Category: Windows Phone

A Glimpse of The Future of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Apps – Via Android

Over the past few weeks I have been using a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet as part of my daily routine.  As I put in my post a few weeks ago, it has been refreshing to have so many apps available on the platform but I still have plenty of things about Android itself that I’m not fond of exactly.  I love Windows and Windows Phone and I can only hope that the app gap is closed a bit when it is released later this summer.

We know for sure that Microsoft is heavily focused on their own apps in Windows 10 for the PC, Tablet and Phone and in Android, we get a glimpse of just where they plan on going with their apps on these devices running the new OS.  Equally, we know that Microsoft is pushing developers and themselves hard to create universal apps so no matter which device you are using an app on, you get the same look, feel and features across all devices.  If you look at the Office suite of apps – Word, Excel and PowerPoint – then look at Outlook on Android, you have a much richer and decidedly more touch friendly experience than you do currently with Office 2013 on Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets..  As for Office on Windows Phone, I’ve said before and I’ll say it again that it is just about useless at this point. Even Microsoft acknowledges it is a frustrating experience.

The future of these apps however looks bright and all you have to do is go look at them on Android.

BLU Win HD LTE Windows Phone Now At The Microsoft Store for $199 Unlocked

The value priced but powerful BLU Win HD LTE Windows Phone has made its way to the Microsoft Store and is priced at $199 unlocked.  If you don’t remember, this new phone was announced just before MWC this year and is the latest in the lineup from BLU Windows Phones aimed at giving solid mid-range features at an attractive price.  This new phone also eliminates one of the complaints with the BLU Win HD which is that it did not support LTE bands for higher download speeds so at $199, it is a great deal for what it has to offer.

BLU Win HD LTE – $199 – Microsoft Store

Amazon for Windows Phone Updated With Bug Fixes

The official Amazon for Windows Phone app has received a small but important update today, addressing some bugs within the app and making some performance improvements.  The update, version 2.6.82.1 for those keeping score at home, doesn’t bring any new features but in my testing this morning does have a significant performance boost over the previous build.  If you use the Amazon app on your Windows Phone this update is certainly one to get.

Amazon for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

What Is New in Windows 10 for Phone Build 10051

As the latest Windows 10 for Phone preview is now rolling out, Microsoft’s Gabe Aul has posted a blog update outlining some of the new features that are in this build.  There are a lot but equally, there are a lot of known issues which could be a show stopper for some of you.  As I posted this morning, keep in mind this is a beta release so you can fully expect bugs to be a part of it.  Perhaps the most exciting news is that the new Project Spartan web browser is included in this release.

Starbucks Locator App for Windows Phone Gets Another Major Update With Store Open Indicator

While there is still now official Starbucks app for Windows Phone, one of the best alternative apps is Starbucks Locator.  The app is developed by Lancelot Software and it has just received another significant update, its 3rd in the last month or so.  The new update, version 2.2.0.0 for those keeping score at home, brings a host of new features and fixes including a new icon that tells you if the stores being listed near you are open at the moment.  It’s a quick and easy way to see which store closest to you is open for that late night latte run.

Starbucks Locator for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

HERE Maps, HERE Drive+ and HERE Transit All Updated With Account Sign-In Fixes

HERE has issued updates to their three main apps for Windows Phone, HERE Maps, HERE Drive+ and HERE Transit, all addressing the same issue with HERE account sign-in amongst other fixes.  The updates are all available now in the Windows Phone Store and users of these apps should get the updates, especially if you have had issues signing into the HERE service or having issues with synchronization of your Favorites and Collections.  HERE Maps is now at version 3.7.121.1, Here Drive+ is at version 4.2.5964.1 and Here Transit is up to version 5.2.129.1 for those keeping score at home.

HERE Maps for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

HERE Drive+ for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

HERE Transit for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

Angry Birds Seasons Updated with New NBA Ham Dunk Episode

My personal favorite version of the Angry Birds franchise, Angry Birds Seasons, has received a new 15 level episode honoring the NBA, aptly named NBA Ham Dunk.  The new update also brings the game up to version 5.0.0 for those keeping score at home.  It is the latest free update to the game which now sports hundreds of levels for hours (and literally I mean it) of entertainment on your Windows Phone.

Angry Birds Seasons for Windows Phone – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

myAT&T For Windows Phone Gets A Minor Update to Fix Rollover Data Reporting

For those of you who are AT&T customers and use the myAT&T app for Windows Phone, there is a minor update available in the Windows Phone Store.  The update, version 4.4.1.0 for those keeping score at home, allows you to view your Rollover Data as you could when this particular update was first released a couple of weeks ago.  Some users however were having some issues with it not showing data correctly or the app freezing (I was one of them).  It appears that the issue has now been fixed in this re-release of the update.

myAT&T for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

Fitbit for Windows Phone Update With Much Improved All-Day Sync Support

The Fitbit for Windows Phone app has received an update that should help those of us who use the All-Day Sync feature.  If there has been one complaint I’ve had about the app so far it has been the reliability of this background sync feature.  Now it seems to be resolved.  The update, version 1.7.254.13801 for those keeping score at home, dramatically improves the All-Day Sync functionality.  It is much more stable than the previous release and it is on by default now.  Having tested this last night and this morning, I can tell you it is noticeably better than before and the app actually stays connected to my Fitbit Flex via Bluetooth constantly.

Fitbit for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

Vine for Windows Phone Update Brings Camera Roll Uploading Support

Vine for Windows Phone has been out since November 2013 and aside from a few very minor updates has remained virtually untouched.  It was, until today, a classic example of there been an app update gap for Windows Phone when you compare it to other platforms.  Today a new build, version 2.5 for those keeping score at home, has hit the Windows Phone store and it is a significant improvement over the previous version.  The biggest feature by far in this update is the ability to upload previously shot videos from your camera roll.  This means you can now, finally, shoot a video now then Vine it to Twitter later.

Vine for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

6Tag for Windows Phone Updated With Improved Photo Quality

The popular Instagram app 6Tag has received another update for those who use it on Windows Phone.  This latest update, version 4.1 for those keeping score at home, was hinted at last week by developer Rudy Huyn on Twitter and included a tease of the biggest improvement of the release:  Improved photo upload quality.  6Tag is my favorite Instagram app for Windows Phone, far outstripping the year-long beta Instagram official app in features and functionality.

6Tag for Windows Phone – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

PayPal Here Launched for Windows Phone

A few weeks ago PayPal launched PayPal Here for Windows 8.1, an app that allows you to take credit card and PayPal payments on your Windows PC or Tablet.  This morning that same app has come to Windows Phone giving you the option to take payments in your place of business.  No longer are you tied to being “behind the register” or, as the case may be, your Surface Tablet.

For those who aren’t familiar with PayPal Here…

PayPal Here is the secure and easy-to-use mobile business app for all your payment needs. Get back-office management, POS, and start accepting credit and debit card payments—in person and on the go—with our mobile card reader and free app

It is an inexpensive way to get a point-of-sale going for your place of business in no time.

PayPal Here for Windows Phone – Free – Download Now

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