Joe Belfiore teases major Windows Phone 8 app release [Update]


Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, above, is hinting that a major Windows Phone app will be released on Monday.

While the leak of Windows Blue has resulted in an immense amount of Microsoft-related news, the tease of a major app release for the company's smartphone operating system has quietly gone without much notice.

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, manager of the Windows Phone team, today tweeted that a major app will be released on Monday. Apparently, however, no one told Belfiore that Windows Blue leaked, as he called today "a quiet day."

Belfiore's tease comes less than a week after Pandora was released for Windows Phone 8. Unlike its versions on iOS and Android, Pandora will feature free streaming music for U.S. users of the Windows Phone app through the end of the year. Pandora also followed an update to another well-known application, as Twitter was updated with a new design and features last month.

While Belfiore didn't give any hints about what he was teasing, two potential Windows Phone apps that have been in the headlines in recent months are an updated version of the Facebook app and an Instagram app.

Nokia has been the forefront of conversation about both potential apps, as the company is currently running a campaign for Instagram to release its photo-sharing app on Windows Phone and its CEO, Stephen Elop, told a customer that a new Facebook app "is definitely being worked on."

Update: Belfiore has tweeted some new information about the app's release, including that it comes from a third-party developer and will no longer release Monday.

Source: Twitter via Windows Phone Central | Image via Microsoft

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Lets face it, anything short of instagram is a fail. I think he (they) was surprised by the response he got and deflected the "announcement" onto someone else.

mrdeezus said,
Squareup or wells fargo. Or some kind of cc reader app .

I think my vote would go to Square... That would be very nice.

mrdeezus said,
Squareup or wells fargo. Or some kind of cc reader app .

I would love a Wells Fargo app but last time I inquired about it, around two weeks ago, the reply was that the bank is always monitoring and consider what would be best for customers, etc., etc. Usual corporate bs.
Said that I would not mind to be surprised and see it...

Skype and Twitter have been updated recently for WP8 so my guess is Facebook. It hasn't been updated since mid-December 2012.

tanybeen said,
Viber on WP8 only supports messaging.

Okay, but they're making it sound like it's a new application, why would he be teasing an application update?

Super lame if it is Viber. I don't know anyone that uses it.

If a new Facebook app version contains just two features/fixes, then I'll be happy:

1) When you "like" something, you have to go 'into' the item, like it, and when you come back out, the stupid newsfeed refreshes, making you lose your place. You have to scroll down to where you were... it's infuriating and a usability nightmare.

2) The ability to approve things on your timeline that you've been tagged in

Everything else is gravy.

james079 said,
Just give us Data Sense independent of mobile carriers and remove that funny smirk off your face.

Data Sense requires carrier specific support to be accurate.

james079 said,
Just give us Data Sense independent of mobile carriers and remove that funny smirk off your face.

I second this notion.

Data Sense requires carrier specific support to be accurate.

Not really... For a couple of features, no excuses for letting me know which apps use what amount of data!

james079 said,
Just give us Data Sense independent of mobile carriers and remove that funny smirk off your face.

Yes you get it sir, have some internets.

Screw those hipster apps, let me use some of the actual awesome functionality of the OS!!!

5$ Says it wont be the vpn client we have been promiced since the first release and will instead be some lame social networking frontend.

2013 and still no VPN, Fail;

TPreston said,
5$ Says it wont be the vpn client we have been promiced since the first release and will instead be some lame social networking frontend.

2013 and still no VPN, Fail;

VPN will probably come as a OS update and not some app I bet.

GP007 said,

VPN will probably come as a OS update and not some app I bet.


Yeah, VPN would NEVER be able to be an app... That would require something built into the OS (and I do hope this is on its way... It's the only thing keeping our company from switching to WP).

I'll take a updated FB app over instagram but whatever. Those two might not be it anyways, it could be a game for example.

GP007 said,
I'll take a updated FB app over instagram but whatever. Those two might not be it anyways, it could be a game for example.

Agreed but there are a lot of indi twelvies that won't use windows phone unless there is indigram!

GP007 said,
I'll take a updated FB app over instagram but whatever. Those two might not be it anyways, it could be a game for example.

Yeah, it really could be anything. I wouldn't be surprised if it was neither Facebook nor Instagram, but those are the two that have been in the news the most.

GP007 said,
I'll take a updated FB app over instagram but whatever.

You're not the only one. I can't believe how inferior the Windows Phone version is over the iOS version, especially when it comes to messaging (no read receipts on WP version, no notifications).

MightyJordan said,

You're not the only one. I can't believe how inferior the Windows Phone version is over the iOS version, especially when it comes to messaging (no read receipts on WP version, no notifications).

I'd much prefer more integration into the OS, like Liking individual comments, posting a picture on a friend's wall, sharing another person's post, deciding where you wanted a share to go (your wall / a friend's wall) etc. The integration's decent but feels like it was never finished... And Facebook isn't the only network that feels that way...

Anthony Tosie said,

Yeah, it really could be anything. I wouldn't be surprised if it was neither Facebook nor Instagram, but those are the two that have been in the news the most.
I'm hope it's both Facebook and Instagram, but that would be too much to ask for. If it's neither one, then my next guess is WhatsApp.

Anaron said,
I'm hope it's both Facebook and Instagram, but that would be too much to ask for. If it's neither one, then my next guess is WhatsApp.

Whatsapp has been on WP8 for about 3 or 4 months. That's not to say it couldn't use another update though.

MightyJordan said,

You're not the only one. I can't believe how inferior the Windows Phone version is over the iOS version, especially when it comes to messaging (no read receipts on WP version, no notifications).

Text messages have read receipts. Normal and FB don't.
Notifications? I get a notification when I get a message and when I go to my home screen get identically what you get, a small number next to the app that received a notification.

NeoTrunks said,

Whatsapp has been on WP8 for about 3 or 4 months. That's not to say it couldn't use another update though.

It needs a major update. So does Viber (no VOIP on WP8).

WhatsApp uses a background audio API as a workaround so the app continues to run in the background with WiFi disabled. Of course, this is no longer an issue with WP8 (Portico) but the app is also compatible with WP7.x and those versions of WP can't keep WiFi active when the phone is locked. People believe that the audio API workaround creates an unnecessary drain on battery life. It's also an issue for those that get a WhatsApp notification while listening to music.

Anaron said,
It needs a major update. So does Viber (no VOIP on WP8).

WhatsApp uses a background audio API as a workaround so the app continues to run in the background with WiFi disabled. Of course, this is no longer an issue with WP8 (Portico) but the app is also compatible with WP7.x and those versions of WP can't keep WiFi active when the phone is locked. People believe that the audio API workaround creates an unnecessary drain on battery life. It's also an issue for those that get a WhatsApp notification while listening to music.

Thanks for the explanation. I wonder if the delays I have been getting with notifications coincide with the release of the Pandora app. The app was working great for me as far as notifications go up until some time last week.