Windows Phone Gets New Mainstream Apps…
This time the public transport, commuter app Moovit. Until now Windows Phone users have had to make do with searching for the best public transport routes using Moovit’s web app via IE mobile.
For those of you not in the know, Moovit is a location based app that allows the user to find the best public transport solution to get from point A to point B.
Moovit combines existing schedules, real time updates for the route and method you choose to travel and also feeds off the power of crowdsourcing to allow you to factor in traffic jams amongst other features.
The Windows Phone App
After my morning espresso I saw the announcement on Facebook that the Moovit Windows Phone App was available and I downloaded it on the spot.
The app asks the user to approve location services (this can be revoked from the settings at any time should the user desire) and away you go… the app displays your location and from there you can input your destination to receive the best route.
Moovit on Windows Phone is available for a slew of countries and in as many languages and well played Moovit for adding the World Cup Zone to the App in addition to an assortment of cute World Cup oriented avatars.
(Screencaps courtesy of the Windows Phone store)
The app maintains the Metro New Windows UI look and feel readily associated with Windows Phone / Windows 8.1 Apps and is implemented elegantly making for a user-friendly App.
The Warptest POV
Moovit is a mainstream app which was overdue to join Windows Phone. We continually see great apps being added to the Windows Store. Moovit works well other than the occasional issue detecting location or minor false positives in route planning (rare and no doubt due to the data sources being used).
Right now the Moovit website hasn’t updated to display a download link for Windows Phone alongside iPhone and Google (Android) Store but I’m sure this will happen over the next few days.
Last week Windows Phone also got the official Pinterest (beta) App. These are great steps to app parity between platforms but the lag time until Windows Phone users get these apps is still too long. Obviously this is an issue for each Startup and their roadmap / budget. There are Apps like the incredible Alphega that launched on Windows Phone first then Android and hopefully this is an indication of the shape of things to come. In a nutshell everybody benefits when these Apps move it to Windows Phone.
The increasing variety of Windows Phone handsets (Nokia Lumia and OEM) and the availability of all the popular apps found on other platforms make Windows Phone a serious choice for your next Smartphone. So what are you waiting for?