Windows Phone Store gets a big update and web expansion

Windows Phone Store gets a big update and web expansion
Microsoft announced a pretty big update to the Windows Phone Store as well as an expansion of the web portal for the store. The web portal for the Windows Phone store has been expanded to 37 new regions (mostly in Africa, with a couple in the Caribbean,) and the update brings some great features that have been missing from the platform. The expansion of the Windows Phone Store means that the web portal is now available in a total of 112 markets aournd the world, and the phone store is available in 191 markets. 

There are two big new features in the Windows Phone Store with the update. First is universal search which combines the search results for apps and how-to articles. Given the pseudo universal search feature on Windows Phone, it's surprising that this didn't exist before. The other big new feature is the option to install apps from an SD card. With this option, you can download the XAP file for an app from the web portal, copy it to an SD card, and then install it on your device. One catch is that it has to be the newest version of the app or else it will come up as incompatible. 

There is one last update to the Windows Phone Store, but it's not quite as nice as the rest. There is now a new option which will allow you to choose apps from the My Phone link on the website and reinstall them to your device. This is nice if you switch phones, but having to manually reinstall all of your apps just seems like a chore, even if it is easier this way. We'd prefer to see the auto-restore that you'd find on Android. 

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26 Comments

1. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

They still need a lot of works to do.

7. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Exactly, which they really are doing fast.

2. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Now if they would just allow us to install a dual boot is running jellybean so we could have android on Nokia Lumia!!!

8. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Nokia, if starts making Android devices then all the other companies will go downhill fast. Balance is good, Android is already too crowded. Nokia still has some aces up their sleeves. 920 has proven itself already. They haven't even launched it in some of their faithful markets (India, China). 620 is going to be a huge hit in the entry level segment. Let alone next-gen Lumias!

12. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol nokia is ahead of every one in matter when you try putting custom roms or dual booting back in lumia800 early versions had direct accesss to flash so custom roms were simple to install but latter hardware versions had Nokia Dload bootloader which dont give acces to flash directly means hardware is secured unless u open up the moblie to do it on JTAG. so dual boot nah they dont let u do jack with it

3. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 2012

Just to know, why every Microsoft news have android fans telling that Microsoft have a lot of work to do? It's look like my phone lag and crash every day, that's not happen in my phone dude, that's happen in your phone :)

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

None of my phones from feature phone to symbian to iOS to android have lag and crash, only my windows PCs. That's a good reason for me to stay away from m$ phone. Anyway time for to put my timely contribution at windowsrage tweet.

6. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

No lag to feature phone and symbian? lol then I'd guess you haven't used windows phone yet. Symbian can be really laggy sometimes, everyone knows. I've used Symbian for years. No OS beats WP when it comes to smooth transitions and no apparent lag.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I respectfully disagree. My 5800 and C7 are lag free. WP8 interface suck and i can see their fans are quite sore. My apology. LOL!

11. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

I respectfully can state that you don't know the meaning of LAG... LOL!

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If i don't know lag then my world is lag free. How nice. Windows 8 is a eye sore. Ugly like fxxk!

14. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

your the only hurt fanboy here, the comments were all reasonable till you appeared first to correct you, symbian (pre belle) lagged, hell even belle can lag fp2 i havent had any but doesnt mean it isnt possible. heavy users can get lag off any phone. android is no exception. second windows 8 is an eye sore...........coming from all those tacky 3rd party widgets you can get and icon packed screens..........seriously get off your high horse. windows 8 and wp8 is minimal, and compare it to android and ios it looks much fresher and cleaner. i think this is what you android fanboys dont like : 1. nokia arent making an android phone and your butthurt 2. wp8 has gone a different way and looks different and more modern then other os's (preference has influence here)

16. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Exactly what I think.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I change phone very often have even considered WP till i play with it. I just can't overcome the fact that the interface is butt ugly. Did Steven Ballmer's child design the interface or what??? Any way i will check it out again in 2 years time when M$ decided to move on with another design.

20. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

i have a question what phone do you currently use right now? you talk about ugly yet the fact is it isnt, simplicity isn't ugly. minimal isnt ugly. the live tiles are squares ( of course they can be resized) but basically there basic shapes..........never until wp8 came out has anyone said a square is just too ugly. again your stuck in your single minded way and cant begin to consider others have different preferences and likes also why if wp8 is so 'ugly'' why is there apps for android imitating it?

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I respect you as you seem reasonable. I don't like design that use fighting color. It makes the screen look unpleasant. Yes, simple is good but Windows Metro is not pleasant to me. I prefer Windows 7 as i am use to it but Mac OS X is better for their usablility and gesture. Android phones i have many, their design are not perfect but i don't find it offensive. M$ metro interface has a you either you like it or hate it element to it. I know most of my friend hates it with very few find that its ok.

24. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

OSX is junk. 8 is "just ok" without a you screen, but excellent with one, and Microsoft has the "frequent updates" concept down, as evidenced by the WP series. Symbian does lag. Sometimes less so than others, but it does. I have a 5230 Nuron, C7 Astound, and 701, and while Belle FP2 helped a lot (especially the notification area), it still was/is somewhat clunky, though the hardware may be to blame there (though, as evidenced by the 808 PureView, Nokia is tops when eking out every bit of performance they can from what is available). I started using WP7.5 in April when I got my Lumia 900, and while I was using both the 701 and 900 at the same time, I gravitated to the 900 for its considerably better user-friendliness, better and newer games, larger screen, and modern-ness. I miss the 701's physical call/disconnect buttons (which there is room for on WP handsets, as large as their bezels are), and the raw capability it has (USB OTG, pocket-computer OS, etc), but WP is better for the masses. I hope that someday we'll see more shared features between both systems, but for now I am satisfied with the 900, and it has been the most satisfying phone I have yet owned. I'm looking forward to a 920 or its successor as my next phone, but as long as Nokia/Microsoft keep updating the system, this will be just fine.

25. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Touch screen, not you screen ^

15. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 2012

Lol at least they resolve the issue in one month, android have 5 years and didn't resolve that issue LOL

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't have to wait for M$ to resolve anything that why i use a Mac. Virus free and a beautiful user interface.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

M$ has 20 years to fix windows but its getting from bad to worse. Windows 8 is a mess.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Last but not least if WP8 is great why is the market share remaining at 2-3%??? Why is android market share 78% and raising? I couldn't give a flying fxxk to android but facts are facts. I will even put my money on iPhone 5 because even at the high price apple is demanding i still get better value than i would ever get from WP8. WP8 should die a quick and painless death to make way for WP9.

26. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 2012

Android it's free that's why, all the Korean oems prefer the free os And stop dreaming w8 it's better than all your crappy macs Btw I have an iPad, what a useless os, I understand that kits and people that don't know nothing about computer buy macs and iPads, but A guy who want to really get the best of the hardware never gona enjoy this crap.

10. jtech

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

hThe eyesore os, android on a beautiful phone? Why?

17. Shubham412302

Posts: 545; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

symbian was laggy till belle only my sisters nokia 700 is too much smooth

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