“We’ve been listening, and we know you all love Instagram,” writes Nokia’s Paul Coombes. ”The only way for us to show how much the Nokia community really care about bringing this world class app to Windows Phone, is by having a little fun and showing Instagram just how passionate you all are.”
To do this, Nokia created an app called #2InstaWithLove as a way for customers to show how much they want an Instagram app for Windows Phones.
The app is an extremely condensed version of Instagram, allowing you to take a photo and apply a polaroid filter with the hashtag #2InstaWithLove on the bottom of the picture.
At the beginning of this year, some Windows Phone users created an online petition in an attempt to get companies such as Square, Google and Instagram to make versions of their apps for Microsoft’s mobile platform. The Verge reports that Microsoft is busy building an Instagram app, but that it’s still in testing.
Nokia announced two new Windows Phone 8 models late last month, aiming to expand its market share by appealing to smartphone buyers on a budget and those in developing countries. That was part of a broader effort by Nokia and Microsoft to gain traction in the smartphone market against iPhone and Android, while securing the No. 3 position against BlackBerry.
Around the same time, Nokia also released its “Here” location apps to all Windows Phones, making an outsized bet on the Windows Phone platform and showing that it needs the larger ecosystem to succeed in the long run.
So, what do you think of #2InstaWithLove? Creative? Desperate? A little of both?
Previously on GeekWire: Windows Phone fans petition Square, Instagram, Google for apps
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