Windows Phone App Gap

What apps are missing in the Windows Phone Store?

There’s no denying that Windows Phone is the mobile operating system in third place. A distance third, but third nonetheless. It’s still got a lot of work to do in order to catch up to iOS globally before it even can have Android on its radar. The latest numbers from the IDC put Windows Phone at 3.6% marketshare, while Android and iOS are at 81.0% and 12.9% respectively. What about apps? 

Marketshare is just one way to measure success. Another is the number of quality apps in a particular ecosystem. Windows Phone had a slow start, but 2013 was a big year for getting high-quality apps from big-name companies and startups. Like marketshare, there’s still a lot of work to do in order to close the (quality) app gap. What apps do you really want to see make the jump from Android and iOS to Windows Phone?

Last weekend, we informally asked via Twitter what apps you still want on Windows Phone. We won’t get into the specifics today, but we’re going to be doing some cool stuff with Nokia for the top requested apps.

We have a pretty solid list from that Twitter poll, but we want to make it a little more official. In the comments below, list some apps that you really want to see make the jump to Windows Phone. 

Have a great weekend everyone! We'll share more in the coming weeks. 


Reader comments

What apps are missing in the Windows Phone Store?



VSCO cam, is the key app for me. if we could get it for WP, it would be wonderful. However they told me that there are no plans at all to make the jump by the moment. 

sorry to jump in but may i ask you specifically which one's. Since they are not coming to WP I would be very glad to add them to fhotoroom, just email me the filter name at admin AT and i will gladly add them without charging like they do for the Levi's filter ;)

Also VSCO is very heavy into the FADE image processing type filters which fhotoroom already has and you can pretty much create any filter in VSCO in fhotoroom including the ones they charge for.

I agree!! It would be totally awesome, if you were to look into it!!! To see the equivalents to the basic vsco filters (B1,B5,C1,F2,G3,M3,M5,P5,T1,X1) would already be pretty amazing!!! But any additional filters are always much appreciated of course :D


Np, wrote each one down and will look into them as soon as i finish the double exposure filter tonight for the next update. ;)

I am interested into this filter.

First Take a "Short Exposure" picture - as fast as it can be taken to extract the edges of all the pixels, shapes and a basic color for each shape/edge.

Then Take a "Long Exposure" (longer) picture and extract all shapes and a reference color for all pixels, shapes and edges.

And then another picture - Short Exposure.

All this and without the flash. Maybe. Because the flash overexpose all the colors...

Then combile all the pixels.

Basically we have a sharper image (first one) with no color acuracy... and a color richer picture - potentially blurrred.

And we have a "trace" for all the shapes and pixel reference colors.

By combining a #1 and #2 (and maybe #3) we have a sharper color rich picture.

What do you say... can you write this filter?



This is very similiar to the HDR process which adjusts exposure of each shot and then combines them together to make a richer image. I just released an app call Fhotolens which does this. It has only been out for 10 days and i already got out 3 updates and have an update being finished today. It is very complicate technique but i am working hard to make it an easy process for all users not just power.

So here is the low down, i am down to finishing M3, M5 and P5. The rest have been added but under different names. I also updated the UI to be cleaner, made all the filters faster, added pinch to zoom even when editing so it is on all the time now and also added a few more other filter frames and more. This will be a truly massive update on so many levels. Thank you for the feedback and hope you like it once v10 is released.

Is there any way to move the filters over the image so they look more natural? If I find a filter I really like and use it twice you can totally see the filter over the images.

They mean to manually move the layer ontop of the photo around so that you cant see the same marks of the filter in the same place on every photo to make it look more random and natural.

I think what he is trying to say is kind of like the blur feature in say 6tag where you can rub your finger on the screen and manually blur specific parts but make it so it adds the filter instead of blur.  Also if you were to implement this idk how hard it would be but maybe a method to control how much it affects the specific point on the picture.  To refer back to the blur analogy, make it so you could make some parts more blurry than others.

Yes we have this type of effect and more on our Win8 app, just haven't had a chance to rollout our solution for this on WP8 yet.

Fhotoroom (The guy running Fhotoroom) i love ur app. can we have a setting where you apply multiple filters to different parts of the same photo without extending them to the other part of the photo?? for example, i could have the top half(or quadrant, whatever) in sepia, the other in pencil sketch?? i think it will allow more creativity for the users.


I am not sure whether something like this already exists.. would love to know if it does! :)


ty, i know what you mean and I have something in the works but i am doing it at a app core level so that it will be part of every filter rather than a separate filter. Just changes like this are a little big to be done right and i kind of pride myself on the fact that fhotoroom can process 22MP photos on a 1020 which no iPhone can do (limited to 20 by OS). So i am just trying to preserve as much as possible but it is coming i promise.

