Rumor: Instagram, Real Racing 3 and Temple Run for Windows Phone coming in May

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Yesterday we brought you the story about Instagram reportedly already in the Windows Phone Store. The app is hidden, presumably for Microsoft eyes only, and we argued that if Microsoft had built the app they could be waiting on some last minute negotiations with Instagram to use their APIs legally.

Now, the same source, @anontechleaks, has a few more tidbits including images of Real Racing 3 and Temple Run—two huge titles that Windows Phone desperately needs. Real Racing 3 evidently requires 1.7GB of free space, putting it probably in 800MB range.

In related but different news, Real Racing 2 is reportedly coming soon too but as a Nokia exclusive. We’re unsure if this a case of rumors colliding or one will be for Windows Phone 8 (RR3) and one for Windows Phone 7.x (RR2).

No information was given about Temple Run.

On Instagram, the news is that it is a straight up iOS port with no Lens feature, which may be surprising for those anticipating. Of course, that can later be changed with updates, and this could be a “let’s just get it out there” move by Microsoft.

The timing of the releases is curious. May is not too far off, but it’s not exactly around the corner either. The only thing we can think is this may coincide with forthcoming firmware updates for Nokia, perhaps the GDR2 OS update and of course Verizon’s new Lumia 928, giving Microsoft and partners a very high profile May.

Interesting enough, the leaker of those images to demonstrate that they are not Photoshopped, showed the URL for the Real Racing 3 game with the ID of the app blurred out. On Windows Phone Daily an analysis of the images showed there were no PS tricks but a person could still fake the listing on the site just by entering into the CSS editor of their browser.

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Now that we can see the full URL and the image, it does lend more credibility to the leak though of course we cannot be 100%. 

Source: @Anontechleaks; Thanks, Er. Akshat, for the tip


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Rumor: Instagram, Real Racing 3 and Temple Run for Windows Phone coming in May



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hahahaha jokes. i can't wait.


I think Jessica Alba asked Microsoft to get it and they did. She probably has early access to it too. Either she switched back to iPhone or she has early access to Instagram beta. So yeah, lets thank Jessica Alba.. :P

Jessica has been using her old phone to post to Instagram since the day she started using her Windows phone. She just uses two phones. Has been this whole time cause I've been following her way before she got a WP.

They are talking about Temple Run 2.. I'm not sure if Temple Run 1 will be released but according to the article and pictures Temple Run 2 will be out in May.

I want Temple Run 0, formerly known as "Pitfall" from Activision.    That game was amazingly fast on my 1.19Mhz/128b Atari 2600. 

Not likely, anyone can copy a webpage in a site editor pop in a pic, change the text post up a quick browser preview then type in a URL for the screen cap. Would be nice though ^^

And that's when everyone in iOS and Android will move on to something else... kinda like when Rupert Murdoch bought MySpace.

Hopefully this is true.  So I can stop hearing the constant clamoring for Instagram.  Now we can move on to something else.

It could be. I suspect its a port from Android since the listing changed from android to windows phone instead of iOS. Backs it up just a tad bit.

Although I'm the main "Clamorer" about Instagram I fully agree with your comment.. I'm ready to bitch about something else WP needs.. LOL! I won't stop until we're caught up with the others.

Exactly. "bitching" about apps and features is the only way the platform can reach parity with others, and at least have a chance of surpassing them.
How much people "bitch" about something is an indicator of how important that thing is for the platform.

Bitching on WPC doesn't help, it just annoys everyone else. I had to stop reading comments for awhile since EVERY thread was an opp for some InstaWhine. It could be about ESPN and someone thinks its OK to spout off about InstaGram. Ugh.

You're right. Bitching is annoying... Hey, if it makes you feel better we bitch elsewhere as well.. Lol!.. Seriously, the word gets out, and these companies do get the message.. So, it's actually ok that we bitch..

Not really. Hoping on word getting out by bitching in the wrong places is a waste. Bitch directly to these companies you want. I've been saying this forever, but people don't read or seem to follow logic. If Instagram and Pandora have no care about WP, what makes you think they'd go to a WP fan site to read comments? If you band all the people who want an app and contact those companies' via their websites en masse, it would be difficult for them to ignore, especially if the mass contact happens very close to each other. It's sort of like a petition, except I think it'd be more effective.

