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GoPro announced a couple of days ago that it would abandon support for it Windows Phone app, and since then GoPro hasn’t revealed precise details as to why. Abandoning an entire platform is always a big decision, but it’s likely the company doesn’t see the Universal Windows Platform as beneficial for its app.
GoPro initially said that its official app for Windows 10 was in the works, featuring new functionality and options along with support for the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL. However, with the company’s change of heart, we won’t be seeing any updates for the existing GoPro app for Windows Phone.
“Definitely sorry for the confusion. Please keep in mind that the previous post stating that we support Windows phones was back in the beginning of December of last year, and as is the nature of technology things change fast,” the company stated.
GoPro still offers legacy support for its Windows Phone app
Although the company stopped developing its Windows Phone app, it remains present in the Windows Store to download. Users will still be able to use it, but no new updates are going to be released. “That being said, we definitely do offer legacy support for Windows phones,” said the company. “This means we will do all we can to help out in getting your phone and camera connected, but we will no longer adding updates and new features to the Windows platform.”
As the company remarked, the app remains fully functional: users can still connect their phones to a GoPro camera without any issue, but it will eventually be left behind other platform versions in terms of features and options in the future. Additionally, there’s no longer a Windows Store download button on GoPro’s official website, meaning the app can no longer be downloaded directly from the site but only directly from the Store. While it’s not known how long the app will remain in the Store and whether or not GoPro will decide to discontinue it completely, but we hope the company will stop at just cutting support.
Some big developers and companies are still hesitant to release UWP apps, with some even deciding to pull their apps from the Store completely, something that represents a big problem for Microsoft. The company recently unveiled a lot of innovations for Windows 10 and the UWP platform itself, so we’ll see if these changes will attract more developers.