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[Updated] India: Slew Of Local Apps Hit The Windows Phone Marketplace – Must Have List

With the launch of Nokia’s Lumia devices in India, the Windows Phone ecosystem is just about setting started in India and there is some very good news already. The Windows Phone Marketplace has just hit 50,000 apps, but numbers don’t say much when apps you use daily aren’t available on the platform.

Thankfully, all of that is about to change. A bunch of free locally relevant apps for users in India has just hit the Marketplace and all of them are well designed and must haves.

  • NDTV: The app does what you would expect, news, live tiles, live streams from NDTV 24×7, NDTV India, NDTV Profit and NDTV GoodTimes. Also present are photo galleries, cricket scorecards and market watch sections. You can also choose to live stream just the audio.
  • NDTV Good Times: The app from India’s leading lifestyle channel. Lets you watch latest featured videos on varied topics like food, cuisine, travel, fashion. Also lets you catch up on previous episodes of your favorite shows like Highway on My Plate, Yogasutra, Bollywood Confidential, Chakhle India, Band Baja Barat and many more. Also present are sections on sections on travel, luxury, gadgets, fashion and wellness.
  • Times Of India: I had already demoed this app when it was in development and I’m glad to say its finally available. It brings breaking news and  coverage of national, international, city, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, business, health, science and technology topics. Also present are live cricket scores and a complete scorecard; local news from more than 30 cities; latest movie reviews by critics as well as readers; photo galleries; and top videos from news, business, sports, entertainment and lifestyle categories.
  • Economic Times: The sister app for TOI, the business paper of the Times group.
  • IBN Live: News, streamed content, live tiles, playback of popular shows like Face The Nation, Devil’s Advocate and The Week That Wasn’t.
  • Book My Show: One app I was waiting for, makes looking up movie & cinema listings, synopsis & reviews a breeze. You can also carry out bookings from the phone using secure mobile payments options. Even lets you pick your seat and redeem offers.
  • timesPoynt: A free application powered by data from timescity.com, provides users with the unique ability to search their local area for events, movies, restaurants and nightlife. timesPoynt provides users with the ability to move beyond discovery of their local area to click-to-call businesses, get directions, browse listing websites, send details to a friend or add listings to their calendar or address book. timesPoynt also features a fully integrated weather homescreen and the ability to search for long-term forecasts.
  • yapf: It builds on the Google or Bing POI database to find places nearby by by searching a set of predefined categories or by manual search. Features augmented reality to view your results through your phone camera. You can also pin the search tile to the home screen for quick access, or pin a single place and the live tile will update with the distance to it.
  • India Today: The India Today application allows users to view up-to-date news articles, images, videos and live TV served through the India Today Network. The application is powered by India Today, a popular news magazine.  The app consists of latest & breaking news, sports news, political news, cricket updates, entertainment news, Bollywood & Hollywood news, movie reviews, celebrity interviews, images and videos.
  • Business Today: India Today’s sister app, the Business Today application allows users to view up-to-date news articles, images, videos and Stock updates served through the India Today Network.  The application is powered by Business Today, India’s no. 1 business magazine.  The app consists of business news & articles, stock updates, business analysis  and videos.
  • Snapdeal: India’s Groupon equivalent, the website brings upto 90% discounts on dining, health and beauty services, branded products, travel and more.
  • Flipkart: Fairly basic, but a good start. Flipkart is India’s Amazon when it comes to online retail, includes movies, music, games, mobiles, cameras, computers and electronics.

So there you go, those are 13 excellent Windows Phone apps that are completely free. If we keep getting locally relevant apps at this pace for Windows phone, I dare say we’ll have a credible fight for marketshare come 2012.

The only thing the developers need to guard against is making apps and forgetting them, regular updates are just as important!

Nokia Fans Breathe Easy – Multitasking & Other Improvements Coming To Windows Phone

When Nokia announced that its was making Windows Phone its primary smartphone operating system, in addition to the dismay that people felt because of the new position both Symbian and MeeGo were slated to be relegated to, was the fact that Nokia could well be moving towards a platform that offers a much weaker proposition in terms of basic capabilities like copy/paste, multitasking and so on.

Thankfully, all of you can now rest easy as Microsoft has in its MWC keynote announced that a bunch of new functionality, including multitasking, that is coming to Windows Phone in 2011 itself.

Nokia Fans Can Breathe Easy - Multitasking & A Bunch Of Other Improvements Are Coming To Windows Phone

(The new Windows Phone task switcher, activated by long pressing the back button)

Upcoming highlights include:

  • Copy and paste functionality via first major update, coming in the next month
  • Twitter integration directly into the People Hub in 2011
  • Support for Office documents in the cloud in 2011
  • Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 in 2011
  • A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011 (Apparently includes third party apps, although it is more about running background services than actual ‘multitasking’, will update)
  • Targeting significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012

Nokia Fans Can Breathe Easy - Multitasking & A Bunch Of Other Improvements Are Coming To Windows Phone

  • Also worth mentioning is the upcoming Xbox Live Kinect Windows Phone companion.

The bottom line is that Microsoft is quickly looking to fill in all the gaps in the Microsoft Windows Phone experience and we will not have to hope for Nokia and its ability to differentiate to brings to us such basic functionality that we have comes to expect from Nokia devices, instead they can concentrate something a lot more meaningful.

The timeline for these updates is 2011, while Nokia is also aiming to release a Nokia Windows Phone this year. So from the looks of things, everything should work out in time. You can read the full press release here.

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