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Re: Waze for Windows Phone 8

Postby top_gun_de » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:20 am

Well, I consider your absolute point-of-no-return-attitude a little too strict.

Windows Phone 8 is so new that nearly no one has yet written software for it. It is compatible with WP7, but the API-restrictions on WP7 were so harsh that the GPS-software was close to zero. Apps couldn't perform as well on WP7 as on iOS or Android.

WP8 has been released about 2 weeks ago, and it's upcoming market share is yet to be determined. You should allow any company, especially a small company as waze the time to determine if WP8 and it's numbers justify a newly-developed client.

Waze for WP8 would be an entirely new beast - iOS-Apps are written in Objective-C, Android-Apps in Java, and WP8-apps in the .net-supported languages like C#. Add to that the plattform-differences, and you might get an impression how much effort it would be for a small company to support an entirely different smartphone system with yet another version of Waze.

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Re: Waze for Windows Phone 8

Postby dmcconachie » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:54 am

top_gun_de wrote:Well, I consider your absolute point-of-no-return-attitude a little too strict.

Windows Phone 8 is so new that nearly no one has yet written software for it. It is compatible with WP7, but the API-restrictions on WP7 were so harsh that the GPS-software was close to zero. Apps couldn't perform as well on WP7 as on iOS or Android.

WP8 has been released about 2 weeks ago, and it's upcoming market share is yet to be determined. You should allow any company, especially a small company as waze the time to determine if WP8 and it's numbers justify a newly-developed client.

Waze for WP8 would be an entirely new beast - iOS-Apps are written in Objective-C, Android-Apps in Java, and WP8-apps in the .net-supported languages like C#. Add to that the platform-differences, and you might get an impression how much effort it would be for a small company to support an entirely different smartphone system with yet another version of Waze.

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Re: Re: Waze for Windows Phone 8

Postby Scorp42 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:32 pm

thnninen wrote:Oh, they will see, they deinitely will.

Arrogance only hurts companies and services. ...


LOL at the irony of you calling someone else ... arrogant, with such an arrogant flare!


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Re: Waze for Windows Phone 8

Postby OldGnome » Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:04 pm

thnninen wrote:Arrogance only hurts companies and services.

Your arrogance, in the form of "give me what I want, or I am going to go elsewhere" is quite amusing, in the light of what else you are posting.

Did it ever occur to you that there may be a very good technical reason why there are no GPS apps for Windows 8 phones? Could it be that the return on investment is too low (in spite of you adopting the platform)? Could it be that there are technical issues with Windows 8 (technical issues with a brand new Microsoft product? Who would have guessed?)?
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Re: Waze for Windows Phone 8

Postby floppyrod84 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:18 pm

I really don't think waze with their 20+ million users are worried about wp8, but let's hope if and when it comes to developing for it that the rest of the users aren't so abrupt in dismissing an app that is offering something for free and currently not even close to breaking even.

I thought my attitude was bad at times, but I gave up stamping my feet and spitting my dummy when I don't get my own way when I was a kid.

Don't worry, Jo Frost is on her way with a nice Android phone :lol:

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Re: Waze for Windows Phone 8

Postby btrials » Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:50 pm

I never thought in million years Microsoft would get outed like Crackberries (at least MS is doing better) but it's iOS & Android world these days. I can't blame the love for WM but I've moved on awhile ago. Perhaps one day when WM does start to make a comeback I'm sure the developers not just limited to Waze but other app will start growing in numbers.

I've been hearing the same debate over at Sprint with people wanting more Windows Mobile based phones. Times change though unfortunately. Who knows, Microsoft maybe going through a similar phase that Apple experienced long ago before making a huge comeback.
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Re: Waze for Windows Phone 8

Postby lizaoreo » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:54 pm

I too would love to see a WP8 app, but I figure for a time at least I may JB my iPhone and leave it mounted in the car with a task launcher type JB app to get Waze started when it starts charging (I start the car) and have it connect to my soon to be coming Lumia via tethering. Don't know how long I'll deal with that though :/ Depends on if it's cumbersome and such, if it is, I'll just use Nokia Drive.

Oh, and about the comment about new software/hardware being buggy... since when is that Microsoft only? Microsoft, Google, Apple, <insert company> all have buggy software/hardware issues when they first come out. It's part of making software/hardware and releasing it.
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Re: Waze for Windows Phone 8

Postby OldGnome » Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:36 pm

I am constantly amazed and amused by the posts in forums for various free applications when a particular user doesn't feel as though they are getting what they want from the application. Threats to leave and take market share, grumbling about how the developers don't care, sniping at those who are offering up counterpoints to their only partially considered viewpoints....

If you don't like the application, don't use it. You don't need to log on to a forum and let the entire world know that you are disappointed with the app.

Move on already.
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Re: Re: Waze for Windows Phone 8

Postby floppyrod84 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:18 pm

lizaoreo wrote:It's part of making software/hardware and releasing it.

Actually, it should be part of testing, not releasing. That kinda gives the "oh s**t" scenario ;-)

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Re: Waze for Windows Phone 8

Postby rottielover » Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:28 pm

To try and get back to point, I'd just like to say that the Nokia Lumina 920 is a very nice device. I've switched from my iPhone3gs and I don't plan on swapping the 920 for an iPhone5.

Given the fact that MS has Windows 8 on tablets like the surface, I think it would pay off for Waze to consider looking into writing or porting the app over. I don't claim to understand every detail, but it seems like you can write your app once and make it available to Phones, Tablets, and Desktops in one swoop.

Anyway, I just hope they consider writing the app for Win8 phone, the devices are nice, and I think you're going to see market share shifting, maybe not quickly, but I think it's going to start happening.
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