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Zomato is a popular restaurant finder Windows Phone app that gives you recommendations for restaurants in your area and lets you look at menus, pictures, contact info, and directions. Available in 41 cities across the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, the UAE, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia, Turkey, Portugal, the Philippines, Qatar, and Sri Lanka, the Windows Phone app was recently updated to version 5 with a complete design and user experience refresh.

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If you visit Windows Phone Central on a regular basis, you most likely have a Windows Phone. That means you should be using our top-rated app. Maintaining a 4.5 star rating (out of 5) from 1700 reviews, our app, developed by Jay Bennett, is always one of the top downloaded in the Store.

Today, we are happy to announce in conjunction with myAppFree that the Windows Phone Central app is completely free for the next 36 hours. Technically, our app is already free but if you pay 99 cents you can remove our ads that help support the site. However, if you act now, you can unlock that feature and not have to pay a dollar at all. Once unlocked, it is your forever!

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Be brings Behance to Windows Phone in a beautiful app

Behance is a platform for artists to promote their work. You'll find graphic design, photography, illustration and more on Behance ( behance.net). They have official apps out for Android and iOS, but nothing for Windows Phone. We don't have any info on any upcoming plans for the company to make an official app for Windows Phone, but we do have an excellent third-party app already available. It's time to check out 'be' for Windows Phone.

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Last week we looked at how the iOS App Store compared to the Windows Phone Store in 2014. It was a sobering look at how much work Windows Phone still has to close the app gap between the two platforms. That's especially apparent when you look at 'fad apps' like popular games or apps from a new startups or company.

It's not all doom and gloom for Windows Phone. Over the past two months we've seen major apps officially join the platform. Thanks is due in part to the Universal Windows app model that allows devs to target Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 with minimal work. Recently we've seen updates or releases for apps like Comedy Central, PlentyOfFish, UPS, AutoCAD 360, Barclays Pingit, Adobe Photoshop Express on Microsoft's platforms. The future is looking bright for Windows Phone and Windows 8.

Today we're going to turn the tables and look at some apps that are unique to Windows Phone and not available on iOS. We'll list some of the more popular ones and our favorites. Then you can hop into the comments and tell us what apps you love on Windows Phone that you can't get anywhere else.

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While Windows Phone users have been pretty happy with the growth of the ecosystem in India, Axis Bank customers have been clamouring for the official app especially after the closest rivals, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank landed on the Windows Phone Store.

Axis Bank is the third largest private sector bank in India. I confirmed that the Axis Bank app was coming soon a few days ago, and we've hit the bulls-eye here. The official app of Axis Bank – Axis Mobile – has just arrived on the Windows Phone Store.

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Gotya is an interesting app that hopes to turn your Windows Phone camera into a remote controlled, motion activated surveillance camera. You can set your front or rear camera to take pictures when a motion area is breached. Images can be saved locally or to Gotya's Cloud Service.

There are a few additional bells and whistles with Gotya that add to the app's appeal but the motion detection can be a little on the sensitive side. The app, which is available for 512MB devices, has potential and a little fine-tuning will help Gotya shine a little brighter in the Windows Phone Store.

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BlackBerry may be the struggling for relevancy in 2014, but they still have a couple of valuable properties, including their BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service, which is now on iOS and Android. Earlier this year, BlackBerry announced that a version for Windows Phone was also on the way, and July was last reported as the due date.

With that introduction, it should not be surprising to find the private beta of the app hiding out on the Store under the BlackBerry Limited publishing name. However, like all good things, you cannot download it yet. Private beta means you have to be on the tester list, and that involves using your Microsoft Account ID. As a result, you can look at the app on the Store, but you can not download.

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Foundbite is one of our favorite apps on Windows Phone. Why? It's a solid app that's really fun and it's exclusive to Windows Phone. We don't have too many apps that are 100 percent unique to Windows Phone, but the few we do are really good. Foundbite has also just been updated today, so we're going to take a look at some of the new features in this latest version.

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BBC Radio access has been absent on the platform (officially, anyway - see Podcast Lounge), but finally UK Windows Phone owners are now able to enjoy their favorite radio stations while on the move with the official BBC iPlayer Radio app. Whether you're a hipster with BBC Radio 1 or prefer a more laid back experience with BBC Radio 3, this app will provide you the means to tune into live programs and enjoy some beats.

