1. njnbat's Avatar
    Guys, Apps like windows 8 launcher, launcher 8 are available in google play store and it allows the unique functionality of windows phone in an android device like the live tiles ,apps interface etc. Also the lock screen notifications of apps, not sure if its unique though.
    I believe these unique features of windows phones does play a key role in attracting customers to windows based phones like the nokia .
    Now if an app like launcher 8 does these things in android, doesn't it cut down that many prospects to microsoft , who otherwise might have switched to a windows phone for such features.
    Won't even the current windows phone customers too consider buying an android device next time may be for its ecosystem , if they can enjoy wp8 unique features by downloading an app ?
    Why is microsoft not against such apps which imitates the basic core functionality of their New OS ?
    Correct me if am wrong ..just curious..
    10-19-2013 07:59 AM
  2. montsa007's Avatar
    I had tried that once (On my G Nexus i9250), and as a result I use a 720 now.
    Now why would you ban such a beautiful thing?
    10-19-2013 08:45 AM
  3. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    Well, it doesn't really compare to the beauty of pure WP.
    Plus, a lot of app icons aren't really metro. Widgets? Hah. No.
    10-19-2013 08:50 AM
  4. tgp's Avatar
    Won't even the current windows phone customers too consider buying an android device next time may be for its ecosystem , if they can enjoy wp8 unique features by downloading an app ?
    I know what you mean here. I never used a WP themed launcher myself, but a couple of my colleagues have. They actually imitate WP quite well. Some things like the dependability of the live tiles can even be better. And you still have the additional functionality of Android behind it. For the most part it really is the best of both worlds.

    Why is microsoft not against such apps which imitates the basic core functionality of their New OS ?
    It could actually help Microsoft, as montsa's example. However, even if Microsoft wanted to block it, I'm not sure there's anything they could do about it.
    10-19-2013 08:53 AM
  5. Boris Lozac's Avatar
    Just no.. It's like someone glueing the "M" badge on an ordinary BMW.. Even if it's the 'same', and we both know it isn't.. Like a fake iPhone or something, like everything is the same visually but it's not iOS.. Never was a fan of any imitations..
    10-19-2013 08:57 AM
  6. Cindy_H's Avatar
    Like montsa007, I tried Launcher 8 on my Moto RAZR. I never really got into the whole Android UI...it's just ugly to me. Saw Launcher 8 in the Play store, and was drawn to the look of it. Started researching the WP OS, and now I own a Lumia 928
    I don't think Launcher 8 is hurting WP. At the end of the day, it's just a launcher, and users are still stuck with the Android UI once they get into their apps.
    10-19-2013 09:14 AM
  7. montsa007's Avatar
    Like montsa007, I tried Launcher 8 on my Moto RAZR. I never really got into the whole Android UI...it's just ugly to me. Saw Launcher 8 in the Play store, and was drawn to the look of it. Started researching the WP OS, and now I own a Lumia 928
    I don't think Launcher 8 is hurting WP. At the end of the day, it's just a launcher, and users are still stuck with the Android UI once they get into their apps.
    I don't wish to sound creepy, but I like your comment. You may check my signature links if you wish to have a nice laugh.
    10-19-2013 09:18 AM
  8. ohgood's Avatar
    Guys, Apps like windows 8 launcher, launcher 8 are available in google play store and it allows the unique functionality of windows phone in an android device like the live tiles ,apps interface etc. Also the lock screen notifications of apps, not sure if its unique though.
    I believe these unique features of windows phones does play a key role in attracting customers to windows based phones like the nokia .
    Now if an app like launcher 8 does these things in android, doesn't it cut down that many prospects to microsoft , who otherwise might have switched to a windows phone for such features.
    Won't even the current windows phone customers too consider buying an android device next time may be for its ecosystem , if they can enjoy wp8 unique features by downloading an app ?
    Why is microsoft not against such apps which imitates the basic core functionality of their New OS ?
    Correct me if am wrong ..just curious..

    nothing is lost by apple or microsoft, when someone skins their device to look like iphone or wp8, or meego, or sailfish, or jolla, or e17, or whatever. the user did not just buy -another- device, they just skinned theirs how they want to try it.

    i've tried it. it was flippy, fluid, and believe it or not windowsians, it didn't lag. OMG NO UNPOSSIBLE you might say, but yes, really, there was no lag. haven't seen a lag since cyanogenmod9 on a single core tmobile g2...

    but that's beside the point. the ui was interesting, fluid, and neat. here are a couple of things i noticed while using it, and the very short lived wp7 and wp8 devices i bought and sold on craigslist:

    neato flipping tiles.
    with no interest in social networking, the tiles grow stale quickly. facebook, and similar hubs aren't used by me, soooo - what to update ? email counts ? yawn.
    it's swoopy. reallllly swoopy. neato at first, then, it feels like it's just a layer of candy that isn't needed.
    the jump list, or app list, is annoying. i prefer seeing an easily distinguishable icon (yell about boring seas of icons if you like, but they are faster to identify than anything else, which is why they're used in so many computer applicatoins) to a long list of app -names-.

    microsoft may prefer to sell a handset than to have their UI skinned, but the ease of downloading and installing vs changing phones, at a store, and signing contracts to do so (or not) and paying fees is a bit much compared to the install/uninstall of an app. again, no sale lost, no revenue lost, and no unhappy customer returning the phone in three days when they find that one feature they -need- isn't available.

