Apps

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New YouTube Live app for Windows Phone gets the job done

YouTube Live

We'll be honest, we had no idea there is a live YouTube section on their site (http://www.youtube.com/live) but indeed there is, so it only makes sense that some of you would want to watch it on your phones. The app YouTube Live by wsoftvn (devs of the excellent easyTube, easyWallpaper and easyHeartRate) has just been released and it is currently free and ad-free to all. Last we checked, free is a good deal and there's not guarantees that it will last. In other words, you may want to grab it now.

Although the selection of "live" shows on YouTube is a little niche (lots of gaming and Arab channels) when you find something you want to watch, YouTube Live works extremely well. We just streamed a news conference over T-Mobile's "4G" HSPA+ pipes (admittedly a much better network than AT&Ts for raw speed) and it went without a hiccup--in fact it looked great.  Here are some of the live channels:

YouTube Live

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Facebook v2.3

We mentioned how this morning version 2.3 of the official Facebook app should be going live today and true to their word, it has.

The new version brings a complete redesign of the UI as can be seen above in some new screenshots. The panorama look makes the app more Metro friendly and more importantly, it adds much more functionality like the ability to see and add "likes" to posts. There's also a refined tool bar at the bottom with quick access to Check in, Add (post) or quickly add/take a new photo.

In addition, you now have access to pages, groups, feed filters, privacy information and banner images. Speed of the app seems on par with before and we're hoping for more reliable notifications (always a tricky issue that is more Facebook than Windows Phone).

So far it looks to be a solid and respectable update, something many of you have been wanting for months now--so are you satisfied? Hit us up in comments...

Pick up the official Facebook app version 2.3 here in the Marketplace (and watch our video tutorial on how to force the update).

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Windows Phone App Review: Reinstaller

Reinstaller for Windows Phone

One thing I miss about Windows Mobile is the ability to reinstall apps from a central location. Either from ActiveSync, a backup file or the Windows Mobile Marketplace reinstalling apps after a hard reset or setting up a new phone seemed to be easier back in the day. That is until now.

Reinstaller is a new utility app for your Windows Phone that creates a list of all the apps associated with your Live account and helps you to install all or just some of them. It's not the perfect system to reinstall your apps but it's a step in the right direction.

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Messaging Emoticons

If you're like us (read: human), you probably have a hard time remember how to trigger every single emoticon (or emoji in Japanese) on Windows Phone. Aside from marring your otherwise beautiful Nokia Lumia phone by taping our foldable guide onto the back, there is no good way to remember these things. Cue Messaging Emoticons.

Messaging Emoticons is a completely free app written by Windows Phone enthusiast Corey Blakeborough that offers handy access to the otherwise volumous selection of emotions on Windows Phone. It's simple to use too: You fire up the app, type out the text you wish to adorn, and tap on the emoticon(s) you wish to use. Or you can switch to the copy mode -- via the icons at the top of the app -- to reveal a scrolling list of all the emoticons available on Windows Phone. Then you can simply mash the emoticon you wish to use and it'll be magically transferred to the clipboard, ready for your use in another app.

Messaging Emoticons application

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Facebook

Good news for you Facebook users out there not yet content with the official app, today you should be receiving an update to version 2.3 which from the looks of it is quite significant. From the Facebook page:

"Test out your groups. Visit your pages. Look at who likes your posts. Change the banner image. Check out the improved news feed performance. Use the new filters. Explore the improved navigation."

  • News feed performance improvements
  • New panorama design
  • New profile design.
  • Banner Images
  • Improved navigation
  • Pages
  • Groups
  • View “likes”
  • Feed filters
  • Posting privacy
  • Bug fixing

We're not big Facebook users but even we recognize that a lot of those are things many of you have been asking to be added. And new panorama design? Yes, please!

We just did the Marketplace check and saw v2.2 was still listed, so you may want to go in and check on a regular basis. Remember, you can watch our video tutorial on how to "force the update" when it does become available instead of waiting for the notification.

Pick up the official Facebook app here in the Marketplace.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, Cyruss89, for the tip

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We detailed the Carbon v1.1 launch this past weekend and one thing is for sure, you folks really like this Twitter client. Here in the US, the app is now #2 under the Social category and it's rocking 4.5 stars which is pretty slamming for an initial release.

