Let's face facts. While there's been a lot of improvement in the top 100 app gap, many of those apps aren't on par with the iOS or Android versions. There are gaping holes in the list as well, especially when it comes video (HBO Go, WatchESPN) and Games.
But far worse is the long tail of the app store. We still lack the majority of "brand name" apps. There are few airline or bank apps. Lots of localised businesses and organisations will spring for an iphone app, and maybe an android, but have never heard of windows phone.
I recently had to choose a phone for work, and had to get an iphone because of missing (Datapipe Auth, who even have a blackberry app) and broken (citrix receiver) apps on Windows phone. But it also showed me how much better the apps and notification are on iphone. For example, my local transit system, SEPTA, has a decent app to show me where my bus and train are. There's also a slightly kludgy android version, but nothing for windows phone. Also, the notification integration and history, especially on the lock screen works far more consistently and reliably than not-really-live tiles, to the point that if both of my phones buzz, i'm reaching for the iphone to find out why.
No, you must be American.
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Your ex? Gates?
Telegram is great indeed, but lack of background agent in any of its clients is a huge disadvantage. As soon as ngram or migram gets it, I say goodbye to whatsapp no matter how many of my contacts ignore TG.
Sin Ogaris says:
I use Viber a lot because my girlfriend does too, I have a Whatsapp account but I never use it. I do use Facebook though, but not the standalone.
I have been having issues with sending texts in the last week (receiving is fine and calls are fine)so I have been using other messengers more frequently.
I also Skype a lot for calls as it is si much cheaper for overseas caLls.
Does that mean you vote for only black people and that non-Democrat black people aren't black enough for you?
Don't typically use them. Use SMS 99% of the time. My wife set up a 'TextMe' account for my 6 yr old daughter, uses wife's old iPhone WiFi only, so I downloaded that for when she text me at work. I want to use Skype more often though.
You are rude, though.
Has anyone ever used paltalk? I have a friend that wants to get a windows phone but won't because there is no paltalk.
Haven't used HDphotoviewer for a while, but did now after the update. I can say that it has become identical with the default camera roll. The only difference is that with default viewer, i have to w8 1 sec while in full screen to update the details, and in the HDapp i have to zoom a bit to load the details.
The loaded details in both cases are identical...tested print screens on my computer. Zoom levels are also the same. I have a lumia 820.
Before, i could see difference when details loaded on normal viewer and when opening a photo in HDapp. In the HDphotoviewer the pictures had even more detail ( true full resolution probably ) and a lot more zoom was available.
Can't agree. Viber is painfully slow. I'd love it to be good as all my friends use it
hsh hsh says:
Most of them in my country Iran such as fb massenger wechat are. Blocked by the government
Win DroidPhone says:
Don't know why but when ever i use to inquir any query to WhatsApp team they blindly sending me their Faq page in email,they not reading customers email at all ,they had saved 2emails in their system and send it blindly,recently i had send mail that who can register for your WhatsApp beta app,they in rply send me their faq page and mention me pls make sure u had good signal strength and all that,than i replied again that i want to know the procedure or eligibility for registering beta app,than again send me faq page,..,,poor customer support
Jack Neill says:
I feel your pain, everyone in my family and friends has been scroogled and uses hangouts....
You're not supposed to be on the internet kid
Mr. Nadella! What will the public think of your potty mouth?!
Actually I was surprised by South African friend added me on WeChat. Yes, most users are Chinese, but that doesn't reduce the features it has. If more and more people start using it, you will soon find your friends there.
Now give me a reason why people shouldn't troll internet Explorer, this kind of Security issues always involve ie
My simple answer:
WhatsApp on Windows Phone 8, Skype on Windows Phone 8.1
Most used is Viber. Why didn't you mention it? Also where is WeChat?
With the newest update Viber became a great app. It still lacks a few features, from Android and iOS, but is good.
Even though I mostly use Viber, because my circle of friends, my favourite is Skype and I hope that Microsoft finally fixes it, so we can have this great messaging app on it's native platform.
Plus hats off to the new Facebook Messenger, it's the most beautiful of them all.
I'm agree, Wechat is the best one..
