This app enables the users to stay connected to his Skype or Facebook friends. On being run for the first time, the app asks for permission to use the webcam and to run in the background. The app also integrates Windows Messenger in it. The full-screen view of video-calls and good use of the Windows 8 touch interface and notifications add to the grace of the app.
This Lumia handset, already features a ‘People’ app for social networking. However, it is not as useful as Twitter’s own app for Windows 8. This app even offers capabilities not found on other platforms. For example, it allows the user to tweet through it from any other app via the Share charm. It also shows a ‘collage’ of tweets or photos from the tweets. The user can also pin it to the side of the screen to get live Twitter updates.
This app is a boon for those who love to read e-books but don’t want to spend all day staring at the screen of their phone. This book-reading app from Amazon.com allows the user to enjoy a book by listening it. Once signed in, the user can browse through a wide range of audiobooks—from Tina Fey’s hilarious bestseller Bossypants to classics like the works of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. The user can also preview a numerous of titles for free.
The home page of the app displays the videos in various categories like the 10 ten for you, New Releases, Top 10, Popular on Netflix, Recently added and Genres options. User can scroll through thumbnail piles of videos to get the watch the desired show or movie. Clicking a thumbnail brings up the movie page with the information about it. The user can check who has starred in the movie. While playing a movie, user can pause, scrub, change volume, or disable/enable subtitles (if available).
This app lets the users to create their masterpieces easily and more effectively. Five simultaneous fingers are supported on this app, and the user can actually mix new colors on a virtual palette. In case, the user does not want a blank canvas, he can simply start with a pack of line drawings and cartoons. There are a wide range of brush and pencil tips to choose from. Moreover, there are a dozen of canvas and paper textures to use. Once completed, the drawing ca be exported to a PNG file, or it may also be sent to any apps that can share it to email, social networks, and more.
TuneInRadio lets the user to explore over lakhs of radio stations from around the world. The radio streaming categories include local radio, music, sports, news and talk. Broadcasting giants like ESPN, BBC are also included in this huge list. The app also features a sleep timer and an ability to play in the background while the user is busy doing some other task on the system.
This one is a professional photo-editing app designed for the touch interface. Apart from the basic features such as crop, brush, exposure, colors, resize etc, this tool is also equipped with numerous advanced image editing tools, like styles, frames, etc. A wide range of Instagram-style filters and frames are included too. The pictures can be selected from a variety of sources like from local folders to the SkyDrive.
This app allows the user to use the Lumia handset as a second screen to intelligently interact with the Xbox 360. User may interact with what’s on the TV with simple gestures on the Lumia device.
The Wikipedia app makes it much easier to browse through billions of encyclopedia articles. The home screen of the app highlights featured images and articles of the day, which is an exciting way to dip into a completely random topic. To search for articles, the user needs to use the Search charm, activated by swiping a finger from the right of the screen.
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