Nokia VP unhappy with Windows Phone app progress
That being said, an interview with Nokia's VP and Manager of App development, Bryan Biniak, paints a slightly different picture. Perhaps more of a quibble, rather a full-blown critique, Biniak does raise several issues that Windows Phone as a mobile OS faces:
As you probably know, while Windows Phone is now officially in the top 3 of mobile OSes, its app store continues to lack a fair amount of big-name applications. Biniak does see and identify this as a major problem claiming that “You can't sell a phone without the apps, you just can't”.
With that in mind, Biniak appears rather optimistic about the future of the partnership. Biniak's claim that there aren't any “major gaps” in terms of apps gently shoved aside, the Nokia and Microsoft duo is apparently working extra hard on attracting every developer who's worth having to Windows Phone. What's more, he claims that by the end of 2013, the OS will have reached a point where
That's a big promise, and one we'll hold Nokia accountable for. Not out of spite, but the very opposite – as consumers we want Windows Phone to succeed and raise the bar on the somewhat slumbering Android and iOS.
source: International Business Times
1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4641; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
And that's why Microsoft / Nokia need to keep those apps and games coming, and also, make most of them free like Android.
2. tiara6918 (Posts: 1199; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
If only Windows phone had many apps and games, they could have sold more devices
3. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4641; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
The problem is that most apps and games on the Marketplace aren't free, you need to pay for it.
6. Mozarrt (Posts: 287; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)
It's not that bad really, most of the high profile apps are covered, its the smaller apps we are missing, for example is a music festival makes an app, we never get one.
AND GAMES, WE MIS A LOT OF GAMES
7. fsnas (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
IMO, lack of apps is not depressing as much as the OS itself!!!
I mean, WP8's been out for almost a year now and there is still no evolution at all!
We say (on user's voice) we need A,B,C,D, & E then Microsoft updates the OS with J !!!
If Microsoft respects its users, then it should add:
- Screen rotatio lock
- Seperate main ringtone from media ringtone
- and all the S**T we demand earlier which is something standard on other OSs!!!!!!!!!!
8. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4641; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Let's hope that they will add these on the GDR3 update.
12. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Another chicken or egg question :
People not buying windows phone because not enough apps , or devs not making apps for windows phone because not enough userbase ?
17. joey_sfb (Posts: 1858; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Their phone market share are increasing so the apps will come. For me, i happy to use android still windows 8/9 becomes a viable choice in 2014.
29. akki20892 (Posts: 2250; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
I hope in my next upgrade to Nokia Lumia, WP will fully become mature os.
4. Mordecai (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Jul 2013)
'somewhat slumbering android..' Who writes these articles? Android slumbering?
5. Johnnokia (Posts: 332; Member since: 27 May 2012)
Most of Nokia fans are unhappy with Nokia adopting only WP.
Just fire Elop, reinvent Meego or your own OS, adopt Android beside WP . Then, Nokia will sell hundred millions of smartphones withing few months ..
Sticking with only WP would never ever bring glory to Nokia.
Please Nokia, come back to your legendary era.
19. Credo (Posts: 655; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
I would like Nokia to go further with MeeGo, that was an awesome multitasking OS, i was in love with the N9 ... imagine MeeGo 3 years after it's first release .... pfffff :(
30. -box- (Posts: 3534; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
No, they should stay on the path they're on.
Samsung is the only - yes, ONLY - Android manufacturer to make significant profit.
Samsung, to non-enthusiasts, equals Android, as Nokia Lumia equals Windows Phone.
Samsung wouldn't just rest if Nokia made an Android phone. They can afford to undercut them on price, overwhelm them in marketing, overwhelm them with models and manufacturing capacity, and have more experience with the messy OS, and already have a stranglehold on the platform.
Nokia decided Android wasn't up to snuff in 2011, which still holds true, as it was too expensive to get into due to higher component needs and licensing costs.
Android is too crowded already and those in it (excepting Samsung, obviously) are barely keeping their metaphorical heads afloat.
Windows Hone is pretty great, and gets better with each release, which comes with pleasant enough frequency, AND the best desktop integration in the market.
9. 7thspaceman (Posts: 834; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Now that the GDR3 updates are out and Windows smartphones can use al the high tech smart phone gear Apple and Android smart phones use and Windows smart phones ownership are at 6 percent and growing. I think it is time for apps makers to get to work on porting their current apps to Windows smart phones. in some countries like South Africa Windows smart phones are hot so there's money to made selling good apps for Windows smart phones there. now windows smart phones sold to new smart phone owners is a different matter since they are new to smart phones they will be more patient than seasoned smart phone owners and wait for their
Windows smart phones to get apps. At least now Windows smart can use current technology
and have to GET Apps Apps and more Apps
31. -box- (Posts: 3534; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I agree with your ideas, but GDR3 is coming late summer/early fall, but GDR2 just released and is being distributed. GDR3 will be the update for the masses, with higher-red screens and even more cores and such.