It was noted that in the coming days, v1.2 would be released bringing trial-support and numerous other enhancements. Now we're getting a taste of that as the developers have posted a new video showing off their new "quote gesture".

We always highlight "smart" things around here at WPCentral and this quote/reTweet gesture is quite brilliant. We have a feeling that Carbon will have a very successful future on this platform with these kinds of additions.

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User graph

Every now and then we feature apps whose prices are going down for a small promotional period.  Obviously, in general people seem to like free stuff. But how much?

Well, I have an app called FFFFound in the Windows Phone Marketplace, which has been mentioned here on WPCentral a few times.  It's has quite a niche target market, and because of that doesn't have many users.  So before going into numbers, you need to realize that this is an app that not too many people actually want or need.  BUT for the few who are looking for something like this, they love it.  Because the users who have reviewed it have made it quite clear that they love the design, I wanted to get it into more hands.

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WP Central

LG has been in the spotlight recently with leaks of the upcoming LG Fantasy/Miracle (passing through FCC) coming to light, and now the OEM has released three more apps for consumers to download from the Marketplace. Those who own LG Windows Phones can now get their hands on NowCaster, Winny Toolbox and Winny & Friends (the last two are aimed at the younger ages).

WP Central

NowCaster is a useful app that users can fire up when waking up to the world, which will read out your calendar, the latest weather forecast, as well as other news and reports out loud. The app's usefulness is restricted to those moments when you're occupied but require to check out said information (driving, cooking, etc.).

WP Central

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Carbon v1.1

It's been a bumpy ride for Carbon, the popular Twitter app for webOS, to make its way over to Windows Phone. We had an early build of it a few months ago and since then the app has been polished and submitted to the Marketplace. Unfortunately, it was also rejected no less than four times causing the devs to become exasperated from the process.

Now, we're pleased to tell you that not only did it pass but it is now available. The app fetches for $1.99 and it is certainly one of the nicest Twitter apps on our platform. What's even better is the developers ended up submitting version 1.1 of the app, bringing even more functionality to the mix including the uber cool "inline images in your timeline". That feature means that if there is a pic attached to the Tweet, you can (optionally) have it show up as your scrolling through, giving you a quick-peek at the content.

In addition, you have TwitLonger support, font size control, everything is pinnable, background updates, read-it-later options and more, making this chock full of features.

Carbon v1.1

We've been running v1.1 for the last few days and are very impressed with it. For those of you who are Metro-crazy, this is certainly your Twitter app as it has a very minimalist/font-centric UI design. Plus it has multiple account support which is something we need around these parts, so with that, we give Carbon a big thumbs up for Windows Phone.

We'd also like to announce that version 1.2 should be out within the next few days which features some scrolling tweaks as well as "trial" support, so hang tight if you don't want to purchase right away (though we think it's worth it).

Pick up Carbon here in the Marketplace for $1.99 and let us know in comments what you think. Check our early-video preview after the break. (Thanks for the heads up, Derek B.!)

QR: Carbon

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Windows Phone App Review: proSearch

Here's a handy Windows Phone app for those who do a lot of searching. proSearch pulls thirteen search options each with up to seven categories all under one roof.  Search options include Google, Bing, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Youtube, IMDB, Tumblr, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Ebay and the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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AFL Season 2012 lands in the Marketplace

AFL Season 2012 for Windows Phone

Australian Rules Football fans can rejoice! AFL Season 2012 has landing in the Windows Phone Marketplace to keep you up to date on the current 2012 season.  The Windows Phone sports app is nicely laid out and looks good.  Any Aussie Rules football fan should like what they see.

AFL Season 2012

AFL Season 2012 offers live scores, ladders, league news, twitter feeds, player and team stats as well as venue details. Additional features include:

  • View Upcoming Matches for Nominated Team(s)
  • View Embedded Live Scores + AFL Ladder
  • View Fixtures by Date or by Team
  • Includes 2012 Regular Season, Finals + NAB Pre-season
  • Pin your team logo to your live tile
  • UX (Headers) is themed to your nominated team colors
  • View Team page with info, links and upcoming matches
  • Browse Latest RSS News Feeds from Major Sites
  • Comprehensive Venue details with Maps + Navigation

AFL Season 2012 preloads images and data to minimize data and will automatically convert match times to your local time. If you're an AFL fan, this Windows Phone App is definitely worth a try.

