Three of the most common complaints people seem to bring up when asked about Windows Phone 8 are:
- “Oh there is no App-Ecosytem”
- “Oh Android has all these local apps and they are free”
- “Oh on Windows Phone, all the apps are paid and not by the original service provider (third party) “
Today we put that myth to test.
In my month of using a WP8 device (the 1020) as a daily driver, the following are the Indian apps I use on a daily basis. They are all first party apps and all are free (the apps, not the services like banking, ticketing, recharge etc that they provide).
[Note: the apps with the actual in-app screenshots are the apps we use, while the screenshots of the Store Description are apps we don't use ourselves but have included in this list]
PayTM is a must have on your phone if you are the go-to guy in your family for anything phone/tech related. You inevitably have to top up visiting relative’s SIM cards, fill the TV Prepaid Balance and what not. PayTM does it all beautifully.
Money Control is most people’s go-to app for their financial fix. Available on the iOS and Android too.
NSEMobile (National Stock Exchange)
BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange)
HDFC has a great Windows Phone 8 app with all the features the Android app has. In fact, the Android app has a very Windows Phone sliding UI feel to it.
Aside from this, here are the other Indian banks which have dedicated WP8 Apps (which we could find):
Union Bank of India (UBI)
South Indian Bank
Bank of Baroda
Big Flix (Movie Streaming)
Reliance’s Big Cinemas has come out with Big Flix is somewhat equivalent to Netflix. You pay them a monthly fixed fee (Rs. 250) and get unlimited access (via Streaming and DRM-ed Download) to their vast Movie Library for the month, from any device. They lack an Android client, but have a WP8 client.
Everyone’s go-to app to book tickets for movies, IPL Matches, Plays and promotional events: BookMyShow, has an official app for WP8.
ClearTrip (Flight/Bus Tickets)
ClearTrip is our preferred app for making Flight Bookings and zeroing in on that perfect 14 day fare. While it lacks the awesome dual-panel view that the Android App has, it still works fine.
For people who prefer MakeMyTrip, that has an app too:
IRCTC (Train Ticketing)
While the official IRCTC website is bad enough to make you want to cut yourself, the mobile and WinRT are surprisingly good. This is one app Android lacks. We’re glad Microsoft/Nokia pushed for this app, as it mustn’t have been easy getting IRCTC to make such a good app.
The cheapest way to get a last-minute ride to anywhere in the country. Most bus operators use redBus.
m-indicator (App for every Mumbaikar/Bombayite)
THE app to have for BEST routes and timings and most importantly, Train Timings for the local trains in Mumbai.
I guess Delhi-folk need apps for Metro timings too (pssst: CJ doesn’t use the Metro afaik)
Flipkart has a great collection of Indian authors that the Kindle and Nook stores lack. The app lets you buy and read ebooks purchased by you via your Flipkart account.
The Craigslist of India, OLX is where you can buy and sell anything (literally anything). The app lets you post, pin to a map and view other people’s second hand stuff.
The largest hub for selling properties online in India.
Times of India
Still my go-to newspaper every morning. Okay okay, and for the hilarious flame wars that take place in the comments threads for anything remotely political or religious.
Times of India: Alive
Along with the regular app, the TOI: Alive app is out on Windows Phone too. This lets you scan the QR codes you see next to articles in the physical newspaper and get additional information on those topics
The official NDTV app lets you read news, watch videos of news segments and, most importantly, watch Live TV of their four channels: NDTV 24×7, NDTV India (Hindi), NDTV Profit and NDTV Good Times.
The Hindu (third party apps)
Daily News & Analysis (DNA)
Bollywood Music Streaming
Coke Studio (Music Show)
English to Hindi Dictionary
This section is a bit sparse, with only two operators having official WP8 apps. Notably absent is Vodafone, who have an excellent app for Android.
So, we have listed FIFTY THREE (53) different India-Specific apps, most of which are Free and Apps by the service-providers themselves.
I think its safe to say:
MYTH = BUSTED
Did you find this list of Indian apps useful? Did you remember any apps we missed out? Do let us know in the comments below