Must-Have Free Apps for Windows Phone Users This July 2014

Windows Phone version 8.1 is creating a buzz despite it being in its beta stage. Once it’s rolled out to everyone this fall, it could signal a shift in consumer confidence and be the driving force Microsoft needs to put Windows Phone to the top and become a true contender against other powerhouses like Android and iOS.

The thing that pulls down Windows Phone has always been its lack of apps – or “app gap” as it’s more commonly known. But the good news is that the situation is changing, and at a surprisingly fast pace, at that, with more and more high-quality Windows Phone apps and games coming on a weekly basis.

So which are the best of the best when it comes to Windows Phone apps? Here are our top picks for this month. Enjoy!

Time of My Life

Time of My Life

What’s great about smartphones is that they allow users to analyze data about themselves. Smartphones do so by tracking your location or biometric data (like the calories you’ve burned) via the built-in sensors. One great app that takes full advantage of your Windows Phone’s GPS capabilities is Time of My Life.

Time of My Life automatically tracks and labels the places you’ve been to, separating locations into events based on the time you were there. For instance, it can track the length of time you were at work, at home, at the gym or at a club. The app displays your results on a map and also as data on colorful charts. Time of My Life is a great way to track the amount of time you are spending (or wasting) in a particular place or event.

POF (Plenty of Fish)

POF (Plenty of Fish)

Just because Tinder isn’t on Windows Phone doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t any good dating apps. This is one such app that your single friends will love. It’s a free dating app for Windows Phone that allows you to match and connect to people right away. You can search by any number of criteria, including your surrounding GPS location. You can chat with matches immediately. It’s completely free, so why not give it a shot?

The Veil

The Veil

The Veil is one of those mobile games that is as much art as it is entertainment. The game sees you guiding a submersible into icy waters to find a long lost ship, called the Seymour. Once you plug in your headphones while playing, you’ll be immersed in the game’s beautiful worlds.The game is in the chapter format, with 2 chapters currently available (each about 20 minutes long).

The Veil has a compelling storyline, topped with amazing lighting, soundtrack, and mood; making it a really great game that’s worth installing in your Windows Phone. Killer story, beautiful graphics, and awesome score. What more could you ask for?

Spotify

Spotify

Spotify had a major revamp with its Windows Phone app, with version 3.0. The app was completely redesigned to make searching and discovering your favorite music faster and easier than ever. The app also features Spotify Radio, allowing you to tell the app what artist, track or album you like. From there, it will create a custom station, with songs similar to what you like.

Flickpic

Flickpic

Flickpic is a great photo app that lets you share your photos with others, even when you’re offline! To do this, simply choose your photo, flick your Windows Phone, and the photo will be sent to your friend’s Windows Phone automatically. No Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G or data connection required! But of course, your friend also needs to have the app on their Windows Phone.

Finance

Finance

Like weather apps, stock and finance apps are usually a hit or miss, especially when default apps are considered. However, Microsoft has hit the mark with their very own finance app.

Finance comes with a lot of gorgeous charts that allow you to easily track markets or individual stocks. One great feature is the tiled list of stocks that you can track on your Watchlist. Tap any one to delve into its news and charts. It also comes with a neat currency converter, which makes it easy for you to get the latest currency conversions.

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