Well its been no suprise over the years that unofficial apps filled the void when it came to helping users on the platform where official apps had not been available and some of these apps where pretty good. One Irish Dev like many we feature here went ahead to create an app called Entertainment.ie TV Guide, Thierry Fierens, creator of the Entertainment.ie TV Guide (unofficial) UWP app for Windows Phone 10 and Windows 10 had to remove it from the Windows App Store as of the 26/08/2017 due to potential litigation issues.
Thierry Fierens explains..
I originally wrote this app in my spare time to fill yet another app gap in the neglated Windows Phone world, just as I did with theJournal.ie app but I thought I’d go the extra mile to make sure it was as good as their IOS and Android counterparts and make it available for windows phone 10 and windows 10, so I decided to write it as a UWP app.
One of my favourite features, especially visible on larger Windows Phone 10, was the adaptive UI which provided a split display with more or less information depending on the size and orientation of your screen. The adaptive UI also made it work great on all devices whether it be a small or large WP10 phone, a pc or a 50″ TV via Continuum.
I’m obviously dissapointed I’ve had to remove it from the store but I also understand where Entertainment.ie are coming from, and while I could have entered a contract with them to use their data, the app litterarly generated no money, so this option was definitely not a viable one for me. I can only hope that Entertainment.ie will eventually realease their own UWP app.
I’m currently very busy at work and with other projects, so I haven’t had much time for anything else but I’m definitely not giving up on UWP apps and/or Windows 10, whether it be for PC or phone as I think it is a fantastic platform. I’m still hoping, like many others, that Microsoft will release their “Surface Phone” and that it will have the same success as their Surface Pro. Hopefully, it will encourage more companies and developers to provide apps for this platform. Only time will tell I guess!
So there you have it you can understand their point to an extent but I feel its a little harsh when they didnt bother and wont bother with an app in the future, Lets be honest Windows Phone has no future right now and one reason for its downfall was due to the lack of apps and interest even at its peak we just never got the same love like Android and iOS did,yet alone the bad press that followed behind it and actions like this dont help either.