Saturday, March 8, 2014
Latest comScore report for "January 2014 U.S. Smartphone subscriber market share" is out and there is a bad news for Blackberry. The smartphone subscribers market share for Blackberry was 3.6% in October 2013 and in January, it is down to 3.1%, which is a change of -0.5%. This change in market share pushed Blackberry to Fourth position in U.S..
Windows Phone is now on the third position in U.S. with no change in market share from October 2013 to January 2014. The market share for Windows Phone in U.S. was same 3.2% during the peroid. In the same period, Android market share was also down (-0.5%) but still on top with 51.7%. The only gainer was Apple with 41.6% market share in January 2014 compare to 40.6% in October 2013.
There is no good news for Windows Phone as it did not gain any advantage from the fall of Blackberry in U.S. Let's wait and watch if Windows Phone is able to sustain this lead in coming quarters as well.
The very popular and challenging game Bridge Constructor has now reached to Windows Phone store for Windows Phone 8 devices. Bridge Constructor is a physics game where you prove yourself as a bridge builder. Bridge Constructor game is already available on iOS and Android and become extremely popular among users of all age.
|Bridge Constructor game on Nokia Lumia 925|
|Bridge Constructor game for Windows Phone 8|
|Hit Game Bridge Constructor|
- 40 Levels on the island nation of Camatuga
- Free build mode and help system
- 4 different building materials: wood, steel, cables, concrete pillars
- Color coded load indicator for different building materials
- Three different load bearing levels: car, truck and tank truck
- High score per level
Bridge Constructor is a paid game and you need to spend $1.99 for it which is worth. The game also comes with free trial so you can try it before you make any purchase. You can buy/try this game from here through Windows Phone Store.
Buy/Try: Bridge Constructor @ Windows Phone Store
Last month we covered the news about possible launch of Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone. Now since the Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone 8 has been launched, did you try it yet?Microsoft and Facebook worked together to bring this app on your Windows phones.
|Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone|
|Facebook Messenger on Nokia Lumia 920|
- Get to all your messages without having to open Facebook.
- Bring your conversations to life with stickers and send photos privately.
- Have group conversations and make plans on the go.
- Share your location so people know when you're nearby.
- Know when people have seen your messages.
- See who's using Messenger and who's active on Facebook.
- Stay logged in so you never miss a message.
- Turn off notifications when you're working, sleeping or just need a break.
- Never lose your conversation history or contacts.
|Stickers in Facebook Messenger|
Download: Facebook Messenger @ Windows Phone Store
Friday, February 28, 2014
There are updates available for many Windows Phone applications including Horoscope, Zoho Books, PicMix, myTube, Pocket File Manager, and Lumia System Updater.
The popular horoscope app that brings daily horoscope on your Windows Phone smartphone from astrology-planet.com. Today's and tomorrow's horoscope is licensed from a swiss astrology center. Horoscope app is very simple to use. It also allows you to share your horoscope on Facebook, Twitter, or via email.
|Horoscope on Nokia Lumia 820|
The app from Zoho Corporation for managing expenses on the go. Zoho Books is a pocket friendly app and an easiest way to record and monitor your Expenses. Zoho Books helps you manage multiple projects and track time. Zoho Books is a free app and well suited for freelancers and small business owners for hassle-free accounting.
|Zoho Books for Windows Phone 8|
PicMix is the best and most famous mobile social photo sharing application and a community of millions of users around the world. PicMix lets you put your multiple photos in fancy frames, apply text caption and various effects. You can then share them with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
|PicMix on Nokia Lumia 820|
myTube is a paid YouTube application with free trial. It's a very nice app for great YouTube experience on your Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The app offers great features such as HD video support, offline playlists, browse & subscribe to your favorite channels, save video, and more.
|myTube for Windows Phone 8|
- New app design and logo
- Ability to choose the color scheme in the settings
- Fixed Google+ comment loading issues
- Issues with offline playlists fixed.
- "Very high" thumbnail quality option on high memory devices
- Background audio now uses an audio-only stream, instead just playing audio from the video stream, for reduced data usage
- Big fixes
Pocket File Manager:
It's the only File Manager app on Windows Phone to have access to Media library, Videos, and SD card. Pocket File Manager is a paid app for Windows Phone 8 smartphones. It comes with nice features such as access to pictures folder, full featured FTP server, downloader, file browser, send file over Bluetooth or Email, and much more.
|Pocket File Manager on Nokia Lumia 820|
- Bug fixes and general improvements
- Added option to share photos and video using integrated Windows Phone share feature
- Implemented support for third party application to receive and save files to local storage, phone storage and SD card, More details on Facebook page
Lumia System Updater:
Another very frequently updated app is Lumia System Updater which lets you check for app-updates on your phone. It gives you an overview of all system apps.
|Lumia System Updater|
Horoscope, Zoho Books, PicMix, myTube, Pocket File Manager, Lumia System Updater @ Windows Phone Store
Thursday, February 27, 2014
There are new updates available today for couple of Windows Phone apps. These are Skype and BSNL. Both of these applications have released new features in this version.
