It's an image hint. It's a Window, so therefore it has to be a Windows Phone app. :)
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... :-)
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.
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.
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).
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.
@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.
@annika_a I see what you mean now. I misinterpreted what you were saying.
i hope it is windows for you, I prefer the computer version though for mac...
I wish. I also LOVED challenging other users. ;( wish we could still have fun with that.
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! :)
Haha, wait, silly me, you need to be holding down spacebar when you click. That's really cool.
Sadly I cannot hold down my spacebar because it scrolls down the page. :'(
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.
I think this is the answer..
Nobody can actual tell how to do it so I say it's fake. Someone prove me wrong.
That's not working for me, but I have a Mac. Maybe it only works in Windows?
[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. ;-)
That's the first thing I though when I read that, you gotta admit it's pretty clever.
@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.
Does it help if I rap my screen with my wand? Or does it have to be the mouse?
I was hoping for Norwegian announced in the incubator before I looked on twitter where they also posted it :) :P
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
I think it is safe to say that it is highly unlikely that feature will come out this year. Perhaps next year.
I imagine that they'll just keep it for Christmas and unveil it then like they did with a lot of features last year
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.
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!
Is that when it releases? I have a friend whose birthday is Nov. 17th. He's super excited!
an all-audio app, with decent voices and awesome voice recognition would actually be a very pleasant surprise.
Super thrilled. Losing Duo was such a downer when I switched to my Windows phone. So glad I'm getting it back!
Can someone please just tell me how to click correctly on the effing bricks?! :'-(
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?
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!