Windows 10 Mobile users feel left out; 36,000 sign a petition demanding Pokemon Go for the platform

Windows 10 Mobile users feel left out; 36,000 sign a petition demanding Pokemon Go for the platform
The app gap got a lot wider last week as iOS and Android users got to live the life of a Pokemon master thanks to AR game Pokemon Go. Windows 10 Mobile users have been shut out from all of the fun and excitement that this game has brought in just its first week. Those with a smartphone powered by Microsoft's mobile OS are being asked to sign a petition on The petition requests that game creator Niantic develop a version of the game for Windows 10 Mobile.

At last count, more than 36,000 have 'signed' the petition, which includes a number of selling points that most likely won't persuade the powers-that-be at Niantic. Some tweets sent by Windows 10 Mobile users indicate that they have already left the platform for an Android or iOS device just so they can play Pokemon Go.

If you are a Window 10 Mobile user, it has to be hard to hear all of your friends talking Pokemon while you can only sit back and listen. If you want to do the democratic thing and use your voice to seek change, click on the sourcelink to add your name to the petition.

source: via WindowsCentral



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I miss the days when PA posted more about slitherio. Please let this be the last you post about pokemon go :)

41. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

you prefer that boring monotonic and super-repetitive 3 minute game over epic legendary game that make generation Y feels 20 year younger?

52. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

This article title should be: "30,000 Microsoft employee pretend to be average Joe and demanding Pokemon for Windows Phone"

60. engineer-1701d unregistered

Great this is all we need more idiots walking around looking at the phone taken up fake little Pokemon I see this all day and it's f**king annoying and it's adults

2. acruzlu unregistered

Must suck to be a Windows phone user now.

19. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

it always sucks to be a windows phone user

50. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LOLOLOL can say that again.

3. Derekjeter

Posts: 1466; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Why have a windows phone in the first place?? All should know already, if you want apps, games, and overall best experience get a Nexus 6p Or iPhone.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Exactly. Nothing beats those two devices.

10. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Damn right.

13. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Mxyzptlk - A Samsung/HTC/Sony/LG and other OEMs hater but an Apple and Nexus fanboy? What a fascinating turn of event I must say.

23. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

He's got a Moto X Style which he uses to troll Moto articles lol

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well it makes me qualified because I know what I'm talking about.

17. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Have used ios and android itter waste of time rather use Symbian blackberry a very satisfied windows 8.1 and 10 user.

53. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

No pokemon for you!!!

67. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Well at least we all now know where you like to get poked.


Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

You do realize we used to live in a world with no apps, but real games. So why not have a 3ds and a Windows phone or like me 950xl and Nexus 6p. People forget freedom of choice and I for one love windows 10 so I know it's weakness so I adjust to using more than 1 OS it's like owning an Xbox and a ps4.

38. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You are too attached to your gadgets. I have no problem buying things that offer me the best value without the emotional attachment. Besides i change my gadget very often. Give away those I no longer need.

69. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 716; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Why not have a 3ds? Here's the problem: 1. The cost of a 3ds games are too expensive compared to what iOS and android app stores offers. 2. If the game cartridge is damage. You cannot play that game anymore. Unlike the android and iOS which you can save .ipa and .apk files on your computer or the online storage. 3. 3ds have no waterproof capabilities nor it's shockproof enough. Unlike android and iOS devices which have waterproof and shockproof cases. 4. Smartphones and tablets are now a trendy device. Meanwhile consoles are becoming as a third option devices. While laptops/desktops are 2nd options. 5. There are over millions of apps on both iOS and android compared to thousands or even hundred thousands. And you cannot play all of them on the latest 3ds if its unsupported. 6. Since Nintendo had released Pokemon go on both iOS and android. It had shown them how big the profit they would've gain. And even now, this article speaks as the reason for the downfall of the 3ds. 7. It's hard to find and repair a 3ds once it's broken. You have a choice whether to repair it or get a new one. 8. There are more online players using smartphones than on 3ds. So finding a party on 3ds is much harder than those who uses smartphones. 9. There are a lot of accessories offered on smartphones than on 3ds. Like the charging dock, Bluetooth speakers, and more. 10. It is easier to find games on smartphones than on 3ds which requires you to go and find the nearest 3ds game cartridge dealer. And if you cannot find the game you want, you have to find another dealer. And the other part about why won't you buy a windows phone? Here's the reason: 1. Lack of apps. As to what window 8 mobile did had. 2. Poor user interface and you can't even costumize it. 3. The continuum proposed by Windows isn't well known and would've encounter problems especially for a RISC chip. 4. Windows 10 capabilities have been shorten wherein you cannot play older games. And also left untested for the RISC chips. 5. Very expensive device. Almost the same as an iPhone but much worst. In the world of mobile devices. Only two are commonly known. While others are third or last options. Surely Windows isn't chosen as the first or second choice. 6. People would often choose android cause it's cheap. And would choose iOS because of simplicity and apps. What does Windows offer better than the android and iOS could've offer.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's called CHOICE. Maybe you've heard of it?

30. Subie

Posts: 2350; Member since: Aug 01, 2015


33. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Not all choices are good ones.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

According to whom? Just because one choice doesn't appeal to you, doesn't mean it doesn't appeal to someone else. What's important is that the CHOICE is available.

36. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

I could own a gremlin or pinto, but why? So I could be the freak on the road that everyone points at? BB/WP/Symbian users are so attention hungry. Look at me with this relic of the past! I'm so alternative!

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering the post you just made, I'd say you are the one that's attention hungry. Why do YOU care what others choose to use? Is it your money being spent? How about YOU use what YOU like, and allow others to do the same WITHOUT your bias getting in the way.

4. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Those 36000 people should get a new phone lol

12. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

18.000 to iOS, and 18.000 to Android. No chance for WP to survive. W10 is OK, but Surface phone should be a stellar.

56. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

The thing is, When those 36000 people get a new phone, they give their junk to their young relative, and this young relative will be signing a new petition... LOL.

5. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

I'm amazed that that many people actually own a windows phone!

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I imagine that Blackberry would get Pokemon Go before Windows 10 Mobile will. LOL.

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