We’ve said it before and we’ll likely say it again, no matter how great Microsoft’s mobile OS and Nokia’s hardware may be, it’s tough to truly love Windows Phone without all of the apps we need. Thankfully, it looks like Nokia is taking matters into its own hands, and expects to bring all our favorite apps to its Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia devices in the (nearish) future.
Nokia’s VP and General Manager of Global Partner and App Development Bryan Biniak recently spoke to Engadget about bringing more applications on the Windows Phone 8 platform. He promised that the operating system’s ecosystem of apps and services is growing fast and even provided a somewhat vague timeline for when we can expect to see Nokia and Microsoft close the app gap.
“It’s maturing, and it’s time to come in,” Biniak siad. “By the end of the year, there’ll be very few, if any key applications that aren’t in the development pipeline… or published.”
One of the biggest glaring holes in the Windows Phone 8 app store is a lack of Google apps. The search giant has made it very clear that it has no interest in porting its popular web services to the OS, and Nokia only just got an app to upload videos directly to YouTube earlier this week. For Biniak, though, it’s only a matter of time until the Windows Phone platform is popular enough that Google “won’t have an option” to leave it behind.