- 06-25-2013, 03:35 PM #1
Just sharing my thoughts here.
Can't really understand why app developers can't spend few more time to add another screen resolution to their app... I know that Nokia is the major WP OEM but ... Can't be that hard to add a second resolution to the app, its really annoying to see these black bars on top or bottom of my screen, besides it makes me feel the app is a ummm don't know how to describe it but feels old.
Android apps can work on any resolution, so why not WP ? Doesn't seems to be that hard, and I think Ms should be responsible for this by making the developers publish the app with both "Nokia and a non- Nokia" sizes.
I got an HTC 8x phone which I love, and one of the things I love about is the screen, its just gorgeous, too bad to me that I can't use it fully sometimes.
I know this might be a minor problem for some of you. But after some time it started to be annoying.
- 06-25-2013, 05:47 PM #5
It's a WP7/8 issue... If an app supports 720p, it can't support WP7.... Although a dev can have two versions of the same app, 1 for WP7 and one for WP8 (same in that you buy it on WP7, then upgrade to WP8, the marketplace knows you have purchased the app already and gives you access to the appropriate version.) I'm working on making my Beer Knurd app have a separate version for WP7 and 8 so I can support full WVGA, WXGA and 720p... my issue is time and trying to get a few kinks out before splitting the code, that way it is less work to get them both updated in the direction I'm planning to move the app... I have yet to get a complaint about the black bars, granted I have a user base of about 80 - not sure if any of them have a 720p display?
Having said that, I hope to have the app updated and split in the next week or two.
- 06-25-2013, 06:27 PM #6
- 06-26-2013, 06:12 AM #8
- 06-26-2013, 10:21 AM #10
I know you were hoping for a simple "no, it isn't hard," but it's not as simple a question as you'd think at first glance.
- 06-26-2013, 11:12 AM #13
IDK, smaller devs have less resources, but they sometimes are more connected with customers. Maybe that's their motivation over the big name companies?
I have to admit, I'm the smallest a dev can get... 1 guy who has a day job that doesn't include programming. I have to balance coding with family and work, so I typically focus on what I use, which happens to be WP8. My laziness goes to the other extreme though... Here lately, I've released a couple of apps for WP8 (that support 720p and WXGA) and don't support WP7 as a result. One app, I've toyed with making for over a year, the other 2 were requested by my wife... Gotta keep her happy or the free time for coding gets cut short ;)
My first app however, still supports WP7.
- 06-26-2013, 11:13 AM #14
- 06-26-2013, 11:27 AM #15
Oh - above where I said that the pathetic app makes more ad revenue, let's say that the most I've made in any single month, on four apps, is $58. The average has been more like $20, and recent months I've even had months under $10. So no, neo158, I'm not getting rich. Nor am I lazy. And while my apps do support all three resolutions, I've explained above why it is not just a checkbox to check for some.
- 06-26-2013, 11:48 AM #16
- 06-27-2013, 12:22 AM #18
Basically, developers would have to create a separate-ish codebase for the WP8 version if they want to support 16:9. In most cases, it probably isn't ridiculously difficult. Most devs I've contacted have said it's either "on the roadmap", or simply not a priority. I think it's unwise of devs to continue to put this off, Windows Phone will have a significant 16:9 user base in future (I think 1080p is going to be 1080p, not like 720p and Nokia's WXGA) and you can't delay it forever.
It's really sucky in games in particular. I personally just avoid majority of apps without 16:9 support, I'll buy and support the devs who care about it.
- 06-27-2013, 12:01 PM #21
- 06-27-2013, 03:03 PM #22
But I thought that Ms should be responsible for these kind of things as they are in full control of the quality of the apps, just like apple. So maybe they can add the two aspect ratios as a must for app development.
- 06-27-2013, 09:06 PM #23
Haven't personally looked into it, but I don't think I've heard of any instances where a dev got a WP7 app working in 16:9 without a separate XAP.
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