Gif Chat is a Snapchat/Vine-like messaging app on iOS, Android and now Windows Phone which allows users to send looping video clips up to 6 seconds + text captions privately to your friends. The app includes both the ability to send ever-lasting or self-destructing messages and to limit the number of loops.
Unlike both Vine and Snapchat, Gif Chat is brand new, having only been released in August this year, meaning Windows Phone users did not have to wait years for it to arrive, like the earlier apps, which is of course rather good news, and hopefully an indication of what’s to come for other new apps.
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
See a video demo after the break.
In the above humorous video Nokia shows off their Nokia Storyteller app, which they claim can tell a story a lot better than you can.
The app, which is already available in beta form to Nokia Lumia 1520 owners, lets you automatically sorts all your photos, videos and cinemagraphs into interactive groups called stories. Your timeline is where you can browse all your stories and modify them, then view them as slideshows or share them with friends.
You can also sort your photos and videos by location, as well as add captions to tell even more of the story. Plus, when you’re looking at a photo, you can zoom out to see where you took it on a map.
If you are a lucky Nokia Lumia 1520 owner you can find it in the Windows Phone Store here.
After a long wait BBC’s Windows Phone application has finally seen a rare update to version 1.2.
The app allows users to watch and listen to BBC TV and radio programmes from the last 7 days.
The update adds fast app resume and also auto-resume for video playback, both of which are pretty useful features if you are catching up on a TV program while on a busy commute.
The app is free and can be found in the UK Windows Phone Store here.
Nokia has posted a minor update to the Nokia Here Transit app from version 5.0.2197.0 to version 5.0.2231.0.
Given the small increment in version numbers and the lack of a change log the update is likely of the bug fixing variety.
The update appears to address an issue where the app stopped loading data from some regions, making it somewhat useless.
Find the app in the Windows Phone Store here.
Thanks Rui for the tip.
Nokia has updated their DLNA app to version 184.108.40.206. The app, which will stream media from your Lumia to a DLNA receiver such as many Smart TV’s or PCs, has been updated with improved Wi-Fi connectivity ensuring it continues working with future devices and firmware updates.
The app requires your phone to have the latest firmware update to install.
Find it in the Windows Phone Store here.
Thanks S.M.A.Sithick for the tip.
The official Sky Go app for Windows Phone is now available in Italy.
The app is available free for Sky customers and will stream up to 30 channels to subscribers.
The app works over both WIFI and 3G and includes channels like Football with the Series A, UEFA Champions League, the Europa League and the best of international soccer, the great sport of Sky with all the Formula 1, Tennis, Rugby, Golf, Cycling and much more 24 hours 24 news and insights Sky TG24 the FOX TV series, and FoxLife FoxCrime and entertainment for Sky One, children’s programming from Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Kids Goddess documentaries for the History Channel and National Geographic Channel
The app also allows users to switch languages in supported programming, select different camera angles in UEFA Champions League and Europa League, and set reminders and also supports Parental Ratings.
It also allows users to share the program they are watching on Facebook and Twitter and engage in polls on the news and sports programs.
Lastly the app lets you set programs to record on your Sky HD box.
Nokia has said they are working to bring the app to Windows Phone users in other Sky markets also.
The app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Besides the mainstream headline apps Windows Phone is now also starting to gather the rather niche ones.
The latest to arrive in the store is the popular cross-platform MouseWait app, which is all about making your visit to Disneyland as smooth as possible.
It features wait times, live pics, live videos, breaking news, food reviews, and more from any location. In addition the app features a professionally moderated social Lounge where users can make friends with Disneyland fans from all over the world.
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
We posted 2 weeks ago about the oddity of GEICO having no Windows Phone app, but featuring a phone running the OS in one of their ads.
It turns out the company did have an app, but has unpublished it from the Windows Phone Store probably some time in April 2013, with the app also no longer functioning.
It seems drawing attention to the inconsistency did have some results, though not the expected one. Instead of restoring the app to the Windows Phone Store GEICO has instead edited the ad to remove the iconic Windows Phone navigation keys.
GEICO does in fact have a Windows 8 app, and we hope that the company is just waiting to make a grand comeback to the phone store soon.
See the edited video after the break.
Pebble Watch Pro by Greg Banta in an unofficial app to use with your Pebble watch that allows users to receive Calendar, Twitter, Battery and Network alerts right on your wrist.
- You can choose 5, 10, 15 and 30 minute reminders before you appointments.
- You can get Tweets from your Home Timeline and Twitter Direct Messages.
- You can get alerts when your phone battery drops below 50, 40, 30, 20 and 10 percent.
- You can get alerts when you lose or regain access to the data network including Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G.
In addition you can control music on your Windows Phone right from the Pebble. Select songs from Playlist, Genre or All songs on your phone and then pause/play move to the next or previous song right from the music app on your Pebble.
The developer also has a free app, Pebble Watch Lite, which only includes the music feature.
The app costs $1.99, unfortunately without a free trial, and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Read more about the apps at BadPlanetSoftware here.
Plex has updated their media streaming app to version 1.5, and in this latest version the app is free to Nokia Windows Phone users, for a saving of $4.99.
The app relies on a a free media server on your PC, the Plex Media Server, and besides being able to stream your own media, the app also includes a wide range of channels, including TED, Reddit and Revision3, and will also let you save online videos from your favourite websites, including YouTube and Vimeo.
We have seen the latest WhatsApp betas lay the foundation for this, and now the newest version includes in full the ability to migrate your account from one handset to another.
The feature will let users change their account number which migrate their account info, groups, and settings to another handset.
Previous updates have let users store their photos, videos, messages and other settings in a backup folder on their SD card.
These features have not rolled out yet to the mainstream version of the app, but should arrive before too long.
Via Nawzil on twitter, thanks WinPhan for the tip.
Nokia’s Network+ settings app has seen a minor update to version 220.127.116.11, and unlike usual when there is no visible changes, on this occasion there is a clear feature addition to the app.
The latest version now shows a voice call counter which appears to count in hours, minutes and seconds from hard reset, and surprisingly shows I have made more than 20 days of calls over the last year, or about an hour per day, which does not quite seem right.
Either way, the updated app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Microsoft has updated their GroupMe group messaging app to version 4.7.
The enterprise-focussed app is available on a number of platforms, and also supports SMS messaging.
The new design now also features larger avatars and the app has received some small feature updates, including the ability to clear chat history in groups and direct messages and other bug fixes and improvements.
The updated app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Maaii is a VOIP app similar to Skype, and like that app it allows users to also make calls for cheap to landlines and mobile phones.
It also features its own social network and has millions of users, being particularly popular in Asia.
Now it appears the app is on the way to USA, with their twitter account claiming:
We are working hard to develop the windows phone version of Maaii. We aim to have it ready in 2014
The announcement is one more sign of increased momentum around Windows Phone.
Thanks Ali for the tip.
Today Microsoft and Maxdome announced in a press release that the VoD service’s app, which is already available on iOS and Android and launched today on Windows 8.1, will be available for Windows Phone early 2014.
The app supports real time notifications about upcoming movies and series on Live Tiles. On Windows 8.1 it also support the new sharing options; for Windows Phone nothing further was announced.
I am happy to see more and more important apps coming to Windows Phone. It is getting better every day!