STOP exclusive Nokia-ONLY Apps and Features.
People say Android is fragmented.. Because an app that works on one phone may or may not work on another phone - or may not work the same way.
We are bringing this WORST Android feature to Windows Phone. Viber just announced today that their VoIP call feature will be exclusive to Nokia handsets. There are also other apps that are Nokia-only.
It's one thing that device makers tag on apps made by themselves and make it exclusive to their handsets. Its a completely different thing when a 3rd party app developer is bribed into releasing a popular app on Nokia-only.
I realize there are other options that replace Viber.. but I am concerned that this trend will spread further. Loyal customers who bought the first versions of WP7 handsets when Nokia did not even make WP phones are really disappointed. I dare Microsoft to mess with their most loyal users at a time when they are struggling to gain users. STOP THIS ****! Please Vote if you agree.
I don't get all the "negative" comments. Think of it this way - what if you bought, say, Lenovo laptop with Windows, and than found out that for example Skype or Facebook runs only on Dell laptops, just because Dell wants it so? I mean - this is not about few utilities, this is about general 3rd party apps. I understand that Nokia puts its own money into development of those apps, but why not to let people buy those apps then. It would be even understandable if Nokia provided those apps for free for own customers and wanted others to buy them, but to not provide them for others at all? This is just wrong.
Its either Nokia exclusive, or not at all. Nokia pays for all the development.
no thumbs down button.
Yann Pautasso commented
Lol ! Nokia develops very good apps. If your are jealous, ask others manufacturers too create apps too.
Or better, switch to Nokia!
Well ditch the HTC or whatever you have and get a Nokia, can't go wrong, Nokia like to keep thinks fresh.
Dmitry Leo commented
You seem to have no idea of what fragmentation really is.
If only we could down vote ideas, because this is stupid.
Alex Ang commented
While other phone manufacturer or OS having court case now and then.
Nokia was the one spending more time, money and effort to bring exclusive experience to their users (and finally other phone manufacturer can copycat the ideas).
So exclusive apps or functions for Nokia phones because Nokia has done their effort to develop something further with the supplier like Viber.
Bottom line, dedicated functions or apps do justice for Nokia.
This is just stupid. Stop the competition and the evolving will end at the same.
LG optimus 7 (wp7) had some great unique apps, didn't realize how great they were before moving to a HTC wp8. I was really impressed when they presented the Nokia camera and all those lenses and i was sure HTC has them too. Well it has only the bing lens and the lens market has only stuff that I don't need.
This is moronic. They are exclusive Nokia apps because Nokia exclusively makes WP8 devices. Besides HTC, I believe Nokia is the only dedicated one making WP8. And your definition of fragmented is horrible. Bloatware does not equate to fragmentation. It's just an App. Delete it. Don't insult the OS just because you don't like an App.
Anthony Moreno commented
dito @Abate, I love my Lumia 920 and I would rather not lose the rewards of picking it over the other models. If others upgraded to the same phone I think this thread would die fast.
Max Beckenbach commented
Abate Sagatee commented
Can's support this.
Nokia is the only dedicated WP OEM right now. They cares the customers even after they purchased the phone. Their after sale services are second to none. Other OEM's only just promote their products until they sell. That's all. For example, check how many updates Nokia WP8 devices received compare with other OEMs, after WP8 released. Check who is caring their WP7 customers more? If Nokia was there, WP7 users would haven't been receiving lot's of applications still, even after WP8 released. Example like Angry Birds Star Wars, Space.
Moreover, Nokia spends their own money to bring 3rd party applications to WP. Why they have to spend their money and let it available to all the WP devices? You people think, Nokia is a Charity?
Moreover, those 3rd party exclusive applications aren't exclusive forever.
If you people really care about applications, ignore this cause and create new one, asking Microsoft to spend their own money to create 3rd party applications as quick as possible.
There is no point asking Microsoft to stop Nokia Exclusive 3rd party applications. Because, Microsoft can't stop this, because that's Nokia's money and effort, not Microsoft's.
Hope you people understood this.
Stefan - again, I agree that OEM should be able to lock their own apps to their hardware. This post is not about that - I am against THIRD PARTY APPS (such as viber) being locked to a certain manufacturer (Nokia, in this case)
I can's support this Idea. Its totally okay if the apps developed by nokia (or any other manufacturer of course), will only be available for the devices oft that manufacturer.
They invest millions to spend the users of nokia phone some more very nice gadgets. Why they do that, if microsoft says the have to share this app all over the devices.
I have a nokia and i will never miss some of these apps again. So I would buy this phone again, even if the others would have some better hardware specifications.
I think this will make the phone market more active an innovative. I like this method much more than that market destroying agressive patent litigation of apple. If someone tries to steal your market position, show him that you even can it more better and do it better. Just sitting at the top and trying to beat every one down who comes close is in no way supporting the innovation and new cool stuff. And that's positiv for every of the phone users whatever phone or mobile OS he uses. I see this here as nearly the same situation. Wait and try if the other manufacturers are willing to invest in some like that, or gives you some other special goodies. And if that will never be the case, live with that or buy a nokia next time.. Hope nobody feels attacked, this is not the meaning and have to be up to my bad english ;-)
These are not OEM apps I'm complaining about but non-oem apps (like viber) which become exclusive to Nokia. Like I said ‚ in OK when OEM all apps like Nokia drive become exclusive to Nokia. My complaint is only got noon oem apps.
You can call it whatever you want ‚ but when an app does not work on a different hardware in the same platform ‚ I call that broken experience fragmentation.
In either case this does not affect me anymore since I have happily given my business to iOS. In fact ‚ even I'd this is fixed now it won't be easy for me to move back to WP due to the investments I have made in iOS apps..
Joey Loeffler commented
how is it fragmentation, when its the OEM adding things . . . that's like saying that Android should make HTC put Sense on Motorolas, and Motorola to put Motocast on Samsungs . . . Samsung to S-Voice on LG's.
Nokia is not Microsoft and Microsoft can't block Nokia's apps.
Nokia has invested billions and billions developing (and keeping current) Drive and Maps. You pay for it when you buy a Nokia handset. They are also co-developing a ton of apps to improve the ecosystem. They totally have a right to some exclusivity over these apps, even if for a period. Drive will be available for other handsets via the Store in the future. It will be $9.99. If you want all this good stuff then buy a Nokia handset and not one from a manufacturer that does little to no investment in the ecosystem (and the OS itself for that matter)... that is unless you're satisfied with HTC's fantastic add-ons like that live tile with the time, weather and date ... WOW..!!