The number of apps available in the Windows Apps Store may not be near to what is available in Apple or Google Play store. But it has apps that can help your make the most out of your Windows Phone 8. Also, the number of apps for Windows Phone 8 are increasing day by day. The devices that are being released running Windows Phone 8 are no doubt good and Microsoft is working hard to make the operating system compete with Android and iOS.
If you are new to Windows Phone 8 and are looking for some useful apps, we have compiled a list of some of the most useful apps that are available in the Windows Apps Store.
If you are a Twitter freak, then this is a must have app for you. The official Twitter app is without a doubt a very decent application when it comes to managing your Twitter account but if you are looking for something more and willing to spend some bucks, you can install Rowi which costs $ 1.49. It is also available as a free app but that includes ads it doesn’t support push notifications for mentions and messages.
Apart from that you can post tweets, manage lists, use multiple Twitter accounts, save for later reading using Readability, Instapaper and Pocket, translate tweets with Bing and much more.
Price: Free / $1.49
Photosynth is one of my personal favourites. It is an excellent photo capturing app that allows users to capture panoramas using their Windows Phone 8 device. It is available for iOS devices as well and before moving to WP8, this was the app I used to use all the time to capture photos of places and people around me using my mobile device.
Later, the capture panoramas can be shared on Facebook and Twitter using the Photosynth.net service. If you want, you can even upload the images to Bing where millions of people share their captured panoramas.
Nextgen reader is one of the best Google Reader apps available for Windows Phone devices. It has a simple and easy to user interface that allows users to read news without any issues. The app offers an offline mode as well and allows users to pin multiple live tiles. If you want, you can even save the articles to Readbility, Instapaper or Read it Later for offline reading. With NextGen Reader, you can view the items, marks them as read, share them on popular social networks including Twitter and Facebook and much more.
Dropbox is something I cannot live without. It’s the place where I create a backup of all the important data that I need. Since there is no official Dropbox app for Windows Phone till now, I had to look for alternatives by other developers and BoxFiles is the app that solved this problem. With BoxFiles, you can easily access your data stored in your Dropbox account. If you want, you can even move files from SkyDrive to Dorpbox and manage them easily.
The application also offers a paid version for $1.29 which contains no advertisements and offers SkyDrive integration as well.
Price: Free / $1.29
WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging apps that is available on all major mobile platforms including Android and iOS as well. Personally, I think it should be installed as we all have friends and relatives who live in other countries. Rather than sending messages to them (which can be quite expensive in some countries), you can easily send them WhatsApp messages if you have an active data plan. You can send messages, images, videos and audio clips, create groups and much more.
If you are an Instagram fan, you will be disappointed to know that there is no official Instagram app for Windows Phone till now. There are news circulating on the internet that the official Instagram app is under development but till then, we need to find an alternative and Metrogram is exactly what you need.
Metrogram is a very handy Instagram client for Windows Phone devices that allows users to manage their Instagram accounts, check recent updates from people you are following, search for people and follow them, share/save photos and much more. However, the application doesn’t allow users to create an account from within the app. And the other drawback is that you cannot take photos from the app till now.
Evernote is one of the best note taking application available right now. The app is available for all platforms so that you can easily manage and sync your notes. You can save notes, URLS, photos, videos, sync notes, create tags and notebooks, pin notes and more using Evernote for Windows Phone.
Camera360 is another photo editing app that allows users to edit their photos, add filters to them and share them on multiple sites including Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. The app contains a photo diary that sort photos according to the date they were taken which makes it easy to browse the photos taken and edited using the app.
Xbox SmartGlass for Windows Phone 8 is something you need to manage your console from your phone. With SmartGlass, you can easily control your console and in certain cases, you can even use your device as a remote control as well. You can use the app to type in your console, browse the internet on your Xbox and more.
However, in order to use the app, you must have an Xbox obviously and Xbox membership.
If you are a Windows Phone 8 user, you should have a pretty good idea that the taskbar in WP8 doesn’t display the battery percentage. You have to manually go to the settings to check the remaining battery. This is where Battery Level for WP8 comes into play. Battery Level for WP8 displays the remaining battery percentage in the tiles in the main screen and lock screen.
Price: Free Trial/ $0.99
Well, this is my personal recommendation of the apps I am using on my Windows Phone 8 and also include some general apps like Evernote and Whatsapp. I preferred not to include Facebook in the list as it is one app we all install on any device we buy and may not be a “Must Have” app for your device.
If you think we missed any app that should be on the list, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!