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Instagram coming to Windows Phone says Nokia executive (update: misreported)

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Instagram coming to Windows Phone says Nokia executive (update: misreported)
Nokia executive VP Chris Weber might have put a smile on the faces of many long-suffering Windows Phone users. During a visit to Thailand, during which he relayed Nokia's goal to overtake Samsung as the global leader in mobile phone market share, Weber also said that Instagram will be coming to the Windows Phone Store. The absence of the hugely popular photo-sharing app for the platform has led to a multitude of third party substitutes, most of which do not upload pictures to Instagram following the latter's decision to block third party uploads to its site.

Update: The joy has obviously been premature! Chris Weber stepped up to explain The Bangkok Post misreported the story and the Nokia VP never really confirmed anything about an official launch of Instagram for Windows Phone. Weber now says he does not have anything new to announce about Instagram on WP. This means we are back to not knowing whether Instagram is even considering a Windows Phone application. In the meantime, an unofficial Instagram client named 6Tag has just launched on Microsoft's platform offering similar functionaliy.

Globally, Nokia sold 61.1 million mobile handsets in the second quarter. That figure includes 7.4 million Nokia Lumia phones, surpassing the 6.8 million smartphones sold by rival BlackBerry in the same quarter. In Thailand specifically, Nokia is seeking to capitalize on the 50 million mobile users expected to be switching from 2G to 3G over the next three years.

Nokia has two more models to release in the country this year. The high-end Nokia Lumia 1020, with its 41MP rear facing snapper, will be priced above 20,000 Baht ($624 USD). The 3G enabled Nokia Lumia 208 will cost less than 2000 Baht ($62 USD). Weber says that Nokia is working on bringing down the prices of its Lumia phones in the country to less than 5400 Baht ($169 USD).

The Nokia executive also refused to comment on a report that Microsoft had been in talks to acquire Nokia, but that the two could not agree on a price.

Nokia's Chris Weber took a picture of some Nokia fans on his trip to Thailand

Nokia's Chris Weber took a picture of some Nokia fans on his trip to Thailand

source: BangkokPost via WMPoweruser

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posted on 22 Aug 2013, 17:55 10

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

End of September guys.....pls note this date.......!!!

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:51 4

21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


posted on 22 Aug 2013, 20:29 3

24. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

You forgot another 1 next to the single 1 lol

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 20:56 3

25. blazee (Posts: 414; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

Nokia and windows have been saying this since beginning of year, or maybe even last year lol it has been so long I can't keep track. Don't hold your breath

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 23:28

34. jromy (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)

End of September is not a date.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 18:08 1

2. mottykels (Posts: 387; Member since: 15 May 2013)

Wow, thats good news for lumia users, #NiceOneNOKIA ;)

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 18:09 7

3. karim77 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

lumia users will faint from hapiness :)

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 18:42

4. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

We no!
Even though I believe it will take another 3months

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 18:59 1

7. papss (unregistered)

I agree.. I don't think it will come all that soon. Not that I care really but I do want it to come for the folks that have to have it. Personally I wouldn't use it with my l1020 for obvious reasons

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 20:02 6

23. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Instagram is just one app, and certainly not the best (IMO). However, I guess other people do buy into the hype. It also goes to show that WP8 is gaining in popularity...

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 00:21

26. zennacko (Posts: 237; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)

The reason that keeps me away from a Windows phone, besides the humongous size of its flagships, is the fact that EVERY time something goes mainstream, thus becoming essential for our digital lives, Windows Phone (either via Microsoft itself or its manufacturers, better yet, Nokia + the other 5% of the market) has to BEG and cry for it, examples: YouTube, Instagram. It's a shame though because honestly, I doubt it takes much more than 3 weeks of a team made of 20-ish programmers to develop such piece of app, and make it good enough to have little to no bugs at all on release, but no, they'd rather allocate such team to make pointless revamps/face lifts to their website (like YT did, pretty useless, but the programmers still have to feed their kids, wives, husbands, etc., right?). They underestimate WP a lot, it's a shame :(

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 18:43 5

5. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

That is what I want

affordable smartphones

apple can't get away with their high margins forever

Nokia is adopting the Samsung tactic

carpet bomb the competition and hit every possible price point but unlike Samsung... All of nokias lumias don't look the same

apple will start its slow decline... You can't lead forever with just two options. Expensive and less expensive

Nokia and Samsung have the right idea. A different smartphone for different types of people

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 18:56 2

6. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

This is silly to ask but there is more than just instagram missing. I am a happy windows phone user but something has to give. Snap Chat and Vine need to come as well. This will help with those wonderful little cameras Nokia likes to market the crap out of. I also think these camera apps should've been fought for so that they could advertise WP8 as a true camera phone with all the perks, not just a good camera with no where to put the pictures...