Hi Fhotoroom,

I am a big fan of Fhotoroom and I know Fhotoroom has a lot of updates in these days. They are awesome very sure and let me suggest you why do people keep asking Vsco cam is you should try to compare after applied two similar effects from Vsco and Fhotoroom. The results are too different I think. Vsco looks are more film look. Hope my comment can help you and for me Fhotoroom is the best photo editing app on windows phone. Thank you for bringing this awesome app.



hello Chit

               If you saw my comments up a bit, i plan to add more film like effects and that sort of the goal for some of my softer filter like Adele. I make filters a bit heavy handed so that users can reduce them to their needs rather than have to apply the same filter twice for a heavier effect. It might be wise if i reduce the initial value of some of these filters to make 1 click filters easier than assume users will reduce to their liking?

Ty ;)

Hi Fhotorrom,

Love your app. The most I love photo editing softwares on windows phone are Fhotoroom and Hipstamatic oggl pro. If you don't mind I would like to suggest you one thing. It will be better if you allow landscape mode while photo editing, I think. How's your opinion? And one more is if we can do selective points editing like snapseed, it's lovely.

Thanks :)

Anyway I bought Complete Collection from you. Yes, quite impressive app. But I would like to request some features too. How about Graduate Filter? And photo editing on landscape mode? I mean when I turn my phone to landscape mode, the app automatically change too and I can see more bigger picture right? And the photo can move on app is a bit weired I think. Thank you to bring this awsome app too. :)

Something I would like on windows phone is film stock emulation.   

If fhotoroom had .cube 3D LUT support it would be epic. 

technically it wouldn't be a big deal at all, i would just need an import system to get the .cube files. At which point i would be able to process them easily. Technically fhotoroom already has all the core function to work with .cube but you are the first person to mention them to me in more than a year an a half. That is why it is why a UI has never been developed for the functions.

What is the Graphic User Interface based on? Jpg images? It would be nice to change the app icon and match its look with the rest of the interface. What should be the specs for the images?

Sometimes I just want a few games here and there... not knock offs, they aren't as good, either aesthetically or functionally.
Examples: dots, tiny wings (though I much prefer the penguin concept), mega dead pixel, super hexagon, olo... am I dreaming with my eyes open??

Super Hexagon... I wish...

Sadly, the developer seems to think it's not worth the trouble. He literally has it on every other platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, even BlackBerry for God's sake), but nope, WP's too much trouble.

src: [interview] [dev's page]

I tried offering assistance to the developer several months ago but he is not interested. Anyway, I have already started working on a similar game on my own. Its coming along very well. 6-8 weeks away from release.




You are asked, what really do you what that is on this VSCO which is missing on Photoroom so that the developer can add it for free but instead i keep on seeing these +928 etc, then i wonder if this is not the 'follow the crowd' thing, where one is set/conditioned to use given path even though there are better alternatives

don't know what you want from me??? my comment was one of the first (before I was asked anything... Look at the time...) of course it doesn't make sense, if you view it as an isolated statement. BTW: It's Fhotoroom not Photoroom...

Since Nokia focuses so much on photography, they really need to get some more premium editing apps (not saying the ones that are out there are bad, but sadly there are a few missing, such as VSCO, flickr, filterstorm, camera+, and a really good HDR app would also be amazing...)

Yup...please 1) "ATP/WTA Live" is a must ! 2) Expense tracking app - "All Budget" 3) Official "IGN" app 4) "Tweetbot" pls ..5) "The Verge"
And lastly, "Dropbox" & "Flipboard" asap. ;)

There are plenty 'dropbox' apps, but none official or even close. There is no good 3rd party dropbox client.

There are plenty of excelent expense tracking apps, there was a post on nokia conversations about such apps recently.

there is a Flickr app.

seriously, how many photo apps does one need? Right now I am having hard time using 4.

Well, I'm aware of that, but have you ever tried it out? Probably not, as it doesn't work at all and I don't mean that it sort of works, but that it's just worse than on ios/android. I mean its literally a dead app, which hasn't been updated for almost 2 years now. Therefore, saying that there is one, is not really helpful in this matter, as it is an absolutely useless app...

Tons of apps are like that. Many big name apps that haven't been updated for 2 or 3 years. That's just unacceptable.

What do you mean useless. Sure it hasn't update for awhile...but I was able to upload and download pictures just fine. 

Well that might be the case for you, but I along with I don't know how many other users simply can't even log-in. If you look at the app ratings (or in various forums) you'll see that this is an old issue. However, some I guess are lucky and don't have that problem (god knows why some can and others can't log into their accounts). But to me its absolutely useless at the moment...

There's a couple "really good" HDR apps already! HDR Camera and 4Blend HDR are both excellent HDR apps in my opinion...

