Windows Phone has come a long way in the past 6 months, but the ‘ecosystem’ is not where it needs to be. Major players are still neglecting the time and money it takes to make an app for Windows Phone, and the companies that have already created apps are not adding the latest API and features; thus not taking advantage of the advanced features of Windows Phone 8.
The release of Spotify for Windows phone — yesterday, February 8th 2013, shined a big spotlight on a glaring issue. Windows Phone is getting apps last. Granted, a Spotify app for Windows Phone 7 has been around for a while but it had issues and until yesterday, was not available on newer devices like the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X. Even now, the app was released in ‘beta’.
Check out this quick list I put together of apps missing from the Windows Phone 8 Store…
Windows Phone 8 Missing Apps
- Data Sense (internet data management)
- HBO GO
- DLNA (Nokia PlayTo)
- Amazon MP3
- Amazon Video
- Local transport apps
- Bank apps (major & local)
- Skype still sucks on WP8
- Youtube (how can I forget)
Oh, and whatever happened to that ESPN ScoreCenter feature that shows your favorite team’s score on the lock screen wallpaper? It was leaked back when Windows Phone 8 was released, but we haven’t seen any such thing come to our handsets. Maybe it was a fake.
I’m sure the list is much longer based if I asked individual people like you, especially if you just recently moved to Windows Phone from iPhone or Android. I can care less about Instagram, Pinterest, and Vine, but friends who know I’m a Windows Phone user ask me all the time about these apps. After telling them what’s not available, they usually form a negative opinion of the OS instantly. I know some of the apps I’ve listed have 3rd party solutions, but often they are restricted and buggy.
I still prefer Windows Phone
Despite these shortcomings, I still prefer this OS over others. The user interface is a laid out very well, the design is fresh and clean, and the browser is very stable & fast.
Like all Windows Phone Fanatics, I’m rooting for Microsoft and their partners. But that’s not to mean we should ignore the shortcomings and just be happy with the way things are. The time is now for Microsoft and company to up their game and solidify their 3rd place spot in the smartphone market. It’s a market share issue, I know. Developers won’t waste money and time on a small user base. But with a cash-cow as big as Microsoft, something has to be done.