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Nokia drops support for Skype app on the Lumia 610
Nokia has announced that it is dropping support for the Skype app for Windows Phone on their recently announced Lumia 610. The reason for this, according to them, is the below par user experience of using the app on this particular device.“Nokia values the user experience provided by its products and services. Therefore, although the Skype Windows Phone version is workable on Nokia Lumia 610, after in-depth testing, we found that the user experience is not up to par with Nokia and Skype’s expectation and decided not recommending users using Skype on Nokia Lumia 610. In the future, users of Nokia Lumia 610 would no longer be able to download Skype Windows Phone version from Window Phone Marketplace. However, Skype Windows Phone version would still be available for other users.”
The reason for the poor experience is likely to be the 800MHz processor and the 256MB of RAM on the Lumia 610, whereas every other Windows Phone currently available has 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. We find this a bit strange, due to Nokia’s close relationship to Microsoft and with Microsoft actually owning Skype now, as to how they didn’t manage to iron the issues out and make the app work properly on the Lumia 610.This also makes us worry about how current apps will work when even more Windows Phones with slower processors and lower memory start rolling out later this year with the Tango update. If people who own Skype have been unable to optimize it properly for the lesser hardware, we wonder if third party developers will be able to do it.The integration of Groupon Now!, something that was promised at Mobile World Congress, is neat, but for the US market only. Why? Because Groupon Now! only operates here in the ‘States. Sorry, rest of the world.

Why would Nokia bake in a different company’s product into its own so deeply? From its post: “Nokia Maps’ mission has always been to make you feel like a local anywhere, every day. True to this motto, and after working for the past few months with Groupon, Nokia Maps now shows offers you can enjoy here and now.” The integration works by baking in Groupon Now! offers that are close to you into your normal search results. This will likely boost engagement for Groupon’s real-time deal solution among Windows Phone users.This morning, Viber, the company behind the popular and free VOIP communication software announced the soon-to-be available Viber app for Windows Phone, adding to Viber Messenger. The new version of the app, developed with assistance from Nokia themselves, now supports HD voice calls, bringing the app up to full Viber standards.
Viber has had a long route to get to Windows Phone, especially since their service required deeper integration with the OS, which was not available for early iterations of the software. Now, in conjunction with Nokia, the new Viber app has full voice-over-IP protocol support, allowing users to make and receive free calls over their data connection. In addition, users can of course continue to use the free messenger aspect of the app.“Viber is also releasing a completely new version for Nokia Lumia phones running the Windows Phone 7 platform. Viber now offers Nokia Windows Phone 7 users free HD-quality phone calls and group messaging in addition to free text and photo messages. This version was developed in partnership with Nokia and is currently available exclusively on Nokia Lumia phones.”
Unfortunately for regular Windows Phone users, they won’t be able to use Viber with voice as it is evidently exclusive to Nokia Lumia phones. That means the app will only be found in the Nokia Collection for the foreseeable future, although we’re told the app had been tested to work on all Windows Phones.With over 100 million users, having a fully-functional Viber app for Windows Phone (or at least a subset), should do a lot to boost the platform.
The Viber app for Nokia Lumia Windows Phones should be arriving on the Marketplace within in the next day or so—depending on how fast Microsoft and push it out. We’ll of course do a follow up post when the app is finally available to download.

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