We’ll probably see official Google apps like YouTube, Hangouts and others once hell freezes over. Until then we have some solid third-party apps in the Windows Phone Store. For YouTube we’ve been rocking myTube and Metrotube for quite some time. Toib is a brand new YouTube app in the Windows Phone Store. You probably joined the beta earlier this month when developer Daniel Berg (@bergdaniel) opened it up to the public. Today that app is now available to download. Let’s check out toib for Windows Phone.
It’s the weekend, which means it’s the perfect time to look at the past week of activity in the Windows Phone Store. We’ll look at new apps and games, while also going over any apps that picked up big updates. In this edition of the weekly app highlight column we’ll look at Office Lens, NCAA March Madness Live, At Bat and more! Read on to make sure you don’t miss out on the newest apps on Windows Phone.
The official Instagram BETA app has been updated yet again. A few days ago, an update was pushed to address crashes caused by the new lock screen support. Today’s update doesn’t bring anything significant. What’s new in version 0.4.2? According to the store listing, it contains performance improvements, crash fixes, and UX refinements.
With news winding down this week, I figured I would kick off a new segment on our site. The idea was brought up in our forums and it’s a simple idea that I like: What apps are on the WPCentral’s staff Start screen?
It’s an interesting question, as it gives you a peek into what apps we use the most, what apps we consider essential and overall layout/design choices. Granted, many of you have probably taken notice when I do videos of what’s on my screen, but today I figured I’d actually list out what’s there and why.
Later on, we’ll have our other site writers chime in and share their screens too, in the hopes to facilitate discussion and maybe you’ll learn about a new app! How often we do this will depend on how often we change things on our displays, so that’s up in the air. Let’s dive in!
TGIF as Nokia is having a busy morning. Today, the popular Windows Phone manufacturer has released a brand new app to their Nokia Collection, in addition to pushing out no less than three app updates (four if you count Nokia Share from the 19th).
Let’s take a look at what’s new.
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Weather Apps
There is little debate on whether or not we have an ample selection of weather related apps in the Windows Phone Store. Some will argue we have too many Windows Phone weather apps, while others like the variety and options available. Regardless of your position, when the weather starts to turn south some of these apps can help you keep track of severe weather situations in your area.
As Spring quickly approaches so does the Spring severe weather season. Many parts of the U.S. will see weather events ranging from dangerous thunderstorms to deadly tornadoes. Some of us will also be facing Hurricane Season in a few months, which will present more severe weather potential. For this week’s Windows Phone Central roundup, we focus on Windows Phone weather apps that do more than just give you the current temperature and weekly forecast. We will highlight four of the top rated weather apps that have a little more meat on the bone when it comes to delivering weather information to your Windows Phone.
Last month we told you that MLB At Bat would be coming this month. Well we have some great news for baseball fans since the app is now live in the Windows Phone Store. This updated app will get you ready for MLB’s 2014 season. Ready to watch a ton of baseball on your Windows Phone? Then it’s time to pick up AT Bat for Windows Phone.
We last saw an update for Blink back in December. That update simply brought a fix for the Lumia 1520, though it build off of the 2.2 update that brought new features. This morning, version 2.4 is live in the Store and it’s a significant overhaul of the app in terms of design and function.
Let’s see what’s new.
We haven’t seen a significant update to Nokia’s fantastic MixRadio app in a few weeks, but that’s changing this morning with version 4.3 arriving in the Store (that’s a bump from version 4.2). What’s more, this isn’t just bug fixes, but rather some fiddling with the UI to make navigation easier and some improvements to the offline mix capability.
Weather On A String is one of the latest weather apps to hit the Windows Phone Store. The Windows Phone 8 app approaches things in a minimalistic manner with simple graphics and gesture based navigation.
Weather On A String does support worldwide forecast locations and has an interesting feature that is dubbed Umbrella Mode. While Weather On A String has mild appeal and decent potential, some may find it too minimalistic as your daily Windows Phone weather source. The app is worth checking out but its appeal may not transfer to everyone.
BitTorrent Sync is coming soon to Windows Phone. The app was discovered in the Windows Phone Store and appears to be undergoing a private beta at the moment. Fans of BitTorrent will be pretty excited to learn about their new Sync service. Ready to access your files from anywhere on the planet for free? How about sharing files with a free and not having to worry about upload limits on the size of the file? You can do all of that with BitTorrent Sync.
Like a lot of people who are always connected, knowing what is happening in the world at this moment is a priority for me. Sure, I can load up an RSS news feed and pull down some published news stories, but what about the breaking stuff, the things happening right now? The internet is a powerfully fast tool for delivering information. Having a steady stream of breaking bulletins is the logical end of that technology, and Breaking News is that service.