It is one of the most popular app which offers free voice calls over 3G or WiFi. Skype also offers low cost mobile and landlines calls around the world. Instant messages and high definition video on capable devices makes it really useful. Skype on Windows Phone platform lets you use the app when it is closed using call and message notifications.
|Skype on Nokia Lumia 920|
- A new and simpler way to sign in to Skype. Just use the same Microsoft account you use for your phone. Already got a Skype account? Link it with your Microsoft account and we'll carry your credit and contacts over.
- See when someone is typing a message.
- General fixes and improvements.
Another app to receive update today is BSNL. It's a Windows Phone app for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited which is an Indian state-owned telecommunications company headquartered in New Delhi, India. With BSNL app on your phones, you get services like mobile recharge, and bill payments via credit card, debit card, and net banking.
|BSNL app for Windows Phone 8|
A new version 22.214.171.124 of BSNL is now available in store. This new version comes with improved user interface and navigation. The new version also addresses bug fixes. It also stores prepaid numbers locally and comes with new home screen with latest offers. BSNL app is available to download from here through Windows Phone Store.
Download: Skype, BSNL @ Windows Phone Store
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
There are new updates available for popular SoundCloud client Audiocloud, Holy Quran app Quran Explorer, and The Weather Channel app Weather from Nokia Corporation.
Audiocloud is a great SoundCloud client for Windows Phone by Jason Ong. It uses the SoundCloud API to provide third party implementation. The application lets you explore largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music and audio. With this application, you can explore and search on SoundCloud for tracks, playlists, people, and groups.
|Audiocloud on Nokia Lumia 720|
- Theme-aware app tile
- Added wide tile support for secondary tiles
- Added option to disable screen lock in Now Playing
- "Sounds" are now referred to as "tracks". "Sets" are now referred to as "playlists"
- Improved blocked media handling
Quran Explorer is a very nice application that lets all the believers of Holy Quran read this book everyday on their Windows Phone. The app has everything you need to know about Holy Quran Parts, Surahs, and pages. It allows you to save multiple bookmarks. Bookmarks can be added as per your need. Edit, update and delete bookmarks operation can also be performed.
The application also reminds you to read Surah Al Kahf every friday on your specified time as well as reminds you everyday to read Quran on your specific time.
|Quran Explorer for Windows Phone|
The Weather Channel app from Nokia for getting detailed weather forecasts on your Windows Phone smartphones. The app helps you in planning your next hour, day, or a complete week. It provides you severe weather alerts. You get weather details with pin-point accuracy with customizable and animated radar maps.
|Weather for Windows Phone|
- Fixed banner ads functionality
- Removed: augmented reality, my friends weather, and iwitness photos
- Updated tile content and main panorama
- Fixed 10 days forecast line break, assorted minor bug fixes, and performance improvements
Download: Audiocloud, Quran Explorer, Weather @ Windows Phone Store
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Last year 2013 was great for Windows Phone ecosystem as more and more big games and apps made their way to store. It seems 2014 will be another successful year for Windows Phone as there is an announcement from Microsoft that Facebook Messenger will be available on Windows Phone platform in coming weeks.
|Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone is coming|
Windows Phone store now has over 240,000 apps and it's growing at the speed of 500 apps/day. All the big names such as Instagram, Waze, Vine, and Mint are already part of Windows Phone ecosystem.
Are you guys excited about Facebook Messenger for your Windows Phone? Share your views with us.
Source: Windows Blog
Friday, February 21, 2014
Nokia has released an update to its extras+info setting app for Windows Phone 8. extras+info from Nokia for Windows Phone is an easy way to ensure you always have the latest features, app updates and current settings. The latest version of this extras+info app provides 'under the hood' improvements to fine-tune your Nokia Lumia experience.
|extras+info for Windows Phone 8|
One of the best YouTube client application on Windows Phone platform to let you watch and download videos in high quality. You can login to your YouTube account and explore video catalog. You can browse your favorite channels as well as subscribe to new channels. You can also share videos with your friends via social networks, email, and text messages.
|YouTube HD on Nokia Lumia 920|
Download: extras+info, YouTube HD @ Windows Phone Store
Many Windows Phone apps including Nokia Xpress browser, Microsoft OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), and Lumia System updater have released the updates.
The very unique browser application from Nokia to save your data usage as well as time. Nokia Xpress uses cloud technology and compress web pages and save your data up to 85%. As a result, you get faster browsing.
|Nokia Xpress on Nokia Lumia 520|
OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) :
The SkyDrive is now OneDrive. Microsoft has made this change for better integration of drive with devices and other services. Along with name change, there were many changes added in the new version of OneDrive.
|OneDrive for Windows Phone|
A new version 126.96.36.199 of OneDrive is released. Following is the changelog for OneDrive app-
- New thumbnail view
- Improved view of shared files
- Share multiple items at once
- Pin folders to your Start screen
- Open your OneDrive files in other apps
- Bug fixes and performance improvements
Lumia System Updater:
Another very useful app if you are lazy enough not to check for updates of your favorite apps. The app gives you an overview of all system apps and helps you check for updates of your apps.
|Lumia System Updater for Windows Phone 8|
Download: Nokia Xpress, OneDrive, Lumia System Updater @ Windows Phone Store