Windows Phone Apps

GM has finally pushed out an update for its RemoteLink OnStar app for Windows Phone. The last time we wrote about this app was when it was released way back in August 2013. Yesterday (we're a little behind), version 2.0 landed on the Store and with it a new UI, some bug fixes, and a few new additions.

For those who do not drive a Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick, or GMC, OnStar (OnStar.com) is a smart system for vehicles that does everything from safety (Advisor, roadside assistance) to remote starting, trip planning and even managing your OnStar Wi-Fi, hotspot. The key to the system though is the smartphone app that lets you control all of this remotely.

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Today RBS and NatWest rolled out updates for their official apps on Windows Phone, bringing both offerings up to version 3.4. The new releases introduce new designs to better reflect the respective brands, as well as general improvements to how the app is laid out making it easier for customers to manage their accounts.

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Do you like to do it yourself? If you haven't heard of Instructables (instructables.com), it is a great resource for those who love tinkering, soldering, stitching, frying, and, making just about anything. You can find step-by-step instructions on various projects and interact with other users along the way. Sounds interesting? Autodesk, the company that owns Instructables, has recently released an official app for Windows and Windows Phone devices. See it in action with our hands-on video.

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Microsoft is pushing out another update today for its Extras + Info system app. Version 3.14.6.2 is now live in the Store, although there is no changelog besides the usual 'general fixes and improvements' listing.

In case you were wondering if this fixes the Lumia Cyan/Denim listing depending if you are enrolled in the Preview for Developers program, to our knowledge it does not.

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Fitbit for Windows Phone keeps getting better and better. Today, version 1.6 has landed in the Store bringing with it numerous fixes, changes, and improvements. Fitbit was last updated in late December and after some behind the scenes work the next iteration is now ready.

Much of the focus for today's update is enhanced information for Charge HR and Surge users, where heart rate data and GPS tracking is of value. However, even for regular users, there are numerous changes including the app shrinking from 26 to 14 MB installed.

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One of the neat features of the Xbox One is the ability to set your Achievement art as your background. Now, you can apply the same images to your Windows Phone or Surface using a new third-party app aptly named Achievement Art.

Developed by Matthew Chartier, Achievement Art is a free, universal app that lets you enter your Xbox Gamertag and pull up your unlocked achievements. Once you do so, you can download the 1920x1080 images to your computer or phone to use as you wish.

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Windows Central Roundup: Windows Phone Apps for Valentine's Day

In case you've forgotten in all the excitement over the release of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, Valentine's Day is this Saturday. If you have completely forgotten about this special day, we have a few Windows Phone apps that might keep you out of hot water with your significant other. There's no guarantee that these apps will save your kiester but may make the difference in showing up empty handed or having to wait at the restaurant without a reservation.

These Windows Phone apps may also help those who have already planned for Valentine's Day add a little something, something to help make the day more special. We'll toss out our choices and if you have any to add to the list, jump in and toss out your recommendations in the comments below.

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