View Poll Results: Does the lack of support from third parties bother you?
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Nah. I could care less. I like WP8 just fine as is.
A little.Companies dropping/refusing support for the platform disheartens me.
Sometimes I feel like I'm pulling for the wrong team and I have strongly considered jumping ship.
01-09-2013, 12:24 PM #52
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I've got an 920 (my first smart phone) in the mail. And one of the reasons was that it seems that windows phone has finally matured and can be a true competitor to iOS and Android. I've been a windows user for a very long time and the integration with win8 seems like a smart move. Nokia drive was another part of the software that moved me towards nokia and wp8. And the fact that google is deliberately blocking software on wp, shows that they see it as a true competitor. Since it's my first smart phone I don't have a some critical app's I need.
- 01-09-2013, 12:25 PM #53
It's great to see all of the input and voting. It's clear that all of you are as passionate about this subject as I am.
I went through this with WebOS back in the day, but we had Homebrew and WebOS was much more open, so devs could get creative. It really saddens me to see a refreshing OS with so much potential get so little attention.
I like the simplicity of iOS (things just work), but it bores me. I like the power of Android, but the complexity is actually sort of a disadvantage sometimes and the fragmentation and app incompatibility is annoying. Windows Phone seemed to be the best compromise between both and I love a lot of the features, along with the UI and the look of most apps.
- 01-09-2013, 12:39 PM #54
I'm starting to feel it myself. I've been rooting preaching and rooting for Windows Phone for a while now (since I got an Arrive) and now I'm tired. Yes, this OS is young, but I just don't see it gaining traction. It does seem like everywhere you turn, developers are saying "We are looking to expand our app to aas many ecosystems as possible" without directly saying "....oh yea....that excludes Windows Phone". I've tried to hold out hope. For me, the hardware is there (I guess I can live with the S4 chip). They said they have developer interest (Gameloft, for example, is huge for me). They said they have all these things planned and in order. Now it's a matter of time to see if they can deliver.
For me, I'm giving them a year. By then, Blackberry 10 will also have had time to deliver. If Windows Phone doesn't pick up this year, I'm out. I'm tired of broken promises and Microsoft, with all their resources, not delivering. You know why they don't have developer support? Because they add a few things to the SDK and the OS to "make it more open", then say "OK...we've added a few things. Now get out there and start developing for a platform with ZERO marketshare!" They aren't adding ANY incentives (that we know of), and if they are, it obviously isn't enough. From what I see, it looks like they're just waiting for the platform to pick up JUST BECAUSE they've added a few things (big things, like native code support) that were missing before, and that's not going to get this platform moving...
I LOVE this OS. It is smooth, easy to use, quick, and has HARDWARE STANDARDS while offering varying form factors (the #1 reason I refuse to go to Android unless it is a GSM Nexus, and the Nexus 4 sucks...). I don't like Apple, hate that they're satisfied with their marketshare and won't implement new hardware features (no NFC....really....?), and refuse to support that company. However, I do have needs as a customers, and if this OS doesn't deliver, I will have to swallow my pride and go with SOMETHING that works and has support.
Microsoft knows they don't have any loyal followers outside the people of this board, and they need to work to change that. Stupid small steps backwards like Xbox Music, taking voice navigation out of ALL WP8 devices that don't have Nokia (when they already had the issue of no turn-by-turn on Windows Phone 7.X), or taking Windows Phone exclusives to other platforms doesn't send good vibes to that small following either, let alone people watching from the outside of this ecosystem....
- 01-09-2013, 12:42 PM #55
- 01-09-2013, 01:04 PM #60
The entire premise of this thread (that "almost every day" we see an article on this forum about a third party dev leaving WP) is WRONG. Where do you go from there, when you're starting with a lie, how does an intelligent conversation evolve from that.
- 01-09-2013, 01:07 PM #61
- 01-09-2013, 01:13 PM #62
The complainers and whiners can have this forum. I'll check back in a few months to see if the real enthusiasts have taken over again.
- 01-09-2013, 01:27 PM #63
no offense intended but it sounds like you are the one doing the whining and complaining. Nothing is perfect. There is real reason for concern about the long term viability of the platform. I'm pulling for WP8. After using Android and iOS for the last 5 years I really am wanting to try something new. I had never really considered WP8 until I upgraded to Windows 8 on my pc. After that I purchased a Surface and while I love it there are some holes in the user experience due to the lack of certain apps. For the most part though it meets my needs and for what needs it doesn't meet I also have a Nexus 7 and iPad. Even with the cons that it has it is by far my favorite device I have at the moment. The experience of the Surface has the potential to be a springboard for me to go all in with the Microsoft ecosystem, however, I am a little more demanding on my mobile device than I am on a tablet. I use my smartphone for just about everything. Mobile banking (none of the 3 banks I bank with have an app for WP8 yet), fantasy football/baseball, photo syncing through dropbox (skydrive can handle this), light gaming, logging my workout activity (runkeeper and nike are absent but I can use Endomondo), Pandora/Spotify, etc. A thread like this is useful for people like myself who want to make sure all of the bases are covered or at least know what we will have to live without should we go forward with a purchase. While forums are enthusiast sites they are also a place for discussion be it positive or negative. I see nothing in the OP bashing the platform or device but a concern from somebody who likes the platform as to whether or not app developers will ever come on board. You sound like someone who is insecure in their choice and can't stand to see a little constructive criticism. I'm *this close* to making the plunge so it is good for me as well as someone who might be in my situation to see these type threads.
