This week was pretty slow in terms of new apps hitting coming to Windows Phone or even old apps getting updates. You can blame Christmas for slowing down productivity around the globe as everyone took a little time off to be with family friends. Nonetheless, new apps did come and apps were updated, let’s go over the highlights of the Windows Phone Store for the past week.
Euronews –Headquartered in France, Euronews is a multilingual news television channel that covers world news from a Pan-European perspective. They’ve also just released an official app for Windows Phone that gives you access to international, economic, cultural and scientific news videos. You also have video-on-demand access to documentaries and magazines. Right now there are 13 editions of the app available (English, French, German, etc.) with more languages to come. The app will be updated in the next few months to include live streaming of Euronews TV and much more. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store. (Free)
BackItUp (from Nero) – Windows Phone already includes the built-in option to backup photos and videos (and much more) to your connected to SkyDrive account. However, if that’s not enough you can now use BackItUp from Nero. BackItUp is brand new in the Windows Phone Store this week and gives you 5GB of free online storage for backing up your content. You can then buy into a subscription service that offers more storage. Try out BackItUp from Nero in the Windows Phone Store. (Free)
DocuSign Ink – The onslaught of official apps for Windows Phone was insane in 2013. This week we didn’t see too many big name apps come, but we did get DocuSign Ink for all you mobile road warriors needing to drop your John Hancock while travelling. This app will allow you to electronically sign, send, and store document. It’s safe, secure and legal (at least according to DocuSign). Pick it up in the Windows Phone Store. (Free)
Squirrel – Pocket is by far one of our (read: my) favorite services. Squirrel is a new Pocket client for Windows Phone that offers solid performance and design all for free. It shows as a paid app in the Store, but that’s more of a “donate” button and the trial is fully functional. Read all your articles offline, favorite them, and much more with Squirrel for Windows Phone. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store. (Free)
Facebook – Nope, this isn’t the beta of Facebook, but the regular version. This past week it received a huge update that included a lot of new features, performance boosts, and bug fixes that beta users have had. This update includes faster and more reliable notifications, toasts for Facebook chat, redesigned primarily Live tile and redesigned secondary Live tiles for chat, events, groups, pages, and photo albums. You’ll also notice improvements for messaging and improvements. New languages have also been added. Pretty big update for Facebook users. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store. (Free)
6tag – The best Instagram client for Windows Phone picked up a big feature this week. 6tag hit version 3.0 and brings support for Instagram Direct to Windows Phone. A feature that isn’t even in the official Windows Phone version of Instagram yet. The app also picked up some design improvements. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store. (Free/In-app purchases)
Weave – Big update for news reader Weave for Windows Phone came out this week. This latest version of Weave brings support for the new Weave Cloud Services. This allows Weave on Windows Phone to sync your feeds, articles, and more with the Windows 8 version of Weave. There’s a lot more to this update (like visual changes and bug fixes) so go grab it from the Windows Phone Store. (Free version/Paid version)
Citrix Receiver – It was just a few months ago that Citrix Receiver came to Windows Phone. The app has been updated to now have full localized support for French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese speakers. There has also been expanded support for the Mobile SDK for Windows Apps. All in all, a good update for Citrix Receiver users. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store. (Free)
LiveGaming – The best Twitch client for Windows Phone just got better. LiveGaming received a great update this week that brings an improved chat experience, the ability to follow channels and much more. The app should definitely be on your phone if you’re a fan of Twitch. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store. (Free)
Fhotoroom – This app has been out on Windows Phone forever and it’s continually getting better. The latest update for Fhotoroom brings a new logo, streamlined UX/UI, new camera tile, and much more. It’s an app that any photography enthusiast on Windows Phone should be checking out. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store. (Free)
Big Bang –Confession, we’ve been addicted to this game since it came out. Big Bang features your favorite little Rabbids from Ubisoft in this Windows Phone game title. This is a physics based game that has you floating and flying through space as you complete objectives. It’s super fun and highly recommended. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store. ($0.99)
Total Conquest – Here’s a new game from Gameloft for Windows Phone. Total Conquest is a strategy game that takes place in ancient Rome. Build your town and army in this free game that looks to be a lot of fun. Download it from the Windows Phone Store. (Free)
Final Fantasy III – And just like that, Final Fantasy III came to Windows Phone 7.x and 8 users and became the most expensive game. It comes in at a high price of $15.99, but promises you hours and hours of gameplay. Sure, the original came out in 1990, but you can now play it on your Windows Phone device and grab some Xbox Live Achievements. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store. ($15.99)
Microsoft Solitaire Collection – There’s not much to say about this. Microsoft has released Solitaire for Windows Phone users with Xbox Live support. The game is free and definitely worth picking up if you’re a fan of all the variants of Solitaire (Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, TriPeaks and Pyramind). Grab it in the Windows Phone Store. (Free)
Microsoft Minesweeper – Again, not much to say about this. Microsoft has put out Minesweeper for Windows Phone users and it also includes Xbox Live Achievements. Grab the game in the Windows Phone Store.
