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2014 was a big year for the Windows Phone platform. This year, Nokia’s Devices and Services business officially joined Microsoft, Microsoft entered the personal assistant race with Cortana, and the company ended 2014 with a list of top apps that almost rivals Apple and Google.
But, despite all its promise, Windows Phone also took a few hits. From Snapchat to Microsoft itself, here’s a recap of the app developers that snubbed Windows Phone users this year.
In the three years since it launched, mega-popular selfie app Snapchat never released a Windows Phone app. This wasn’t such a problem, until the company had all third-party Snapchat apps pulled from the Windows Phone store due to the “Snappeneing” nude photo hack. Meanwhile, Snapchat continues to tease Windows Phone users with this poll, requesting votes for where Snapchat should launch next.
Microsoft frustrated a lot of Windows Phone fans this year when its experimental lab, Microsoft Garage, launched two Android-only apps in October — one called Next Lock Screen, and another titled Journeys and Notes. Similarly, a few days later, Microsoft announced a Lumia/Fitbit partnership after enticing us with its own fitness wearable. As usual, we’re left scratching our heads.
Nokia — the part Microsoft didn’t acquire — didn’t pull any of its official apps yet (as far as we know), but the company apparently doesn’t plan to release new updates for its HERE maps app on the Windows Phone platform. Ouch.
Third-party Twitter app developers
Makers of popular third-party Twitter apps like Mehdoh and Rowi pulled their offerings from the Windows Phone store over the last year. Luckily, Twitter has long maintained its own official Windows Phone app. It’s noteworthy, of course, that Twitter’s collection of third-party clients has been on the decline for a long time.
What other app developers snubbed Windows Phone this year? Let us know if we missed something in the comments below.
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