Sabtu, 17 November 2012

Windows 8 Smartphone: 5 Apps to Enhance User Experience

After purchasing a Smartphone enabled with Windows latest version (8) one may go on looking for appropriate apps for it. However, one may wonder about its app compatibility but the most interesting aspect about Windows 8 phone is its app compatibility with the older version of Windows (7.5). This makes it easier to find apps that suit your needs. Listed in this article are 5 such apps that will help enhance your experience with your Windows 8 Smartphone. Let us have a look at these apps one by one and understand how these apps are useful.

Super Camera

Ever wondered about an app that will easily help you improve pictures with one touch, if so then download Super Camera. This app enables you in improving pictures with one-touch. You can easily add frames, enhance picture quality, apply effects and other such features to make your picture better. Additionally, while you are still using this application you can simultaneously capture a picture and even animate a photograph. Other things include editing pictures and enhancing the color contrast, giving brightening effects and other such improvements to make the picture appear better. With this app you need not get into sub menus for performing functions but the options are available on the easy to access tray for user convenience. Additionally, you can even add text to the picture without compromising the picture quality.

Connectivity shortcuts

You must be aware of the default functionality of lifetime UI in your Windows 8 OS. This feature is all about navigation through menus and pinning apps on start menu for a quick access. Nonetheless, even a pre-loaded feature like this may fail to include a few things like pinning options from a menu to home screen. Options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, flight mode are just a few to name that any user would want to access quickly. Download an app called Connectivity Shortcuts. As the name suggests, this app is capable of creating a quick access to these programs on the home screen. Additionally, you can customize and pin other program options that are present in the sub menu to be pinned directly on start menu. Go to the option > Select > Pin to start menu, it is as simple as this. After you have pinned these options or shortcuts to these apps the icons for these programs will appear as tiles, this helps avoid clutter.

Bing Maps

The most used functionalities that a user wants are mapping and navigation. You need a reliable mapping system like Bing Maps. This is seemingly the best available application for travel and mapping. Bing has all the features incorporated for a good mapping system that Google maps contain. Additionally, Bing Maps are free of charge service and it allows a user to pin and sync on Dropbox. You can utilize it whenever you want. You will have the advantage of searching places, seeking directions and satellite image of places. Therefore, this pre-loaded app in your Windows 8 system is a boon to travelers and for those who are often out looking for directions for a specific area. Got to Bing Maps > Enter specific area > get directions.


There are various chat apps available with cross platform functionality but the best option is Whatsapp. This chat messenger is truly a cross platform based chat service that is supportive of BlackBerry, iOS, Android and Windows. A user can share text based chat, audio/video files and pictures with users across your chat network. After downloading this chat a user needs to register with the phone number that acts as the ID and start chatting. However, you must remember that although this chat service is free of cost you still will need to pay for the data charges as it connects through internet. Interestingly, as soon as you download this app on your phone, this app will identify the contacts that are using this app and the friends who are already connected via Whatsapp. This way you need not specifically add friends for chat. Just go to Whatsapp > Contact > Chat and start chatting.


When you are in search of various applications you might also be on a look out for the best deals available. This also includes looking for apps that are available across other platforms and are compatible to your device as well. Download Appdeals, this will help you look for 1, 20,000 apps. You get the best deal with the latest offers on apps. All you need to do is install Appdeal on your Smartphone and get started with it by following the automitacially-guided steps, remember to follow the terms & conditions laid by the app developers for full utilization of this app. When you are done installing this app you will start receiving message alerts or notifications about the latest app deals.

Get AOL Support and Services

AOL is today a brand name that is recognized worldwide for its wide range of services that it offers to all. Since making its debut in 1983 the company has seen several changes in its management as well as its brand name. It had started with the name "Control Video Corporation", or CVC, and had its only product was online gaming service for a particular game console, which offered a number of games available to its customers for download at $1 per game, though only one game was available to be played at one time. To play a game that a person had played earlier, it needed to be purchased again.

In 1985, the company was renamed to "Quantum Computer Services", and came under an all new management. In 1988, Apple and Quantum launched a joint product, but by 1989, they parted ways. It was then that Quantum computer adopted their then name "America Online", or simply AOL. Then again in the year 2006, the abbreviation AOL, LLC was made the official name of the brand, thus dropping its original full name.

The company presently offers its services in:

• Content 
• Membership 
• Advertising 
• Local 
• AOL Ventures and more...

In each of these modules, there are numerous other sub-divisions that the company caters to, and all of these are widely regarded as premium services, having also won accolades for their effectiveness too. Besides, the company offers an email account, instant messenger (AIM), mobile application and also other online services such as and

Any of these modules could get an error at some stage while working on them, and at such a time, you mostly would turn to AOL Support to have it resolved. AOL Tech Support specialists usually are already familiar with most of such errors and thus you always get to have appropriate solutions for these from them. Usually most of the issues are not critical, and you could get to have your issue's resolution at no cost at all! Few of them are paid too, but these charges too are always nominal, and are charged to your account only after you get satisfied with the result.

A number of third party companies also offer such support services, and many of them charge you a lesser amount that you would otherwise pay to the company for same kind of service. Whether it is some issue related to any of the services such as emails, news, entertainment, technology, travel, pets, health, video games or more, you can always make use of AOL Technical Support and have its resolution. It is such services of this leading brand that make it a class apart from all the rest. Once you enter their world, you would always want to be a part of it. Just give their website a visit and you will understand what I really mean!

The author is a technical support officer at Tech Support Mart with years of experience in providing AOL Support. Apart from AOL Technical Support, he's also well versed with other forms of tech support such as Hotmail Support, etc.