S-Voice and it overrode Samsung's exclusivity on that particular functionality.
HTC had dibs on integrated screen weather that technically couldn't be replicated on the other devices. They also had Beats hardware (and have it on Windows devices as well) although that's more of a hardware exclusive.
My point is that when you offer multiple manufacturers developing on one platform they're going try their hardest to differentiate their products over other ones. Nokia is desperate, which is why their offering is far more robust than HTC's. Do you think HTC or Samsung would just sit idly while Nokia did their thing if it weren't for Android? If Samsung and HTC were in Nokia's position, I guarantee that they would do the same thing. However, they have Android revenue that probably makes up at least 80% of their revenue stream each year. They have no financial incentive to try and match Nokia's offering.
HTC has one exclusive app on the market (maybe a few more?). That's not Nokia's fault. They are simply CHOOSING not to release exclusive apps because they do not see the ROI yet. Nokia sees the ROI because they only have one OS to work with.
- 02-20-2013, 03:11 PM #79
Yeah I would be annoyed if Nokia screwed up on a couple of apps. Has it happened so far? No. I imagine that any non-independent developer app is going to be pretty robust.
I think apps are a great way for manufacturers to compete. It doesn't ruin the OS or even come close to "fragmenting" it. The only reason fragmentation exists on Android is because of Manufacturer/Carrier refusal to update. I don't know if it's because they're trying to push customers to buy the latest and greatest or if carriers don't want to bother with testing new OS updates on a bunch of different, older Android devices. I'm leaning towards the latter.
Regardless, developing apps for various manufacturers won't lead to fragmentation.
As for your "scenario"...how does scenario change if it weren't a Nokia exclusive and was open to HTC and Samsung as well? They still have to go through the testing and working out the kinks. Except in this scenario, Nokia users get to have the apps first.
- 02-20-2013, 03:23 PM #80
I had a Titan II and the Nokia Exclusives were happening back on WP 7.5 too. It was very dissappointing that HTC was doing nothing for the OS. They would not even update their own apps. For example, the Connection Setup App was never updated for the Titan II. After calls and emails it was apparent that HTC didn't care. There were threads about this back then. I never got one SW update for my phone. I vowed then to never purchase a HTC product again if I could help it. I learned my lesson. Nokia showed they cared and were devoted. Now I own a 920.
- 02-20-2013, 03:30 PM #81
When I had my Titan II, I was upset. What I felt that Nokia should do, and should still do, is charge more for the apps on non Nokia devices until the exclusive period runs out. For example, if a game is $2.99 for a Nokia Phone, make it $4.99 for a non Nokia until the exlcusive period is over. As an HTC owner at the time, I would have been fine with that. Nokia is putting money into getting these apps out there, they should benefit in some way. I just don't agree that keeping them from other WP8 or WP7X devices is the right way to do it. Heck, they could make some additional cash this way.
- 02-20-2013, 03:36 PM #82
- 02-20-2013, 04:21 PM #83
The way you got to view it is that you wouldn't be getting these things even if Nokia didn't exist. I'd vent your frustration to MS and Nokia seems to be attempting to fill the void with regular improvements, updates, and game releases.
02-20-2013, 05:14 PM #86
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I'm not sure that exclusivity is helping Nokia... more generating resentment as the OP implies.
Users who don't have a WP do not find out in the store that Nokia have exclusives until they get home, at which point they're kind of annoyed.
It is good that Nokia are assisting vendors in getting games on the platform - not sure how much financially this is and how much is a promotional incentive, but I think it is in their best interest to release them for all phones so the platform as a whole grows... they are already have the lead phones and their own apps promote their platform well.
We need WP to grow more than just Nokia. Nokia will grow out of that. Nokia alone won't make it succeed as a platform.
- 02-20-2013, 06:11 PM #87
HTC and Samsung users have already received a HUGE gift from Nokia - Nokia Drive+, at no additional cost; yet, I really don't see, nor am I hearing much gratitude for receiving this gift. Without it, those services would have to be paid for (regardless of the amount) by HTC/Samsung users.
