https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Guess what's coming!

November 5, 2014

113 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/JaneEmily

It's an image hint. It's a Window, so therefore it has to be a Windows Phone app. :)

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

No, no. Judging from the picture it must be free education for the blind. ;)

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling

It’s another A/B feature, being trialed only for the blind in Venice.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MsLagerkvist2

Now, I really had to think about that one! :)

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JaneEmily

Hahaha! I got that one :P

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

your comment actually helped me get it.

November 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Bowl_of_Gnocchi

haha

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Woohooo!!!! I'm so happy, and I'm not even a Windows Phone user! (My mom is though, and she's a language nut like me.)

This does lead me to think about all the other things Duolingo has said "h*ll no" to before, and which they will get even more pressure about now since they've changed their minds about this one... :-)

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BobbieL

I don't think they were really that emphatic in saying no in the past. They just said it didn't make sense given the current userbase and the current resources available.

Maybe some mobile developer resources got freed up, or someone on staff just finished learning how to develop for windows phone, or they felt the stats on what's being used and where had shifted enough to make it worthwhile, or maybe they even got some kind of special help and/or compensation from the Windows phone team to encourage the development of the app. There are lots of things that could have changed to make their perception of the right decision change.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

The deciding factor seems to be the fact that WP is 2nd in market share in Brazil (behind Android), which is home to Duolingo's 2nd largest user population (behind the USA). It's also very popular in many other developing countries because it's not particularly popular in the more developed nations. Consequently, a lot of those devices get dumped cheaply into developing markets. That's a lot of potential users to reach, so it's now worth it for them to do it while it didn't make as much sense just a year ago. The relatively small group of WP users in developed nations are the lucky benefactors of this move.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

I think rather than phone dumping it is a question of where the untapped markets are -- it makes sense to make and sell cheap phones where the market isn't saturated yet, rather than focus on competing in markets where the saturation is already more than 100% (as it apparently is here in the Nordics -- we have on average more than one cell phone per person).

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

@pont - yes, his re/code appearance is where I got my information.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Their "no" was very straightforward and plain before. (As I remember it, I'd give you links if it weren't for the miserable search function...)

The further explanations given about the percentages of users of different kinds of phones and so on came from other users here on the discussion board, not from Duolingo itself. So they have clearly changed their minds -- be it due to further resources or whatever. I'm happy that they have.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

Actually, the reasons I stated (Brazilian & other developing markets) came from Luis at a recent appearance in NYC (video here relevant bits @ ~21:00).

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

@pinkodoug: I was referring to whether or not they were clear about having no plans for a Windows app in the past (not the reasons why they have now changed their minds). They were certainly clear about this before here on the discussion board.

For some reason I can't open that video on my computer.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/_pinkodoug_

@annika_a I see what you mean now. I misinterpreted what you were saying.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Bowl_of_Gnocchi

i hope it is windows for you, I prefer the computer version though for mac...

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/2020Olympics

JaneEmily- you were close!!

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/4of92000

What are the nonsense characters on the bottom of your comment?

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Carnaedy

His username converted into Base64 encoding to make it easier to find his own comments using search tools, if I recall correctly what I saw in one of the other threads.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/WitchofTime

What's Base64 encoding?

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Carnaedy

A way to represent binary data as a text string. For technical details, a simple search for "Base64" should provide ample information.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CorryEngelbrecht

YESSSSS!!!! I'm a Windows Phone user and it's ABOUT TIME! :D

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Marinia

I hope you're right :P

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/KansasBurri

The xp bar coming back for everyone?

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/2020Olympics

I wish. I also LOVED challenging other users. ;( wish we could still have fun with that.

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/dirtychicken

I hope so

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/OldSpiceGuy

Free beer?

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/zerozeroone
November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielFloresU

:O

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

Just happened to notice: If you click on the brick stones in the right pattern, the window opens and you can see what's behind! :)

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/OldSpiceGuy

That is so awesome! Took me a couple minutes to figure it out.

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/yungjim

I'm half awake and started dragging the image in different directions. -_-

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/yungjim

Haha, wait, silly me, you need to be holding down spacebar when you click. That's really cool.

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/rhythmixed

Sadly I cannot hold down my spacebar because it scrolls down the page. :'(

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TuLaim

It was a joke. Well, I'm pretty sure.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jurekcy1

¡This is awesome! Great tip ;)

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Kathnette

Tried it, nothing happens for me :(

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

DIAGON ALLEY!

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandApple

Does it give a clue to what's coming? EDIT: Finally got it!

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor

...is this just a mean joke because I can't figure it out. :(

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Red_Rat_Writer

I looked into the source code, and it appears to be a normal PNG

So I'm just assuming that they're half a dozen trolls working together to trick us.

Like with the 'hold spacebar' thing. That would make the browser scroll down, and how no one actually revealed how to do it.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/spiffwalker

I think this is the answer..

Nobody can actual tell how to do it so I say it's fake. Someone prove me wrong.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/yungjim

Simple. Hold down spacebar and click.

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio

That's not working for me, but I have a Mac. Maybe it only works in Windows?

