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Mythbusters: Is Windows Phone Deficient In Indian Apps?

India WP8

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]

Financial Services

PayTM

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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.

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Money Control

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Money Control is most people’s go-to app for their financial fix. Available on the iOS and Android too.

NSEMobile (National Stock Exchange)

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BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange)

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Edelweiss

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HDFC Bank

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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):

SBI

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Syndicate Bank

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Union Bank of India (UBI)

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Allahabad Bank

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ICICI Bank

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South Indian Bank

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Bank of Baroda

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MobiQik

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YPayCash

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Entertainment

Big Flix (Movie Streaming)


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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.

BookMyShow (event ticketing)
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Everyone’s go-to app to book tickets for movies, IPL Matches, Plays and promotional events: BookMyShow, has an official app for WP8.

PVR Cinemas
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PVR has an official WP app for booking shows in their multiplexes around the country

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Travel

ClearTrip (Flight/Bus Tickets)

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 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:

MakeMyTrip

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Go Ibibo

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IRCTC (Train Ticketing)

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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.

redBus

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 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)

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 THE app to have for BEST routes and timings and most importantly, Train Timings for the local trains in Mumbai.

Delhi-NCR Metro

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 I guess Delhi-folk need apps for Metro timings too (pssst: CJ doesn’t use the Metro afaik)

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Flipkart Ebooks
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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.

OLX (P2P Buying/Selling)
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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.

(There was no Quikr app available)
Magic Bricks (Property Sale)
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The largest hub for selling properties online in India.

Snapdeal

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News Apps

Times of India

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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

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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

NDTV (Live News Channel)
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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.

IBN Live
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Economic Times

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The Hindu (third party apps)

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Daily News & Analysis (DNA)

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Indian Express

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Deccan Chronicle

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Bollywood Music Streaming

Dhingana

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Hungama

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Gaana 

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Coke Studio (Music Show)

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Sony LIV

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Big Boss

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Raaga

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UTV Stars

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Food

Zomato

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Burrp

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Dominos

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You can order pizza directly from the official Dominos App.

English to Hindi Dictionary

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 Mobile Service Providers

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.

Airtel

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BSNL

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Phew.

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

  • Harsha Deep Reddy

    I’d like to mention some more apps:
    Quikr
    BusIndia
    Café Coffee Day
    Newshunt (third party)
    MapMyIndia
    Zomato
    YourMovies app (right now only on lumia 625)

    and I am sure I am forgetting a lot more apps for India … there shouldn’t be any doubt at all , windows phone days where apps availability is an issue is still present with very few apps but overall if you want to smartphone windows phone is a brilliant option

    • sangramc

      true, n the native nokia n microsoft apps are just too gud,
      eg. Here Drive, Here Maps, Here City lens, Here Explore beta, Here Transit, Nokia Camera, Nokia Cinemagraph, Nokia Refocus, Nokia Mix Radio, photosynth, authenticator m a lot more

  • Rachit Vij

    Espncricinfo, cricbuzz, Flickr, LinkedIn, Jabong.com, and all the apps from Nokia .. Are just 2 good …

    • Harsha Deep Reddy

      They are just marketed by Nokia, they are not developed by Nokia.

  • Vyenkatesh

    Correction !!

    Excellent !! This must be published everywhere, Windows Phone critics must know these facts and figures.

  • aakash agarwak

    newshunt app..having newspapers in all languages!!!

    • pratz

      newshunt is available

  • shiv

    but why the BBM is not available in windows mobile

    • sangramc

      dude after whatsapp n many others mesenger services no one really cares about it, m sure u barely know 5 people who use

    • Narendra Yadav

      skype is far better

    • Vivek Kankhara

      throw away bbm ..useless stuff

    • Harsha Deep Reddy

      true BBM is rumored to be in the works. But there are a lot of alternatives, I used BBM on the Iphone5. the experience was bad but I see ppl using it so I also wish it comes to WP soon

    • -7-

      Windows phone*

  • http://blog.wasimshaikh.com Wasim Shaikh

    Superb List. Just came from Nokia India official page Nokia India to this site. Good recognition.

  • Shailesh Patel

    Its true wp growing very fast will beat android easyly in next two years,as people need options.

  • jigar

    good, but only showing that windows hv this app is not enough,, its true that this apps are available but with so many bugs , no update found ,,, even most usable app WhatsApp and Facebook is also very bad in windows not smooth as windows ,,,

    • Rohan Surve

      Facebook and Whatsapp are just as reliable as their shandroid counterparts. I’d go on to say they actually have a better interface on WP but I’ll refrain from making a point so subjective.