    the ios skins are similar too. very pretty, very neat, but... it's just not ios. the app store is missing (huge plus for ios) and the very smooth ui SETTINGS are also missing (another nice plus).

    again, nothing is lost by skinning a device - if there -was- it would be a great idea for microsoft to make their own skin FOR ANDROID/IOS devices. blasphemy you say ? rediculous ? no... read on...

    microsoft sells phones, in the last year, what 5 million world wide ? 10 ? i don't know specifics.
    ios and android (yes, i know, they're operating systems, bear with me... people BUY for android and IOS now, they're established) sells phones, what 5 million in a weekend for ios and 5 million a week for android ? i don't know specifics here either, but it's a LOT of phones.'

    now, given the number of devices that are -not- ms phones sold, why not sell a skin, an OFFICIAL WP8 SKIN FOR ANDROID/IOS for $1.99 ? that would mean if only 10% of users every bought it, several million dollars a year in sales, with little to no support needed. no R&D for future products. no hardware returns. no OTA updates or debugging. just plain old cash for an app, just like apple and google are doing now. after all, ms is making more money off patents paid from ios/android than their own handsets, why not cash in on the app market too ?

    food for thought.
    10-19-2013 09:20 AM
  9. montsa007's Avatar
    nothing is lost by apple or microsoft, when someone skins their device to look like iphone or wp8, or meego, or sailfish, or jolla, or e17, or whatever. the user did not just buy -another- device, they just skinned theirs how they want to try it.

    i've tried it. it was flippy, fluid, and believe it or not windowsians, it didn't lag. OMG NO UNPOSSIBLE you might say, but yes, really, there was no lag. haven't seen a lag since cyanogenmod9 on a single core tmobile g2...

    but that's beside the point. the ui was interesting, fluid, and neat. here are a couple of things i noticed while using it, and the very short lived wp7 and wp8 devices i bought and sold on craigslist:

    neato flipping tiles.
    with no interest in social networking, the tiles grow stale quickly. facebook, and similar hubs aren't used by me, soooo - what to update ? email counts ? yawn.
    it's swoopy. reallllly swoopy. neato at first, then, it feels like it's just a layer of candy that isn't needed.
    the jump list, or app list, is annoying. i prefer seeing an easily distinguishable icon (yell about boring seas of icons if you like, but they are faster to identify than anything else, which is why they're used in so many computer applicatoins) to a long list of app -names-.

    microsoft may prefer to sell a handset than to have their UI skinned, but the ease of downloading and installing vs changing phones, at a store, and signing contracts to do so (or not) and paying fees is a bit much compared to the install/uninstall of an app. again, no sale lost, no revenue lost, and no unhappy customer returning the phone in three days when they find that one feature they -need- isn't available.

    the ios skins are similar too. very pretty, very neat, but... it's just not ios. the app store is missing (huge plus for ios) and the very smooth ui SETTINGS are also missing (another nice plus).

    again, nothing is lost by skinning a device - if there -was- it would be a great idea for microsoft to make their own skin FOR ANDROID/IOS devices. blasphemy you say ? rediculous ? no... read on...

    microsoft sells phones, in the last year, what 5 million world wide ? 10 ? i don't know specifics.
    ios and android (yes, i know, they're operating systems, bear with me... people BUY for android and IOS now, they're established) sells phones, what 5 million in a weekend for ios and 5 million a week for android ? i don't know specifics here either, but it's a LOT of phones.'

    now, given the number of devices that are -not- ms phones sold, why not sell a skin, an OFFICIAL WP8 SKIN FOR ANDROID/IOS for $1.99 ? that would mean if only 10% of users every bought it, several million dollars a year in sales, with little to no support needed. no R&D for future products. no hardware returns. no OTA updates or debugging. just plain old cash for an app, just like apple and google are doing now. after all, ms is making more money off patents paid from ios/android than their own handsets, why not cash in on the app market too ?

    food for thought.
    Really, can you imagine a company like Rolls Royce selling $1,000 cars with no R&D and stuff?
    10-19-2013 09:26 AM
  10. ohgood's Avatar
    Really, can you imagine a company like Rolls Royce selling $1,000 cars with no R&D and stuff?

    yes. just as soon as one can be downloaded, like apps are. ;-)
    10-19-2013 11:31 AM
  11. montsa007's Avatar
    yes. just as soon as one can be downloaded, like apps are. ;-)
    oh, good.

    I always wanted to quote your username as a response to your post.
    Mission successful ;).

    But honestly it'd be a Ghetto if MS does these 2$ apps.
    ohgood likes this.
    10-19-2013 11:36 AM
  12. ohgood's Avatar
    oh, good.

    I always wanted to quote your username as a response to your post.
    Mission successful ;).

    But honestly it'd be a Ghetto if MS does these 2$ apps.
    Cool!
    10-20-2013 03:58 PM

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 18
    Last Post: 11-11-2013, 12:07 PM
  2. Windows 8.1 Black Screen
    By afgzee in forum Windows 8
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 10-23-2013, 07:06 AM
  3. Windows 8.1 RT pulled from Store
    By Jubei700 in forum Microsoft Surface for Windows RT
    Replies: 47
    Last Post: 10-21-2013, 08:11 AM
  4. [Engadget] Windows Phone will receive an official RDP App
    By WanderingTraveler in forum Windows Phone 8
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-19-2013, 08:43 AM
LINK TO POST COPIED TO CLIPBOARD