Rating: Or it could just be a problem with the Register’s news app
Now they say that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones (and more on this later) but … a GoMobile News reader contacted us yesterday to complain that he had loaded an app onto his spanking new Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone and it wouldn’t work. Initially we suspected that it could well be a problem that apps designed for earlier Windows Phone handsets – running Windows Mango W7 or even version 7.8, could encounter problem when run under Windows Phone 8. Now we are not so sure. It could be that the app in question – UK news site, The Register, has problems with all of its apps not just Windows Phone.
For readers who are unaware of this, the Lumia 820 is one of Nokia’s handsets which actually runs the very latest version of Windows Phone which is WP8.
Previous Lumia models sold by Nokia cannot be updated to WP8, owners of said beasts are stuck on WP 7.8.
What struck as very strange was the way our reader had come to install the Register app in the first place.
Over the weekend he had been browsing through the apps recommended by Nokia for its users.
Under the news section of Nokia Selection, the reader spotted The Register‘s app and – given that it was obviously British, decided to install it.
When it failed to work he contacted us and when we later asked for confirmation, he informed us that The Register app had by then mysteriously disappeared from Nokia’s recommended apps list.
Which would suggest a software problem. Especially as GoMobile News always checks itself and found that The Register is running happily on our Nokia Lumia 800 (WP7.8) handset.
We were, however, surprised to discover that when The Register‘s Android version of the app was loaded onto our loan Motorola RAZR i, it didn’t function either.
In case the Rog complains, Yes, we did contact your app people but got no reply before going to Press.
Now we get to throw the stones in the glass house … GoMo News‘ very own iPhone app is missing.
If you search for it, you’ll find that it is reported as been missing from your local iTunes App Store as well as Sweden’s for some reason.
There’s a review of the app here on App Circus but no joy as to who actually created it. We’ve forgotten.
The good news is that GoMo News is now actively seeking an development sponsor show we can publicise its work and showcase just how good the company’s technology is.
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