I recently wrote a post about the fact that the Watchtower Library program is not available on Windows Phone 7, and detailing some possible workarounds. A reader responded with the following question:
Do you have any news about WTLIB on Windows 8 Phone?
In short, no, I don’t have any information about the availability of Watchtower Library on WP8. However, based on the redesign of the jw.org website, and the inclusion of the Watchtower Online Library, it seems to me that the branch does not intend to build native apps for any mobile platforms. That site is accessible from any internet-connected device with a mobile browser, eliminating the need for a dedicated app.
This is a wise approach for the brothers. Building a native app on each mobile platform currently available would consume a lot of time and resources that would be better spent elsewhere. Even if they chose to only target one or two most commonly used OS’s, considerable effort is required to maintain the apps once they are published. For example, as new literature is released, it would have to be incorporated into the apps. Add to that the fact that the mobile OS landscape is in a constant state of flux, with new updates being released at a breath-taking pace. Publishing the data via a well-designed website is a much more cost-effective choice, without sacrificing any of the convenience that comes from having it on your mobile device.