Viber is the most popular app here in my part of Ireland but it's completely rubbish on wp8. So slow. I actually deleted it of my phone and now use whatsapp even tho I'm missing out on my main friends group chat. It does have a decent desktop app and tablet apps which i still use. Far better on other platform.
Facebook messenger came to late, no one uses it anymore unless you want to talk to your auntie
Experiencing the same problem on my Nokia Lumia 920
Can you still purchase a digital copy?
Very true. I get charged a ridiculous amount here in the UK if I text or phone someone abroad. So I only make friends in the country I'm in now. Lmao
I hear ya! I mean, look at our electricity issue right now...
Warren Dance says:
This game is great, once you start getting good it's a hell of a lot of fun!
Sankaranand Ramasamy says:
Wait. So there is no news regarding the release of WP8.1 any time soon ?? The next month event is only for the developers ?
Do you actually have a specific reason to give, or is this just a pointless rant? There sure are reasons to use or not use any platform, but you present none.
Well, the more I use Facebook messenger, the more I see it is not that great. Sometimes notifications don't come through and the syncing is slow and weird sometimes. I mean you have to wait for the app to open, then you see it sync and it takes a while for everything to transform into the newest synced state. Also you see the circle photos loading after you get in. This is bad cos you never see contact images loading in whatsapp or WP contacts list. They are simply always there, cached properly I guess.
I started using LINE (iOS) 2 years while I was studying in Japan, and I've been using it daily to keep up with my friends since I went back home. It's a great app, I love those stickers, and I am happy to see the WP version is catching up with other platforms, even though, the timeline is still missing. I just wish I could log on different devices (Phone+tablet) with the same account.
I would love to use Whatsapp instead of regular texting. Unfortunately it takes two to have a conversation and practically all my friends have iPhones which means they are using iMessage so they see no benefit of whatsapp.
Hike is my favorite because of the fact it is from my country India as well as because they have very beautiful UI and customizations for their app.Also they offer SMS option tooo that can be send to users who dont have hike installed I would love to use their sefice but unfortunately all of my friends are sticking with WhatsApp, I have no choice :(
ironically WhtasApp has the least amount of features but it is the most popular messaging app!!
Yeah, at first, it felt strange. But, after a few hours, you'd get used to it. I like it now, actually. :)
This is really important to me. I recently decided to TRY Android to see what it was like despite the fact I have an inherent distrust of Google. Is it true they OWN my data? Does that apply to any email account on my phone or just my gmail, which I don't really use so don't really care about?
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Sure, all apps stores do, but especially Android has a relatively large amount. Not that there still isn't an app gap, but it's getting a lot better. I also haven't met a single person who uses a banking app yet, so I'm guessing it's quite region-dependant.
Whatsapp definetly. Awesome topic as always.
:) From where did you get this info ? Can you paste a link to an official source ?
You said it right brotha, its crap. I wish air time in this country was spent showing useful ads as opposed to the clowns we have in office. I been done with politics a while back. I feel so much better without it.
Rod Iron says:
I've been saying this for some time. The lumia's suck balls!
I think it would be better if they integrate Skype
Keep political BS away from my Xbox. I don't want it, I don't want to see it and I don't care. All politics do is divide people. The two party system sux. Don't tell me there are more than two because its not set up that way. You could put makeup on a pig, its still a pig. I don't care for the Sh*t show of BS and lies. I rather have my $500.00 of my hard earned money to not contain any endorsement, ads, speeches, of request of donations. Those clowns in office make enough money. Microsoft should not expose anyone to the joke that's called politics. Its a insult to my intelligence. I'm done being insulted. That goes for religion too, unless both politics or religion is part of a video games story line, then its okay.
I use whatsapp the most but I want to find something else(just not weChat)
I caught them all (;
I hate weekends.. :P Very slow news.. :/
Fail article, WeChat easily beats every one of them listed
Prefers: Built in FB chatt
Most used: Built in FB chatt and Skype.
Also have Skype and WhatsApp.
Funny how Skype is a lot like MSFT. Missing mobile and all. Fault of MSFT or not, its hard to miss the comparison.
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