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WP Central

Although there's no firm date, the cloud-storage company SugarSync will be making an official Windows Phone 7 client sometime in 2012. This follows after an unofficial announcement back in September 2011.

In a letter sent to all customers (we're one of 'em), the CEO of SugarSync Laura Yecies detailed what they accomplished in 2011 and what they are expecting in 2012. In the latter part (as seen below) is where the company is announcing a client for Microsoft's mobile OS along with an iPad version.

Email

SugarSync is a lot like Dropbox where users can have a free and paid accounts with online storage of files, including the ability to sync via your desktop. Presumably a Windows Phone client shouldn't be too hard to make, so hopefully we'll see this in the first half of 2012. For more info, head to www.sugarsync.com.

Read the full letter after the break...

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Windows Phone App Review: Call the World

Call the World for Windows Phone

Here's a short take on a simple Windows Phone app that will help you with international dialing. Call the World is a dialing app that will add the country dialing codes when you make calls or texts while traveling abroad.

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Baconit

We're pretty sure that Baconit is the best Reddit.com app on the Windows Phone Marketplace today. Developed by Quinn Damerell, the app is constantly in development with beta tests and updates coming nearly every two weeks. In fact, since its release in late December the app has been updated three times, including today's release which brings it to version 1.6:

“The Narwhal Bacons at Midnight”

  • Better images on live tiles
  • Edit / delete posts and comments
  • Speed increases of up to 2-3x
  • Tons of performance / UI tweaks

There's a lot more too which you can read here (opens Word Web app). The app is of course free and ad-free, which is remarkable for such a gorgeous and highly functional app. So if you want to show Damerell some thanks, you can grab the "donation version" for $1.99 here in the Marketplace. You don't get any new features (yet) but you do get the satisfaction of helping a dev out and perhaps giving him a little encouragement.

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PrimeTube

We know there's never enough YouTube players out there to satisfy you folks, especially with MetroTube going way recently. A new app is around the corner though called PrimeTube developed by Applyf and we have some early info on it:

  • Full control over your YouTube account: manage subscriptions, playlists favorites etc.
  • Search and play videos
  • Sort and filter
  • Comment and reply to comments, like/dislike and favorite videos, add to playlists etc.
  • Pin playlists, favorites, authors and videos
  • Pinned items feature live tile functionality

Overall it's not too shabby and with that strong Metro design, should appeal to a lot of you who watch a lot of vids on the go. No word on ETA but we hear it's not too far. We'll have more as the app gets closer to release.

PrimeTube

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GroupMe looking for Windows Phone users in NY on 2/16

GroupMe is looking for WP7 users in NY

Queue "Eye Of The Tiger," as it looks like group-texting app GroupMe is looking to make a comeback to Windows Phone.  The developers have put out a call across the Twittersphere for Windows Phone users in New York to do some testing on the evening of February 16.  GroupMe first cropped up in the Marketplace in July, and a month later, it was announced that it had been bought out by Skype (pronounced: Microsoft).  There was very little action post-announcement, until a major update was announced in December.  However, since then, GroupMe has been MIA from the Marketplace. 

There are no details on what is on the horizon for February 16, but if you want to be a guinea pig for GroupMe, you can sign up directly here, or via the source link.

Source: GroupMe (via Twitter); Thanks for the tip, Travis!

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Nerde Bu Otobüs released for Windows Phone

WP Central

Nerde Bu Otobüs (Turkish for "Where is my bus") is an Istanbul travel app that enables the user to keep track of transport routes across the city (using data provided by İETT - İstanbul Electric Tram and Funicular Company), much like the Dublin BusFinder app we covered last week. Some highlighted features:

  • Covers every bus route in the city.
  • Displays stops on individual routes
  • Displays routes on Bing Maps.
  • Estimated times of arrival are shown per-stop.

A must-have app (which is already available on iOS and Android) developed by university students for anyone who resides in (or is visiting) Istanbul. The app itself is in Turkish. You can download Nerde Bu Otobüs from the Marketplace for free.

QR: Nerde Bu Otobüs

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Domino's App

Good news Domino's Pizza lovers, the fine establishment has released a Windows Phone app (for the UK & Ireland) that conveniently allows users to order their favourite pizzas from the comfort of their handset. The Domino's iOS app is as aesthetically pleasing as they come, so our expectations are high with what can be achieved visually with the Metro UI. We have not been failed, as (can be seen above) the app is very good looking.

