Rudy Huyn's third-party Tinder app 6tindr pulled from Windows Phone Store

A few days ago, famed Windows Phone app developer Rudy Huyn had his latest creation, 6tindr, published in the Windows Phone Store. The messaging app is an unofficial third party substitute for Tinder, which currently is only available for Android and iOS.

Late on Friday, Microsoft removed 6tindr from the Windows Phone Store, at the request of Tinder. Apparently they didn't appreciate Huyn making his own app, according to a post on his Twitter account.

6tindr had received a big update just before it was taken down, which added features such as sending messages using voice recognition and a way to save photos from contacts to a phone, among other things. Huyn has already written an open letter to Tinder explaining why 6tindr should be restored, which he posted as an open document on his SkyDrive account. In his letter he stated:

If you want me to remove 6tindr from the Windows Phone Store I will respect your wishes, however I appeal to you that we work together so we can provide your new Windows Phone users - who are clearly passionate about using your service - with an awesome Tinder experience.

We have contacted Tinder to see if they wish to offer their own comment and will update this article if a response is received. 

Source: Rudy Huyn on Twitter via WPCentral | Image via Rudy Huyn

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Like with any major app, I'm sure there was a TOS that was violated with this. With that said though, these new social media app companies need to realize that when you do not support a certain OS 3rd party apps will be made with or without their consent. Yes I get it, iOS and Android are the majority, but at this moment, they need to realize that its better to spend the money and resources on developing for a whole than having to deal with disgruntled users that can't use their service

I haven't read up on this fully but I'm going to make a guess and say tinder has a open API that was used, like what twitter and even YouTube "have"? If this is the case yet again I don't get why they even offer an API when they're so hostile to 3rd party apps? Or is it just a WP thing again? The whole "small market share" argument is bogus now. Even if the global share for WP is 4% that's still millions of users one would think these online services would like to target.

I actually was thinking about something like that the other day. build a database that automatically checks the windows phone store for available apps. if app available list it as available and link to the original xap but copy the xap onto the own database. if app not available list it as removed and use the previous copied xap. also sort that so you would be able to get previous versions into that database.

Weissmeister said,
They don't.

Do you work in their IT department, or are you an executive there?

If not, how the hell would you know?

Why not they release their app first if it exists, and then shut this down? This way they're just ensuring that WP users can't use their service easily except via a browser. Very short-sighted and stupid of them.

How dare you release an app that allows more users onto our service, therefore increasing our popularity without us having to lift a finger! Good day to you sir!

These kinds of things are nice to have, but no matter how good they are, people look at them as unofficial and they are always at risk of being shut down. I think it's time WP developers start making original apps instead of doing these workarounds. Create something that isn't already on iPhone and Android.

Yes they are nice to have and obviously a lot of people liked using it in some form. If Tinder are not happy with a substitute then why not work with the Windows Phone community and release an authentic app.

Sadly this is exactly what I predicted in a comment on the previous article: http://www.neowin.net/news/rud...t-hired-him#comment-2474171

The thing is, for WP developers it's a case of "damned if they do, damned if they don't". Everyone says if a company doesn't care about WP why can't an independent developer release an unofficial app? The developers who do rightly receive the lasting gratitude of WP users, and yet they get shafted when their app is shut down. Let's never forget that these guys are actually doing both WP and WP users a huge service, and perhaps in case of such losses MS should compensate them to make it sting slightly less. After all, without these guys WP usage is likely to be quite a bit less.

I'm just saying this guy has a lot of talent. He should make an original app for WP that iOS and Android users wish they had.

Enron said,
I'm just saying this guy has a lot of talent. He should make an original app for WP that iOS and Android users wish they had.
Well sure, but of course there's no denying the fact that when there are users pining for an official app that may never come, it implies guaranteed business for developers like him who can fill the gap with a decent (or in his case excellent) alternative. A brand new unproven app unrelated to any existing popular service is nowhere as easy a sell, even for the best of developers.

More hatred toward Windows Phone, Google as well does not want to release anything on Windows Phone. It is in third place, surpassed already Blackberry. So, how Blackberry have Google apps and Windows Phone doesn't? Not idea.

macoman said,
More hatred toward Windows Phone

right, Private company tries to protect its own intellectual property and they are instantly branded "haters"

dvb2000 said,

right, Private company tries to protect its own intellectual property and they are instantly branded "haters"


They should be happy people on Windows Phone can use their service...

If they intend to release their own App, release one that's better...

macoman said,
So, how Blackberry have Google apps and Windows Phone doesn't? Not idea.

It doesn't either.

How many Google Apps are on Blackberry that aren't also on WP?

Maybe Search, but other than that AFAIK they are all (Chrome, Maps, Google+, Youtube, GMail, Google Drive, Hangouts, Wallet...) either on both platforms or none.

Actually for most of them it's "none" rather than "both".

M_Lyons10 said,

They should be happy people on Windows Phone can use their service...
If they intend to release their own App, release one that's better...

the same way movie companies should be happy when people pirate their movies?

dvb2000 said,

the same way movie companies should be happy when people pirate their movies?


It's not the same thing at all. If they want their ads served, contact the maker and get that done. But this has nothing to do with "protecting ip"...

dvb2000 said,

the same way movie companies should be happy when people pirate their movies?


Yes, because it hurts them about as much as this app hurts tinder (read: not at all)

dvb2000 said,

the same way movie companies should be happy when people pirate their movies?


This comparison in completely wrong. Google and Apple doesn't like a third potentially strong contender so they do everything they can to hurt Windows Phone Platform. they are the one being dishonest and behave anti competitively. who knows maybe they also persuade other companies to boycott Window Phone Platform. as somebody said well, if they don't like third party apps then pull your asses together and develop your app then order that third party to pull their app off of store which is not necessary in most cases because people prefer to install First Party rather than third party. Google clearly behave anti-competitively. No single app for Windows Phone?
Logic is clear:
1. If you think Windows Phone has enough users then develop your apps
2. If you don't think Windows Phone has enough users, why the **** you care there are third party apps?

trojan_market said,

This comparison in completely wrong.

You seem to be totally missing the point. Tinder provide the platform/backend to this product. They also provide the applications to access it (and display ads or ask for subscriptions (whatever). It is not an open and "free for all" application.

When another company writes an interface to the Tinder platform, they are "stealing" the product, unless they are licensed to use/access it.

No end of "wishing" it was available for your "choice of platform" changes the legalities, and that is why the app has been pulled.

dvb2000 said,

You seem to be totally missing the point. Tinder provide the platform/backend to this product. They also provide the applications to access it (and display ads or ask for subscriptions (whatever). It is not an open and "free for all" application.

When another company writes an interface to the Tinder platform, they are "stealing" the product, unless they are licensed to use/access it.

No end of "wishing" it was available for your "choice of platform" changes the legalities, and that is why the app has been pulled.


depends how you look at it. It could be promotion for your product. now you missing my point which is very simple:
If Windows Phone Platform doesn't have users so who cares somebody put time and developed your company service or product app which you said Its called "stealing" but If Windows Phone Platform is worth it. they could litterally develop an app or pay this awesome guy (who developed this app and many cool apps) to add those ****ing ads so everyone will be happy. SO... my point is Tinder is a hater or for whatever reason which could have apple or google involved doesn't like their apps on WP Platform. nevertheless as for me I have never used their service and definitely never will because they ignored user base which is not a good business practice.

Let's start #toTinderwithlove, Rudy Huyn has already tweeted the first tweet.

Maybe they pulled it because it looks better than the official iOS and Android versions