Really, the gripe should be towards other oems, and Microsoft. Leave Nokia alone!
- 02-20-2013, 06:18 PM #88
1. Dude. It IS fragmentation. Portico arrived months apart with different devices and different carriers all getting different update releases. That's not speculation. It happened. I have no idea how you are under the impression it didn't, but you obviously missed it
2. Your post, referring to your trust that all will be gold and nobody will ever release buggy apps and all their apps will be good and useful...man. Seriously? Either you're one incredibly easy going guy or you have no idea how quickly and easily every tech company around F's things up. It not only could happen, it does happen, all the time. Where have you been?
1. Go pick up an 8x or Ativ (because of BS exclusivity arrangements. Hassle #1)
2. Play with it for a while, see the lack of apps, find out about some lack of functions available on the big 2 find out about the bugs/defects etc etc but being forgiving say "ok no biggie, I knew this was new so I'll give it a chance."
3. Discover that Nokia has perk after perk, and get pissed off. Inevitably I know not only what MY reaction is going to be, but likely a lot of others:
4. F this. Return the device, go grab either an iPhone like every other average non-techie user usually does (hi marketshare, I'm waving to you), or if I am a tech-head, scoop up one of the mega-spec Androids that just came out and nerdgasm.
5. Snicker dismissively at the clever boy a few posts above who never managed to rebuttal my question next time I'm at the coffee shop about his 100k copycat apps and rapidly increasing irrelevancy. Maybe take a picture of his plight on Instagram. The two guys in those Rogers Mobility commercials over the last year comes to mind. (sorry, I couldn't resist the dig. He does deserve it though ).
If you think that's not how it's going to pan out then suggest you revisit this thread in Q4 if they don't get their act together and do something about it. You know what the difference is between WP8 fragmented carrier updates and Android ones? You can get around carriers on Android by installing the most recent version yourself.
For the record, I'm not really upset with Nokia. I'm annoyed not only by MS for this state of affairs getting to be an issue (hello get a solid turn by turn nav app standalone it's 2013). But I'm pretty disgusted with some of the responses here. The best analogy I can think of is that It's like a certain few Nokia owners in this thread would get off on watching the entire house burn down just to spite their roommates if the smug and taunting remarks are any indication. Unbelievable. I've never seen that kind of behaviour on any platform. I don't know where you're getting this elitist attitude from boys, but I think you're in need of a delusion-stopping wakeup call regarding your placement in marketshare...
- 02-20-2013, 06:27 PM #89
I so seriously don't get the animosity towards Nokia over these apps. You get them in three months if you have a different manufacturer's phone. It's not like you don't ever get them. You folks can hem and haw about it all you want...but most of these would not be coming to your phones at all if not for Nokia throwing dollars and programmers at these developers. Eventually, WP will get enough users that they won't be pulling in many exclusives, if any, in the future, save their own in-house apps.
Why some of you don't understand this concept is beyond me.
02-20-2013, 06:32 PM #90
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My personal experience with Nokia exclusivity comes from things other than games; Nokia Transit, City Lens, etc. They're not blockbuster apps like Netflix or Facebook, but still apps of quality over and above most of the other independant-developer apps.These are programs that largely turned me onto Windows; I was expecting these apps to be available on all WP devices (though admittedly, calling a program Nokia "X" should have raised some flags). The difference between this and the aforementioned Andriod skins is that the skins do so little to differentiate the experience (and every manufacturuer has their own spin on it anyway) that they are near indistinguishable. (I was unaware of the gaming (non-)disparity, but thank you for bringing that up.)
I am NOT out to demonize Nokia. To their credit, they are doing more to enhance the WP app store significantly more than any other manufacturer, MS included. In my opinion, it would help the overall WP ecosystem to make their apps free (or at least discounted) to Lumia users, and charge a (small but fair) premium to other WP users (as an example). At least this way, non-Lumia users are aware of these services, rather than the "WP doesn't do that" or "I didn't know this was available until after I bought something else".