  • Vivek Kankhara

    I Live in a area where there is no 3g Data & no EDGE..Should i buy a LUMIA then?

    • utg001

      if you have WiFi, then you can. but if not, any other device will not work too :p

      • Vivek Kankhara

        I dont have wifi here and planning to live offline (if possible with lumia)

        • aatifsumar

          If planning to live offline, I don’t think Lumia is your best bet. Maybe an iPod Touch, or a Symbian device?

          • Vivek Kankhara

            I currently use a symbian Nokia E5 and I also required to make a few calls daily..so no Ipod..personally i hate apple…bcoz no sdcard..cant connect as mass storage..wtf!

        • utg001

          you can live offline with Lumia just as with any other device

          • Vivek Kankhara

            does it have a data on/off toggle switch just like androids have it in their drop down menu on the home screen..? it would be great for me if it has !!

            • Rohan Surve

              Yes it has data toggle switch. But I wonder why you’ll be using it as you with to ‘live offline’?

              • Vivek Kankhara

                just to make sure that i can keep the switch “off” ! whenever i go online to make calls

                • Rohan Surve

                  Are you talking of voip? But you don’t have Data services where you live do you? You talk of keeping the switch off and going online, that does not make an iota of sense. Its self contradictory. Can you be more comprehensible?

                  • Vivek Kankhara

                    online means i connect to a wireless GSM service provider…offline refers to No coverage or the so-called flight mode…forget TCP/IP …forget EDGE..forget a Data connection..

                  • Vivek Kankhara

                    i love the plain old telephone service :)

            • -7-

              Ok smart guy.. U should shut up now.. If u don’t have 2G,3G connectivity why do u care if it has a data toggle.. I know u love androids.. We r ok with it.

    • http://plus.google.com/113236044929384964461/ Aatif Sumar

      The question should be, should you buy *any* smartphone then? Or just stick to a Wifi tablet.

    • aatifsumar

      You should ask yourself whether to buy *any* smartphone then. Rather get a WiFi tablet.

      • Vivek Kankhara

        Tab too big to fit in pocket..!

    • Vivek Kankhara

      I use a Symbian E5-00 and Micromax A89 droid4.0 off now…still these two can be used to make calls, texts, listening to songs from and capturing few clicks..I wonder whether WPlumia can be used for that offline??

      • Rohan Surve

        Yes, and it can do all that and more. Let me tell you of an app called Here Maps, and a feature it has called “Offline Navigation” I bet that will get you thinking. Oh, and also, MS Office.

        • Vivek Kankhara

          I am familiar to it..i use currently Nokia E5-00, it has offline maps ( regionally) and office too !

          • Rohan Surve

            That answers your question.

        • Vivek Kankhara

          does the lumia have a good mp3 player? does also support custome EQ and sound effects? also handles media library well?

          • Rohan Surve

            You get Nokia Music as well as other downloadable music players which provide you with EQs. What do you mean by ‘handle media library well?’ Your replies are extremely vague and seems like you trying to make a nonexistant point

            • Vivek Kankhara

              handling media library well refers that whether device has plenty of auto-playlist, has good UI for creation of playlist and is fast enough to handle 100s of songs here and there in a SD card.

    • shreyas s

      you live in Narnia?

      • Vivek Kankhara

        No girl not in Narnia…a better place called “Hell”..

        • Rohan Surve

          If you live in an area so remote you should not buy any smartphone.

          • Vivek Kankhara

            i dont think that “smart” is the only reason to buy a phone..means you cant find a good 8MP camera and HD rec and good music playback in any so called “dumb” phone..also inconvenient to carry many devices around !

            • Rohan Surve

              I don’t understand what you’re trying to say. Are you look for a feature phone with a camera and HD recording? What exactly do you want?

              • Vivek Kankhara

                yes absolutely…I want a phone that captures 8 MP images, shoots 720p at 30fps and plays great music but it should be running on that plain old Nokia S40 or a JAVA !!

  • Narendra Yadav

    android is stupid and work like advertising agency

  • Sagar Sadbhaiya

    Great!!!

  • Fahad Aslam

    Under the Mobile Service Provider App is also InstaCare from Reliance Communications, which is excellent :)

  • Arun Lobo

    Great article, keep it up!

  • Mohammed Shebin Cuc

    Add tradus app to the list.