Meet the Windows Phone Next App Star finalists. Plus: New contest Collections debut

Hello Sweet 16.

We started with more than 9,000 apps submitted by developers in 79 countries, winnowed that to 64 apps—then turned their fate over to you. Half a million votes later, just 16 apps remain in our Windows Phone Next App Star competition. Meet our finalists below.

Which lucky app will appear in a future primetime Windows Phone TV ad? Your votes will decide. And remember we’re giving away a Nokia Lumia 920 every single day and every ballot is an entry—so keep on voting. (See the official rules for more details.) You still have a few hours left in Round Three. The contest ends on April 8.

Finally, one nice thing about the Next App Star competition is that it serves as a great source for download ideas. I know I’ve discovered a few. Recognizing this, the Windows Phone Store team has created two new Collections devoted to the competition, making it even easier for you to browse and add these great apps to your phone:

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The Windows Phone Next App Star Collection contains all 64 of the apps that began the tournament. The new Next App Star Finalists Collection spotlights just the 16 remaining finalists.

So who are you rooting for? Which app are you betting will be the last one standing?

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