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

You have to get your clicking pattern exactly right…

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio

[Sigh.] First it was my word order that wasn't right; then my construction of the subjunctive drew criticism; now my clicking pattern doesn't pass muster. The owl is a cruel taskmaster. ;-)

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

Is this like "How to keep a turkey in suspense?"

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Oneduhhh

That's the first thing I though when I read that, you gotta admit it's pretty clever.

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

> you gotta admit it's pretty clever.

Yes, and Germans have a reputation for being rather humorless. Stealth humor, it seems. . . . And maybe a fake "Easter egg" could be called a "turkey egg"?

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof... :-S

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Oneduhhh

@slogger Hahaha, yes I see it more as dry humor. :D

I may just start using that term but then again I don't think I may get many chances to use it.

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SoupandPie

Any hints?

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

Sorry, that would spoil the fun. If you get it, you get it.

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/soedori

:) as wataya said, I can't spoil it

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/2020Olympics

Does it work on a tablet??

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

not on mine :(

November 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ConaireMor

Does it help if I rap my screen with my wand? Or does it have to be the mouse?

November 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Lenkvist

Oh Luis, you are such a tease :)

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TanagerMoonmist

Windows phone app?

I hate these lame teasers.

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Oneduhhh

That makes sense, because of the image :)

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Kgm_7

I was going to guess Swedish first before I opened it :)

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JaneEmily

I was hoping for Norwegian announced in the incubator before I looked on twitter where they also posted it :) :P

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Soolrak

I hate not to know things... but I don't know why I am so excited right now! :-D

P.S. Waiting for Nov. 19

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wsebastian

I do not know, but i keep waiting for TEAMS https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2337792

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator

I think it is safe to say that it is highly unlikely that feature will come out this year. Perhaps next year.

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jbailey88

I imagine that they'll just keep it for Christmas and unveil it then like they did with a lot of features last year

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BenTheGeek

That was the first thing I thought when I saw this discussion.

November 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Oneduhhh

:D I don't know, but I'm excited.

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/marigoulastrani

Swedish please!

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielFloresU

Please, Windows Phone app!! I've been waiting for ever!

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SkillsInPills

Probably a Windows Phone App. That's nice I guess but I would prefer that either the Maltese or Finnish course applicants get their applications approved.

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97

I want the Amharic applicants to get their applications approved!

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JelledD1991

Ammagad, I'm so excited.

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JelledD1991

Probably the language certification?

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilvolover794

Great! I'm so excited, I can't wait :-D

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger

Could it be Coach-II?

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Belgart

WOOOW finally!!! The main reason i bought a smartphone was to use Duolingo, imagine my disappointment when i found out that there isn't infect an app for Windows Phone.. So thank you so much for doing it, i'm waiting for over a year for the app to come. You definitely made my day!

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AmberKittan

Awesome! 1 week and 5 days till November 19th!

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/2020Olympics

Is that when it releases? I have a friend whose birthday is Nov. 17th. He's super excited!

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AmberKittan

Awesome! :)

November 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/lastrtelusnet

AHHHHH, La ventana no es abierto!!!!!!

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Carnaedy

La ventana no está abierta.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Arnauti

Another brick in the wall?

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielFloresU

New Roger Waters album? :O

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

an all-audio app, with decent voices and awesome voice recognition would actually be a very pleasant surprise.

November 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEugenius

It's on my birthday!! I'm So excited!! :D

November 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ThiliniWar

Wow! I'm going to get a proper usage of my phone now.

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Senor_dan

Super thrilled. Losing Duo was such a downer when I switched to my Windows phone. So glad I'm getting it back!

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Gaelen23

I have it! Thanks!!

November 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SDPhil

What could it be? Please tell us :)

November 5, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Nathy1603

i just dont get it, whats happening with this?

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielFloresU

Probably Windows Phone app... that's why the window!

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/peter.kristof.hu

It's the Duolingo App for Windows PC.

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/polksnan

Windows Phone*

November 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/2020Olympics

Wow. This got a TON of comments!!!

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Can someone please just tell me how to click correctly on the effing bricks?! :'-(

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RainbowDash_2.0

maybe for the blind? and a windows phone??

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/May1119

That's my birthday! :)

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEugenius

Same here!!

November 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/EthanTheMaster

It is also my birthday too.

November 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ranaamarilla

Aprenderemos matemáticas y programación en Duolingo

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Medard

Thank you Luis, again!

November 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MThoriqMalano

Awesome! :3

November 7, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Gaelen23

Bravo!

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hallo_isa

So so, today is the day. I'm hardly wating for that! It isn't in my WP Store yet. Is it coming today really?

November 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hallo_isa

Thanks d.floresumana ! I had to do an atualization in my phone to get it. You helped so much sending me the link! And thanks for Duolingo developers. This is really important to depelopers countries, where I live and where the WP market is huge!

November 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielFloresU

I also did the update! It works great, may be a couple of things missing but the core of the service is there and I hope is just matter of time to have access to all of the features that we get from duolingo.com

November 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/erroid

when will you update this? It says me I skipped learning when I learn on PC! it doesn't allow me to make more two errors when practicing!

January 19, 2015
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