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  • Andreas Hopf
    $GOOG snatches UBER, so there will probably never be a top-class taxi app for $NOK WP8 devices http://bit.ly/16DDZKd
    8/23/13
    Reply (23)
    • mepa84: That Taxi app is a deal breaker and millions of WP8 customers will turn in their phones.
      8/23/13
    • alphaRAJU: Just use Lyft
      8/23/13
    • Andreas Hopf: In most European cities, there isn't even a standard myTaxi, HAILO, etc. available. Like I wrote in my articles: content is king. MSFT fail.
      8/23/13
    • Energysystems: wow...no taxi app? I'm throwing my phone in the trash. Worthless.
      8/23/13
    • Davidoff: Well one of the main reasons, why WP attracts much more customers in EU, rather than in the US, is because people are less addicted to Apps.
      8/23/13
    • Davidoff: 90% of the apps are centered on the US market. So as long as you've got ~20 most popular worldwide apps (FB, YouTube), it's mostly enough.
      8/23/13
    • Leont68: sell sell sell
      8/23/13
    • DumpsterDiver: They've made a <10% investment in Uber. By that standard, didn't Microsoft "snatch" Facebook a few years back...?
      8/23/13
    • DumpsterDiver: I must have missed the part of the story where this gives Google veto power over making a Windows Phone app.
      8/23/13
    • TheLearner: I think we underestimate the power of Bing on WP8. It makes many apps redundant. For e.g When you search on Bing, and go to Local section..
      8/24/13
    • TheLearner: ..you can look for restaurant, florist, chemist, get all the info about shops, get directions, get menus etc.
      8/24/13
    • TheLearner: It is so convenient, that I have stopped using yelp, opentable etc. When I show it to my friends carrying andriod or iphone, they say wow!!
      8/24/13
    • TheLearner: if you know how to take advantage of the OS, it can amaze you & others. Apps are important, but the OS can also make many of them redundant
      8/24/13
    • DumpsterDiver: Agree with all that, but taxi-finding is definitely a weak spot currently. It's where mass transit information was, say, 7-8 years ago.
      8/24/13
    • DumpsterDiver: Siloed in local systems and in many cases hidebound by local regulations. For the time being, it really does require a local app/website.
      8/24/13
    • DumpsterDiver: Not to say that Bing, NOK/Here, and obviously Google aren't aware of this and looking at ways to construct a viable offering longer-term....
      8/24/13
    • DumpsterDiver: Not to say either that too many people will predicate their choice of phone OS on this alone (worst case, you can make a phone call...) ;)
      8/24/13
    • DumpsterDiver: ...but it is one of those areas, along with banking, etc., where being an iOS/Android user gives you more options than Windows Phone does.
      8/24/13
    • Andreas Hopf: Exactly. And there are many areas where that applies (as I outlined in one of the articles) and, especially, in Nokia's core sales regions.
      8/24/13
    • Andreas Hopf: Another of many examples: Germany's lieferheld/lieferando (food order) provide old and partly dysfunctional WP7 apps not updated for a year.
      8/24/13
    • Andreas Hopf: SJ/Öresundståg/Skanetrafiken (train and commute in Sweden's and Denmark's busiest region) no WP8 app for that and none planned.
      8/24/13
    • Andreas Hopf: If you only knew how many Nokia liking consumers don't buy a Lumia, because of the OS issues and app situation, it's frightening.
      8/24/13
    • Leont68: yeah at least 500 million of those...
      8/24/13