- 01-17-2013, 01:57 PM #28
Waze: As of now, Windows Phone has some real low quality navigation apps, but is also a social phone. Waze came out already however and said they would not be creating an app until the Marketshare is higher. Now its just up to patience.
Instagram: Rumour is its coming, rumour is its not, but Nokia did tweet recently that Instagram might be released soon as a Nokia exclusive.
Songkick: Probably not a big one for most people, but an app that I frequented a lot. Great for finding events and artists having concerts nearby or anywhere.
Wikipedia Official: I personally hate apps that give a service but aren't created by the actual developer of the site or app on another platform, and I believe since Wikipedia has an official app on Windows 8 they should definatly be working on a app for Windows Phone 8.
Starbucks: I am not a user of the Starbucks card, but it would be a great app on Windows Phone 8.
Facebook Official: Yes the facebook app we have was not created by Facebook, but by Microsoft. We need a real facebook app, made by facebook.
Twitter Official: Same as above.
Tapatalk: Stated before in this thread but obvious, as a forum user its a huge plus to have on a platform. Also tapatalk has a app on window 8 and I think its time for a Windows Phone app.
Google Books/Music/Maps/Reader/Whole Suite: Its been said before that google will never make an app for Windows Phone, at least however until Windows Phone gets a better marketshare and google is forced to supply their users with the google experience or lose out on those customers.
Microsoft Videos: We need a microsoft video app... had one on Zune and they should integrate it within the marketplace.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition: Not everyones favorite but regardless a game that would gain some interest.
Temple Run: Brave: Disney version of Temple Run.
Rayman Jungle Run: Possibly the highest quality game I've ever played on Android. Great game and would run great on Windows Phone.
Flipboard: News app that gains a lot of attention and is extremely high quality.
Pulse News: Another News app that was on WP at one point and was just released on Windows 8.
Jackthreads: One I would like to see personally, its for the www.jackthreads.com clothing website, but it was a convenient app to have.
Pandora: Already on its way this year.
Mint: Finance app on Android and iOS and one of the best that I've ever used for managing spending and watching your bank account.
Pinterest: I also realize that there is Pinspiration in the market. But as I stated before its not official, and I'd like to see an official app.
Tumblr: Same as above, official app.
Pocket: News reader, and a save for later read it app. Very popular among iOS users and Android users and would give WP some traction it needs.
Spotify: Music app that was once on WP and it is coming back according to Spotify.
Songza: Radio app on iOS and Android that would play music based on mood or atmosphere, a very fun app to use.
Zedge: Its obvious that there is a lack of ways to get ringtones on WP and Zedge is one of the biggest databases for ringtones, wallpapers, and notification sounds and I think its fair to say we WP users need a Zedge app.
Wattpad: A book reading app for the website wattpad.com for fictions written by the sites users, personally one I would use not sure about everyone else.
Last.fm Official: On Android and iOS there is a official last.fm app that actually scrobbles the plays of a user, and although the Microsoft version of the app is quality, I would like to be able to scrobble my music listens. Either that or bring back the zune social. Shouldn't be that hard to integrate within the Xbox interface.
Steam: A app for the PC, Mac, and Linux game client Steam by Valve, with the ongoing growth of steam users and users from steam who use Windows Phone it would be a smart app to write for WP.
TED: If you're a bit of a education, and entertainment junkie. You certainly would want an app like this. Shows talks from TED conferences that are always fun and very educational.
Trulia: They have it for Windows 8, would like to see it for Windows Phone 8 as well.
Youtube Official: Forgot to add this to the list, but as one of the most used video websites out there I think it seems appropriate. Don't get any hopes up for a official google app though, its google.
There are a lot of other apps that we would like to see on Windows Phone without a doubt, but we each got to remember that most if not all these apps will eventually make it to Windows Phone as long as the Marketshare is increasing. So if your impatient, then get yourself another device to use as an MP3 or something or advertise Windows Phone and help your friends make the smart choice and convert!
- 01-17-2013, 02:23 PM #30
Most of these have already been said but I'll go ahead and throw mine in:
Waze, Pandora (I know it's coming but they need to hurry), Songza, Wells Fargo, Capital One, Official Facebook and Twitter (not some junk Microsoft threw together), YouTube/Google Maps (aint gonna happen), imo.im, Amazon MP3, HBO Go, WatchESPN, Nike+FuelBand, CamScanner, and just about any major game release you can imagine.
