Rumor: Instagram, Real Racing 3 and Temple Run for Windows Phone coming in May

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Yesterday we brought you the story about Instagram reportedly already in the Windows Phone Store. The app is hidden, presumably for Microsoft eyes only, and we argued that if Microsoft had built the app they could be waiting on some last minute negotiations with Instagram to use their APIs legally.

Now, the same source, @anontechleaks, has a few more tidbits including images of Real Racing 3 and Temple Run—two huge titles that Windows Phone desperately needs. Real Racing 3 evidently requires 1.7GB of free space, putting it probably in 800MB range.

In related but different news, Real Racing 2 is reportedly coming soon too but as a Nokia exclusive. We’re unsure if this a case of rumors colliding or one will be for Windows Phone 8 (RR3) and one for Windows Phone 7.x (RR2).

No information was given about Temple Run.

On Instagram, the news is that it is a straight up iOS port with no Lens feature, which may be surprising for those anticipating. Of course, that can later be changed with updates, and this could be a “let’s just get it out there” move by Microsoft.

The timing of the releases is curious. May is not too far off, but it’s not exactly around the corner either. The only thing we can think is this may coincide with forthcoming firmware updates for Nokia, perhaps the GDR2 OS update and of course Verizon’s new Lumia 928, giving Microsoft and partners a very high profile May.

Interesting enough, the leaker of those images to demonstrate that they are not Photoshopped, showed the URL for the Real Racing 3 game with the ID of the app blurred out. On Windows Phone Daily an analysis of the images showed there were no PS tricks but a person could still fake the listing on the site just by entering into the CSS editor of their browser.

RUM: 8

Now that we can see the full URL and the image, it does lend more credibility to the leak though of course we cannot be 100%. 

Source: @Anontechleaks; Thanks, Er. Akshat, for the tip



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abel920 says:

Lord Microsoft-sus-ssiah-llah, gods of technology have done it again. :bows:

rimlover says:

#next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }
hahahaha jokes. i can't wait.


Finally, someone who speaks English :)

pbroy says:

I think Jessica Alba asked Microsoft to get it and they did. She probably has early access to it too. Either she switched back to iPhone or she has early access to Instagram beta. So yeah, lets thank Jessica Alba.. :P

If you can prove this, I will bow to you.


Jessica has been using her old phone to post to Instagram since the day she started using her Windows phone. She just uses two phones. Has been this whole time cause I've been following her way before she got a WP.

BoBallistic says:

I need instagram and rr3 love that damn game.

WinFan1 says:

Please let this be true.

WPSteve says:

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but watch these apps be buggy as all hell. :(

WinFan1 says:

I just want temple run in regards to the other two I don't care much but if they coming then cool.

carlosrdd says:

Same but any word on temple run 2 ?

A54D says:

They are talking about Temple Run 2.. I'm not sure if Temple Run 1 will be released but according to the article and pictures Temple Run 2 will be out in May.

I want Temple Run 0, formerly known as "Pitfall" from Activision.    That game was amazingly fast on my 1.19Mhz/128b Atari 2600. 

koenshaku says:

Not likely, anyone can copy a webpage in a site editor pop in a pic, change the text post up a quick browser preview then type in a URL for the screen cap. Would be nice though ^^

ferazzz1985 says:

Instagram would be a nice plus for Windows phone for sure

Kormiko says:

And that's when everyone in iOS and Android will move on to something else... kinda like when Rupert Murdoch bought MySpace.

And when draw something was bought by zynga.

Whodaboss says:

Hopefully this is true.  So I can stop hearing the constant clamoring for Instagram.  Now we can move on to something else.

Rick Smits says:

It could be. I suspect its a port from Android since the listing changed from android to windows phone instead of iOS. Backs it up just a tad bit.

Ingramator says:

Doubt that very much. iOS to WP8 is very easy to translate. Translating Java to WP8 apps is not a fun task!

Ticomfreak says:

Not if its written in C++

rodneyej says:

Although I'm the main "Clamorer" about Instagram I fully agree with your comment.. I'm ready to bitch about something else WP needs.. LOL! I won't stop until we're caught up with the others.

