Don't uninstall Swapchat; developer pulls app due to copyright request
Well this is certainly a real bummer, folks. Swapchat, the popular unofficial Snapchat app for Windows Phone, has been pulled due to a copyright complaint filed by Snapchat. While there's the potential good news of an official client on the way for Microsoft's platform, until that day comes consumers are going to be stuck with no third party alternative.
Unfortunately, we had to remove Swapchat from the Store after a Copyright Complaint from Snapchat. Sorry guys.Unfortunately, we had to remove Swapchat from the Store after a Copyright Complaint from Snapchat. Sorry guys.— SRC Apps (@src_apps) July 13, 2013July 13, 2013
If you still have Swapchat installed, it's reported that all is okay and you can continue using the service as normal. If you haven't, you're going to have to wait for an official Snapchat app to be released. We'll keep you all in the loop with what's happening in the realm of Snapchat, but if tweets published by the SRC Apps team are to be taken seriously, we won't have to wait long.
Source: Twitter (SRC Apps); Thanks to everyone who tipped us!
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By Jez Corden
I don't use this service, or even Instagram, but I am less inclined to use apps that, are so popular on other platforms but wouldn't make an appearance on WP without 'holding out' for a possible payoff by Microsoft. I guess I just respect a developer that makes apps for WP of his/her/their own volition. Yes, I know Microsoft is offering to pay developers, but still :)
Judge says you cannot copyright an API.
Not saying this is relevent here, but as a sweeping statement.
If everyone jumped on the 3rd party ones, you would see lots more 1st party. Just look at twitter, they pulled their fingers out. Also, its not windows phones fault that devs only care about the device they have in their hands, and not those in the hands of untapped markets
Will never uninstall.
If you follow his twitter feed, you can see what's going on. It's unfortunate that many people expect independent developers to have everything figured out/solved/fixed in a week, when it takes companies months and longer.
Daniel Gary and other independent developers are doing the work, by themselves, during their spare time (most have full time day jobs to ensure they can have a decent life and retirement).
And sure, a week long gap in twitter posts might seem long, but considering that break took place during a holiday week, it doesn't even seem odd.
I don't even use Instagram, but I do know the hard work that Daniel Gary, and others have put into creating top notch experiences for WP8.
Please be mindful when posting thoughts and opinions if you haven't spent the time or resources to find the answer. For all anyone knows, he could have had a busy week at work, a wonderful camping vacation with no electronics, or even a stint in a mental hospital with all the stress of making his app work perfectly. That doesn't even include things like being located in cities that have no power due to flooding, explosions, gas leaks, and other natural disasters. There are lots of reasons someone might seem to 'disconnect' for a short period of time, and last week's Talk Mobile discussion put the 'always connected' social media craze to task.
Before I talk about anything here I search Yes on the hard work that he, and many others are doing. I follow him on Twitter, I follow all the materials that come out about the Instance in various sites and I've tried to contact him several times for questions here in the comments of the WP Central, by tweets and at least 3 times by e-mail. And he never answered me in any way! And many other users complain of the same thing! It does not support users. The only people he meets are famous people who can help him make the Instance have more prominence and more money, as the writers of WP and The Verge. And that to me is the worst part, because WE were the ones who bought the application of it, we did to be successful in the Store! And a lot of us, like me for example, helped publicize the Instance when it was released! And I am very sad because in no time I tried to contact he replied!
Many other developers of other excellent applications actually give support to your users! I keep in touch with many of them and they are always attentive. That's what for me is a real support.
And that is why for me he abandoned the Instance app. Because for me there is no point developing something if after this he ignores users who bought your application.
Also I forgot to mention that I was specifically talking about instance. It wasn't the part about his snapchat app I was referring to, but rather the "and seems like he already has abandoned Instance too... :/"
Who knows if he works 40 hours, 60 hours, 80 hours a week? He has a family, and young children. He probably gets thousands of mails a day. I used to answer hundreds a day, and eventually realized that posting an update here and there was way less time consuming, and a LOT less stressful. I *HOPE* that he wasn't in a hospital during this time, or working so hard he's not spending any time with his family (let alone solving problems in his app). I know he's going to get it done, and I know he appreciates all the support he's received.
In his Twitter feed, on July 2nd, he mentioned that he was working on Instagram Video and apologized for the 'radio silence'. I see you responded to him then. Yesterday (July 12th) he responded to the person who accused him of ditching it. It was 10 days after his last update, during which a large 4 day holiday occurred. This is the part that bothered me. Even if he was gone 2 full weeks with no holiday weekend in there - he's an individual, with a full time job, with a full time family, and he's producing and trying to fix things that take large companies upwards of 20-26 weeks.
We tend to be spoiled by the independent developers, and it makes us impatient. I check things dozens of times a day to see if anything has changed, but it still doesn't make things go faster, as much as I'd like it to :).
(a) $50-100k is real money to indie developers, it's nothing to Microsoft and Nokia, and it wouldn't work as an inducement to an official app to build for WP (they care more about user engagement)
(b) No official party would ever agree to pay an indie developer for something they officially own. This is what makes conversations challenging. Legal would never sign it off happily.
(c) Lessening the effort of winbreakers is the key so they don't slog for months to the point where a $50-100k payoff isn't worth it.
(d) The WP community can help by beta testing the heck out of the apps with the knowledge that our feedback and engagement is what will drive the growth of the platform. this is ultimately guerilla growth. Microsoft and Nokia can continue their corporate discussions to woo the official apps while pointing to the engagement intensity inside WP as evidence of the market opportunity. And finally, when those negotiations bear fruit, the indie doesn't feel like Microsoft and Nokia screwed him over. Hope this makes sense to someone.
Guess we'll just have to take this one on the chin and learn a lesson, it was pretty cheap anyway and if it made Snapchat take notice and build their own, that can't be bad.