WPCentral forum member, rtojohnny08, is getting a new Nokia Lumia 1520 this week. He is coming from Android and has decided to switch to Windows Phone. He needs help and wants to know what Windows Phone has to offer to replace some of the Android apps that are important to him.
There are a variety of ways to customize your Windows Phone handset and make it your own. One of our favorite ways is to select and personalize the Lock screen. In the Windows Phone Store you’ll find hundreds of apps that allow you to rotate images on the Lock screen or display app data. Wallpaper Patterns is another one of those apps that can make your Lock screen beautiful. Let’s check it out.
Are you a big fan of Path, the private social network? Neither are we, but we’re sure some of you are, and this post goes out to you!
If you recall, in early January Path finally arrived on Windows Phone after an all too long gestation period since it was first announced in mid-2013. Just one month after the release and its already picked up its third bug-fix update. We’re not going to complain, as the app had a bit of a rough start at first with checkins not working.
If you’re a designer you've probably used Dribbble a number of times. It’s by far one of the largest community’s for web designers, illustrators, typographers, logo designers, graphic designers and other creative to highlight their work. It’s also a great place to connect with fellow designers. Developers have also used it successfully to find developers to work with. It’s a great place for design.
Dribbble doesn’t have any official apps, but they do offer the Dribbble API so that others can create apps. If you’re at all interested in a Dribbble app for Windows Phone you need to sign up for the beta of Threepointer for Windows Phone. It’s beautiful and does things we’ve never seen in any app for Windows Phone.
Don’t forget anniversaries or other important events in your life. It will save you from a lot of trouble. One app that can help you with that is Down to Zero for Windows Phone 8. It can show a countdown timer with live tiles and even the lock screen. It makes waiting a little more fun.
Head past the break to watch our hands on video and walkthrough.
Just before we head into the weekend, there have been a number of updates pushed through the Windows Phone Store over the past few days. Molome joins PicHit.Me and more as consumers are notified of new versions available for download. Head past the break to see which apps have been updated and what's new.
Game Hound is a Windows Phone 8 app that delivers a healthy database of gaming titles to your Windows Phone. The app also lists upcoming gaming titles with Live Tile support to countdown the days until release.
Add gaming news feed and lockscreen support to show upcoming titles and Game Hound is a Windows Phone app with potential. However, while the database is vast, the information on each title is a little on the thin side which holds this app title back.
The battery is probably the most talked about component of any smartphone, and the reading displayed on-screen is checked frequently just to analyse how much juice remains. Luckily, Windows Phone has pretty good battery management with Battery Saver Mode present just in case you need to squeeze that extra hour or so worth of use out of the device.
To help you out with monitoring your battery drain, there are a variety of apps available on the Windows Phone Store. This collection includes the gorgeous Battery Performance, which is currently available for free with myAppFree.
WhatsApp. Next to Facebook, it’s your favorite app that you love to use – and that you love to complain about. Luckily for us, the WhatsApp team is hard at work at making their premier chat service top notch on Windows Phone. Unfortunately, what we’re about to share is part of their private beta, so the public version is possibly a few days – or weeks – out.
But you folks love teases, so here’s an exclusive one for you.
ProShot is a feature rich photography app for our Windows Phone that gives you a healthy amount of control over your camera settings. The Windows Phone 8 app has settings to adjust the shutter speed, ISO levels, white balance, focus, exposure compensation and more. One of the few drawbacks to ProShot was the incompatibility with Samsung and Huawei Windows Phones.
ProShot was updated today to version 3.5.1 which corrects this incompatibility. With the update, ProShot now has support for Samsung and Huawei Windows Phone along with support for the Lumia 1520 and Icon Windows Phones.
A month ago we showed you guys and gals a new app called GetOutCast. It’s another forecast app, but not the way you think. GetOutCast isn’t competing against Bing Weather, AccuWeather, or any other “traditional” weather apps. It isn’t even for most users. Instead, GetOutCast focuses and excels at providing forecasts for photographers. GetOutCast is a good way to see if you should grab your gear and head out to shoot if you’re crunched for time. It has picked up a few updates since its launch and just had one yesterday. Let’s check out what’s happened to GetOutCast.
Did you have a lot of fun playing with Warp Photo Booth, an app we mentioned a few days ago? It gets better with a major update that has just been released. Version 1.4 brings more warp effects and bug fixes. Check out our hands on video and walkthrough of the update after the break!
Google and Microsoft do not get along when it comes to both Windows Phone and Windows 8. Luckily for tablet and PC users, there are numerous ways to access Google services, but if you're using a Windows Phone there have been issues in the past that hamper the user experience.
