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So Brian, my WP inner circle event is on Nov. 10th. I'd love to use this to get more of my friends to sign up (Free phone FTW!) but what's up with the dates?
(Don't worry I've gotten enough free phones I'll share the love!)
EA/Nokia Exclusive games?... your platform is getting out of control MS... I didn't buy a Focus so that Nokia phones could run games I can't
Horrible MS... If y'all are not listening to This Is My Next... Podcast (they are not completely fair to WP but your toughest critic is the one you should be listening to) for Windows Phone feedback then you are doing it wrong.
This EA/Nokia deal as well as the ESPN/Nokia deal is horrible for the platform... where does it end?
I could be wrong, but I don't think those are exclusives. I think that EA is merely phrasing it that way since it's Nokia World they're at.
Especially since Monopoly was released for all platforms!
if that is the case that is fine and I agree BUT this is why I think someone from MS should comment... The Windows Phone community sites that have been reporting on it have lots of negative feedback about this issue in the comments
@cmwind, I'd be interested to hear what you would "allow" in the way of differentiation for the OEMs. Although Microsoft's idea to reduce, if not eliminate, fragmentation, was to establish minimum specs for OEMs and indicate what OS features would be off-limits, there's still room for each to establish unique value to attract customers. Exclusive apps is one way to do that. You already see that in the form of certain apps that are unique to manufacturers' devices (e.g., HTC has some of the best unique apps, ones you could only get on other devices via the homebrew community). Samung has some apps as well. I don't think it's unreasonable for Nokia to establish partnerships for certain games. Personally, I find almost none of the EA games of any value, so there's no added-value to me, and both Lumia devices are decidedly middle-of-the-road as far as I'm concerned, so the Nokia announcement was a letdown. Even the unique apps--which were far and away better, IMHO, than those from other OEMs--were not enough to make me choose an HTC device over the Focus. But that's just me. Others may find the EA games a huge draw, so I fail to see how that is a bad thing. It's not like Nokia is doing something exclusive with the OS that won't be available to other OEMs. <ahem, ANDROID>. So, what would you allow OEMs to do as far as differentiation?
There's a pretty huge difference between a flashlight, photoediting, ect and taking a potentially major developer off the table. Having owned both a surround and a focus, I'm not sure the apps that are "exclusive" could really be considered overwhelming or even that "exclusive" (since many of them counterparts in the marketplace available to all).
HTC's equalizer and "Attentive phone" are probably the only exceptions (and I'd still consider those relatively minor differentiations).
Game's however are huge. If a major selling point of the WP7 platform is "Xbox live" taking a whole section of Xbox live and quarentining it to one phone is a bad move, period.
But that's now exactly how the quotes read anyway observe:
"Next, they are going to bring 20 of the world’s best games to Windows Phone for Nokia. “This time, we’ll be designing our games for an awe-inspiring experience on Windows Phone for Nokia....That’s the best games for free plus exclusive content for Nokia users. It’s a big win for Nokia’s consumers worldwide"
Now if we actualyl read that there's a few ways to interpret it. First, remember it was "NokiaWorld" so dropping Nokia in there at every turn and talking about how any development on WP7 (Nokia's only platform now) is good for Nokia wouldn't exactly be unheard of (or unexpected.)
Also there's the mention of free. This would just be like ilomilo on AT&T headsets. Free for AT&T, available for purcahse for anyone else (possibly after an exclusivity period). Ultimately not aweful (although not ideal.) It also appears EA is putting some bonus levels in games to nokia customers (Which isn't much different the presale bonuses currently offered by stores!)
Now I realize the slide says "Exclusive Experiences for Nokia Windows Phone Users" but I'm still not inclined to believe that that means "exclusive games" (although I realize it could, and that would not be good IMHO.)