Third-party developer working on Pokemon Go app for Windows Phone

Pokemon Go players can try to 'Catch 'em all,' but not all can catch 'em. That is a rather convoluted way of saying that Windows Phone users will not be receiving the official version of the game that everyone is still talking about. It's been nearly two weeks since we first told you about a petition that was put up on Change.org demanding that game developer Niantic produce a version of Pokemon Go for Windows 10 Mobile.

While the petition has drawn 89,332 signatures to date, we haven't heard a peep from Niantic. But there might be good news for those rocking a Windows Phone flavored handset. A developer named ST-Apps is said to be working on a third party app that will allow users of the platform to find and catch Pokemon. He posted a proof of concept revealing what his version of Pokemon Go might look like. It doesn't have some of the AR features of the real game, but it still allows users to blindly criss-cross the country looking for pocket monsters.

But the developer is running into a problem. He is too busy with another project at the moment to launch the app, and he is worried about the legalities involved. Also on his mind is Niantic's servers. He expects them to be encrypted soon, which would put the kibosh on his third-party Pokemon Go app for Windows Phone. The developer says that next month, if Niantic's servers haven't been securely scrambled, he will consider releasing an open source version of the game.

source: MSPoweruser

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24 Comments

1. ePoch270

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Oh this is huge! They're both going to be so happy!

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

S/O to the Windows 10 mobile homies out there. You're not missing out!

3. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Clearly there is no reason for anyone to keep using a Windows phone. Think about it; the most popular mobile game EVER, will not get an official version for Windows phones. That should be an obvious sign it's time to switch to either an android or iOS device.

4. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It can be done, the problem is that Unity charges fees for each platform. So NIantic would be paying licensing fees. There's also a bit of additional code but that's not that big of a problem. Since an MS engineer did say they are looking at possibilites of getting it on, maybe MS will pay the licensing fees, who knows. Niantic is however already pretty busy trying to get their servers in order as it is. They also have a lot of features that they need to add.

6. Fona13A unregistered

Not everyone is you thank god.

18. Alacorn

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 24, 2016

Not everyone wants your iPhones and Androids, deal with it.

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

A windows phone device isn't all about apps and games. Why should I ditch wp because of a lack in games? Having the choice of more than one OS is good for consumers.

5. colinkiama

Posts: 60; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

Even if windows phone has 0.000000000001 market share, the community would still stand strong. Wow!

7. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

If people thought of phones like consoles people be so happy. I own all 3 os's just like I do for consoles, each has their own strengths. I love all platforms, but some games on iOS haven't came to Android either. Doesn't mean Android sucks just doesn't being in enough cash. Windows 10 mobile is the best platform and the surface phone will change life as we know it it's being built in area 51 by panos.

14. Jason2k13

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Good effort in trying not to troll, but almost all the good games on iOS is on Android or will be made a month or 2 later, that's a huge difference with iOS to Windows 10 who will never get it or have to wait 1 year or 2.

17. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It's definitely behind. But even when this site sometimes publishes 10 best games/apps of the week. I often see a lot of them are on windows mobile as well, but of course they wouldn't be mentioned. A recent article with strategy games had quite a few. There are even times when apps come out on ios and windows mobile only. Not sure if it has changed but "figure" an awesome app for creating your own electronic music was launched on ios and windows mobile. MS is working on tools that will help build the ecosystem by focusing on developers. And it's part of why they aren't focusing on it this year. Once they focus on it I think adding advertising, oems and educating people will help the efforts. Education is a huge one for the start screen as people don't realize how customizable it is. It doesn't have to be tiles. That's just the default. But that's what makes it great, the start screen. I never thought so till I got a windows mobile device. And once I played around I thought "wow". And live tiles aren't really that big of a deal for me. It's more than that. I think when they add interactive tiles it will be more useful for me. My start screen if you wan't to check it out. http://i.imgur.com/i7qxaZp.jpg Here's one I like someone was showing off: http://i.imgur.com/pSONED0.jpg There's just so many cool ones.

20. Jason2k13

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Those start screen actually looks very nice.

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Lovely screens there, I rocked this one for awhile, has now since changed. I really like the tree one

8. KingSam

Posts: 1426; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Niantic is busy with servers. Meanwhile I'm enjoying it although not official in my country (Jamaica) the map is good enough. There are Pokestops and gyms and Pokemon to catch.

9. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Wp sux. Bought amazing nokia 1520, but because of wp never used it. What a b.c. crap.

10. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

For a post related to Windows OS/mobile , the number of users using Android and iOS comment more than the one using Windows OS itself. It means now windows os users do not care about these issues. After all a person can be humiliated only till a certain threshold. beyond that they do not feel any humiliation.

11. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Feeling sad for WP user :-(

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right.. why did they even buy it in the first place? those 80k peoples should just buy $200 android to play games

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Amazon is making a new Windows app, where is the article about? Or you want to report the negative news only ?http://mspoweruser.com/amazon-working-on-a-new-windows-app/

15. Jason2k13

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Maybe because it's not very important news to mention? How many people care about amazon or even windows phone?

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

enough for them to report the amazon app currently in the store will stop working soon...

19. Alacorn

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 24, 2016

First we made Steam app for ourselves, now we are making same thing with Pokemon Go. Proud to be of community that cares for each other, we will have our own theme park and we mean it. :) Been a WM/WP user for over 10 years now and not planing to change to iPhone or Android. Apps in not the everything, WP was always solid and reliable as a phone and as a smart device.

21. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

We have the official steam app are you talking about?

23. Alacorn

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 24, 2016

It was released as unofficial app at first and developed by one guy, then Valve hired the guy and made him remake it as an official one. This is why we have it, not because Valve decided finally to make one.

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