Exactly. "bitching" about apps and features is the only way the platform can reach parity with others, and at least have a chance of surpassing them.
How much people "bitch" about something is an indicator of how important that thing is for the platform.

rodneyej says:

Yes, Yes!! I agree...

dalydose says:

Bitching on WPC doesn't help, it just annoys everyone else. I had to stop reading comments for awhile since EVERY thread was an opp for some InstaWhine. It could be about ESPN and someone thinks its OK to spout off about InstaGram. Ugh.

rodneyej says:

You're right. Bitching is annoying... Hey, if it makes you feel better we bitch elsewhere as well.. Lol!.. Seriously, the word gets out, and these companies do get the message.. So, it's actually ok that we bitch..

starblade876 says:

Not really. Hoping on word getting out by bitching in the wrong places is a waste. Bitch directly to these companies you want. I've been saying this forever, but people don't read or seem to follow logic. If Instagram and Pandora have no care about WP, what makes you think they'd go to a WP fan site to read comments? If you band all the people who want an app and contact those companies' via their websites en masse, it would be difficult for them to ignore, especially if the mass contact happens very close to each other. It's sort of like a petition, except I think it'd be more effective.

rodneyej says:

Yeah, you're right that would be more effective. I wish we had a way to get a large amount of people to do that,, like a website or something.. I know of some sites that have attempted to bring large amounts of people to contact these developers, but they were lower quality and didn't catch on. I think it would be a great idea if WPC set up a sister site to get something like this off the ground,, you know form a list of company email addresses so that we could easily email these companies.. Not sure if that's legal or not, but it's a good idea. They could even make it a fuction in the WPC app..

Whodaboss says:

Now that's an idea... hmm...

Z3MN says:

Like Path?

rpm5101 says:

Yeah, then it'll be that stupid snapchat bologna.

splash112 says:

Windows Phone always late to the party

fwaits says:

That's just how the industry is while it's a distant 3rd place for now.  Much better than not getting big titles though.

Odog4ever says:

There's late and then there is not even getting an invitation...

B_Sack says:

Instagram has enough money, developer power ect to make this more than just an iOS port.  If a company as large as Instagram will choose to be that lazy..........words cannot even express.

prestonalan says:

......Instagram is far from a large company....

They had just 12 employees, IIRC, when they started building their Android app. And two of those were Android devs. 

The thing is people need to remember: Instagram doesn't make much money, yet. Their hedging a bit, trying to avoid exploding overnight.

Facebook bought Instagram, therefore it is a large company.

E Lizzle says:

You mean Facebook, right?  Yeah, they are tiny.

ninny1176 says:

And MS has a stake in FB...so where's the app?

prestonalan says:

Why don't you learn how mergers and acquisitions work in the real world. Facebook INVESTED in their future. Instagram doesn't all of a sudden get access to their resources and team members. Get a clue and stop being ignorant.

ricbon says:

I think instagram is just 6 people team

Menzlo says:

It sounds like Instagram isn't doing anything except letting MS make the app themselves.

Flagz says:

Yeah because MS will just straight port the App over from iOS. If MS WAS making it they would Metro it...

rodneyej says:

Ooohhhh.. You said Metro! Ima tell yo mama on you.

Ticomfreak says:

Just like they did to the FB app...

Daniel_H_UK says:

Personally im not fussed about these 3 but this should help the platform Grow as we score more of the top 50 apps :)
Lets hope this is just the start and the platform can now get the recognition it deserves  

alex6272 says:

Temple Run 2 better come to WP7.8 too or I may have to finally upgrade my phone

walter1832 says:

Dude, just upgrade anyway.

alex6272 says:

I would, but I'm not a huge mobile gamer, my current phone works just fine, and upgrading costs money

fwaits says:

Highly doubt it, but I could be surprised. Supposedly most these games didn't/won't come to WP7.x is due to native code support which it doesn't support.

Jeff Kibuule says:

Unity Engine isn't available for Windows Phone 7, so I wouldn't hold your breath.

alex6272 says:

Ah, good point

manicottiK says:

So, does this mean your original message really meant "give me what I want or I'll give you more money!"

Tahiti Bob says:

Real Racing 2 is awesome but from everything I read, the 3rd one is a micro-transaction filled pile of shit. Still good news for the platform, especially Instagram.

prestonalan says:

You would be correct about RR3.

