Pokémon Go is everywhere - be it walking around town, eating out at a restaurant, or even being at work. The phenomenon of Pokémon has just taken the world by storm with endless news stories of people wandering into dangerous places that they normally wouldn't pay attention towards. Fortunately or unfortunately, Windows phones don't have access to the latest "must-have" app. For some, this could be a blessing in disguise, saving them from the dangers of the wilderness. For others, it is acting as a social barrier from those on other mobile platforms, preventing people from socialising with their friends.
For some, this could be a blessing in disguise, saving them from the dangers of the wilderness. For others, it is acting as a social barrier from those on other mobile platforms, preventing people from socialising with their friends.
Over the past few days, Windows phone users have come quite a long way, with an unofficial client for Pokemon Go on Windows 10 Mobile being delivered. It's in beta stage at the moment, however, development is seemingly fast-paced with there already being 3 versions and counting. The app is rough and doesn't provide the full experience, but for some it is enough for now. That doesn't stop people clamouring for an official app though - in fact, thousands of people every day are still signing the petition to bring Pokemon Go to Windows phones, in particular, Windows 10 Mobile.
A few weeks ago, the petition hit 50,000 signatures. Today, it has reached 100,000 - just 20 days later. That's a pretty hefty milestone to reach for a mobile platform that so many claim is "dead" or lacks any large number of users. If we put this into perspective, many Windows phone users, with the exception of those who follow the news closely or are really into the platform, will not have noticed the petition or even thought of it. If those were to be factored into the numbers, then that 100,000 could, in reality, be much larger.
Of course, there will also be some fake signatures on the petition, alongside those who signed it but wouldn't use the app. These variables make it difficult to provide an accurate number of how many actually want Pokemon Go to arrive on Windows 10 Mobile. One thing is for certain, though: a large number of users do want it.
There's been no response from Nintendo, Niantic, or Microsoft regarding the petition. Microsoft did respond to some feedback reports on their Feedback Hub, stating that they're looking into it, but that's as far as it has gone.
With the petition hitting 100,000 signatures, could we see a response from at least someone official? Your guess is as good as ours. Let us know what you think in the comments!
In case you haven't been keeping up with the Go-ings on with Pokemon Go on Windows phones, here's a rundown of the latest news:
- Pokemon Go for Windows 10 Mobile is now possible, PoGo UWP now available in beta
- This Windows 10 app helps Pokémon Go fans cheat
- Microsoft Portugal says Pokemon Go is coming to Windows phones
- Microsoft: we’re looking into getting Pokemon Go on Windows 10 Mobile, exploring different options
Haven't seen the petition or still need to add your signature? Take a look here.