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Sound Meditation is one of the many health and fitness apps in the Windows Phone Store designed generate relaxing sounds. Sounds to help you chill out or fall asleep easier.

Compared to other sound generators, Sound Meditation stands out a little with the ability to create sound compilations that meet your likes or moods. The app has over thirty five sounds that can be mixed to create a sound compilation that will help you relax.

It may not be the most glamorous health and fitness app but Sound Meditation isn't a bad option to consider if you need a little help relaxing while pursuing your MobileFit goals. Moreover, it's available for low-memory Windows Phones and Windows 8 devices.

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Netatmo produces neat home connected products enabling owners to monitor indoor temperature, relative humidity, sound levels and even CO2 readings to live in a healthier home. Weather stations monitor both inside and outside the home, while a smart thermostat ensures the house remains at a comfortable level. We're covering Netatmo because official Windows Phone apps are available for both the weather stations and Netatmo Thermostat, perfect for those who have the units installed at home.

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Fhotoroom is a popular Windows Phone photography app with social network and photo editor functionality, as well as camera support to boot. Fhotoroom can be used as a standalone app or you can register to share your photos with other Fhotoroom members. The Fhotoroom photo editor covers the basics, including filters and frame, providing some degree of choice to the user. Today, we're looking at a rather large update, which has just been published on the store.

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Top Rated Fast Food Apps for Windows Phone

Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Fast Food Apps

Fast food restaurants can be a convenient way to get a quick bite to eat while traveling or for those times you just don't feel like cooking at the house. There are a few Windows Phone apps designed to help you located these establishments and a few that will let you order and have take-away ready for you. Now that Fitness Month has past, these apps may come in handy if you are in the mood to cheat a little and enjoy a Big Mac or large Supreme Pizza every now and then.

We've tapped a small collection of these Windows Phone apps for this week's roundup. Some of which are official apps from the fast food restaurant while others are rather nice unofficial apps. Just keep in mind some of these apps have regional restrictions but the good news is that all the apps are available for 512MB devices.

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It may be the 4th of July, the special public holiday for the US, but that hasn't halted publishers from releasing new versions of apps on the Windows Phone Store. The large story today is how Microsoft has updated its Feedback to Nokia system app to rename it to simply "rate us", which has been joined by Atmosphere Weather grabbing some new Live Tile styles, as well as some other apps. Pop past the break for the full read through and to see what's new in your favorite apps.

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The official CNBC app has been released for Windows Phone. Users can gain access to popular Business Day and Prime shows on their smartphones, as well as checking out the latest in business news with Mad Money. All that's required is a cable or satellite provider account and you're ready to enjoy CNBC shows wherever you may be.

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Yatra.com is an Indian website dedicated to offering a more convenient way to purchase tickets and book flights online. The website has just released an official app for Windows Phone, pulling down its user-friendly experience to Microsoft's mobile platform. As well as being an official app for Indian consumers, the development team has done an excellent job on the design and overall layout of the Windows Phone app itself.

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MobiKwik is a fast growing mobile wallet service in India, allowing users the convenience and security to purchase goods and services on third party merchant websites, recharge prepaid and post-paid mobile, television/DTH, data cards and make bill payments for broadband/landline phones, electricity, gas, and insurance.

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Weather apps. Windows Phone has no shortage of them, possibly due to their frequency of use as well as the ability to work with specific data. Regardless, I am always excited to see new ones join the flock, especially if they embrace the Modern design language from Microsoft.

Atmosphere is a wonderfully designed weather app for Windows Phone 8 that has enough features to keep most forecast fans content. The design of Atmosphere is probably its main feature, as it is bold, clean and easy to read. Likewise with the Live Tile, which has one of the better layouts I have seen.

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It is that time of year again for the massive Tour de France to kickoff. Starting on Saturday July 5 and ending on Sunday, July 27, the massive cyclist contest has the world watching as each team tries to outpace the rest.

MetroTour is the only app you'll need to follow along. The app has been around since 2012, but this year's version gets a new look with the aid of ToledoDesign, who help developers make their apps beautiful and Modern. Indeed, MetroTour is some visual eye candy in addition to providing all the information you can get your hands on for the Tour de France 2014.

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Jumia (jumia.com) is one of the largest online shopping sites in Africa. It was founded in 2012 and has offices in Nigera and Egypt. Think of it as the Amazon or Alibaba of the African continent. They recently launched a Windows Phone app. Find more details and the download link below.

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