Monday is turning out to be a busy day for Windows Phone users, as plenty of interesting app updates have landed on our phones. Besides Facebook and Wikipedia, we have three other exciting updates to share with you folks.
Our favorite wallpaper app PolyScreen, the Dark Skies clones Blue Skies and super hip Weather Premium all get bumped with worthy new additions. Let’s take a look!
Whenever we post photos of our phones running Windows Phone 8.1, many of you ask about our wallpapers for the Start screen. Well, look no further as we make ‘em with this app. PolyScreen takes the popular polygon wallpaper fad that has taken over design circles and brings it to Windows Phone. Not only do they look great as a Lock screen, but they rock as wallpaper for Start screens on Windows Phone 8.1 with the new transparency effect.
Version 2.0 is now live and with it brings all sorts of user-requested new features:
- Custom palette
- Accent palette
- Random palette
- Full Brewer palette (original work by Cynthia Brewer)
- Undo button
- Noise support
- Input text instead or +/- for options
Not only that, the developer notes that a hexadecimal reader in the color picker and HD images are in the works too. Awesome!
Pick up PolyScreen here in the Store. Free. Windows Phone 8.0/8.1
Weather Premium 3.0
It was only a few days ago since we reviewed Weather Premium, a new free weather app that brings some cool new features to the mix. For one, it has a very nice ‘Modern’ Live Tile that should pique your interest. It also has a neat ‘what to wear’ for today recommendation engine and a smart-alecky ‘awesome weather’ forecast, that tells you how it is without pulling punches.
Version 3.0 just went live and it has some great new additions, including:
- New Transparent Live Tile
- Fixed some bugs
- New Paid version without ads
I already love the Live Tile on this app, so the transparent one is just a bonus (although the regular Modern one is great looking too, if you want a bolder look). So for those on 8.1, you should be plenty happy with this app, which I think ranks up there with one of the most interesting weather options for your phone.
If you previously downloaded Weather Premium, it looks like you’re grandfathered in without ads. New users can have a free ad-supported version or pay 99 cents to remove ‘em.
Pick up Weather Premium here in the Store, it’s worth a trial. Windows Phone 7.x, 8.0 and 8.1
Blue Skies 1.2.6
Blue Skies is a clone of the popular iPhone app Dark Skies. It’s also one of the most popular weather apps around, skyrocketing to the top right after we covered its release. The app is updated on a regular basis, and today, version 1.2.6 is now live with a nice, detailed changelog:
- You can now choose to use your accent color
- Next hour summary now appears for nearly all locations
- UI tweaks
- Added "Last updated" on wide Live Tile
- Yet more bug fixes and live tile updating fixes
This is one of those seemingly superb weather apps that is a no brainer. It’s free, it’s awesome looking and it looks great pinned. I’m glad I have multiple phones, because I use this and Weather Premium now and like to switch between them. If you haven’t tried Blue Skies, you really should.
Pick up version 1.2.6 of Blue Skies here in the Store. Free. Windows Phone 8.0/81
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.