Filling the App Gap for Windows Phone - Page 2
There’s much more to add, but for these 12 apps, the names are big and 10 of them are in fact on Windows Phone. But what about the aforementioned apps not on the platform? Obviously Microsoft can’t snap their fingers and have them appear in their store overnight; however, what they can do is give the hold-outs a run for their own money using their own brands and partnerships to help fill the gaps. The following is a list of what’s not on Windows Phone and what Microsoft could work on in the meantime with potential developers.
Missing: Instagram ... Solution: flickr
Remember flickr? Of course you do – if you are older than 18, then probably. It was the place to share your photos in the pre-Instagram days and long before Facebook was the mobile king. Why not shamelessly go after Instagram's user base with an all-new Windows Phone exclusive app re-launch? The “new flickr” would be baked in the Camera app’s Send menu. Once in flickr, the user could apply their favorite
trite retro lens, and viola. The Yahoo-owned subsidiary wins for re-gaining notoriety, and Microsoft wins for having a credible alternative (sorry, Instacam).
Missing: Grindr ... Solution: Adam4Adam
If you’re gay or know someone who is, then you know this app is a must have. The find-a-“date” service is on iOS, Android and even Blackberry, but no love has been given to Windows Phone as of yet. Before Grindr’s rise to prominence, Adam4Adam was the hangout. It’d be a lot easier to convince Adam’s keepers to climb aboard Windows Phone to secure gay Windows Phone owners before Grindr belatedly sashays into the Windows Phone Store.
Missing: iMessage Solution: Skype (enhancement request)
Obviously, iMessage is an Apple only thing, but its value is tremendous. It is free SMS/MMS for Apple’s entire consumer base. Google Talk, through not heavily emphasized, could be considered Android’s solution for free messaging, but what about Windows Phone? Windows Live Messenger is dated and is not a popular state-side option, while newly acquired Skype has more brand prowess. Each Microsoft Account should automatically be Skype-enabled for its free messaging feature at minimum.Continued on the next page