The new version of the windows phone store that came out with windows phone 8.1 has some really useful features. I just love the auto-update feature. However its been several times I felt if there could be a way to bookmark(Add to wishlist) some app to download later.This feature is not really there in the store but there is a workaround for this. For this you would need to install an App from the store – Windows Reading List. Either use the link or the below QR code OR STEPS: Install Windows Reading List app. Go to the store and…
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There are a number of music streaming applications available around the internet. Some of them are really good like “Pandora”, but then comes the issue that these services are restricted to certain regions. And most of these good services are not available in India. The best one I found for India is the “Nokia Music” and the best thing is that it comes free(unlimited music) with Lumia windows phones. Depending on the phone you buy, you will be getting it free for different range of time periods. I got it for 6 months and loved it. But what to do once the subscription is over? If you are really into discovering new music and prefer online streaming and listening to songs just like me. I store the songs that I like too much onto my phone.
You might be the person who don’t like paying for music and stream online or download (pirated) songs. I was asked this question so many times if there is any way to subscribe to Nokia music for free or any other option or is there anything better. So I decided to find some apps that would be good and support Indian audience, and here I list some of those I found:
Nokia Mix Radio
This is one of the best music streaming applications, I can say that this is arguably the best offering for India. The quality of the streamed songs is pretty good. It also has some great features like search for songs, download songs, create mix, play music stored on the phone, etc. It has abundance of Bollywood & Hollywood songs and you can also download those to play when you are offline. This is one of the best features that people like about it.
You can create Artist mix which creates a playlist for you based on the artists you like. You can add up to three artists in one mix and then it will create a playlist based on the selected Artists and including other similar artists in it. This is a great way to discover new songs. Also it has some auto generated playlists for different genre, region, languages. Other than all these you can also play music stored on you phone. Read the Post Best alternatives to Nokia Music for India
When you buy a windows phone 8 in some countries like India, you might not get some of the great features of Microsoft’s Xbox service like Music or Podcast. As some of the services are not provided in all the countries. It was when I saw one of my friend’s phone had only three option in his Windows Phone store app but mine had two extra options i.e. Music and Podcast. I just wondered why is it happening. Did some research and found that its due to different region settings in the Xbox live account. I always hear to podcast…
Are you not happy with the Facebook app available on windows phone? Is the integration of Facebook not enough for you and you want a good Facebook app for your phone?
It seems we are not really having quality apps for all the social networks as there are on other platform. However these days we are able to see some quality updates and quality apps for most of the social networking sites. Microsoft also seems to be working on the apps issue now as we are able to see a number of apps like YouTube and Facebook from them. Also they are constantly updating these apps.
Microsoft has updated the Facebook app from the previous version available on windows phone 7…. but still lacks features. Microsoft has been constantly updating the Facebook app for windows phone 7 and windows phone 8.
The released version is not really that great, however you can grab the updates before they are released by installing the beta version of the app- Facebook Beta. Although it has a beta status, for the most part the app is stable and it can give frequent users of Facebook an early look at upcoming features and improvements. Read the Post Get a better Facebook app for Windows phone: Facebook Beta
There are a number of maps out there for the smartphones to choose from. Some of the most common are: Google Maps: These are available for all the smartphones. If you don’t want to use the app…then you can always use the web version. Apple Maps: These are the Proprietary Maps developed by Apple and are available only for the IOS devices. Nokia Drive: Available for Windows phone 7 and 8. Also there are others available like Nokia Maps(HERE) for the Symbian devices and can also be used as a web version. And the Samsung LBS (Route 66), well never…
All who are using windows 8 might have been missing a full fledged browser for metro interface. Well google listened to you and is currently developing the Google chrome browser for windows 8. The interface of this windows store app is the same as the original chrome you have been using. You can see the screenshot below and you would that the interface is exactly the same as the desktop version.
Not only the interface but it also has all the features of the desktop version including the extension. I was using the IE metro app but seriously felt there need to be more control. And Chrome brings it here. For desktop i still prefer IE since my experience with Chrome has not been satisfactory. Read the Post The All new Google Chrome Metro App (Windows Store app)
The long wait for a social app which would integrate Facebook and twitter is now over. Although Windows 8 had peoples app but many were waiting for an app that was specifically for Facebook and twitter. We had an app in the Developer preview for both Facebook (Socialite) and Twitter (Tweetrama), but these were not available in the consumer preview. The new app for this purpose is FLIPTOAST. FlipToast is an application that sits right on your desktop and allows you to access your entire Facebook® life without needing to open any browser (internet) windows. Curious about what your friends…