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Snapchat for Windows Phone: What Will It Take to Land on the App Store

Mention the word Snapchat to a Windows Phone user and he will most likely shake with anger and vehemence. Why? Because this popular video messaging app is still not available on the Windows Phone App Store with no likely release prospect even for the foreseeable future. What is worse is that since December of 2014, even third party applications that were substituting for Snapchat for Windows Phone went missing. The reason? Snapchat had emailed all third party app users to refrain from using the apps or face the consequences – a possible account ban.

Most Windows Phone users were outraged by what had happened – after all, if the company did not have an official app nor had plans to develop one, it was only fair that they appeased their Windows Phone user base with alternate options.

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User Reactions to Takedown

Reactions to the take-down ranged from anger and fury to pleading and cajoling.

One user questioned Snapchat on Twitter saying: “Just wanna know why there’s no snapchat for Windows phone??? pls, develop it or give the rights back to 6snap!” and then pleaded “and i’m saying it with all my heart, consider it!”.

While another user had this to say: Hey @Snapchat and @snapchatsupport can you give windowsphone people some love icons.

Snapchat has however not softened its stand despite continued requests and pleas. The company apparently even had to take down its support page that allowed users to request the app for different platforms, due to the huge volume of requests it received for Windows Phone support.

Developer Rudy Huyn of 6snap, one of the best alternatives for Snapchat for Windows Phone and the most popular choice among its users was hopeful for a sensible resolution. He took to Twitter to inform his app users that he would be working closely with Microsoft to convince Snapchat to change its mind. That was almost 10 months ago. He even advised his Twitter followers/users to keep the app on their phones in the hope that things will change.

In January of 2015, Rudy made an unprecedented move. He offered to give Snapchat access to the 6snap source code with a request not to desert its Windows Phone users. That also appeared to have fallen on deaf ears. (Obviously Snapchat can make its own Windows Phone app and doesn’t need support from a third party developer to make that happen.)

Then in April of this year (2015), Rudy reported that 6snap won’t be coming to Windows Store after all, since Snapchat was firm on the ban.

Why the Ban?

To be fair to Snapchat, the reason for the clamp down on the third party plugins was cited as breach of security. A huge number of photos and videos from Snapchat users were stolen and posted on the web. Third party apps that used reverse-engineered APIs were found to be the source of the breach and the company was left with little choice but to ban them.

Although this explains the reason for the takedown, it still does not explain why Snapchat won’t make an official Snapchat for Windows Phone app. Perhaps, Snapchat CEO Evan Speigel’s reaction could offer some insight. In a Twitter chat with a Windows Phone user back in 2013, he flippantly remarked that he “didn’t think anyone used those.

However, it seems that Evan is either grossly ignorant or indifferent to the steady growth of the Windows Phone market. But what about the passionate pleas of the app fans? After all, a company can ill afford to turn a blind eye to such an outpouring of user requests.

Future of Snapchat for Windows Phone

Let’s face it! Windows Phone users love Snapchat. Although there are those who feel violated by Snapchat’s indifference to their pleas and swear that they are better off without it, there are those who still continue to petition the company. Windows Phone users are encouraged to sign a petition on Change.org to make Snapchat for Windows Phone. At present there are over 51000 petitioners but the campaign needs more steam (perhaps a celebrity endorsement?) if it is going to make Snapchat turn around and take notice.

Windows users can continue to hope for a change of heart from Snapchat (there was one vague tweet that raised hopes in May 2015 but nothing has emerged thereafter). Or hope that someone has the vision to create a noteworthy Snapchat competitor that can transform the way users snap and share photos and videos with the world.

Microsoft for its part could do more to encourage the big players to build apps for its platform. It should be plainly clear to them by now that Windows Phones can never be spoken of in the same breath as iPhone and Android if they don’t have the best apps in their kitty. And until that situation is fixed, people like Evan are only going to say “didn’t think anyone used those.”

What do you think of the sorry state of affairs concerning Snapchat and Windows Phone? Is the customer king no more?

Nokia 3310 mobile phone is coming back

That’s right. You heard well, old-school, brick-type of Nokia classic is coming back, but with a small difference. It’s returning as a super high-end smartphone.

