Nokia VP unhappy with Windows Phone app progress

Nokia VP unhappy with Windows Phone app progress
We won't be the first to say that the Nokia/Microsoft symbiosis has had its fair share of ups and downs. Regardless, if you have been paying close attention to their dealings, you can almost feel a sense of camaraderie between the two, despite the naysayers. In fact, it seemed like the duo is doing so well, that just a few weeks back everyone had a possible merger on their mind. Until, of course, that rumor was shot dead.

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

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34 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

If only Windows phone had many apps and games, they could have sold more devices

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

The problem is that most apps and games on the Marketplace aren't free, you need to pay for it.

6. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 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: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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 ?

14. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

They definitely need more dev support

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I hope in my next upgrade to Nokia Lumia, WP will fully become mature os.

4. Mordecai

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 29, 2013

'somewhat slumbering android..' Who writes these articles? Android slumbering?

5. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 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: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 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 :( Best regards!

30. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

No, they should stay on the path they're on. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2013/07/10/what-if-nokia-announced-an-android-device/http://mobileandphone.com/switching-to-nokia-lumia-1020-from-android-phone/http://societyandreligion.com/nokia-android-phones/http://www.androidauthority.com/nokia-android-206268/2/ 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: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Windows phone is great OS, but MS is very slow with development. And unfortunately, Nokia suffers :/

11. ryq24

Posts: 872; Member since: Oct 17, 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: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 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 .... Best regards!

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

At least someone realize how slow Windows OS is not expanding with Nokia.

15. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 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: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 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 ... Best regards!

26. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 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?

18. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

#switch to android LOL

22. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 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: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 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: 43; Member since: Mar 26, 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: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 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

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