Yeah, you're right that would be more effective. I wish we had a way to get a large amount of people to do that,, like a website or something.. I know of some sites that have attempted to bring large amounts of people to contact these developers, but they were lower quality and didn't catch on. I think it would be a great idea if WPC set up a sister site to get something like this off the ground,, you know form a list of company email addresses so that we could easily email these companies.. Not sure if that's legal or not, but it's a good idea. They could even make it a fuction in the WPC app..

That's just how the industry is while it's a distant 3rd place for now.  Much better than not getting big titles though.

Instagram has enough money, developer power ect to make this more than just an iOS port.  If a company as large as Instagram will choose to be that lazy..........words cannot even express.

They had just 12 employees, IIRC, when they started building their Android app. And two of those were Android devs. 

The thing is people need to remember: Instagram doesn't make much money, yet. Their hedging a bit, trying to avoid exploding overnight.

Why don't you learn how mergers and acquisitions work in the real world. Facebook INVESTED in their future. Instagram doesn't all of a sudden get access to their resources and team members. Get a clue and stop being ignorant.

Yeah because MS will just straight port the App over from iOS. If MS WAS making it they would Metro it...

Personally im not fussed about these 3 but this should help the platform Grow as we score more of the top 50 apps :)
Lets hope this is just the start and the platform can now get the recognition it deserves  

Highly doubt it, but I could be surprised. Supposedly most these games didn't/won't come to WP7.x is due to native code support which it doesn't support.

Real Racing 2 is awesome but from everything I read, the 3rd one is a micro-transaction filled pile of shit. Still good news for the platform, especially Instagram.

Agreed. A nice to have but I'd rather have one without a lens than none at all, its the only app i miss. Updates could always add it in later too.

They did?  Pretty sure that was debunked.  They are stil growing... and growing.. and growing.....

I am sure they are, but according to there own metrics they lost 25% of daily active users during the holidays, from ~16 million to ~12 million

Ok, so when is kirosoft going to port their games to WP? I want them so bad. Most addicting games on a mobile platform and do simple too.

Filters are optional. You can post nice untouched photos or add filters. It's fun, but is nowhere as good as fhotoroom. But it's definitely MUCH larger, user base wise.

I tried it. When I had an instagram account, I didn't even upload photos, I just viewed, so I loved wpgram. Then I notices that "I" posted weird comments, and my username got changed, so I deleted it.

WWF isn't that bad anymore. Yes, it would have been nice to have it built specifically for WP. But its a heleva lot better today than when it was when first released. 

And thusly crumbles my wife's last remaining defense against the Dark Side. She shall now join with me to rule the Galaxy as my Queen!

Besides, Android sucks. :p

Same twerpy account that posted the same twerpy 'leak' yesterday? And you're giving it an 8?
Come on WP Central, you're better than this.

Your argument is not convincing. I see a full game listing for Real Racing 3 and it counts as evidence, sorry.

Seriously, what is so far fetched about RR3 and Temple Run coming to Windows Phone? Or Instagram for that matter? It's not only plausible but expected, no?

When an account (a brand new account too) posts something that is clearly fake one day, I'm not going to believe them when they make more bold announcements the day after.
The Instagram 'photo' was done because doing it that way, low quality / blurry helps mask any imperfections. The category the app was listed in doesn't even exist, and the first line says 'Android', and makes no mention of Windows Phone. My skepticism is well placed.
As far as I can tell there's not even a shred of evidence. We can agree to disagree if that's favourable, but rating things based on what you want to happen is hugely flawed.

"... but rating things based on what you want to happen is hugely flawed."

I would have thought it was well known by now that I don't always print what I actually know.


Dan knows stuff. I always thought Dan knew things. He's like an evil god who knows how our universe will be shaped, but can't tell us. We bow to you..

Great. Instagram and Temple run will be out of the way.
Wonder what app people will complain about next?
Hope this is true though. The platform needs this more than ever.

Quoted for troof!
"Great. Instagram and Temple run will be out of the way.

Wonder what app people will complain about next?"

My prediction is Rocklive will be the app to cry about.
That and the constant tears over a "notification center".

My god I hate running-games. And seriously the fuss about Temple run baffles me.
But in glad for popular apps appearing :)

I'm not sure that this deserves an 8. I'd say more like a 5 or 6, but I really hope this is true. We need Instagram!

Come on Daniel, 5 minutes editing the HTML of an existing listing would give you a perfect page, no Photoshop required.
Also, it's strange that he has shown the URL after I asked him to on Twitter, but has hidden half of it... what would he have to lose by showing the full URL?  Only his credibility when it turns out to be faked.
I hope it's all true, but this all seems very suspect.