Juha Alakarhu, Nokia head of Imaging Technologies, said:

“I’m really excited that we’ve found a way to marry our innovative PureView technology with such a beloved device. With its durable design and iconic look, we think even more people will enjoy our signature PureView magic.”

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Here are the main stats:

Dimensions

  • Height: 113 mm
  • Width: 48 mm
  • Thickness: 22 mm
  • Weight: 133 g

Display and User Interface

  • Display size: 3-inch ‘ClearDiamond’
  • Display resolution: WXGA (1280 x 768)
  • Display features: Brightness control, Nokia Glance screen, Refresh rate 60 Hz, Sunlight readability enhancements, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, PureMotion HD+, Sculpted glass, Wide viewing angle
  • Display colors: TrueColor (24-bit/16M)
  • Touch screen technology: Super sensitive touch
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Barometer,
  • Gyroscope, Magnetometer

Keys and Input Methods

  • User Input: Touch + Softkey
  • Operating keys: Volume keys, Camera key, Power/Lock key, Microsoft Home, Navigation keys.

Hardware

  • Connectivity
  • SIM card type: Micro SIM
  • Charging connectors: Micro-USB
  • AV connectors: 3.5 mm audio connector
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Network: 3G

Battery:

  • Battery capacity: 1430 mAh
  • Battery voltage: 3.7 V
  • Removable battery: Yes
  • Wireless charging: No

Processor

  • Processor type: Dual-core 1.5 GHz

Memory

  • User data storage: In device
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Mass memory3: 32 GB
  • Free cloud storage: 7 GB

Photography

  • Primary camera sensor size: 41 MP, PureView
  • Camera Focus Type: Auto focus
  • ZEISS optics: Yes
  • Sensor size: 1/1.5 inch
  • Main camera f-number/aperture: f/2.2
  • Camera focal length: 26 mm
  • Camera minimum focus range: 15 cm
  • Camera image formats: JPEG
  • Camera Flash Type: Xenon flash
  • Flash operating range: 4.0 m
  • Flash modes: Off, Automatic, On

Main camera features

  • Main camera – other features: 6-lens optics, Backside-illuminated image sensor, High resolution zoom 3x, Optical image stabilization, PureView

Image capturing

  • Capture modes: Video, Still
  • Scene modes: Automatic, Sports, Night
  • White balance modes: Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Daylight, Automatic
  • Light sensitivity: Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO 1600, ISO 3200

Video

  • Camera video resolution: 1080p (Full HD, 1920 x 1080)
  • Camera video frame rate: 30 fps
  • Camera video zoom: 6 x
  • Video playback frame rate: 30 fps

Of course it’s an April Fools’ joke :), but it makes us longing for the times when the phones lasted a week on a charge, and there weren’t hundreds of thousands of game titles to choose from, so those Snake sessions turned oh-so-intense. We are certain Nokia would have some customers for this thing, if it manages to indeed pull it off, though we doubt it will last as long on a charge as its original inspiration.

Get the Best Deals on your Windows Phone with myAppFree

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If you picked up a Windows Phone recently and have jumped right into the Windows Phone Store to pick up some fun games to play, that’s great. What you first need to do though, is pick up this really cool app called myAppFree. The app lets you find great deals on apps and games on the Windows Phone Store and it’s a real deal breaker.

The developers of the app tests thousands of apps in the marketplace and suggest the best ones for you to download. Plus, they have an arrangement with many of the games and app developers on the platform to offer special deals and discounts on their products. The main features of the app include a special App of the Day section, where you can download one paid app for free every day. The deal stays active for a whole 24 hours.

The app also offers Push Notifications and Live Tiles so you get immediate notifications when a new deal breaks out. You can also share the deals you discovered with your friends on social media. Plus, if you’re really concerned about the amount of money you spend on apps and games, you can check the Money Saver page for the total amount of savings you made with the help of the app. As an incentive, you get points for downloading and sharing the app and can see how you are faring with other myAppFree users on the worldwide leaderboard charts.

Click the button below to download myFreeApp and have a great shopping experience everyday on your Windows Phone.

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Touch Up Your Self Portraits with the Perfect Tool Facetune for Windows Phone

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Even the best looking models and the most glamorous men and women in the world need a touchup when it comes to their photos. Facetune is a cool app for Windows Phone that promises to let you do professional quality touchups of your portraits and selfies for little or nothing.

