Long-time readers of WPDU would know that, well, for a long-time we have been engaging ABC Australia over their continued lack of support for Windows Phone. Moving into the second half of 2014 one would have hoped for some improvement in our predicament over ABC Apps and services for our devices. Unfortunately, the events of last week sadly prove otherwise. Not only have the ABC proved resolute in their stance of not bringing about official Apps for the Windows Phone Platform in Australia, they seem to have also acted in record time this week to deny WP8AU users the opportunity to access their most popular service via an unofficial App for Windows Phone.
But before we get to that – let’s refresh a little history.
Last week Nokia Australia (now a subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile Oy) confirmed the launch of the latest and greatest Lumia Windows Phones coming to Australia. The high-end Lumia 930 and budget entry Lumia 635 will be the first Windows Phone 8.1 Quad-core next-gen Windows Phone handsets ranged by Australian carriers.
WPDownUnder was lucky enough to be at a briefing by the Microsoft Devices (formerly Nokia Sales & Marketing) team in Sydney to see these devices first hand, and hear about some other developments for Windows Phone Down Under.
If you have been holding out for a new handset, now is definately the time to be considering these two new phones as your next device!
Well folks, it’s been a long time coming. WPDownUnder can finally confirm that Australia’s first major sporting code App for Windows Phone – with full Live Video streaming – has arrived in the marketplace today. The official Telstra NRL 2014 App is now available in the Aussie marketplace for WP8 device owners, just in time for Game 2 of the State of Origin this week.
Regardless of whether you are a fan of the NRL or not, this is a long-awaited milestone moment for WP8 Down Under. Search for footy or cricket here at WPDU, and you will find plenty of articles or comments in the archives lamenting the lack of major sporting Apps for WP users. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a regular release of other official sporting apps into the 2014-15 summer in Australia.