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 188.8.131.52, Here Drive+ is at version 4.2.5964.1 and Here Transit is up to version 184.108.40.206 for those keeping score at home.
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.
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 220.127.116.11 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.
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 18.104.22.16801 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.
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.
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.
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.
Age of Empires Castle Siege, the medieval civilization building game, has received another major update from Microsoft Studios. The game gets one of these about every month and this one is certainly an important one to get. The update is for both Windows and Windows Phone (remember, it is a universal app) and brings several game play improvements as well as a host of bug fixes.
The two biggest changes amongst them as a player is the decrease in resource producing things like farms and mills build time so you can start collecting resources faster while the other is the increased length of peace treaties so there is a longer time between attacks on your empire. This later is important if you are away from the game a day or two. The update, version 22.214.171.124 for those keeping score at home, is available now in both the Windows and Windows Phone Stores.
To say that Dead Trigger 2 is popular is a slight understatement. Between iOS and Android downloads, the Zombie first-person shooter has been downloaded over 33 million times and now we can start adding Windows Phone downloads to that count. The game made its debut in the Windows Phone store today after a few weeks of teasing from developer Madfinger Games and it is nothing short of awesome.
A few weeks ago a good friend of mine who shall remain nameless but works for Samsung sent a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8″ tablet. The joke was, I showed up at a meeting with my Toshiba Encore 2 8″ tablet and he, being an Android centric company, gave me a fair amount of shtick over the Windows tablet coming into the meeting. In reply, I said, send me a tablet and I’ll happily give it a go.
So there you go. I now have a Galaxy Tab 4 tablet (which I have to send back to him BTW).
With the amount of travel I’ve had going on though it wasn’t until this past week and weekend that I had the chance to use this tablet and, more importantly, Android in anger. The net result: It was a very depressing experience but not for the reason you would expect from an admitted Windows and Windows Phone fanboy.