Walgreens, ABC News and more join Voxer on Windows Phone 8

ABC News

It's becoming quite the busy term for Windows Phone with all these new official apps that are appearing on our store. We recently looked at Voxer, which has just been released, but Microsoft has announced a handful more that are definitely worth checking out. We've got ABC News, Walgreens, MarketWatch and XFINITY TV Remote joining push-to-talk messenger Voxer.

Since we've already covered Voxer, we'll take a quick gander at each of the other highlighted apps and throw up download links for you all to get cracking.



Walgreens enables Windows Phone owners to reorder and track prescriptions, as well as enjoy some of the chain's other services offered. The app is feature rich with the ability to scan barcodes on bottles for instant medication refills, as well as text reminders to let users know when they're almost running dry. A Walgreens reward card can also be added to the Windows Phone Wallet just in case.

Although we've had an official Walgreens app for Windows Phone 7.x for a few years now, this version has been rewritten for Windows Phone 8.

You can download Walgreens from the Windows Phone Store for free (Windows Phone 8 only).

QR: Walgreens


ABC News

ABC News

As the name would suggest, this official ABC News app helps keep you up-to-date with everything that's happening in the world. Including articles, videos, slideshows and live footage from ABC News, it's quite the app. We're also looking at Live Tiles with sections that can be pinned to the Start screen (Money, Sports, etc.).

This app was released a few days ago, but now Microsoft has made it "official".

Lockscreen support is included, as well as voice commands. If you're interested in stories supplied, you can share the news via SMS, Tap+Send, email and social networks. We're impressed with what's on offer here. You can download ABC News from the Windows Phone Store for free (Windows Phone 8 only).

QR: ABC News




MarketWatch (www.marketwatch.com) is the new app from the popular financial website. It boasts everything you need if you're looking to manage your portfolio or simply keep on top of what's happening in the markets. Real-time market quotes, breaking business news, podcasts and customised watch lists if we're going to name but a few features.

You can download MarcketWatch from the Windows Phone Store for free (Windows Phone 8 only).

QR: MarkcetWatch




Lastly, we have XFINITY TV Remote from Comcast, which is essentially exactly as the name suggests. The app offers movies, TV shows and on-demand programming, handy for browsing listings, controlling the TV and even schedule recordings. You can download XFINITY TV Remote from the Windows Phone Store for free (Windows Phone 8 only).


Source: Windows Phone Blog



Reader comments

Walgreens, ABC News and more join Voxer on Windows Phone 8


Why don't I get the choice of apps when I click the download link in the wpcentral app? It takes me directly to the Walgreens app.

Yep, wp7 is dead. Good too. It's less than half and by the end of this year most of the L900 people will upgrade. I rather have more to look forward to when I upgrade. Though I wish I could keep track of these.

with the Lumia 520 at $130-150 there are no more excuses to keep 7.x around.  I would have been in your camp before that but Nokia has removed the high cost to entry on WP8.

I've felt the pain as well, however I've upgraded to a 920 two months ago. It's worthwhile. Maybe buy a 52X for a cheap price until you can upgrade to a flagship.

Same, I would like to see the streampix support added, as it is much like Hulu or Netflix. Live tv streaming would also be a great addition to the app.

I could have sworn the ABC News app had been available for some time now. Or maybe I'm confusing that with the NBC app?
Nonetheless, its always a great thing seeing this platform grow more and more.

I tweeted Walgreens yesterday and they said no plans wish they could have said its on its way or check back in a few days.

the best thing to happen to WP is W8.  the more its adopted the more apps the phone will get.  especially once the stores are unified.  w8 app count may even pass wp8 by the start of 2014

Everyday we get new official apps, I get giddy. I'm a frequent Walgreens shopper and am so happy that the app has been updated to include rewards.

Talk about "Burying the lead", Xfinity is the biggest most surprising news for me. Now bring on Xbox One. Good job Comcast. WP is on a roll now.

This is great to see, so many official apps hitting the store the past few days! The one I'm missing is PNC Bank, that would make me most happy to see find it's way to WP8. Also, HBO Go.

Your Walgreens link is weird. It brings you to the Walgreens app but the release date on it is the end of May and it has a 4.5* rating. If you search the store the release is today but it only has a 2.5* rating. Both are the same version and both are the same when opened just different ratings and release dates.

I know this is off topic, but I was in a Microsoft Store in St. Louis. I was looking at the L928. Another customer had a GS2. I said I wish that this was T-Mobile and that it is such a fantastic phone. The customer told me that if I'm on T-Mobile, I should get a Samsung instead. I told him a L928 would eat his GS2 for lunch. He was probably there just to troll.

Yeah...seeing how the Xfinity app works...the Xbox one will not need the IR blaster to change channels.