Developers Say They're Ready to Build Windows Phone 8 Apps
EyeVerify uses unique technology to identify a user by taking a photo of the user’s eyes with the device’s camera. The camera saves an image of the veins in the sclera, the white part of the person’s eyes, not the iris, which Rush says are more accurate than a retina scan and more unique than fingerprints. EyeVerify only launched in January, got its Apple application approved just four weeks ago and expects to release its Android app in November, Rush said. Next up is Windows Phone 8, as EyeVerify bases its rollout plans on which platforms are most in demand. Given its enterprise bent, EyeVerify sees Windows Phone 8 as a viable platform to accommodate the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend and the need for security for enterprises. “Our next target is enterprise, corporate, [virtual private network] or anything that involves corporate resources, so Microsoft makes a little bit more sense,” Rush said.Sprint declined to provide a representative to be interviewed about its support for Windows Phone app development, issuing only a brief statement: “Sprint is committed to providing a broad portfolio of operating systems for our customers including Windows 8, [BlackBerry] 10, iOS and Android. That’s all we’ve shared publicly.” It’s possible that Sprint is holding any further announcements until the official release of Windows Phone 8 at the Oct. 29 Microsoft event in San Francisco. The same may hold true for Samsung, which has already unveiled devices that will run WP8. At the Sprint conference, Michael Ludden, marketing manager for Samsung’s developer programs, presided over a presentation about upcoming workshops and hackathons all related only to Android. Asked afterward what its plans for WP8 are, Ludden would only say that “Samsung has announced devices for both of those platforms [WP7 and WP8] and all we can say is they’re very important for us.” Corporate caginess aside, Windows Phone 8 has brighter prospects, though it’s still unclear how long it will take for it to gain serious market share against Apple and Android. “Microsoft has a huge base of developers and the great majority of them are excited about the prospects for Windows 8,” wrote Francisco Kattan, vice president of marketing for Tiggzi, in an email. Tiggzi is a cloud based service for developing apps across OS platforms, but was not represented at the Sprint Conference. “Windows 8 will enable the Microsoft ecosystem with a platform to deliver more compelling experiences across more form factors and this presents a significant opportunity for them,” Kattan said.
But the bigger names at the conference were the most reticent about their support for Windows Phone 8.