The Windows Phone Store is home to over 250,000 apps worldwide. Let's take a look at the Windows Phone Store and see which apps are at the top of the charts when it comes to the free, paid, and trending categories. You might even discover your new favorite app!
Currently in the Windows Phone Store, the top-five free apps are Nokia Creative Studio, Video, Facebook, OneDrive, and Weather. The top-five paid apps are Windows Phone Explorer, Metrotube, WP Themes, WPCentral, and Flashlight+. The top-five best rated apps are Flixster, Camera360, Sleep, Jalali Calendar, and Preview for Developers. The top-five trending apps are Transparency Tile, Music+, Aerize Explorer, Tilesparency, and Windows Phone Explorer.
We're getting quite a few new "transparency" apps that aim to make your tiles transparent on Windows Phone 8.1. This is all thanks to Windows Phone 8.1's ability to set a Start Screen background. Having a transparent tile allows you to see your background. It also comes as no surprise to see Preview for Developers make it to the top-five best rated list, as this app allows you to install the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview.
Let's highlight some apps that were sent to us via the Windows Phone developer community:
Windows Phone Explorer ($1.99) - This app allows you to explore your files on your Windows Phone 8.1 device. The functionality is basic and features support for OneDrive. The functionality is very basic as it allows you to open files, save file to your local phone storage, delete files, and browse files and folders.
No word if new features will be added soon, but this app seems to have quite a large following already with high ratings in the Windows Phone Store. This app is also the top-paid app, at the time of this post.
Sky Blaze (free) - "Dawnbreak Studios presents a fast paced arcade game with graphics never seen before on a mobile screen! Smash rockets to create stunning firework explosions across the sky," the app description reads.
Sky Blaze features a beautiful visual style never seen before and a unique modern soundtrack. Put on your headphones and get ready to dance! Swipe green rockets while avoiding the red ones. Blue rockets builds combos to maximize your high score and yellow ones starts small minigames. Compete with your friends in the online scoreboard or locally on your phone.
The game features two modes, and more game modes can be unlocked via in-app purchase. The app developer claims that this is not mandatory and that payments should be fair. Therefore, the in-app purchase is based on how generous you feel and not based on a fixed price.
Witch Potion (free) - "Get ready to make potions! Exclusively on Windows Phone 8! A black magic surrounded the realm and is hurting the adorable creatures! Solve the puzzles, make potions and help them!" the app description reads.
The game requires you to solve 120 challenging puzzles to help 8 different creatures. Each chapter of the game introduces new challenges and new game elements. The goal of the game is to minimize the number of moves you take to maximize your score.
"Find yourself being challenged in ever-changing MATCH-2 puzzle game – Witch Potion! Combine blood drops, rotten eggs, horse shoes and more to make potions to help poor creatures including Yeti, Ogre, Mermaid, Pegasus and many more! Be a part of a fabulous adventure!" the app description adds.
Surv (free) - "Built specifically for the windows phone, Surv allows you to create and participate in quick polls on things that interest you. You can ask fun “What would you rather” questions, get the community’s feedback on something you are trying to decide on, or get the public opinion on a specific topic. You can also send a private poll to a friend to get their opinion," the app description reads.
This social app works in two ways. First, you can ask a question, tag your question in a category, and add up to three choices. You can even attach an image via your camera roll or by taking a new photo. Second, you can choose to post the poll publicly, or privately with your friends.
WinGym (free) - This app is a fully featured fitness app that allows you to learn over 130 different exercises, along with the ability to manage sets for the exercises in routine. Here are the key features of this app:
- You can add custom exercises (with photos) and use them in your routines.
- More than 130 exercises, with photos and descriptions (more exercises will be added soon).
- We have exercises for girls.
- You can manage sets for the exercises in routine.
- We have additional information about gym trainings, warm-up, diet, sport diet and etc.
- Notification for routines. You will never forget about your training!
- Detailed statistics for the body params (biceps sizes, waist, weight and etc).
- Graphical representations for your progress.
This app is free for a limited time, as it has just made its debut in English markets. With this app, you can create your own exercises and use them in your training routine. You can take photos, write descriptions for you custom exercises. In a future version of this app, the developer plans on integrating the ability to share exercises with others.
Stay tuned for next week's Windows Phone Store app highlights. Do you have any Windows Phone apps to share?