Got a blemish on your face or are your teeth not white enough for your liking? Just make use of the features in the app and you’re all ready to dazzle the social world where your images are sure to land up. Perfect smiles, beautiful skin, penetrating eyes, a hair salon, and even the ability to reshape your facial structure is possible with Facetune.

With the ability to do a whole lot of virtual make up, its hardly surprising that the app is popular on the Android and iOS platform. You can grab this one from the Windows Phone Store for $2.99 and start spending some vanity time on all those cool images that missed the mark.

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Microsoft App Live Lock Screen Lands on the Windows Phone Store with a Beta Tag

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All Windows Phone 8.1 users can now get their hands on Microsoft’s just released lock screen app called Live Lock Screen. If you want to add a bit of color and animation to your normally boring lock screen, this app’s a pretty good one to switch to (despite the fact that its currently in beta).

The app lets you pick from one of six new lock screen layouts each of which have a unique design. The layouts display the date, time, notifications along with a unique unlock animation. You can also set the lock screen to cycle between multiple background images from your photo collection to keep things fresh every time you access your phone. You also have the option of picking a stunning image from Bing every day, if that’s something you find inspiring.

Thankfully, the Live Lock Screen is available for low end devices too despite Microsoft’s initial surmise that the app would require at least 1 GB RAM or more to run. You can download Live Lock Screen from the Windows Phone Store for the price of free and tell us what you think of it.

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Airyware Tuner Goes Free on myAppFree for Windows Phone

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Tuning your musical instrument is a task in itself. Airyware Tuner is a fine Windows Phone app that makes the job easy for you. Thanks to its impressive feature list that includes instant reaction, scientific precision, waveform inspector, and needle/strobe dual view, you can play a note on your musical instrument, and the app will show you how out of tune your instrument is.

This app is normally available for $4.99, but thanks to the deal with myAppFree, you can pick it up for the price of nothing. That’s right! the app is absolutely free starting today it will continue to remain free with updates et al in the future too!

Airyware Tuner is a top rated app that is recognized by professional musicians everywhere. With presets for over 400 musical instruments and 900+ alternative tunings, this is certainly an app you must be lucky to own for the price of zero dollars.

Grab Airyware Tuner right now from the Windows Phone Store for free and tell your friends about this amazing offer too!

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Samsung Releases ATIV BizCard for Windows Phone

The fact that Noika releases its own set of apps for its range of Lumia devices is no surprise, but when Samsung does that, one tends to sit up and take notice. After all, Samsung is well known for focusing on its Galaxy apps for Android devices. Nevertheless, the company has launched a business card reader for its Windows devices called ATIV BizCard.

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The app uses the camera on ATIV phones along with optical character recognition in order to scan a business card. Alternately, users can use the camera flash, manually click a photo, or make use of a previously snapped photo from the gallery to import the information to the Contacts. The information can of course be verified and edited if necessary before saving.

While there are plenty of third party business card scanners on the Windows Store, its nice to see Samsung make an effort in that direction. You can download ATIV BizCard from the Windows Phone Store for the price of free.

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MusikPlayer is a Minimalist Music Player App for Your Windows Phone

The Windows Phone Store has a decent collection of music player apps, but if you are still on the lookout for something more, you can check out MusikPlayer . It is the creation of Indian indie developer Shoban Kumar who has made use of a simple, yet modern design to make listening to music on your Windows Phone a simple pleasure.

The app’s controls are conveniently placed at the bottom of a disc, which also displays the Album Art of the record that is playing. Tapping on the Album Art will display your music collection. The songs are categorized based on albums, artists, and songs.

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The app also has a handy Search menu at the top of the screen that lets you search for songs using keywords. The auto-complete feature saves you from typing out everything and is a very handy addition to the feature.

Shoban is also actively working on bringing new features to the app, the latest of which brings a transparent tile for the Start screen. There are also further improvements in the works and users can expect to see gestures and options to mark as Favorites in the upcoming version.

MusikPlayer will leave you $1.49 short, but there’s a fully functional ad-free trial version which will let you enjoy the app just the way it was designed to do. You can of course buy the app from the Windows Phone Store if you’re happy with its offering.

