With Microsoft phone 7.5 (Code named ‘Mango’) taking 5.2% share of the smartphone market, and number of apps in the Microsoft marketplace crossing the 100k mark, you need all the help you can get to know about the best apps in windows phone marketplace. It is our continuous effort to help you to the extent possible.
Having said that, let’s take you through some of the apps we consider noteworthy.
What do we say about this game by Rovio? Ever since it came into the arena it’s been a HUGE hit, be it iPhone, Android, PC, Windows Mobile 7 and the list goes on (Just so that you know, a total of 17 platforms). The concept of pigs stealing a few birds’ eggs (for some weird reason), and then the birds getting angry and (literally) throwing themselves on to the pigs to save the eggs was just too hilarious and eye-catching. Add to that the amazing graphics and story board, a great set of game-levels and rewards, this game is a huge hit and would top the list hands-down.
Google is one company that is serious about its offerings and tops the charts for providing the best official apps. But gMaps Pro here is our preference as a client for Google maps. This Google maps client comes loaded with local scout, street view and Google latitude all in one package. It comes in a host of languages too (supports more than 40 Google languages and fully localized for 10 languages). Coming back from the dead; this app has definitely created a place of its own in the apps arena with pretty much all the features of Google maps available. Want more? How about sharing a map via message or email? Sounds amazing, right?
A personal online music library that stays with you wherever you go. This online music service boasts of millions of tracks to search, browse and play. All you need to do is register yourself with Spotify and you can access a host of features this app has to offer. Create your own playlists, explore and play friends’ playlists, sync your playlists on the go (it syncs your playlists on mobile and computer). Using the Metro UI and still retaining its distinct color scheme, this app is well animated and very easy to use. This app, is available at a price (48 hours trial provided), but proves to be worth it.
This official app from WPCentral.com gives you the latest updates from the Windows Phone world. Want to read app and game reviews, want to know about the latest releases, want to know tips and tricks your phone has up its sleeves, basically keep yourself up-to-date with all the valuable information related to your windows phone? This app is for you. View pictures and videos, listen to podcasts, read articles, post comments, and share articles using e-mail, twitter, SMS, and Facebook. This app certainly keeps you upfront with the tech-world. The app comes in an ad-supported limited functionality version, and a premium ad-free compete version.
Undoubtedly one of the top apps in the windows phone marketplace, this stylish Windows Phone version for YouTube developed by Lazyworm Applications Ltd. carries the new metro user interface elegantly and is a beautiful experience altogether. With features like ‘watch later’, video streaming, subscriptions, pinning videos onto phone’s Start screen, like/dislike, playlist support, favourites, most viewed, recently played, and sharing; this app is just too good not to have on your windows 7 phone. In developers’ own words, “YouTube. Beautifully designed.”
Photosynth, an original app from Microsoft Corporation, is the only application that allows you to capture 360 degrees panorama pictures horizontally and vertically out of the box. You can create and share panoramic images on twitter and FaceBook, and avail the free Photosynth.net service to create interactive panorama experience. It also lets you publish your pictures to Bing, which will be available to millions of users via Bing search. The ‘Sharing License’ feature helps you define the copyright level for the images and would display the same under the image upon search. A few limitations though, it needs at least 512MB RAM on the phone, and a gyroscope in the phone is preferred for this app to work fluidly. All in all, an impressive app and a must have for photography lovers.
Well, hello Skype. When anyone talks about most popular apps on any platform, Skype will not be far behind in the list. So here it is, with all the usual Skype features available along with. Use 3G/ Wi-Fi to make free Skype-to-Skype calls, low-cost calls to mobiles and landlines, use front-cam for video chat (and back camera for a ‘see what I see’ chat). The interface is nice and easy to use as well. A little resource intensive, this app prefers 512 MB of memory for a seamless experience.
Although windows phone 7 already has some of the best social networking integration, this app makes its own stand by letting you manage more than one Twitter and FaceBook accounts at the same time. Some of the features include Pin to Start screen, Live Tiles, support for fast app switching etc.
The Wikipedia of all things movies and TV, IMDB.com has their offering for windows phones with this app. You can search a movie, read plots and reviews, discover more about your favourite actors and directors and what not. For everything you want or need to know about movies, there is no other app that overtakes IMDB app.