The same goes for AdSense (www.google.com/adsense), Google’s advertising network for webmasters and content creators. Unfortunately, the company has yet to release an official app for the mobile platform but Windows Phone has some talented third party developers. Cue WP Adsense.
Today is a good day. Step one in Skype becoming a universal messaging client has taken place. Oh I know, Skype already does a lot, but the user experience has been...less than friendly.
Specifically, I’m talking about the ability to sync messages – “read” versus “not read” – across devices and platforms. The situation should be familiar: you open up Skype on Windows Phone after chatting all day at the PC, only to have a barrage of “new” messages come in that you read hours earlier. It’s infuriating and time consuming if you have dozens of chat sessions.
Luckily, that hindrance should now be over through some backend updates from Skype.
Control Center is a Windows Phone 8 app that pulls together a large collection of settings and shortcuts on to one page. It gives you quick and easy access to your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Network settings and more.
While Control Center is a single page app, it packs access to many features under one roof. Live Tile support makes access to Control Center easy and if you are looking for a one-stop source for key Windows Phone settings, Control Center might be worth a look.
If you’re a news junkie, then you probably know that it’s much more efficient to use an RSS reader rather than opening each website with the browser. There’s a new RSS reader app for Windows Phone, called FlipMag, that is currently in beta that you’ll want to pay attention to. It’s still not completely done, but we like it so far.
Head past the break to watch our hands on video and walkthrough.
When it comes to browsing Reddit on Windows Phone we love using Readit. It’s relatively new app, launching just a few months back. It blew us away with its design, feature set, and usability. Like all apps, it had a few shortcomings, namely performance issues, but those have since been addressed with updates. Speaking of updates, Readit for Windows Phone just picked one up. Let’s check out what’s new and different in this massive update for Readit.
FilmOn TV is an unofficial Windows Phone 8 app for FilmOn, a service that lets you watch free live television from the U.S., European, Latin American and Asian markets. We’ve been following the Beta progress of this app and the public release of version 1 hit the shelves a few days ago.
You can catch broadcasts such as sporting events, news casts, lifestyle shows, movies, children’s shows and more. In tinkering with FilmOn TV for a short period of time, it comes across as a decent way to catch a little TV time from your Windows Phone 8 device. There are a few performance issues present but it appears to be more an issue with the service than the app itself.
This past Friday you all came together to help Weather+ pick a new name. Over 1000 names were suggested, but we had to pick our top five so there’d be a vote. And vote we did. OneWeather came out the winner. Not only that but Bailey Stein, the developer, shared some information about an upcoming update for OneWeather. Details below.
Faaso's is a popular fast food chain in India that primarily sells wraps. An acronym for Fanatic Activism Against Substandard Occidental Shit, Faaso’s operates over 50 outlets in Pune, Mumbai, and Bangalore and their chic branding and youthful identity has got them countless loyal customers.
Faaso’s has introduced their official mobile ordering app for Windows Phone. The app allows you to order fresh, hot, desi wraps, biryani, and more with few taps on your phone. The app arrived along with the Android version, with the iOS one coming up.
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Valentine's Day Apps
For those who have been out of town or simply hiding under a rock, this Friday is Valentine’s Day. If you have a significant other and have completely forgotten about this “special” day, we have a few Windows Phone apps that may keep you out of the doghouse.
This week’s Windows Phone Central Roundup falls a few days early, to help those who suffer from losing track of time and possibly saving countless relationships globally. Quick disclaimer though, we don’t guarantee any of these Windows Phone apps will save you from sleeping on the couch, save you from the silent treatment or successfully wooing your partner if you have completely forgotten about Valentine's Day.
We’ll touch on a few greeting card apps that may give you a little more time to run down to the local gift store, an app that will let you order flowers from your Windows Phone, a shopping app from a merchant that offers overnight delivery and a dining app just in case you forgot to make reservations.
We really like apps that aggregate the feeds for the various websites we read on a daily basis. Apps like Phonly, Weave, and Nextgen Reader are awesome, but there’s definitely a place for curated content. MyEdit is a service that serves up local curate content for South Africans. They already have an app out for Windows 8, but there’s now one for Windows Phone. Let’s check it out.
PC remotes are pretty useful apps for smartphones. Especially if you’re rocking a PC in the living that’s dedicated to serving up media. PC Remotes are apps that allow you to use your smartphone to control your PC. Unified Remote is a popular one on Windows Phone for doing just that. Let’s check it out.
If you've been a fan of Nokia smartphones and other products in previous years, you would have experienced the wide variety of loaded ringtones. To relive those special moments, Aleksi Eeben from Nokia has compiled thousands of ringtones into a single Windows Phone app. What's more is you can even save these classic tunes as ringtones for your own Windows Phones.