The Glance Screen app for Windows Phone has received an update this morning that brings support for Lock screen backgrounds on your Glance screen. The update, which is available now, has the normal mix of tweaks and fixes but the wallpaper support is new and it brings a bit of a personal touch to the screen instead of the black screen with information on it as before.
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Today is day 7 of the Microsoft store 12 Days of Deals and it another great one. Today you can get the Lumia 635 Windows Phone for only $99, unlocked. Normally it is $179 so this is a huge discount. If you want to buy it online, you still get a great deal as it is only $129.
The Lumia 635 is a great, budget friendly Windows Phone and one I have no reservations in recommending for those looking for a good all around devices. Here is my review of the Lumia 635.
The OneDrive for Windows Phone app has just had a big update drop in the Windows Phone Store that brings significant changes to the user experience along with several other key updates. The new version 4.5 build is out now and you can get it free in the Store.
WeatherSphere has released their NOAA Hi-Def Radar app for Windows Phone, bringing the impressive weather app to the platform following iOS and Android. The app provides a wealth of weather and radar information to users, particularly those in the United States. Further, it provides some unique features to other weather apps in the Windows Phone store that make this app immediately stand above many others available.
Foursquare has released an update to their Swarm for Windows Phone app with a wide range of updates and improvements to the app. The headline improvement is that Swarm now has a Emoji keyboard which can be used for shouts, plans and check-in along with plan comments. The update is listed as version 1.3 and is available now in the Windows Phone store.
If by chance you are not familiar with Swarm, this is the new check-in app from Foursquare that was released back in the early summer. Foursquare the app has turned into more of a location discovery app (which is quite good by-the-way) while Swarm has taken over as the check-in app.
Microsoft has released Windows Phone Build 14219 for those who participate in the Preview for Developers program. The update is either ready for you in your Phone Update in Settings on your device or can be downloaded by tapping the Check for Update button on the same screen. While the Preview for Developers program is a free app and service, I’ll remind everyone that it is beta software and sometimes behaves as such.
The biggest news with this update is support for Cortana in France, Germany, Italy and Spain as part of an update posted on the Microsoft blog this morning. Now Windows Phone users can enjoy the personal assistant feature that has been available to those in the United States and other countries for a few months.
If you are an Angry Birds games fan on Windows Phone, it is a good weekend to be you. Through this weekend you can get all of the Angry Birds games free for your phone through the Windows Phone Store. The games, along with Bad Piggies and several other games, are a part of Microsoft’s Deals Hub in the Windows Phone Store app.
To make it easy for you, I’ve linked to all of the Angry Birds games for Windows Phone here along with Bad Piggies.
With the rollout of Lumia Denim expected to start literally in days, I thought it would be a good idea to post a guide of what you can expect in the next major release of the Lumia OS that runs on Windows Phone. Lumia Denim is a firmware update that will eventually make its way to every Windows Phone running 8.1. This update is sometimes referred to as Update 1 although it is unclear if Microsoft will actually call it that when the time comes to release it. Regardless of the naming, Lumia Denim is a big update for Windows Phone users and brings forth a significant number of improvements to your Windows Phone experience.
The Music Deals app for Windows and Windows Phone has received a minor update this week, brining several new features including Share, Pin, Home and Help buttons.
For those who aren’t familiar with the Music Deals app, it is a relatively new app that brings deals to Xbox Music users weekly.
With little fanfare on the By-The-Numbers page, Microsoft has announced that as of September 30, 2014, the combined app total of the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store has reached 525,000 apps. This represents a 75% growth since the end of August of this year when the stores had a combined 300,000 apps. It is an important milestone for Microsoft but the growth rate is the even more impressive number to take away from this news.