Need to track a package? Try the new universal Windows Phone app 'Doorstep'
If you order a lot of items off the internet, especially for Amazon Prime members, tracking packages is practically a full-time job. Doorstep is a new app for Windows Phone 8.1 that will also be picking up a companion app for Windows 8.1 in the coming weeks (it's in final stages of development).
Doorstep is a lightweight app, coming in under 1 MB in size. It also has all the necessary bells and whistles to make it worthy of your time to check out. Here are some of the features.
Doorstep for Windows Phone 8.1
- Free unlimited tracking
- No advertisements
- Push notifications, live tiles, and badge notifications
- Auto-detection of carrier
- Automatic syncing with the Windows 8 companion app (coming soon!)
Doorstep is nicely laid out, and I like the Settings page, which lets you customize how the app looks and functions. Currently, Doorstep is limited to only eight delivery services, including UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL Express, Royal Mail, Canada Post, LaserShip, and UPS Mail Innovations. More carriers are coming in the future, and the app can auto-detect who the carrier is just by parsing the tracking number. Neato.
Doorstep has some stiff competition including the popular Package Tracker app, which has more carriers and a Windows 8.1 version with cloud syncing going back to 2012. However, Package Tracker costs $1.99, whereas Doorstep is free.
Give Doorstep a try in the Store here and let us know below what you think of it. We'll follow up when the universal app for Windows 8.1 comes to town.
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