Microsoft announced at the Lumia Conversations blog that a range of Lumia Imaging apps were being discontinued. The apps, Lumia Storyteller, Lumia Beamer, Photobeamer, Lumia Refocus. Lumia Panorama and Video Uploader. The reasoning behind this, all or most of the functionality of these apps will be included in the Windows 10 Mobile Camera and Photo apps. Microsoft assures existing users who have already installed these apps on their smartphones that they can continue using them, even after upgrading to Windows 10 Mobile. Nevertheless, those apps whose functionality depends on online services such as Lumia Storyteller, Lumia Refocus, Lumia Beamer and Photobeamer will cease to work, once their development support ends.
These apps won’t be removed from your devices, but they’ll no longer be available from the Windows Phone Store (with immediate effect), and after October 30, 2015, online services and updates for these apps will end
While these apps, which essentially came out of Nokia development, were part of delineating Lumia Devices from those of other OEM’s when released, they remain part of a soon to be superseded OS. Windows Phone 8.1 is going the way of the Dodo, and it makes sense to streamline the imaging experience. With the bulk of the Lumia range of devices that run Windows Phone 8.1 being upgradeable to Windows 10 Mobile, how many users will hold out on the upgrade?
Our goal is to provide experiences that work really well on all Windows devices. In order to do that, we need to focus on making our Windows 10 core Photos and Camera apps great
If you have travelled the Windows Mobile, Phone and now back to the Windows 10 Mobile path over the years, this again is a re tooling of the mobile OS. Again, It leaves users having to upgrade devices to take advantage of the full features built into the next version, 10, which tentatively is expected to RTM in mid October. For many reasons the removal of these apps raises the ire of long term windows phone users. Is it though, just that these apps were a little special when they were first introduced, that people think it will be a great loss? While these were novel apps, it seems more likely that the majority of users installed them, played with them for a bit, and then forgot that they were on their devices.
Many of the Lumia features are already included in the Windows 10 Photos and Camera apps. While we can’t promise that any particular feature is coming back, we’re committed to providing a great photo and camera experience in Windows across devices, and we’re listening to your feedback as we continue improving our apps
Is it further erosion of what people see as an already under resourced area of Windows Phone, available apps? Is it another kick in the nuts for faithful Windows Phone users? Is it a case of move along, nothing to see here?