Nokia Vice President and General Manager of Global Partner and App Development (now there’s a job title which needs abbreviating!) Bryan Biniak has told Engadget that by the end of the year “there will be very few, if any key applications that aren’t in the development or published.”
Just a day after Nokia launched Hipstamatic’s Oggle app as a Lumia exclusive, before Android even got the former iOS only app Bryan told Engadget:
“We’re not having a single conversation with anybody, of any material application that’s out there, that isn’t going to be coming to the platform. It’s not a matter of if — I had those conversations, the “if” conversations, before — all of our conversations now are “when.” It’s maturing, and it’s time to come in. By the end of the year, there’ll be very few, if any key applications that aren’t in the development pipeline… or published”
Reassuring news for anyone missing a specific app on the Windows Phone platform, though I think most bases are covered these days, if an official app isn’t available 3rd party developers usually have very feature rich alternatives in the Windows Phone Store.
I think few would be surprised to hear Nokia making these promises as they appear to be working hard to bring their line of Windows Phone devices on a par with smartphones available from the likes of Android and iOS.
Looking back to May 25th we saw Microsoft reach an “agreement” to work with Google to release a YouTube app, after Microsoft’s own very good YouTube offering infringed terms and conditions. Two months later the Official YouTube app remains little more than a link to the mobile website, and we continue to wait for the collaborated version to arrive. Fortunately for Windows Phone users, third party developers have brought some excellent alternatives, such as MetroTube (my favourite), MyTube and ProTube.
Anyway, back to the story at hand, Bryan was in London for the launch of Job Lens which helps job seekers find vacancies in a similar way that CityLens helps people find locations.