WMWifiRouter, QR Code in development for WP7 – but no release date yet

Following on from our post from LogMeIn customer service, other WMPoweruser readers have been writing to their favourite app developers asking about their WP7 efforts – with encouraging responses.

E. Carter received this reply from the makers of the excellent WMWifiRouter:

Currently WMWifiRouter is only available for the Windows Mobile 6 platform.
While we are actively investigating a Windows Phone 7 port of WMWifiRouter, no
release is scheduled at this time.

Please note that Windows Phone 7 is a severely limited platform, and it may
turn out to be impossible to create a version of WMWifiRouter for this platform.

Navdeep Singh, sending an email to mobile barcoding developer i-nigma about the availability of their QR Code scanning app, got this response:

We are already working on a Windows-Phone (Windows 7) version; however there is
still no set target date for release. The Windows-Phone platform is not yet
ready to support such application because it doesn’t allow opening the camera
from within applications. This means the version won’t be the same as our
Android, iPhone, Windows-Mobile (5 and 6) and Symbian versions which scan codes
by directing the camera at the code. We are currently working on the most
convenient option we can find.

Encouragingly, both cases indicate strong interest in WP7 from established app developers. Less encouragingly, it’s the currently limited features and functions of WP7 that are hobbling development, rather than lack of interest. We can only hope that future updates will remedy these.

Thanks to E. Carter and Navdeep Singh for your tips.

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