- 02-20-2013, 06:59 PM #91
My Lumia has frozen on me a few times but no where near as much my Nexus phones. It's a rare occasion, mainly when i have alot of apps running. Nokia are paying for these exclusive apps. They aren't exclusives for long, Samsung and HTC need to do the same. Nokia is a business that wants to make money. If by doing this exclusivity it helps them sell phones then they don't care who it offends. I totally agree it would be better to help battle Android and iOS but Nokia don't care about other OEM sales of WP8 as long as there products are bringing in the money.
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- 02-20-2013, 07:14 PM #92
HTC and Samsung have apps that they've created and developed as well - the HTC Weather App (I don't know the formal name for it), for example. Obviously, creating unique apps is not beyond the scope for HTC or Samsung given that they have their own app hubs on their devices. Why they don't create more, is beyond me; still, it puzzles me why Nokia gets 'the bad rap' for innovating and taking initiative for creating apps and services for Nokia customer (and not competitors customers).
At the end of the day, Nokia should not be expected to give their apps to HTC/Samsung users - at cost or free; just as it is not expected that HTC or Samsung give their apps to other oems.
- 02-20-2013, 07:16 PM #93
- 02-20-2013, 07:22 PM #94
2. As for Nokia's exclusive apps, you seemed to miss my point...again. You were essentially stating that Nokia would develop sub par apps and everyone would freak. My point was that if that's the case, EVERYONE does that. Is there any evidence that Nokia does it more? Should it stop anybody from ever developing apps ever? You act as if it's exclusive for companies to mess up on apps. Newsflash, everyone does and all companies do.
02-20-2013, 10:07 PM #98
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People complaining about App exclusivity don't know the first thing about running a business. These are the same folks crying about Carrier exclusivity, and how much it is hurting the platform. All in all, these complaints are from a small group of malcontents basically jealous of the phones/apps they don't have. The fact of the matter is, the biggest ding on WP8 is the lack of apps. Nokia has stepped up to do even more than Microsoft regarding this issue and if they want to leverage that into short term exclusivity then that is a SMART business move. If it hadn't been for Nokia's efforts in the app space, (not to mention the hardware space) we may already have a dead platform. They aren't hurting the platform, they are helping it, while other OEMs have simply put windows phones in android bodies, while devoting very little time, money, or efforts into improving the biggest downfall of the platform.
02-21-2013, 05:16 AM #99
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Looking back at HTC One's launch how hard is to understand that HTC got their hands full right after the launch of 8XS? You can blame HTC for sloppy resource distribution strategy, but blaming Nokia really makes no sense at all.
- 02-21-2013, 06:02 AM #100
Just to put some additional perspective on this, Nokia is the reason I became drawn to Windows Phone in the first place. I had a couple of Nokia phones when I was with Aerial (pre-T-Mobile buyout) and those phones were built like tanks and were great. Better than the two Moto phones I had when I switched to Alltel, and on par with the BB 8330 I had just before the merger with Verizon. Too me the WP7 interface was too boring and I didn't care for the gap to the right on the start screen (yes...I know its purpose). But the Lumia 900 was enough to turn my head and get me interested. Being on webOS since early 2010 has made it kind of hard to want to go to Android or iOS. The new flexibility in WP8 changed that, but my interest still would have been "meh?" without Nokia.
To put it bluntly, as others have noted, this platform would probably be dead if Nokia hadn't jumped on board when they did. Nokia made a lot of converts with their designs. I like the HTC 8X, but I don't like the narrow aspect screen, nor the very muted colors on the display (at least the ones I have seen - may be some adjustment makes it better). The 920 hooked me fully, but even the 822 will be able to get my business when my upgrade comes in in a few more weeks. Being able to get developers to develop apps that likely would not have come to this platform has been a huge added bonus. Nokia is working hard to make this platform succeed. Will they become the Samsung of Windows Phone? Probably. But there are still others making phones for Android, so competition is still there. I don't see HTC leaving WP anytime soon, so be happy that you will get these exclusive apps in 3 months instead of a year or two, or never.
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