Should you be after drinks, sides, desserts, deals, or just the 13" beasts themselves, the Domino's Pizza app allows one to achieve this with style:

  • A Full Menu
  • Store Locator
  • All Meal Deals available
  • Ability to Customise Your Pizza with extra toppings or special requests
  • Payment via credit card, cash or on collection

The next version is already in the works that will introduce voucher usage, so we expect to see an update soon. You can download Domino's Pizza from the Marketplace for free, enjoy!

Thanks Carl for the tip!

QR: Domino's Pizza

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Windows Phone App Review: Weather26

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The Windows Phone app Weather26 (pronounced Weather two six) provides you with a quick option to view the two and six day forecasts from your phone. The weather data is provided by met.no and Weather26 covers a healthy number of international locations. While Weather26 lacks all the weather bells and whistles of Accuweather or The Weather Channel, it's a decent basic weather app for your Windows Phone.

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Wooter app finally gets Mango update and fixes

Wooter

If you're a big fan of Woot.com, the daily deal site with hilarious product descriptions, then you'll want to try out Wooter for Windows Phone. Wooter is one of the oldest apps on the Marketplace with version 1.0 landing in October 2010. That was the first and only update.

Now, version 1.2 has appeared (guess we're skipping v1.1) and thankfully the app is now "Mango" ready with fast app switching, performance enhancements, Home Woot and some general bug fixes. We still would have liked to see a nice Live Tile thrown in but we'll take what we can get with this rare update.

The app is free, ad free and well designed from a Metro perspective. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

Have a better Woot.com app that you prefer? Sound off in comments and tell us why.

QR: Wooter

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Windows Phone App Review: GPS Calculator

GPS Calculator for Windows Phone

Have you ever wondered where you would be if you traveled 100 miles in any direction? GPS Calculator is available over at the Windows Phone Marketplace that will tell you where you would end up. GPS Calculator is a tool box of sorts for your Windows Phone GPS that helps you determine distances, coordinates, and areas of maps.

GPS Calculator's tools are laid out nicely in a straight forward manner. If you use your Windows Phone's GPS, GPS Calculator is a nice companion app to have.

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Calendar Search

Here's something that you can't do on Windows Phone: search your calendar for past, current or future events.

Seems an odd omission, yet we'll chalk it up to the "we're too busy to add it in" pile along with the ability to add new contacts from Bing search. Speaking of, the developer who made Add to Contacts (and who also makes "I'm a WP7!") has a new app out that fixes that whole inability to search your Calendar events and it's straightforwardly called Calendar Search:

Calendar Search

"Although your Windows Phone can connect and synchronize with all types of calendars, it’s impossible to search and take action on calendar meetings, appointments and events.

With Calendar Search, you can unlock the power of calendar searching, and search your meetings, event, and appointments, by date ranges, keywords, even specific accounts, and take action on this powerful information!"

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Seemic Ping

Seesmic has come out with an interesting app that some of you will find interesting. It's a post-everywhere type app where you just fill out one field and send it off to the interwebs.

Perfect for those with multiple Twitter profiles, a Facebook account or two and even throw in a LinkedIn for safe keeping, Seesmic Ping seems to have it all covered.  What's unique about Ping though is the ability to add as many accounts as you want, allowing you to post to one or all per post. You can even share links and add photos with a thumbnail view with ease.

Seemsic Ping

Even better, it allows you to write drafts for later, allowing the system to "auto post" for you at a specific date or time. This is all done not so much via the app but by using Seesmic's "log in" system where they basically maintain all of your accounts for you, much like their Desktop app. It's a neat little service and for those on the go who need to remote post, probably one of the best (and perhaps only) solution for Windows Phone.

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YouTube HQ

Looks like those cats at YouTube are doing some background changes to their player. Although the "player" aka browser app for Windows Phone is still at a paltry v1.0, the actual streaming handled via HTML5 seems to be now more robust.

Take a gander at our screenshot above and you can now see the "HQ" option now shows up. As a result, the quality has dramatically improved to the point that we could actually, you know, use it. Sure, it's no YouTube Pro but for the occasional use, we're happier with this level of playback than the previous version. Anyone else noticing the changes?

Thanks, parthp90, for the tip

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