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Read Unlimited Books on Your Windows Phone with Scribd

Any avid book reader will be aware of Scribd, the digital library that is popular with over 80 million users worldwide. What you probably don’t know yet, is that Scribd is now available as a universal app for Windows.

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Scribd is a subscription based service, where you can get unlimited access to over 400,000 books from as many as 900 publishers for as little as $8.99 a month. Whether you’re looking for NYT bestsellers, literary classics, or non-fiction, there’s something for everyone as the company has worked out an agreement with authors and publishers from various genres to bring you the best of the publishing world. That’s not all, you can also get access to millions of user-uploaded written content.

A special editorial collection will let you discover new books and if you prefer, you can also get personalized recommendations delivered to you. For easy access to your favorite books, you can pin them to the side screen. The app works across all mobile platforms (iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows) and browsers and all files are automatically synced.

Scribd is a free install for your Windows Phone. Do check it out and tell us what you think of the app in the comments section.

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Children’s Books for Windows Phone is a Perfect Companion for your Kids

Where there are kids, there are bound to be fairy tales floating around. With the advent of smartphones, these imaginative tales have found a home to transfigure into interactive titles. Children’s Books for Windows Phone is an app that lets you collect exciting interactive books for your little ones.

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Currently the app has just one storybook called Shops by Ladne Hal , but there are plenty of teasers promising more to come. In Shops kids can design their own toy store, complete a shopping list and play a colorful memory game.

The book itself can be read by a default narrator but what’s really cool about the app is that it allows parents to record their own narrations. After all, there’s nothing more endearing to a kid than to hear the voice of a loved one narrating his or her favorite bedtime story.

Children’s Books for Windows Phone doesn’t have a whole lot of exciting stuff at the moment, but its bound to get better when more books are added. This is still a great app to download on your Windows phone, especially if you have kids who love interactive stories. The app is available on the Store for the price of free.

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Discover the Weather Anywhere and Anytime of the Year with Climatology App for Windows

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Anyone with a smartphone is bound to have an app or two to check on the weather in their locality. Microsoft Research recently released a weather app called Climatology that’s quite unconventional in its offering. The app lets you access the weather data for any part of the world, for any time of the year. For instance, if you want to escape the freezing winters of your hometown and would love to be somewhere warm in January, you can find out places in the world that will be ideal to travel to at that time. Or, if you’re planning a cool November wedding but are worried that the rains will play spoilsport, you can check how the weather will play out in November, before you decide on a date.

While this may not the best weather app in the world, it certainly has its uses if you’re a frequent world traveller. The weather data are gathered by a team of Microsoft environmental scientists, so you can expect the data to be fairly accurate.

Climatology started out as an experiment by Microsoft and has very limited options at the moment. If you’ve got a mind for the unconventional, you can check out Climatology, which is available on the Windows Phone Store for the price of free.

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Speedometer for Windows Phone Updated with Dashboard Camera

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Speedometer, this is a GPS based car dashboard app by Sygic that provides speed camera alerts. The app has over 50,000 fixed speed camera locations and a live community support that reports traps and dangers on the road so you can stop worrying about getting caught speeding.

The developers have now upgraded the app to version 2.1, which brings a dashboard camera that can be used to record videos of all your trips. In many countries, a recent trend has been to scam insurance companies by faking accidents or claiming more damages for less serious ones. Having a dashboard camera helps users to show the results of the video recordings as evidence in case of an incident.

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The video recordings indicate the GPS, speed and location information and can be saved by the user at a location of his choice as well as on Sygic’s Azure servers. When the videos are stored in the Sygic cloud, they get processed by the company, which then adds metadata such as location, date, time, speed as subtitles. This comes in handy as it stands as a guarantee that the videos haven’t been tampered with and are a reliable piece of evidence for the police or insurance authorities.

Apart from the dashboard camera, the new update also brings additional improvements and features including thousands of speed cameras which have been added or updated, support for Polish and Turkish languages, speed camera information from TomTom, posted speed limits so you know what speeds you should be driving at, and improvement in manage & export trip logs.

The new dashboard camera is not a free service though. Users are required to pay $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year to avail themselves of the service. You can grab this handy app from the Windows Phone Store for the price of free.

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