The LazywormApps team down in Christchurch are a Microsoft BizSpark Start-Up and are one of the most successful Windows Phone 7 development companies in New Zealand.
In the first year their LazyTube application achieved 184,346 downloads. Since then after 4 months of design, development and testing they have released the incredible new Metrotube application. In it’s first two weeks Metrotube became one of the top 20 paid WP7 apps in the US (currently #12).
After communicating with these guys since the launch of WP7 last week when I was in Christchurch I finally met with Atta and Michael (the team behind Metrotube). I am extremely impressed with the incredible commitment that these guys have made to Windows Phone 7 and their application. They have worked on it outside their day jobs of building WPF applications and have refined and taken feedback from their users to make what is possibly the best YouTube experience on any platform!
In my mind this is an excellent example of what happens when you add passion with an incredible development platform and a gap in the market.
“Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.” ― Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success
Another thing I noticed when I was down in Christchurch is how the guys are keeping on top of the announcements around Windows 8 Metro Style apps and how they have brought the function of the sharing charm into Metrotube (See it in Action).
I showed this at the Metro Meetup in Auckland last week and since most developers hadn’t seen it I thought it was worthy of a post.
Check out How to: Use the Share Link Task for Windows Phone to find out how to use the new "Mango" ShareLinkTask Launcher in Windows Phone 7.5.
No more battling with OAuth to get Twitter and Facebook integration in your Windows Phone apps!
Keep an eye on these guys as I feel that they will really be going places!
The only constant is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. — Isaac Asimov
In less than 10 days Metro Tube will be no more.
Only a week ago I was thinking how nice it was to also have an official YouTube App on my XBOX that felt like Metro. All I can say is that I hope Google see this for the opportunity that it is.
For all of the Windows Phone users out there go buy MetroTube in the next 10 days and give these guys some money! Let’s see if we can close this app out as the #1 Paid App in the US marketplace on New Year’s Eve!
UPDATE 2: There are lots of comments on this on WP Central