AskaLangly says:

Imagine that went to Win8. Prep up the memory editors...

MrTimSmith says:

Have a lens in the instagram isn't very important as long as you can upload.

ChazTyldsley says:

Agreed. A nice to have but I'd rather have one without a lens than none at all, its the only app i miss. Updates could always add it in later too.

Rick Smits says:

Insta-rumor again. Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my.

Finally when instagram is close to become irrelevant it is coming to windows phone. good way, Microsoft, to attract only secondhanders.

rubenbest says:

A lot of people use instagram

Menzlo says:

I'd like to see a source that says Instagram is losing relevancy.

Well they did lose 25% of their daily active users after its ToS crap during the holidays

tk-093 says:

They did?  Pretty sure that was debunked.  They are stil growing... and growing.. and growing.....

I am sure they are, but according to there own metrics they lost 25% of daily active users during the holidays, from ~16 million to ~12 million

rubenbest says:

If you guys check i told you it was coming lol i know things

WhippedKream says:

I know things too. We have so much in common :)

rubenbest says:

Its awesome lol shh...dont tell anyone what we know

jsnod25 says:

Ok, so when is kirosoft going to port their games to WP? I want them so bad. Most addicting games on a mobile platform and do simple too.

rubenbest says:

I will investigate as i did with instagram ^.^

What about snapchat?

rubenbest says:

So far nothing

I've never even tried Instagram but all of this constant hype is making me really curious. :)

Don't, resist the temptation, it's a black hole of crappy "artistic" photos.

PipoDj says:

I beg you don't go into the dark side. LOL

Filters are optional. You can post nice untouched photos or add filters. It's fun, but is nowhere as good as fhotoroom. But it's definitely MUCH larger, user base wise.

I tried it. When I had an instagram account, I didn't even upload photos, I just viewed, so I loved wpgram. Then I notices that "I" posted weird comments, and my username got changed, so I deleted it.

Shobiz says:

If the port of Instagram is anything like the Words With Friends port, then we are screwed

WWF is a game, this is an app. It should be a better/faster port.

TonyDedrick says:

WWF isn't that bad anymore. Yes, it would have been nice to have it built specifically for WP. But its a heleva lot better today than when it was when first released. 

jchapman01 says:

And thusly crumbles my wife's last remaining defense against the Dark Side. She shall now join with me to rule the Galaxy as my Queen!

Besides, Android sucks. :p

PipoDj says:

Thumbs up, like +1

I see what you did there with galaxy. :)

Same twerpy account that posted the same twerpy 'leak' yesterday? And you're giving it an 8?
Come on WP Central, you're better than this.

Your argument is not convincing. I see a full game listing for Real Racing 3 and it counts as evidence, sorry.

Seriously, what is so far fetched about RR3 and Temple Run coming to Windows Phone? Or Instagram for that matter? It's not only plausible but expected, no?

When an account (a brand new account too) posts something that is clearly fake one day, I'm not going to believe them when they make more bold announcements the day after.
The Instagram 'photo' was done because doing it that way, low quality / blurry helps mask any imperfections. The category the app was listed in doesn't even exist, and the first line says 'Android', and makes no mention of Windows Phone. My skepticism is well placed.
As far as I can tell there's not even a shred of evidence. We can agree to disagree if that's favourable, but rating things based on what you want to happen is hugely flawed.

"... but rating things based on what you want to happen is hugely flawed."

I would have thought it was well known by now that I don't always print what I actually know.


mangoose says:

Ooh, Daniel knows something.. I assume the 8 score is a hint in that regard, right?

NIST says:

Dan knows stuff. I always thought Dan knew things. He's like an evil god who knows how our universe will be shaped, but can't tell us. We bow to you..


Imagine that, a category that none of us see in the store for an app that is rumoured to be hidden.

walter1832 says:

Any rumor on the sought after Myspace app?

Rick Smits says:

MySpace was revealed through a bug in Nokias app highlights

Jonny8X says:

All WP8 needs is the Glasgow city council app and that's us then :)

pLUSpISTOL says:

Lol. What's that useful for, returning library books? #DundeeCityCouncilGetYourActTogether

ttsoldier says:

Great. Instagram and Temple run will be out of the way.
Wonder what app people will complain about next?
Hope this is true though. The platform needs this more than ever.

abel920 says:

The next plausible is more XBox games.