Breaking News (www.breakingnews.com) is owned by NBC News Digital, though it operates as a separate entity. What makes it unique though is it’s not just a stream of “stuff” coming in that you have to make sense of. Nor do you have to configure anything. Instead, there are a team editors who curate, fact check and maintain the feed, making sure only scrutinized content gets through.
UserVoice is a great piece of online software. Companies like Microsoft and indie developers leverage the UserVoice platform for direct consumer feedback. We’ve seen the team behind Nokia MixRadio use UserVoice to solicit ideas to improve the app for users. Microsoft even maintains a Windows Phone page where users can suggest and vote on features they’d like to see. Back in September there was a strong community push for the Windows Phone team to keep Cortana as the name for the upcoming digital voice assistant.
If you’re an independent developer you might not have as many customers as Nokia and Microsoft, but you still find UserVoice to be an effective platform to gain customer feedback on your apps. Using UserVoice to power feedback and improve your apps? Then you’ll want Voices Admin for Windows Phone.
Voxer is a popular cross-platform push to talk and messaging service available on Windows Phone. The company has now expanded its support for Windows Phone by adding its enterprise-grade and award-winning Voxer Business platform. Employees can now communicate securely on a private company network using the existing Voxer app for Windows Phone. This move is all down to Windows Phone's market share increasing in multiple regions.
Back in January we reported that Endomondo had begun the process of remaking their popular running app for Windows Phone. Due in April, the company was soliciting feedback from you folks on features you wanted to see the most in a new app. We like when companies do that, instead of assuming that they know what’s best. Combined with Windows Phone’s unique features e.g. Live Tiles, Lock screen support and Modern design, there’s lots of opportunities for devs to make something unique.
Today, Endomondo posted on their Facebook that the beta was ready to get going. The process is super simple, meaning you should all participate!
Last night, Instagram Beta for Windows Phone was updated. It brought a feature we think that all photo apps should have – Lock screen support. However, a large number of users voiced concern that Instagram Beta would crash anytime users set the app to control the Lock screen. Less than a day later, an update has been pushed through by Instagram to address those crashes.
We still don’t have an official Snapchat application on Windows Phone, but we do have 6snap. It’s the unofficial (but great) third-party client for Snapchat. The app has worked well since launch and gained impressive features that you can’t get with the official apps on iOS or Android. Though today’s update brings a feature you technically can get with the others. The ability to take screenshots is now supported.
Weave newsreader has been on Windows Phone since 2010 and is one of our go-to apps for keeping track of news or topics of interest (there’s also a swanky Windows 8 app for your Surface or PC). Last week, we covered a significant update that brought Pocket support for saving articles. At the time, we hinted that there was room for “one more share button” and we now have the answer as to what that’s for: OneNote.
Microsoft and Weave had teamed up to use their new OneNote API, which gives developers the ability to integrate OneNote into their apps. Weave is one of those apps, and one of the first to do so. Even better? There’s no update, just open up Weave right now, and it will be there under the Share button. Surprise!
Tiny Planets Pro is a fantastic photography app for Windows Phone 8. The app turns your panoramic or landscape images into tiny little planets by wrapping the image into a sphere that often resembles a planet spinning around the solar system. And it's not just useful for landscapes. Tiny Planets Pro can also put a creative twist to images other than the scenic variety.
Tiny Planets Pro does not take long to transform your images and once you have things just right, the final image can be saved and shared with other Windows Phone apps. There is not much to Tiny Planets Pro but if you are looking for a creative photo tool for your images, it’s definitely worth a try.
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen an update to Instagram Beta, the official (but in perpetual development) Instagram app for Windows Phone. The app launched and became available in the Windows Phone Store back in late November. It’s picked up a handful of intermittent updates in the subsequent period. Today we’re looking at a nice addition to Instagram Beta. Anyone up for Lock screen support?
When Facebook Messenger released for Windows Phone devices a couple of weeks back, it marked the third official way to chat with your Facebook friends on Windows Phone. No kidding!
While the Facebook integration is one of the touted features of the platform and you can chat with your Facebook friends from within the messaging app, you can also do the same using the official Facebook app developed by Microsoft. And now, there’s Facebook Messenger. All of which brings us to the question, "How do you chat with your Facebook friends from your Windows Phone?"
Fhotolens is a Windows Phone camera app that creates a virtual 10-24mm lens to give your photos a fish-eyed lens look. Fhotostorage is a Windows Phone Pictures Hub discovery tool that is designed to help you find specific photos a little easier by sorting them into categories or keyword search.
A few days we told you gals and guys about some USA Now, Syfy Now and Telemundo Now apps available for your Surface in the Windows Store. Turns out there are now some Windows Phone apps of those very same apps. They’ve been in the Windows Phone Store a few days, but slipped under our radar. Let’s check out these new apps for Windows Phone to watch some of your favorite television shows.