10. aco96 (Posts: 167; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
Windows phone is great OS, but MS is very slow with development. And unfortunately, Nokia suffers :/
11. ryq24 (Posts: 428; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Nokia should release android phone while waiting for windows to add more quality and popular apps or else they would continue to lose market share! Windows might be a better OS but most people don't care and look for popular apps especially game apps that is why cheap android phone are very popular because people simply want a touch screen phone with great apps!
20. Credo (Posts: 655; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
As a Nokia Windows Phone user, i actually would like Nokia to make an Android phone, i'm curious how they would design it etc etc ....
13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5457; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
At least someone realize how slow Windows OS is not expanding with Nokia.
15. cdgoin (Posts: 354; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
I have most the apps I need.... and one of the apps I have been waiting for finally arrived with little fan fare.. DOMINOS PIZZA !! :) That said, other than some financial apps from banks and Instagram, whats really missing..? Do we need more flashilight apps..?
21. Credo (Posts: 655; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
I would like instagram to come .... If instagram was already released and if At&t would push the Nokia Lumia 1020 together with that app, it would make an huge impact believe me ...
26. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 337; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
Yeah if other flashlight apps provide better functionality and features than others in the store than I will welcome it and not just reject like some selfish people.
I don't have a problem with competition b/w apps (which makes them better and in the end the one who benefits from it is end user).
16. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 194; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)
Is this the first hint that Nokia may consider going with Android? I really hope so. Nokia has the hardware capability to push both Android and Windows successfully. Honestly ,in the good old mobile phone days (read 5 years back) who would even imagine preferring a Samsung/ LG or other phones over a Nokia?. There are lots of people (myself included) using Samsung Devices today, not because we have any love for samsung but have no other choice because WP8 has not fully matured and Android fulfills our requirements better. If Nokia goes for Android today, it will also have the advantage of starting with Jelly Bean OS. I have nothing against WP OS, which I am sure will be an excellent OS with all the apps in about 3 years. But can Nokia afford another 3 years?
22. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
All are unhappy with this, many want to switch to WP but due to small WP store, they didn't. MS move your butt.
23. Suo.Eno (Posts: 72; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)
Here's an idea Mr.Biniak... Branch out and pitch the idea to build Nokia's ver of Ubuntu Edge to Canonical. Almost risk free (remember to haggle for some of that 36mill to get it done from Canonical) AND it's supposed to dual boot Ubuntu (proper Linux) + Android (apps? Did someone asked for apps?). Pair Nokia's HW know how to the concept and then boom. If it's done right there's your ultimate fallback plan should the WP ship are heading for the iceberg.
24. flynfree (Posts: 372; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)
So, even the vp of nokia is not happy for the lack of apps with Windows os, while the president is always smiling like a "moron" . What his name. ..S. Embalmer, oh yeah! ?
Apps is the life of smartphones.
They just producing new phone with improve camera to ignore this matter.
Anyway, "good morning everybody".
25. Dj_Yawar (Posts: 24; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
Dear VP, didn't you people conducted any feasibility report, any survey or any strong analysis before showing your love to WP and not adapting android?? What's the point to cry now!!
27. Loubielou (Posts: 166; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
We Got You Under My THumb,Microsoft singing to Nokia Board,We Are saving you company so stop complaining,Microsoft are not really interested in advancing Windows further because they realise that Android an Apples iPhones are miles ahead in Applications an Features,Mr Elop now better get is position at Nokia finally finished because all the Promise he said Windows would offer to Nokia are not Good Enough for Nokia to compete in the High Tech Smartphones,an are not advancing but declining with Windows
28. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 770; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
It's not just about having an app. It's about having a quality app that provides the same features and experience as other users get on iOS and Android. That is my biggest concern going forward because I've seen too many apps come out that just plain suck compared to their Android counterparts. Skype is one of them.
32. Avenger337 (Posts: 59; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)
While Nokia continues with Windows Phone as the main workhorse, will be relegated with crumbs and last. I do not understand how it is that Nokia does not realize that Microsoft's operating system logo not meet expectations and that many do not care.
33. poping (unregistered)
time to go android... or ubuntu...