Windows Phone Apps of the Week
By on September 30th, 2011

Every week I’ll pick three of my favorite Windows Phone apps. I’ll include both paid and free apps as well as games. If you are an app developer and want me to feature your app here, drop me a line.

Pulse

Pulse is one of the latest arrivals on Windows Phone Marketplace after being a successful app for iOS and Android platforms. Pulse is a newsreader app that takes your favorite websites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic.

pulse

Pulse intends to make reading news fun and engaging. It incorporates colorful panning story bars and fills them with content from your favorite sources. From the mosaic of stories, you can tap on an article to see a clean view of the news story. The app also allows you to share a story via Facebook, Twitter, and email. You can choose from a variety of sources from browsing the directory without bothering about remembering or copy-pasting RSS feeds.

Developed by Alphonso Labs, Pulse is available for free for Windows Phone 7.5 or higher.

News + Weather | Free | <1MB | Download

Implode!

Implode is Angry Birds for those who want to have a blast’. Implode is a physics-based game that requires you to plant dynamite bundles to demolish obsolete structures.

Implode

Although the target of the game is similar to Angry Birds demolishing structures the gameplay and the styling is different, and appealing. It is easy to learn, but as the levels go up, it’s hard to master. The game already has 100+ dynamite levels and three types of bombs: traditional, blast, and directional. More levels and bomb types will be made available with upcoming updates. The chalkboard-themed UI is distinct and the touch and drag control options seamless. You can play with a casual, veteran, or expert difficulty mode and add achievements points to your Xbox LIVE account. Since the high scores for each level are graded, you always have the motivation to replay an already cleared level.

Published by Microsoft Game Studios, Implode is available for $2.99. A limited trial version is also available.

Puzzle + Trivia | $2.99 | 14MB | Download

Little Thumb GPS

Little Thumb GPS is a useful navigation app to archive all your favorite places, generic addresses, restaurants, hotels, car parks, tourist attractions, and outdoor venues.

Little Thumb GPS

I use the app very frequently these days to mark stores while I’m shopping and hiring services across the city to plan my wedding in a few months. This is why I also put it on my list of best navigation apps for Windows Phone. Using this app you can find your way by foot or car back to a previously stored favorite place. Saving a location doesn’t need address details when you are physically on the site, and hence is useful for adventure travellers to mark spots for fishing, bird-watching, mountain peaks et al. The saved location can include information like altitude and coordinates. Available in English and Italian, the app provides an option to select between Google and Bing maps.

Little Thumb GPS is developed by an Italian development studio, etinet. The $1.49 app allows 10 fully functional uses in the trial period.

Travel + Navigation | $1.49 | <1MB | Download

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Author: Abhishek Baxi
Abhishek Baxi is an independent technology columnist for several international publications and a digital consultant. He speaks incessantly on Twitter (@baxiabhishek) and dons the role of Editor-in-Chief here at Techie Buzz.

Abhishek Baxi has written and can be contacted at abhishek@techie-buzz.com.

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