Well, if you think so ok...I guess HDR Camera is getting there (although not quite yet, in my opinion) and regarding 4Blend HDR, although the app design is amazing, I just don't get it. The 3EV: +6, 0, -6 looks almost exactly like a normal picture and if one tweaks the exposure settings a little the whole picture becomes a big blur... I've always liked the PRO HDR on ios, to see something equivalent to that on WP8 would be really great!!!


I'd honestly be happy with a decent Panorama App and a mobile version of Lightroom for editing my 1520's DNG files...

I didn't say I wanted the best one... I want a good one... (i already have photosynth installed, as well as about 4 others...)

Why would you ruin the amazing PureView photo with a stupid filter? I've tried a couple of filtering apps, and they all ruined the photo. I take my photos only with Nokia Camera and maybe fix some color and contrast later on PC

What's VSCO cam? Mr I just want my banking apps... I need a Citibank app... I use IE, mint and pageonce but I want a native one... Everything else eh... Or an app that would give me a million dollars would be my fav app lol ;)

I started writing an app like that with a keyboard plugin that other apps could use. I stopped development because I had other projects.

Apps that require interop hacking and Start screen layout changing (except App Folders) in a Windows Phone will never be allowed by Microsoft in the WP Store and we cannot install apps outside of the WP Store in our Windows Phones so you can dream and forget about such a app rodneyej.

+1 for Schwab. Even if its not the mammoth trading one, just a simple mobile banking app would be great.

+1 need Schwab, pnc, everbank, capital one360, Barclays, etc. All missing from the app store.

If the PNC app is anything like their W8 app, no thanks. I used to want it to, but I pinned the mobile site to my start screen. Its so much better than their W8 attempt.

PNC called me after an "in bank" visit...

I told them that I wouldn't have had to come in if they had a WP8 app.

Let me add to that... Western Union and MoneyGram so I can send money from an app at my convenience...Amex Bluebird card...WalMart MoneyCard or GreenDot equivalent...RushCard...StraightTalk, Net10, or Tracfone for all three...some prepaid love

No, I travel for a living and use these services the way that they are supposed to be idiot...everybody has different needs depending on the way that they use devices and services!

No doubt, however there are few legitimate uses for Western Union and MoneyGram anymore either.  I travel for business quite a bit, few things beat a Amex and a Visa.  I cannot think of a situation where WU made any sense at all.

At any rate, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, and avoid returning your insult.  However you have to admit that your use case seems a bit fishy. ;)

That's what I'm saying... Some people have such a limited world view! They heard something on the news about some people scamming via legitimate services and think that it applies to the millions of people that use said services. So no, I don't admit that my use case is fishy.

There are no video apps. Bring Hollywood Movie FX like on ios to Windows Phone. That would be awesome.

None of the third party apps have full rights to Pinterest so they all lack what the official apps on other platforms have.

Target? Lumia will be stolen in the next breach! I kid! I would like one, too. Chase was cool with replacing what I needed.

Not kidding.  I have not gone into Target since learning of the breach.  They are the nearest supermarket to our home.  They have lost my business for  while.  I do not believe they were diligent enough with my financial data...

It could happen to any company. ESPN insider got hacked in the early 2000's. The credit card companies will refund anything that is fraud.

I know it could.  Based on the reading I have done, Target should have taken more care.  More was lost in the breach than just cc numbers.  They are now saying that they got a lot more information than first reported.  I just got an email yesterday giving me a year of credit card and indentity monitoring.  They would not have offered that if just the CC numbers were taken.  One reason I like Google Wallet, both tap and pay and the physical card.  It uses a virtual number while protecting your real info.  Peoples info should not have been retained in the POS system.  

Like I said, they have lost my business for a while and most of my neighbors since the Supertarget is near our neighborhood.  

Target Ticket, that's their movie service like Ultraviolet right? I thought you could import those into Flixster as well, as I did with my free movies when I signed up.... If that's still the case.

Canadian banking apps: TD Canada Trust, RBC, and CIBC would be the most notable ones.


Also, a full features Sonos app that allowed playback of music from my phone to a Sonos system. 

The worst part is they said WP8 app was going to be released soon back in Dec. 2012 and then obviously scrapped development.

+1 ... rbc commented on Twitter several months ago that they were working on a WP8 app... Sure is taking some time.

Agreed. We have a dearth of *key* Canadian apps, i.e. banking apps, airlines, Tim Hortons, etc. There is no way Windows Phone is going to grow its userbase here without those apps, absolutely *no way*. Those local apps are keeping BB10 afloat (and growing) here.

Oh ya, Tim's was another one. They're even rolling out NFC payments with the app on other platforms too! I would love to have that functionality on my 1520.

What, you want to actually USE NFC? WP8 is clearly not designed for that... could be a security breach, you know!