Like getting a great price on things? Don’t like the green color of Groupon? Or just a die-hard LivingSocial.com fan? Either answer will bring you to the new official, LivingSocial app that is now available on the Windows Phone 8 Store.
LivingSocial (www.livingsocial.com) is a similar service to Groupon in that it highlights local deals for pre-purchase. Think plays, lessons, events and various services around your area for a better idea. The company has been around for years but it seems like Groupon, for better or worse, has had greater media coverage, resonating more with the public.
The app is not too bad, either. It does feature a doublewide Tile, Lockscreen image support and even Wallet integration (aka "deal finder"). The Lockscreen image is a high resolution collage of the various deals going on and it looks rather nice without being too gaudy. The Wallet integration is a nice twist, as it allows you find offers or coupons and save them for redemption, share it, or pin to your Start screen.
The app looks to pull down data via the web, though performance seems on par with a full native app to our eyes. It’s also laid out rather nicely, with clean, black backgrounds and bold text.
The app is of course free and worth checking out if saving money (and learning about events around you) are your thing. Head here to the Store to pick it up. Windows Phone 8 only.