Honestly, Temple Run was announced along with WP8. It's ridiculous that it takes so long to arrive to the store.
But then again...so was Data Sense and Microsoft decided to remove it from the system and give it as an exclusive to a damn American carrier. So I expect nothing from Microsoft apart from new schemes at this point.

Because it was Microsoft who announced it and gave the face to the slap. Had it been announced by the developers, they would be to blame. But they weren't the ones making the announcement.

Now that we can see the full URL and the image, it does lend more credibility to the leak though of course we cannot be 100%.

I can't tell how that lends any credibility. This could very easily have been a locally designed webpage and the user could have entered whatever they want into the URL bar. I could mock this up in about 5 minutes.

Seems like a lot of effort for something that really isn't that big of a deal. I mean, RR3 and Temple Run were talked about before with the latter even being announced in October...why take the time to make a fake Store app page? What's the motivation?

Publicity.. Same reason all those losers make stuff up in the first place. Haven't looked myself but wonder how many twitter followers that account has now? Not saying a agree or disagree with the rumors, happy to wait them out and see what happens :)

If you do not understand the motivation, you need to try life without the rose colored glasses. A couple motivations are 1) publicity which need not have any deeper meaning, and 2) watching people around places like this dance around like puppets on strings. There can also be other more unpleasant motivations such as generating negative press for the OS when things do not materialize. Seriously, if you do not understand this stuff you must be on drugs a lot more potent than the post-op painkillers I am taking. I at least have the excuse of having just had spinal surgery....

The thing is it is not really that much effort at all. For someone that knows what they're doing, it would take 10 minutes tops. As for motivation, have you heard of trolling?

If we finally get Instagram I wonder what the next "but it doesn't have..." will be.
Any thoughts?

Pandora is coming like temple run lol but I'd say HBO, Hulu, Ing direct, wells Fargo, ruzzle, snapchat, GameStop, gamefly.

Fart Apps such as:
Fart Destroyer
Fart a Good Fart
Don't let them see you Fart
Don't let them see you Fart 2
Silent But Deadly
Fart Apocolypse (I hope this one gets on board soon)
There's others, but those are the big ones.

Firmware update to have notification lights? Have the Windows logo blink to alert u of a missed event. Would tie in great with notification center.

Real Racing 3 is largely ruined by its freemium mechanics which, according to many reviews, are overwhelmingly hostile and serve no other purpose gameplay-wise other than to eek more cash out of you. It's similar to Flight Control Rocket - also EA published - which is a free-to-play game on iOS. There's an overwhelming amount of levels, ships, robots, powers, rechargers, and things for you to wait for or unlock with the rare in-game currency. Even the WP8 version, which is a priced game on XBOX, still includes the mechanics even though you paid for the game and there is no way to buy your way out of the waits for recharges. It tarnishes what would've been an otherwise excellent game experience.

I think that is largely what he's talking about.

Verizon is aa about exclusive devices/features. To get behind Nokia and WP they want Instagram to be their exclusive like data sense.

Maybe not Verizon exclusive but Nokia exclusivity would be on top of list since they are the only manufacturer that cares.

Instead of Instragram, i am want Path badly! Please where is it? The rumors about path was in Febuary, i guess,, any update guys?

I'm starting to think the real hoax is that Microsoft cares about Windows Phone. Why would any company wanting to gain momentum move this slow?

Instead of Instragram, i want Path badly! Please, where is it? The rumors about path was in Febuary, i guess,, any update guys?

I have to believe these are fake. I don't doubt they are coming, but notice how the leaks have all had rounded corners for the icon? That is not a windowsphone icon. Windows phone icons are enot rounded, they are blocks to follow the MetroUI

@Daniel, somebody replied to @anontechleaks and mentioned that the 4 screenshots below that app description were horizontal thumbnails or in landscape mode (implying it was fake). I checked the windows phone store website on my laptop and screenshots for recent games like the amazing spider-man, asphalt 7 heat and real soccer 2013 are all vertical (ie, portrait mode).

The description is from Google Play Store. Besides, I haven't seen a single app that's got horizontal thumbnails in the Windows Phone Store web interface. Just saying...

Oops, seems like I was wrong about the thumbnails. FYI
But anyone can do this with any iOS or Android app just for fun really easily, still.