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The Snapchat Windows Phone saga

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As many of you may have noticed: Snapchat is no friend of Windows Phone.

In December Snapchat started locking accounts of Snapchat users using third party apps including Windows Phone users. Far worse, Snapchat forced Microsoft to remove the very popular Snapchat app 6snap from the Store.

Since then a lot of users are posting their complains on twitter as these searches show:
https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=windowsphone%20snapchat
https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=6snap&src=typd

The developer of 6snap, Rudy Huyn even twittered Snapchat that they could have the source code. A cool step indeed.

And what did Snapchat do: nothing! And how do they react to thousands of questions from all over the world: no word whatsoever! I don’t understand this company, why would you deny millions of users to use your service with the source almost for free? What’s is in the head of Evan Spiegel (@evanspiegel), Snapchat’s CEO? From the Sony mails leaks we now know he is a real professional, taking his company very serious as you can read here.

One can state that the whole story is strange. And we, the end users (or at least my son :), we are the victims of these strange politics. And in the meantime a company like Microsoft is changing from “Evil” to an open company building apps and services for all sorts of platforms. Being open always wins in the long run…

So are you also desperately waiting? There’s something you can do!

  1. Sign the Worldwide petition to get Snapchat for Windows Phone.
  2. Vote for Windows Phone a the Snapchat support site.
  3. Tweet / like this article

 

  And to end with some humor 🙂

SnapChat Comic

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Roger Hendriks

He is CTO of Fenêtre internet applications and co-owner of Keen On Apps (www.keenonapps.nl), both located in The Netherlands. Roger is the face behind NPU’s Windows Phone app and writes interesting articles on NPU when he gets time from donning the role of CTO of his company.
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  • MegamaN

    Yes, I’ve been plagued by this, since I don’t want to cause trouble and be locked-out permanently, I have refrained from using the app.
    Problem is that, I have tons of Snaps from friends and I would like to see them. (LOL!)
    I hope SnapChat opens their eyes and deliver.

  • JLIT99

    I used 6Snap back in the past. It was pretty decent.

    If Snapchat hasn’t made an app for WP after all the pressure in the past, it’s unlikely one petition will be able to do it now. Only the possibility of Microsoft subsidizing Snapchat for the app will make it available.

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