Some Games/App are available only for one OEM. Let's take Nokia for example.

  1. I buy a game called RISK (exclusive to Nokia) in my Nokia Lumia 800.

  2. Several months later, I buy another phone. For example, the HTC Windows Phone 8X.

In Windows Phone, app purchases are associated with your Microsoft account, so you can transfer them to a new phone. Does this apply to OEM-exclusive apps as well, even if the new phone was made by a different OEM?

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Apps that are specific to an OEM or carrier are only available when using the relevant device or carrier (as appropriate).

Theses show up in your list of purchased apps with a note:

This app is not available for all phones. Try downloading it on your phone.

If you've changed to use a different phone/carrier from when you purchased it.


The short answer is NO. OEM apps are every manufacturers way to carry out marketing for their products, altough the port would be a piece of cake because i don't think you need to write out new specific drivers for a game(as an example).

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    I have NOT down-voted this answer, but I was tempted to because (i) You haven't listed a source for your answer of 'no', a source might not be possible for this, but it would be useful. (ii) Since the hardware has to meet certain requirements there isn't really a need to port WP apps and the exclusive ones are just exclusive because they have paid to be so--you would only ever need to backport WP8 apps e.g. a WP8 Direct-X game to a WP7 XNA Game.
    – row1
    Dec 10, 2012 at 4:38
  • its a logical thing, dont you think? if i would list a source that pigs fly would you believe me? I say its not so hard to take a general look at things and get to a conclusion, but if you rely only on "sources", then my best wishes. As a second argument, nokia drive and city lens work on the lumia 610 and only has 256 of RAM, so you cant tell me that its a hardware constraint, can you? LOL
    – Freeman
    Dec 11, 2012 at 10:03
  • Yeah I said it might not be possible, but I wouldn't rule out an official page from Microsoft/Nokia stating that apps downloaded from an OEM marketplace are different from the official marketplace or a page stating that you can re-download your timed exclusive app when the exclusivity period expires. For the hardware, I was thinking of something more specialised than RAM and specific to a single OEM e.g. new CPU/GPU architecture, sensor, dual screens, something that you see happening on Android.
    – row1
    Dec 12, 2012 at 0:29
  • yes, thats why the .NET Framework is used so its machine-invariant. And most people use .NET to develop the apps, so the hardware is not an issue from a Windows phone developers point of view.
    – Freeman
    Dec 12, 2012 at 8:55

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