Instagram and Vine have officially come to Windows Phone. Rudy Hyun has created a world-class SnapChat application called 6Snap, and both Path and FlipBoard applications are well on their way to the platform as well.
Just one obstacle remains: Google.
Google refuses to make apps for Windows Phone, most notably YouTube, Google+, and Google Maps. Even when Microsoft took it upon themselves to make a YouTube app (that was good, too), Google ordered a cease and desist and Microsoft was forced to take it down.
Nokia has a Video Uploading application that works with YouTube, and there are plenty of excellent third-party YouTube applications to choose from (such as myTube or MetroTube), but the YouTube problem remains rampant. For now, the only thing the “official” YouTube app does is launch the browser and enable the use of YouTube’s mobile website.
Hopefully Microsoft can somehow work with Google on getting apps to the platform, but with MSFT’s Scroogled campaign and Google’s refusal to work with Redmond’s tech giant, chances are slim.
The official @Instagram client for @WindowsPhone is out today. Download it now! #WP8 #Nokia #Lumia #1020
Today, we’re excited to bring you Instagram for Windows Phone.
When we launched Instagram for Android in March of 2012, the community was 30 million strong and growing fast. The Instagram community is now more than 150 million people and reaches every corner of the globe.
In that past year, however, Instagram isn’t all that’s grown. We’ve also seen the rise of a new mobile platform as tens of millions of people around the world have taken to Windows Phones. Our mission is to give everyone the ability to capture and share the moments around them, so our team has been working hard to bring Instagram to Windows Phone users everywhere.
We wanted to make Instagram available to people with Windows Phones as quickly as possible, so we focused on creating an awesome experience with Instagram’s core features. We’re not finished, and our team will continue developing the Windows Phone app to keep releasing features and bringing you the best Instagram possible.
Instagram is a place where people come to be inspired and connect with others, and we’re thrilled to welcome Windows Phone users to the community. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create.
Hey @Instagram followers, add me on SnapChat! #snapchat #swapchat #snapback #add #friends #pictures #digital #sending #ghost #yellow #classicdavidv #davidvkimball #yellow #awkzinabox #white #networks #socialmedia
Dressed up as a @WindowsPhone for Halloween this year. #Lumia1020 #windowsphone #wp8 #costume #happyhalloween #metroui #amber #theme #people #phone #email #text #sms #amber #yellow #dark #zune #Microsoft #calendar #Oct31 #StartScreen (at Perks Lounge)
Love messing with the focus on the Nokia Camera application. The level of detail this phone can pick up is ridiculous. #lumia1020 #windowsphone #glow #leaves #green #color #focus #campus #tree #nature
I was reluctant at first to switch from my Lumia 920, but I do not regret it.
The 1020 is magnificent. The camera grip and charge cover add to it nicely as well. Although if I had to choose, the camera grip is my favorite.
I take pictures all of the time now! 315 of them in the first week, to be exact.
I’m still playing around with what this outstanding 41 megapixel beast can do. The video is stunning. The images are crisp. All of the features built into the Nokia Camera app seem endless.
And it runs the same blazingly fast Windows Phone 8 I came to love on the 920.
I’ll hopefully have a video up soon with a comparison of three different cases/covers for the Lumia 1020. And eventually I’ll write a more in-depth comparison between the 920 and the 1020.
Hope to be writing more in general as well. :)
Visited PetSmart with @nikothewaferon National Cat Day. Here are some fish. #orange #aquarium #water #tank #blue #gills #gold #vibrant #colors #lumia1020 #windowsphone #nokia #pureview
That’s dew on a leaf. Yep, the #Lumia1020 just gets that kind of detail. #green #water #dew #grass #sun #fall #autumn #WindowsPhone #nofilter #sunshine #gold #northwestu
With Nokia’s introduction of the Lumia 1520 and 2520 came another important announcement: the availability of an official Instagram app for Windows Phone.
This is very exciting for the WP community, because not only is Instagram a large social network that holds a significant market, but many of the reservations folks have about the Windows Phone ecosystem is their lack of certain choice apps like Instagram.
Here’s a list of apps I’d like to see really soon:
As of now, no official versions of these applications exist in the Store. But we hope to see a lot of new apps in the coming weeks.
We’ve already seen tremendous growth recently with the adding of official Tumblr, TeamViewer, Disqus, and a host of other apps. Even Angry Birds Star Wars 2 arrived on Windows Phone before any other platform.
Windows Phone is slowly, but surely, making a foothold in the market. And the official application support is following.