App Update Roundup: Tilesparency, Amazing Weather HD, Lync 2013 and more

App Update Roundup

We're kicking off Thursday with a rather large update roundup, perfect for those who simply cannot keep up with the rate of releases on the Windows Phone Store. Today we'll be looking at Amazing Weather HD, Deezer, Lyn 2013 and more.

With the release of Windows Phone 8.1 for developers, we're seeing more updates roll out with improvements made to both apps and games to unlock new functionality


Tilesparency 2.0

Tilesparency enables you to create blank, functionless, tiles that help make your background image look complete. The best part is you can create as many as you want or need to make that perfect Start screen. Here's what is new in version 2.0:

  • Added new functional transparent tiles
  • Added new special battery tiles also known as "battery alive"
  • Fixed tiles flipping
  • Slowed down Ads frequency

It's a great app for those who enjoy spending some time configuring their Start screen to reach a preferred layout. If you're rocking Windows Phone 8.1 and wish to add something "more", we recommend you check out Tilesparency.

QR: Tilesparency

Calendar Calleague

Calendar Calleague

If you're one who has numerous conferences during the week, you'll definitely want to try out Calendar Calleague. As well as boasting an intuitive and easily accessible UI, there's a lot of functionality included. Today the developer released version 1.5:

  • Editing/Deleting of all appointments from any of your phone's calendars via the Native Calendar app for full blown editing (Windows Phone 8.1)
  • Manage all sub-calendars & their colors just like you would in the Native Calendar (Windows Phone 8.1)
  • Support for authenticating to Outlook, Google, and Facebook (see attached screenshot) for viewing/editing/deleting appointments and even Google recurrences

As well as the above improvements (we're pretty excited about the new features for Windows Phone 8.1 users), the developer has added more in-app purchases, including a voice pack, multiple account support and auto navigate.

QR: Calendar Calleague


Lync 2013 5.4

The messaging client for enterprise customers on Lync Server or Office 365 subscribers has been updated again. The Windows Phone app extends the power of Lync to your smartphone bringing voice and video over wireless, rich presence, instant messaging, conferencing, and calling features.

In this latest update, version 5.4.1087.0, Microsoft has implemented some user experience improvements and squashed numerous bugs.

QR: Lync 2013

HD Photo Viewer

HD Photo Viewer

The developer of HD Photo Viewer has bumped the app to support Windows Phone 8.1. If you're not familiar with the app, it's an interesting Windows Phone 8 photography app that lets you view and share your images at full resolution.

Here's what is new in version

  • Create and delete photo albums on the device
  • Move photos between albums
  • Extract hidden high resolutions photos on Lumia 1020, 1520 and ICON. Make them visible to all photo apps. Can send those high resolution photos as email attachments from within the app. System email client still downgrades the photos.
  • Improved deep-zoom mode experience. Deep-zoom mode is useful for those high resolution photos.
  • Removed next/previous buttons to make space for file operation. In-app navigation is now more gesture-based, with improve transition animation.

  • Download HD Photo Viewer (5MB – $0.99)

QR: HD Photo Viewer

Odds and Ends

Here are some other Windows Phone apps that have been recently bumped to new versions:


Reader comments

App Update Roundup: Tilesparency, Amazing Weather HD, Lync 2013 and more


Ever since FB has taken over we haven't got any update. All we can do is keep waiting because there is no leak on the date when we will have the update.

Has the updated Xbox Music app been released already, I didn't get it so far. It would be online the 22nd if I'm right.

nope, they changed their release to "the week of the 22nd" aka this is taking longer to fix then we expected.

I got Minion Rush updated and I got an app crash after the splash screen showed up. I am using Windows Phone 8.1 on a Nokia Lumia 1020.

Uninstall and re-install the game. Then it works. The update when installed directly causes the game to crash soon after startup.

It seems Amazing Weather HD is no longer auto updating on my 1520 with the paid version. I've seen the last update notifier being 12+ hours old.

Currently searching for a new weather app.

Sure me in my mentioning Amazing Weather but then don't list what changed. Usually when an app is in the title it is described more detailed than others (or maybe that is just my impression).

I like Amazing Weather, but wish the Realistic view had some more options. I get sick of seeing the same backgrounds.

I downloaded Tilesparency just so I could get quick access to turn off and on cell data since it is mysteriously missing from the notification+action center.

4Blend HDR updated to 2.0.0

What's new:
° New amazing post-process filters
° Improved Bokeh filter
° New tutorials: main, bokeh, gamma
° improved sliding value settings

° crash on low end devices when setting high exposure time values
° minor fixes

Update issues:
Some users face off with store installation issues. Please try to uninstall the app first then trying again installation from the Store.

What will come in next releases:
° Performance improvements