Now in Marketplace: USA Today

Now in Marketplace: USA Today

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News junkies will be excited to see the official USA Today app for Windows Phone is now in Marketplace (US only).

You might recall that USA Today, which has the largest print circulation in the country, once upon a time reinvented the idea of the newspaper by embracing color and a cleaner, more readable design. (Sound familiar?) Their Windows Phone app also looks fantastic. Great work, guys.

You can read a fun little behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it was like to create the app, check out its highlights on the USA Today site, or just grab it now from Zune Marketplace.

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  • Nater
    147 Posts

    Quote:   For Android, it's a one-time fee of $25 forever.  EASY SELL.

    For Android it's 0.  Android allows side-loading so you really don't have to pay anything to develop for Android.  Since the Android Community congregates in large numbers at sites like XDA and AC it's not particularly hard to advertise at the lower level and if there is sufficient demans, then you can pay the low price to get on the market.

    The main issue I have with iOS and WP7 is how they restrict you from using your own device (smartphone or console i.e. xb360) for development purposes unless you pay them.

    No serious developer limits themselves to testing in an emulator...

  • Nater
    147 Posts

    Quote:  " iTunes can be easily replaced by Zune"

    On a trivial level:  Yes.  On a deeper level, not at all.  iTunes store and Apple's deals with the media industry means that it has tons of albulms that simply aren't available in Zune Marketplace.  Zune is also missing device management functions that exist in iTunes or Windows Mobile Device Center.  Zune desperately needs a major update, IMO.  There isn't even a reason to use it as a media player/viewer over Windows Media Player, since it's lacking in feature on that front as well...

  • @VictorWPB - I was talking about the "next" killer app along those lines.  Simply porting those apps to WP7 doesn't make WP7 stand out.  If I can get app A-Z with iPhone or Android, but only apps A, B, M, and maybe Y with WP7, that's an easy reason to not buy WP7.  But if WP7 had its own killer app that the other guys did not have, that would be something to stand out.  There is really nothing that WP7 does better right now.  I know some argue that it's UI is better, but that's a matter of opinion and won't sell units simply based on a cleaner layout.

    @sirrusty - I agree.  I'm a LONG time .Net developer (WinForms and ASP.Net).  I have yet to develop for WP7 because the cost entry is simply too high for a hobby developer.  It costs $100 / yr and then you are subject to the whims of Microsoft's approval process.  For Android, it's a one-time fee of $25 forever.  EASY SELL.  Now, I also know that many will argue about the increased quality by having a higher entry to barrier -- that's fine and I'm not arguing whether or not it's true.  But the cost and uncertainty involved in app submission absolutely does not help attract hobby developers!  Apple can force you to buy a Mac and put up with their app submission process and work in a horrendously crappy language like Obj-C simply because they have massive market penetration.  Microsoft cannot do the same as the underdog.

  • @Strider: Great! I wish you guys would chime in and call out apps in your markets.  I know you probably assume that because I'm here inside the mothership that I'm all seeing and all knowing. :-) If only. Under normal circumstances, I don't have visibility into what apps are popping into our Marketplaces around the world. I see the same U.S. store as everybody else.

    That said, others here do know, and I'm working on tapping into their brains to become a little more all-knowing. Patience, mate, patience. :-)

    Meantime, everybody should feel free to chime and let me know when a noteworthy local app has arrived.

    As for your other question...."interested in" is an interesting choice of words. The short answer is: I don't know. It could be that there are people interested in such a thing....but I haven't heard. Interesting idea, though.

  • Sheeds
    205 Posts

    @Michael - I just decided every time you feature a US only APP, that I'm going to post a comment with an Australian equivalent <where possible> ;)  Do however appreciate you confirming in each article if it is US only or not, saves me having to check...

    Also, any word on whether MS are interested in adding a marketplace enhancement to allow apps to be filtered by either;

    A. Region the App works in (ie Worldwide, North America, Australia etc): ie Locale

    B. Country of Origin of App: ie Australia, US etc.

    These filters would allow me to select Apps that work in Australia - or Apps that were developed/released from Australia (to support local devs).....

  • rlintw
    13 Posts

    I like the USA Today app. They managed to use the Metro style but also retain the iconic "UI" of the newspaper itself. It is far better than the Now app that Samsung provided with its phones and makes the best use of photography in any news app I've tried so far.

  • @Freypal: You're right. OK, I'll look for more international ones to call out next. Better yet, where are you? I'll look for a good one where you are. :-)

  • Kentrepid
    13 Posts

    US-only apps profiled yet again... yawn!!

    You do realise there's a WORLD-WIDE market for WP7?

    When will Bing provide all the features available in US for other countries?

  • Freypal
    59 Posts

    Come on guys, the last 4 or 5 of these features have been USA only apps. I'm pretty sure i'm not alone in wishing you'd feature some from the rest of the world.

  • mayooms
    5 Posts

    awesome! i love collecting news apps so this is great!

  • nrausch
    5 Posts

    How about an update on the WP7 app vor WHS 2011?  No one seems to be updating the community on this anywhere. And when I try to post in the appropriate places I cannot.  

    Wasn't this demoed way back in Janurary?

    As an early WP7 and WHS 2011 adopter, this would be a killer app...

    Thanks...

  • sirrusty
    122 Posts

    a few of my customers have enquired about offering iphone apps for their business (which i cant do) as soon as this market gets bigger i'm sure more will ask about doing WP7 ones.

  • sirrusty
    122 Posts

    @ Parrotlover77 as a self employed asp.net web developer I have briefly looked at getting into apps for WP7..  to justify selling an app for a couple of quid you need it to sell lots (if its your business not a hobby) and its a bit uncertain how big the actual market is.. maybe with the next version of the developer tools out soon allowing us to develop better original ideas that will sell and a growing market more developers will look again at the platform very shortly.

  • VictorWPB
    47 Posts

    @Parrotlover77 ---- Angry Birds will be released on May 25th, Foursquare is working on a slick application for WP7(will be availabe soon,) iTunes can be easily replaced by Zune, and Nokia map application which is competitor of Google Maps is coming to WP7 platform very soon. I have Ovi Maps (Nokia map app) on my Nokia N8; it is great especially if you travel to European countries frequently.

  • Yet another "app" that's just a glorified single-site web browser.  Come on, guys.  This sort of lame crap is not going to compete with Android and iPhone.  It's not the cleaner layour of stuff I can already get through any web browser on even a java-powered dumb-phone that will make WP7 worth a damn.  It's the next "Angry Birds" or "FourSquare" or "iTunes" or "Google Maps" that's going to put WP7 on the map.  More specifically, the next one of those super star apps that's exclusive to WP7 that will do it.  USA Today?!  They still exist??

  • VictorWPB
    47 Posts

    USA Today is on my phone, good app

  • Sheeds
    205 Posts

    C'mon official Aussie News services.....get some WP7 Apps going!  We don't have one mainstream media outlet with a WP7 App yet.

    Otherwise AU Newswire is probably the most comprehensive Aussie news RSS Feed Aggregator App....

  • Very impressive news app.  Already pinned to Start.