It’s been a while now and we all WinPhans or WindowsPhone users have had enough of patience as far as app updates are concerned and in some cases even a decent workable app, which is slowly but surely becoming a threat and WindowsPhone as people are slowly shifting to other OSs than getting another WindowsPhone. So we decided to compile the apps which are desperately needing an update on the WindowsPhone Store. Continue reading and you would surely agree that yes these apps are dated now and need a new life.
Earlier in July this year when Twitter updated the it brought lot of excitement in the community and the app was greeted and applauded for because it provided WinPhans a new way to use twitter which was updated with a host of features. Sadly the app fails in most of features which were added to it like the notification aren’t accurate now, the photos do not appear in the timeline anymore and many more issues. On the other hand the same app on Android gets updated every week which definitely adds some valuable feature and bug fixes. So Twitter for WindowsPhone needs a desperate update.
The Facebook app from Microsoft is worst compared with the one on Android or iOS, it doesn’t allow you to wait a post or comment, doesn’t allow to post photo on a page. The cover photo cannot be changed using this app, doesn’t allow to comment on a note and many more shortcomings. This app was recently updated during the last week but nothing essential came in and just gotta some bug fixes and usuals. We wish that it gets updated soon so that we don’t have to always switch to android or PC to use Facebook as we want to.
Being a photography hobbyist I love sharing photos on Instagram but this app for WindowsPhone has never got updated since it made its way to the store in layer March, 2014. This app lacks way behind 6Tag which is a third party app available to WinPhans to use Instagram with enhanced functionality. Compared with android and iOS this app is just elementary which savor be used for advanced functionality like regraming or direct messaging or editing the captions or even copying them. Instagram is in desperate need of an update to even make it workable.
I don’t remember when was the last time I saw Vine getting updated on WindowsPhone. It hasn’t got any kind of support since December last year whereas the app on Android and iOS rocks with host of new features. Vine for WindowsPhone is just the basic app, where you can only upload the videos made on vine and not upload videos which are created and then edited from hard disk, you cannot tag anyone (it doesn’t work) hash tags don’t show suggestions, notification is very poor. The third party app 6Sec works pretty well but lacks those features too. Vine deserves a full fledged update soon.
Undoubtedly Whatsapp is the only app which is almost on par on WindowsPhone when compared to Android & iOS but it still lacks some features related to audio, like we cannot send an audio file other than directly recording nor can we save one, which is pretty frustrating at times & this definitely needs to be fixed. This issue isn’t only with Whatsapp, it continues with all the messengers on the store and needs to be fixed.
The world famous video sharing and streaming service from Google has an app on the WindowsPhone store, but which just works as the bookmark our shortcut to the mobile site of YouTube and isn’t an app in real as on Android & iOS and this definitely needs to be fixed because it is not the way an app should look or work. It’s a shame to even call it an app. WindowsPhone deserves a much better app which goes well with the experience than the mobile site.
This app just take forever to open on WindowsPhone. Also it fails to show the notification which gets irritating while we use it. Tumblr on Android is much better with the UI and functionality. The WP app is a pain, be it anything it at times even fails to load the app and the posts, hence it seriously need to be updated.
The email client on WindowsPhone is sharp and clean which works well but attaching multiple files other than media is just not possible. The only way out is to send separate mails for every additional attachment be out Word document or excel or even PDF file. This needs to be fixed so that the experience to users is enhanced.
After a long long wait WindowsPhone got a complete manager, but in true sense it is not a complete file manager, still doesn’t show a lot of files and formats. For instance a video file received over Bluetooth, which is not in .mp4 would not be displayed, likewise a PDF file if opened with Adobe Reader does not show up in the files app, so these should be worked on so that the user gets a holistic view of the files saved on the device. The file saving system needs to be updated so that the user gets an idea of where the file is saved and can be located.
There is no native smart dialer, an essential these days on the smart phones, though Cortana & third party app comes in handy here but not always. It gets difficult to look up for a contact on the phone. Forget Android or iOS, this feature was even available of Windows Mobile 6 and onwards so this isn’t anything new which we require but which had evolved over the years.
This all needs a serious update not only to improve the functionality with support for various video codecs but also for the way files are saved on the phone. Even though there is a video folder all the videos captured or saved are found only in the pictures folder and this needs to be fixed.
There are many other places and apps which needs an update but this process is rather very slow on WindowsPhone and which is surely frustrating the users and might go against Microsoft if the continue to ignore the need to get these fixed at the earliest. Hope the officials at Microsoft take things seriously since it’s not just the camera or photos or videos which are important but these apps are essential too and need to be updated at the earliest.
Let us know in the comments below what you feel and which other apps still needs to be included to this list.
Disclaimer: This list isn’t exhaustive, it is just indicative.
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