The Windows Phone app review website emerged when a Windows Phone fan, a mother of two, tried to find high quality Windows Phone apps for her kids and herself in the Windows Phone App Store, which now contains almost 120,000 applications, but offers only basic app discovery features.
Initially her idea was to simply catalog a few kidâ€™s apps and to write app reviews once in a while, but the project has taken on a life of its own. In the past year, Windows Phone Parent has not only catalogued almost 200 family-friendly apps and published more than 50 app reviews, but has also launched Familia Windows Phone to promote Windows Phone apps to the 17 Spanish-speaking markets available in the Windows Phone App Store. They have also produced many promotional videos featuring animated characters made using Windows Phone applications, launched a beta version their app and gained more than 1000 followers across their various Social Networks.
Sandra Sears, a user experience professional with a background in education and Co-founder of Windows Phone Parent, has collaborated with Windows Phone app developers from all over the world, providing feedback on how to improve their Windows Phone applications on the areas of usability, Metro design implementation and educational value. Many developers have benefited from Windows Phone Parent app promotion as well. Suzanne, a developer in the United States, reported a 66% increase in her app usage over a period of 70 days after her app was added to the Windows Phone Parent catalog. Rene, a developer in Germany, reported how his app downloads tripled for the week after his app was included in a seasonal app special that included a video promotion and a top-ten countdown list.
On the eve of its first anniversary, Windows Phone Parent has officially launched its first two apps in the Windows Phone App Store: App Discovery by Windows Phone Parent and Buscador de App por Familia Windows Phone. Sandra and Patrick Sears, Windows Phone Parent founders, hope to provide an easier way for parents to find apps on the go, to expand their support to the development community in the English and Spanish speaking markets and to continue to be an integral part of the Windows Phone ecosystem as parents, fans and developers.
Windows Phone Parent plans to release another discovery app just for kids in the near future. The app, designed around the new Windows Phone 8 Kidâ€™s Corner, will aim to enable children to safely find their own apps and allow parents to set up filters on the types of app suggested to their kids based on their age and interests.
Sandra adds, â€œThe main idea of this app is to make kids participants of their app discovery experience in a safe and fun way and to help them populate their Kidâ€™s Corner with apps they have found themselves and parents have approved.â€
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About Windows Phone Parent
Windows Phone Parent was conceived in September 2011 by Sandra and Patrick Sears, a couple with a technology and education background, with the goal of assisting parents in finding quality entertainment and education apps on their Windows Phone. Originally envisioned as a simple website with a limited number of app reviews, the project has expanded into a comprehensive app catalog featured on the web, social networks and WP apps for English- and Spanish-speaking markets. Windows Phone Parent hopes to raise the bar with regard to developing Windows Phone applications for children and parents and to give a voice to parents in their development. The Windows Phone Parent website was officially launched on November 8, 2011, and its app was officially launched a year later on November 8, 2012.