The last year was very good year for Windows Phone. We saw some great new hardware, but maybe more importantly we saw more apps from big names. Apps like PayPal, Skype, Plex, UrbanSpoon, Crackle, and many more finally came to Windows Phone this year, but as 2012 comes to a close we look back at the top five apps still not available (in alphabetical order).
Last month Dropbox announced they reached 100 million users, which means there are probably a lot of Windows Phone users waiting for this app (including our own Ashley King). Dropbox is widely considered to be the best cloud storage service with many features and apps on practically every platform. Of course one platform that they don’t have is Windows Phone. In October Microsoft announced that Dropbox would be coming to Windows 8, but that still hasn’t happened either. Where are you Dropbox?
The two major players in paid streaming video are Netflix and Hulu+. Windows Phone has had Netflix since day one, but Hulu+ is still no where to be found. What’s even worse is there hasn’t been an ounce of news to suggest that they are even thinking about a Windows Phone app. The only positive sign that Hulu+ users have is that they built a Windows 8 app. That”s not much, but it’s more than Dropbox users can say.
Like it or hate it, you probably could guess that Instagram would be on this list. The very popular photo app has a lot of lovers and a lot of haters, but one thing is for sure: people use the heck out of this app. Instagram is so powerful that there are many people who don’t use Windows Phone just because this one app is not present. Unlike other apps it can’t be replaced by a 3rd part solution. It is very important that Instagram comes to Windows Phone in 2013.
Back in October Joe Belfiore announced that Pandora would be coming to Windows Phone 8. He also said it would come with a free year of ad-free listening. We were very excited. Now, nearly two months later, the app is still no where in sight, and not a word has been said about it. It’s a shame that they didn’t have the app ready for launch (something we could say about all these apps). There has been a lot of drama surrounding Pandora and 3rd party apps for Windows Phone. All can be forgiven if they deliver a great app.
Google and Microsoft do not get along. They have made this perfectly clear in the last year. Microsoft constantly jabs at Gmail and Google Search while Google just resorts to keeping all their apps and services off Windows Phone. Perhaps the biggest app missing is YouTube. There are 3rd party apps that do a good job, but at any random time Google can change something and they all break. Microsoft’s YouTube “app” in the Store is just a link to the mobile site. If any app in this list never comes to Windows Phone it will be YouTube.
There you have it! The top 5 apps still not available for Windows Phone. Would you change any of the top 5? What app are you waiting for?