This week wasn’t too crazy with new apps, but we did see a handful of new games that worth checking out. Have any favorite apps or games from this past week? List them below!
Hopefully the last week of the year will bring this:
- Foursquare update to fix the bugs introduced in the last updates and to bring the check-in with friends;
- BB update (if you are a Brazilian you will know why; biggest bank in here that released this app 2 years ago and never received a single update!!);
- Ingresso.com (a popular app in here to buy tickets for theaters and theatres; promised several months ago);
- Candy Crush (don't like this but is good for the platform);
- GTA SA (also don't like too much but was promised for December);
- all the others apps announced together with the Lumia 1020...
Hey, don't forget about Path too..
Path is included in "all the others apps announced with the Lumia 1020 announcement..". :)
Path, Panagraph and others...
I need a service that backs up my SkyDrive. Anyone know of one? Need version restore and backup retention.
Maybe some IFTTT that uploads all the files on another cloud when they appear?
Will have to think about that. Wish carbonite could back up SkyDrive..
Looking back at 2013, this year has been great to windows phone. We've gained several official apps, and while I don't really care if it's 1st or 3rd apps as long as it works, most people do. We've gained temple run 2, subway surfers, order and chaos, modern combat 4, nova 3, asphalt, and much more! Maybe Xbox games aren't flowing like they used to, but as long as we get quality games I'm alright with that, and I'm sure others would agree. Either way, during this year, I've gone from being a die hard google fan with two android devices, to a Microsoft fan with two windows phones, and a surface. I've also grown to like windows 8, develop taste for metal music, and stopped being an immature child. 2013 was a good year.
I want temple run 2 but if it takes time, im ok with it..as long as the one ending up for 512 ram devices dont have the save issue
Is the "release" version of Facebook ahead of the "beta"?
So.. 5 Xbox Live games? That's pretty nice #XboxWPSaved
Thanks for the "Weekly App highlights" updates Sam. They're great!
Well, actually the Weave update totally hosed a good app. If you haven't updated yet, you should wait
The "reviews" section of the store page is a good indicator.
LOL $16 for Final Fantasy III, Square Enix must be insane to ask that for a mobile game. I very rarely pay that for blockbuster PC games, just got Assassin's Creed 3 Deluxe for $15, and these idiots want more for FF? I wonder how many people would actually pay that much for a smartphone game, regardless of what type of game it is.
I can think of 4-5 people I know from top of my head. I never have been into FF, but I'm in that right age group where many see that generation FF's as the best thing ever and would happily pay that. Nostalgia is a strong thing Hell, my little brother just bought N64 for his flat and 4 games for 19-26 euros a piece.
Weve is my favorte News app, I use it every morning to check Gaming and WP news. I did pay $9 for the app, as I had to support it but, if it's free for the full version, grab it even if your not going to use it now.
Agreed. Weave is great. It's even better now with Azure integration for saving your feeds. Everything is nice and fluid between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. I wouldn't have known about it if it weren't for highlights from WPC over the last year or so. As the marketplace continues to grow, these types of apps and developers set the benchmark for others to follow. Download it and support them! They are doing great work.
Euronews app is gorgeous.