Side note:
And an update to the ESPN hub would be nice to have a 'my teams' portal instead of having to pick through the menu... Just venting out loud.

Written on my L928.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:00 1

8. papss (unregistered)

Why use either of those when you have wonderful apps like camera pro and campro plus? Sorry I can't help you with espn hub as I don't watch or know of this app ( first app I get rid of is the espn app that seems to be a staple on both of the Lumias I've had)

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:20 1

11. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

Because in the United States where I live, and being a person in college, those apps are popular. Im sorry if that isn't ok with you but there is a demand for those apps, why do you think they are rated so highly on iOS and Android?? Its not to say that Nokia hasn't produced wonderful camera apps I am just saying there are others out there that need to be incorporated to attract others.

And if you don't use the ESPN app then don't comment on it there's no need to bash someone who happens to use ESPN to find sports information...like me and who has a suggestion to update it some.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:26

12. papss (unregistered)

Stop being so sensitive... Wow angry much? I was simply trying to help but it seems you would rather cry about it. It was a suggestion that may help you not a knock. Also there is a vine alternative on wp8 called 6sec.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:31 1

13. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

How was I being sensitive?? You weren't helping at all really you told me to get rid of it when all I said was it needed updated. I'll let you know when I decide to cry next to get your input and help kind sir. And I know of 6sec, but to those who don't have WP8 and there are a lot of those who don't, they don't have 6sec which defeats the purpose of downloading it.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:35 1

14. papss (unregistered)

Actually there is a reason to like 6sec as it ties into vine.
Again I'm just trying to help you from one wp8 user to the next. We don't yet have vine but 6sec is a great alternative, the same developer is making or has made a true Instagram client that actually works with the true app. And no I wasn't telling you to get rid of anything but said that I couldn't help you because I get rid of espn.. Maybe read what I said again because I think you misunderstood.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:38 2

16. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

Thanks, didn't know that it tied into it, but earlier I was just saying its easier not to hassle with the third party apps even though that's all we got right now when it comes to Instagram, Vine, etc. And those are used more as social network than camera enhancements like the Nokia Camera Pro apps.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:40 1

18. papss (unregistered)

I completely understand that those are important apps for many users.. All I can do is suggest alternatives if they are important to you. They will come though..

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:45

20. papss (unregistered)

Also I need to say I too came from a long line of android phones until I purchased a l920 back in nov and while there have been some things that I don't like there are so many that I love and I don't see myself going back anytime soon. I just got a l1020 and it too is an amazing phone.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:36 2

15. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

Why go through all these anger, frustrations, and patient...?

Android iOS already have those.

The only great big thing about NokiaWp8 is it's Camera.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:39 2

17. papss (unregistered)

Here you go again with your bs troll... You no learn?

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:41 3

19. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

because I like change, and to be different, without having to root my phone flash a custom rom, and have the same looking Samsung phone year after year. Or in Apples case the iPhone.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:59 2

22. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Unfortunately, Android OS is highly insecure and offers relatively poor performance for lower end devices. WP OS offers better speed and security, as well as total integration with all of Microsoft services and products.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 06:23 1

29. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

But this doesn't mean it's better than a feature phone...

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:01

9. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

All those companies thay provide online services etc make millions/billions. They can easily make an app for windows phones they are just stupid/lazy/ignorant. A small developer can make you an app for few thousands of dollars. Lets assume these apps like vine etc need much more. Its still nothing compared to how much money they make or how much money they get from investors.

posted on 22 Aug 2013, 19:11 3

10. Damo579 (Posts: 242; Member since: 18 May 2013)

those apps have been announced,they will come out soon. I agree the ESPN apps need an update.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 02:44

27. UdhaiyaPrasanth (Posts: 76; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

Uh.. Excuse me guys... What is that in the last line? MS in talks to acquire Nokia? I thought it was a joke. Are they seriously planning something like that?

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 03:16

28. user996 (Posts: 221; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

once again Nokia itself comes to rescue

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