Windows Phone Featured App: Nextgen Reader

NextgenReaderRSS is important for me.  It’s how I stay up-to-date on all my gaming news and gives me the info I need to create new posts for PowerUp.  It’s my morning newspaper with a cup of coffee.  As far as RSS readers go on Windows Phone, Nextgen Reader is easily the best I’ve put on my phone.  The application connects to a Feedly account and gives you access to the feeds that matter on the go.  While I’ll encourage you to support the developer and shell out the $1.99 the full app costs, it does feature an unlimited ad-free trial.

Nextgen Reader

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Windows Phone Featured App: Lockmix

LockmixThe lock screen.  The first thing you see on your phone when the screen lights up.  Sure would be nice if it had some important information displayed on it.  With Lockmix, you get the benefit of pinning widgets to your lock screen.  While some widgets within the app do have a price attached to them, some of the most useful ones (like weather, battery life, and calendar) are available for free with the initial app download – which is also free.

Lockmix

Windows Phone Featured App: App Folder

AppFolderSomething included with the Lumia Black update available for Lumia devices on AT&T is the App Folder.  Sadly, Lumia Black isn’t available on Verizon phones – however, the App Folder application is.  I’ve been wanting app grouping on my Windows Phone similar to Windows 8’s app grouping since I got it.  That’s unlikely to happen.  However, having folders for my apps allows me to keep all of the apps I use on a daily basis on my Start Screen while reducing clutter.  You can create folders within the app and pin those folders to the Start Screen.  It does have some cons as it’s not as fast as just launching the app from the Start Screen, but the benefit of keeping things in order is certainly worth the minor inconvenience.

Nokia’s App Folder

Windows Phone featured apps

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While it might not be the largest demographic of smartphone owners, Windows Phone does have a solid presence in the world of mobile computing.  That said, it’s not as heavily covered or supported as the iPhone or Android devices.  There’s still plenty available on the Windows Phone marketplace with, but there’s not nearly as much awareness for what’s out there.  Being the proud owner of a Nokia phone, I do what I can to discover what’s out on the marketplace and have made it my purpose to share my findings with you.  Apps that are deemed useful or just generally awesome by me will be featured in an article with a link to its location in the store for easy access.  I would also like to mention that I have an app currently being certified for Windows Phone devices and will totally feature it out of pure bias for myself and my upcoming web series.  That is all.