It was less than 24 hours ago we clued you guys in about an app called Molome potentially coming to Windows Phone. Molome is basically like Instagram, but some could argue a bit better because of the gamification for collecting badges for certain tasks. Anyways, we spoke with the founder of Molome and are pleased to let you guys know the app is indeed coming to Windows Phone.
It’s fairly popular on Symbian and MeeGo devices - with over 1 million downloads just from the Nokia Store alone. It’s available for Android and BlackBerry, so by adding Windows Phone devices to the mix that user base could grow substantially. Now let’s talk about the Windows Phone app.
The Molome app for Windows Phone will be full-featured and available for Windows Phone 8 devices. Molome is looking into making a version for Windows Phone 7.x, but are focusing their resources on the newest version first. There are a few technical reasons for developing for Windows Phone 8 first:
- HLSL (Shader support) is available on Windows Phone 8 and needed to instantly apply filters to photographs
- Lens support
- Windows 8 support with the same code
- In-app purchasing
Yesterday we speculated that it might be an exclusive app for Nokia Lumia devices before joining the rest of the fray. It was easy to think when the founder, Sittiphol Phanvilai, shared a picture that he had just met with the CEO of Nokia. However, when the app is available in the Windows Phone Store it will be accessible to all devices – regardless of manufacturer.
We would still love for Instagram to come to Windows Phone – One, so you can stop asking about it and two, because it is an essential app to help close the gap with iOS and Android. But we welcome Molome with open arms and can’t wait to take it for a spin. No ETA on when it will be available, but we’ll keep you posted. But, we will have a beta version of Molome soon and will share our experience with you guys.