Rick Smits says:

Ruzzle, snapchat, (city and farm simulations)

WinFan1 says:

Those are good guesses

Munkeyphyst says:

I work with teens, fun run and snapchat are big right now

I'm a teen, and I've never heard of fun run.

Sean D. says:

Quoted for troof!
"Great. Instagram and Temple run will be out of the way.

Wonder what app people will complain about next?"

My prediction is Rocklive will be the app to cry about.
That and the constant tears over a "notification center".

TonyDedrick says:

Flipboard and Pinterest for me....

VINE! Also snapchat, tumblr, and flipboard. And more exclusive games. Be careful what you ask, lol!

Vine isn't even on Android yet, so give it time.

Ecurb87 says:

The furby app

Slai says:

My god I hate running-games. And seriously the fuss about Temple run baffles me.
But in glad for popular apps appearing :)

Ultimateone says:

This has been so crazy

Terrin says:

what about real racing 2 as achiefements areup wonder if it was canned

I get the Instagram and real racing, but the Temple Run thing blows my mind. Absolutely don't get all the hype over it.

MDak280 says:

I'm not sure that this deserves an 8. I'd say more like a 5 or 6, but I really hope this is true. We need Instagram!

There is 0 evidence of any forgery or Photoshop tricks on any of those images. 

elyl says:

Come on Daniel, 5 minutes editing the HTML of an existing listing would give you a perfect page, no Photoshop required.
Also, it's strange that he has shown the URL after I asked him to on Twitter, but has hidden half of it... what would he have to lose by showing the full URL?  Only his credibility when it turns out to be faked.
I hope it's all true, but this all seems very suspect.

Could you please let us be in denial? I would appreciate it (for WP to succeed, I could care less about these apps!).

DJCBS says:

Honestly, Temple Run was announced along with WP8. It's ridiculous that it takes so long to arrive to the store.
But then again...so was Data Sense and Microsoft decided to remove it from the system and give it as an exclusive to a damn American carrier. So I expect nothing from Microsoft apart from new schemes at this point.

Sean D. says:

Why is it MS's fault and not the developers?

DJCBS says:

Because it was Microsoft who announced it and gave the face to the slap. Had it been announced by the developers, they would be to blame. But they weren't the ones making the announcement.

humdinger says:

Now that we can see the full URL and the image, it does lend more credibility to the leak though of course we cannot be 100%.

I can't tell how that lends any credibility. This could very easily have been a locally designed webpage and the user could have entered whatever they want into the URL bar. I could mock this up in about 5 minutes.

Seems like a lot of effort for something that really isn't that big of a deal. I mean, RR3 and Temple Run were talked about before with the latter even being announced in October...why take the time to make a fake Store app page? What's the motivation?

Shantek says:

Publicity.. Same reason all those losers make stuff up in the first place. Haven't looked myself but wonder how many twitter followers that account has now? Not saying a agree or disagree with the rumors, happy to wait them out and see what happens :)

stephen_az says:

If you do not understand the motivation, you need to try life without the rose colored glasses. A couple motivations are 1) publicity which need not have any deeper meaning, and 2) watching people around places like this dance around like puppets on strings. There can also be other more unpleasant motivations such as generating negative press for the OS when things do not materialize. Seriously, if you do not understand this stuff you must be on drugs a lot more potent than the post-op painkillers I am taking. I at least have the excuse of having just had spinal surgery....

humdinger says:

The thing is it is not really that much effort at all. For someone that knows what they're doing, it would take 10 minutes tops. As for motivation, have you heard of trolling?

giorgio h says:

Ooof ffffffff#&@ffa

Senkwe says:

If we finally get Instagram I wonder what the next "but it doesn't have..." will be.
Any thoughts?

tcman88 says:

HBO, HULU, Wells Fargo, etc

rubenbest says:


SaucePolicy says:

Amazon Cloud Player, Pandora.

WinFan1 says:

Pandora is coming like temple run lol but I'd say HBO, Hulu, Ing direct, wells Fargo, ruzzle, snapchat, GameStop, gamefly.

bilzkh says:

...Temple Run 2....
Though seriously, there are a few big ones missing, e.g. Flipboard.