- 01-09-2013, 01:34 PM #64
01-09-2013, 01:38 PM #66
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I have developed apps for WP7 and have one awaiting certification for Windows 8, I have to say that I do not agree that those two things that you brought up are what's stopping devs from developing apps for WP, heck, what's stopping BBC from making a god damn news reader? alot of these devs are doing this out of spite imo, at least for WP8 you can program in native code so I don't understand why some of these people are out right saying they won't do it, even with market share argument it's stupid especially when you see them developing apps for Windows 8, the coding is 95% the same, just need to change the interface around a bit and it will work like a charm
take a look at Google, they are not developing for MS because of market share reason? fine, but MS built an app for them, and I'm pretty sure they are willing to give that app for Google for free if they would just allow WP to access YouTube, but noooo... there is not a single damn good reason they can come up with that I would agree with at this moment for this kind of behavior and you people are blaming Microsoft for not trying? sheeze...
--end of first rant...--
the original reason with no file management on WP was for security reasons (at least that's what i read last year), with the addition of SD card mass storage device option, I think they are starting to figure out how to do this safely, here comes a different issue, they want to prevent apps from doing dumb things with an user's files so apps sandboxed (not the only reason, but whatever you get the point), for these apps to access files on Windows 8 we had to ask for permission, and if we try to ask for permission for Document Library there is even more restrictions such as the need to have a company account and explanation why we need access (reason why i couldn't do that in my app for Windows 8... =.=) with that happening I'm starting to think Microsoft is using Windows 8 to test out how the apps can interact with folders and eventually implement what they think will work on a phone
no guarantees, lots of speculation on this latter part, but having been early adopter for several things, i see a lot more reasons to keep supporting this system than not, heck have you seen pre-mango WP? and the amount of improvement with mango just within a year? and now with Apollo the improvement is astounding imo, there are still plenty of things that needs to improve, but Microsoft is on the right path and making alot more improvements then the other guys in a years worth of time (by that i mean by each major update... not sure how else to put it)
heck, remember how long it took for them to bother making anything for android? and the high horsed users even said android would pollute instagram with bad pictures (granted that's not instagram's fault) makes me feel like that social network is filled d***s...
01-09-2013, 02:07 PM #69
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i brought up SD card as a basis for the argument that it seems like a good indication of what Microsoft is intending on doing in the future as far as file management goes, sorry guess my wording needs to be better
[EDIT] forgot to say, i know why wp can't do scheduled download yet, i hope they have something up their sleeves (reason was to prevent battery drain and unknown data usage i believe, but since there is Data Sense now they might change their stance)
- 01-09-2013, 02:16 PM #71
It just seems to me they are erring on the side of data protection (no scheduled downloads) but at the same time everything is cloud! (can't email full res picture). It is both contradictory and annoying that I can't make a few simple choices.
01-09-2013, 02:25 PM #72
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There's unarguably more .NET developers "at heart" out there than iOS developers, or even Android. Why? Because MS dominates the PC market worldwide. And developing for WP8 is almost just like developing another .NET application, though there might be little changes. I'm pretty sure when India gets WP8 hardware (they already have the L920), knowing they are predominantly MS people there, will start coding apps like they're on trigger happy mode. So we'll just have to wait. These companies that said they won't develop apps for anything Windows 8 will eat their humble pie in the future.
- 01-09-2013, 03:43 PM #74
- 01-09-2013, 04:47 PM #75
I appreciate the viewpoints and opinions of this thread and of the forum in general. When it comes to my own humble two cents I just think everyone needs to take a deep breath, or maybe knock down a shot or two. WP8 is a VERY SOLID platform. Period. It is and continues to get a little better every day. I love it BECAUSE it is so different from Android & iOS. I have a Droid DNA & it rocks. It just does so much & does it very well. It has a very mature platform & plenty of great apps but guess what? It doesn't keep my sweaty little mitts from my Lumia 920! We all complain and gripe about many things in like however sometimes we lose sight of the little things that mean so much to our user experiences. WP8 is visually appealing and functional in ways that Jelly Bean & iOS just can't touch. Its still very raw in some ways and as such it will continue to grow and improve. The only thing I fear is that Microsoft may in some way fumble the ball. They have ENORMOUS resources. They need to use them. There should be FULL integration with Xbox. Period. As far as developers and third party apps in general Microsoft should front BOATLOADS of cash, trips, any kind of sweet incentives that they can to get those folks on board. When you're somewhat late to the game especially app-wise and want any chance of establishing & expanding your selection & footprint then you MUST emulate what iOS & Android have been doing and flat out making devs offers they can't possibly refuse. Overall WP8 is a winner. Nokia had crafted some pretty awesome hardware to support it. It will grow and maybe even flourish. As long as Microsoft takes care if its baby and fives it every tool it needs to compete.
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