Its been a year and a half since I left iPhone behind and got my first windows phone. It’s no secret that windows mobile platform lacks in one area. One big area. Apps. It doesn’t matter how awesome your platform is, of you can’t have the apps people want.
So because of this, spent that 18 months going back and forth from windows phone, to Android, and back again. I love the windows phone platform, really I do. I think the overall OS user experience is second to none of the other two. I have plenty of friends who disagree with me, and most of them would say its because of the apps.
I’ve used windows phone continuously for the past 7 months. I’ve forced myself to deal with this issue head on, and for the most part, I’ve done ok. The apps that I would use normally (facebook, Kindle, audible, Spotify, Netflix, etc.) all have official apps. There area few apps that just don’t exist though. Most prominent are Google’s apps. But I honestly don’t need any of them. The only two I care about are Gmail (windows has an app for that) and google maps (here maps works just as well!). For everything else, I use third party apps, which are actually great replacements. Aeries for twitter (the official windows phone one isn’t good) and 6tag for instagram (same story here).
There is however one app that doesn’t have a third party or replacement for, and people are crying out for it! This app of course, is Snapchat.
I’ll be honest with you, I don’t use snapchat that much (none since December 20th). I have some friends that would snap me, and I’d snap back, and it would for the most part be silly stuff, but then again, that’s the beauty of snapchat.
Snapchat has never had an official windows phone app. That’s ok, because Rudy Huyn, famous windows phone app developer, made a great third party app called 6snap. Anyone who used a third party client used 6snap. It was beautiful, and worked wonderfully.
After the last huge data breach of a third party client in November of 2014, snap chat cracked down on third party clients. They warned users they would be banned if using an unofficial third party app. On December 20th, they were successful on getting Microsoft to pull all third part clients off the marketplace.
It was at this time that my account got locked for continuing to use 6snap. This didn’t matter to me, because without a client, I couldn’t use snap chat anyway.
Users from all over the world cried out about their access being cut off. All inquiries about the future of snapchat and windows phone were ignored. Rudy Huyn reached out to Microsoft and snapchat to get an official app made, but nothing. He even offered up his ow. Source code, and you guessed it. Nothing.
There have been twitter campaigns and online petitions to convince snapchat to do something, but they were answered with silence. Up until recently, snapchat had a form you could fill out, if you had a device that didn’t have snapchat. They pulled that recently,and its speculated that they were being flooded by windows phone users.
Personally, it makes no sense that a company would not appease or even respond to people that are interested in using their product, especially if there is an easy way to do so, like using an established source code. Will snapchat make a client for Windows phone, or release an official API so third party clients cam exist? Only time will tell.
Until then, I’ll continue my twitter campaign #snapchatforwindowsphone. If you agree with me, feel free to tweet @snapchat and @snapchatsupport and use my hashtag. You cam follow me on twitter @rczlapinski and follow @goopply as well.