The rumour is about Temple Run 2 :|

Sean D. says:

Rocklive, and "notification center".
F'n lemmings, I swear...

walter1832 says:

Fart Apps such as:
Fart Destroyer
Fart a Good Fart
Don't let them see you Fart
Don't let them see you Fart 2
Silent But Deadly
Fart Apocolypse (I hope this one gets on board soon)
There's others, but those are the big ones.

WinFan1 says:

Lol like that one

DreadVenom says:

Firmware update to have notification lights? Have the Windows logo blink to alert u of a missed event. Would tie in great with notification center.

jrnag24 says:

Amazon Instant Video

Higgs Boson says:

Our own Xbox video downloads...

jlynnm350z says:

Boy, you guys love to stir up those instagram rumors there at WPC.

CONKER1182 says:

I remain skeptical of real racing since EA is the publisher.

I agree with prestonalan, why? There are some great EA games already on windows phone, some of those being Nokia exclusives though

CONKER1182 says:

Because EA is an a#$hole.

Real Racing 3 is largely ruined by its freemium mechanics which, according to many reviews, are overwhelmingly hostile and serve no other purpose gameplay-wise other than to eek more cash out of you. It's similar to Flight Control Rocket - also EA published - which is a free-to-play game on iOS. There's an overwhelming amount of levels, ships, robots, powers, rechargers, and things for you to wait for or unlock with the rare in-game currency. Even the WP8 version, which is a priced game on XBOX, still includes the mechanics even though you paid for the game and there is no way to buy your way out of the waits for recharges. It tarnishes what would've been an otherwise excellent game experience.

I think that is largely what he's talking about.

tcman88 says:

Not to ruin the party, but Instagram will be a Verizon exclusive

giorgio h says:

Dafuu u saying? Lol

tcman88 says:

Verizon is aa about exclusive devices/features. To get behind Nokia and WP they want Instagram to be their exclusive like data sense.

cesar ruiz1 says:

Maybe not Verizon exclusive but Nokia exclusivity would be on top of list since they are the only manufacturer that cares.

SaucePolicy says:

I want Jetpack Joyride and Pandora.

Jetpack Joyride would be awesome.

rubenbest says:

I understand jetpack joyride. But there are 3rd party pandora apps

mrifat says:

Instead of Instragram, i am want Path badly! Please where is it? The rumors about path was in Febuary, i guess,, any update guys?

apekburagaz says:

i hope it gonna be soon hopefully please microsoft ur the best among all!!!!

mateole17 says:

I'm starting to think the real hoax is that Microsoft cares about Windows Phone. Why would any company wanting to gain momentum move this slow?

apekburagaz says:

btw make it free :D

Temple run and temple run 2?

I believe temple run was already confirmed awhile ago, this rumour is about temple run 2

Ya it was, but I'm now doubting it and will feel that only TR2 will be available. Who knows.

mrifat says:

Instead of Instragram, i want Path badly! Please, where is it? The rumors about path was in Febuary, i guess,, any update guys?

chrispytoast says:

I have to believe these are fake. I don't doubt they are coming, but notice how the leaks have all had rounded corners for the icon? That is not a windowsphone icon. Windows phone icons are enot rounded, they are blocks to follow the MetroUI

Shantek says:

+1 had the same thought

rodneyej says:

I know Instagram is coming for sure!

Conasca says:

Now we need Pixlr-o-matic

aaa6112 says:

@Daniel, somebody replied to @anontechleaks and mentioned that the 4 screenshots below that app description were horizontal thumbnails or in landscape mode (implying it was fake). I checked the windows phone store website on my laptop and screenshots for recent games like the amazing spider-man, asphalt 7 heat and real soccer 2013 are all vertical (ie, portrait mode).

duoFurious says:

Pandora??? That's what I want

wizard32843 says:

The description is from Google Play Store. Besides, I haven't seen a single app that's got horizontal thumbnails in the Windows Phone Store web interface. Just saying...

aaa6112 says:

Just saw your tweet mentioning the same. that is a very valid point!

wizard32843 says:

Oops, seems like I was wrong about the thumbnails. FYI
But anyone can do this with any iOS or Android app just for fun really easily, still.