Need a break from summer fun in the sun? We’ve got a few fun Windows Phone apps for you that you’re going to love just as much as beach volleyball and picnics.
That’s right, it’s time for our weekly round-up of appy goodies, delivered straight from the Windows Phone Store to your Lumia. This week’s group has wowed us with cool features, useful information, and superb stories, and now we’re ready to share our findings with you. Grab your Lumia, because you’re going to love them!
What is it: an app to discover historic places in the UK
Why we love it: National Trust is a UK conservation charity that works to protect historic sites and open spaces, and they’ve recently released an official app that puts information about more than 550 protected places around England, Wales, and Northern Ireland right into your hands. If you’re looking for historic houses and buildings, archaeological sites and monuments, or gorgeous coastal sites, National Trust can be your go-to guide. The app also tracks events occurring at these special places, ranging from educational talks to live music.
Who it’s perfect for: history lovers in the UK
What is it: a fantastic story-telling app
Why we love it: GivingTales is a very cool app for children that gives you access to 4 beautifully-illustrated popular Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. The tales are narrated by an excellent cast of actors: Sir Roger Moore, Stephen Fry, Ewan McGregor, and Dame Joan Collins. If that’s not enough to convince you, 30% of the proceeds go to UNICEF UK. The first tale, “The Princess and the Pea”, is free, while the rest cost $3.99 each.
Who it’s perfect for: Children and fans of Stephen Fry’s soothing voice
What is it: the official app for Eurosport
Why we love it: Eurosport is one of Europe’s top spots for sports news, scores and more, and the release of their new Windows Phone app now makes it easier than ever to get clued up on what’s going on. The app offers news on tons of different sports and leagues, such as soccer, tennis, F1 — if it’s a sport, it’s probably there. The free app gives you access to all of the biggest matches, daily news articles, videos, live scoring, calendars, and exclusive web chats with popular sports journalists and players.
Who it’s perfect for: sport lovers
What is it: a Google Analytics client
Why we love it: If you use Google Analytics for tracking traffic to your website, you’ll be thrilled to hear that there’s now an app available that gives you mobile access to all of that important data. The free app is well-made and lets you see real-time tracking and a wide variety of analytics. You can even create a Live Tile for quicker viewing.
Who it’s perfect for: website owners
What is it: the official BlackBoard app
Why we love it: College students in the US likely have a love/hate relationship with BlackBoard, the place to go for your assignments, lecture notes, and course info. But happily, things just got a bit easier in student life with the new (free) Windows Phone app. You can take assignments, tests, and quizzes, see submitted course work including feedback from instructors, and more. And it’s here just in time for summer! Well, keep it mind for next semester.
Who it’s perfect for: college students in the US
Bonus update: WhatsApp
We couldn’t close out this week’s fabulous round-up without mentioning WhatsApps’ latest update: voice calling. Yes, the feature is finally here! You can now make free calls using your phone’s Internet connection, no matter where the person you’re calling lives.
What do you think of our best Windows Phone apps of this week? Let us know in the comments below, and share your own finds.
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