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October 2, 2015

Our 5 best Windows Phone apps of the week

Are you ready to discover our choices for this week’s five best apps for Windows Phone? Of course you are!


Grab your Lumia and prepare for download because we’ve rounded up the best new Windows Phone apps, updates and games of the week. We’ve been seeing many new apps rolling into the Windows Phone Store, and even more updates, making it difficult for us to choose a single winning app. That’s exactly why we need your help! Give these apps a try and let us know which one you love the most using the poll below.


What is it: a newsreader app

Why we love it: If you’re in the market for a free newsreader, you may want to give LeadStory a look. This new app is minimal but well-designed, with all the features you need to keep up with what’s going on in the world. LeadStory has advanced personalization and customization features to bring you the stories that interest you the most and a helpful Live Tile that displays the latest top story.

Who it’s perfect for: readers who don’t like distractions


Home Team

What is it: an app to find service providers

Why we love it: Need a plumber, tax pro, babysitter, or other service provider? Finding the right person for the job can get a bit messy, and no one wants to spend their time sifting through reviews from strangers. Well, the problem has been solved. Home Team lets you find out who your friends trust for hire and share your own favorite recommendations. The free app from Microsoft Garage also lets you import contact details for all of your current service professionals. For more information on Home Team, check out our announcement post here.

Who it’s perfect for: busy people

Home Team for Windows Phone

Ulster Bank

What is it: a mobile banking app

Why we love it: We’ve been seeing many new mobile banking apps join the Windows Phone Store each week, and each one makes us smile. This week one of Ireland’s major banks, Ulster Bank, released its own app. Features include the usual handy banking help, such as the ability to get cash from your account without using your debit card, bill paying, money transfer, balance check, a branch and cash machine locator, and more.

Who it’s perfect for: anyone who banks with Ulster Bank

Ulster Bank for Windows Phone


PicsArt (update)

What is it: an image editing app

Why we love it: PicsArt is wildly popular, and for good reason. This feature-packed photo editing app has everything you need to create fun digital projects. Hundreds of editing tools, filters, effects, overlays, and brushes let you do just about anything that you can dream up. To top it off, PicsArt is also home to a blossoming social community where art lovers can share, collaborate, and compete in contests. So what’s new? Now you can save JPEG and BMP, and several new effects are available for your artistic pleasure.

Who it’s perfect for: creatives and artists


Vine (update)

What is it: a video sharing service

Why we love it: If you prefer your entertainment to come in the form of six-second video loops, you’ll be happy to hear that Vine has recently received a few new features in its latest update. Now you can show love to your favorite Vine stars even quicker with the new double tap to like feature and find new Viners to follow using the Find People feature.

Who it’s perfect for: Vine lovers

Vine for Windows Phone

Which of these new Windows Phone apps and updates made it to your Lumia? Let us know which one you think is the best using the poll below.