I'm fairly discouraged on the prospects of the game releases but I think most of the others will come if marketshare grows to a respectable level or if WP8 starts to generate a decent amount of buzz beyond us tech enthusiasts. I know these are some of the growing pains of a new platform so I'm not jumping ship. I've had my 920 for a week and love the OS almost as much as the hardware. I've got enough companion devices (iPod Touch 5, Nexus 7, Note 2, Galaxy Camera) to fill the app gap even if its not as convenient as having all of the mentioned services on my phone. The 920 is a keeper for me and I'm more excited about the prospects of WP8 than I am about my Surface and RT which I love.
01-17-2013, 04:06 PM #33
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Spotify, G+, FB app made by FB (that works as well as it does on other mobile devices, which is to say poorly, but still better than what we currently have). Xfinity app would be nice. I guess Instagram (not something I'd use, but something that might convince people it's okay to switch to WP8, meaning more traction). Dumpload of XBLA games, specifically ones you've already bought.
01-17-2013, 04:40 PM #36
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As long as it works well and looks nice I personally don't care if the app is offical or 3rd party (MetroTube and the Wikipedia app being fine examples of proper, professional-looking apps).
But what I'd like are some quality games: Modern Combat, Asphalt 7 and the like.
Oh, and something for really, really basic stuff android users take for granted like viewing your data quota and Swype to name a couple.
01-17-2013, 06:08 PM #38
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Instagram (I don't use it, but a lot of ppl do, so it IS needed)
Waze (same reason)
Pandora (same reason)
Proper Facebook app (using webpage is not very convenient)
Fully functional official Twitter app (I've heard they are now restricting some API functions to other developers)
Twitch.tv and Justin.tv apps - for watching the streams from those sites
Official "Find my friends" app, with same functionality as the Apple's one - come on MS, I want my orher family members to switch to WP8 too, without paying extra monthly fee to cellphone provider for their own app with similar function!
That's the basic ones I'd like to see... Plus of course MS and Nokia should REALLY hurry up with improving Skype and Drive+ apps.
- 01-18-2013, 05:45 AM #39
"Official" does not always equal the most functional app. There is a whole slew of Twitter apps with more functionality than the official app. Scrolling through my apps now....Starbucks card definitely needs to improve. They just updated it, and its still just a glorified screenshot of a bar code. I find the Facebook app pretty much unusable, though its integration into messaging is cool. L.A. Weekly would be nice, Instagram, Snapseed, a Google branded Google +, some better to do/organizer apps, an app like Drafts for iOS....all I got right now.
01-18-2013, 06:32 AM #41
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Next time, if an app is that important to you, just inform yourself in advance and buy an iPhone or Android.
Personally I'm quite happy with what Windows Phone has to offer, but I just don't get all these social media like Twitter and Facebook and Co. All I would want is a WP8 version of Google Search (supporting the full resolution), and maybe a good official Google Maps app.
To answer the initial question: I also think these apps would be important in markets where Bing is still lacking function and content like here in Switzerland. The same goes with other Google services.
- 01-18-2013, 11:01 AM #42
Unfortunately, there isn't a single app that is still needed. There isn't a single app that will turn this around, that will change things. The culture needs to change. When any company decides it needs an app, its always Android and iOS. Occasionally you see BB or WP also. That's not enough. WP needs to be there all the time, every time. It should never be a question of "should we also build a WP app?"
Personally, I'm not missing any apps. I'm happy. But for the platform, I'm very nervous. Especially with BB10 around the corner. It seems every day another dev is holding off, or waiting, or pulling out completely. That's an exaggeration, but its still troublesome.
- 01-18-2013, 11:07 AM #43
...and what do you know. Post, return to the home screen, and another dev "hesitant" about WP.
You know, if MS would take some of the money they use for their absolutely ridiculous adverts and celebrity endorsements, and put it towards app developers, we'd all be in a better place. Jessica Alba? Really? I'd prefer an official Sirius/XM app myself. Droid rage? Ugh...