Two of the world’s most popular mobile apps have been missing from Windows Phone from Microsoft, but on Wednesday, they finally arrived for Windows Phone users. Both Waze and Instagram became available for general download and the public reaction has been grand on it so far.
The release of these two mammoth apps for Windows Phone is huge for the platform. Instagram with hundreds of millions of users, and Waze with its pinpoint and social mapping integration will make Windows Phone even more popular. Both apps are available now.
If you haven’t heard of Waze, where have you been? Waze is the Google acquired social and traffic mapping app, and mixes together the traffic and navigation worlds into one very popular and useful app. The social interaction with the app gives users real-time traffic updates, alerts them of road conditions ahead, and helps users on their commute.
The app, which has been available to select Windows Phone users since October, is available on the Windows Phone store, and has over 50 million users around the world. Knowing where your next accident is, how the traffic is ahead, and knowing the fastest route has made it popular. Now it can be used on Windows Phones of all devices for free.
But, by far the biggest app to arrive for Windows Phone users is Instagram. As announced last month at the Nokia Abu Dhabi event, the app with its hundreds of millions of photograph taking lovers is available. While only available for Windows Phone 8 users, it has fast-resume, and can definitely take advantage of the high quality sensors on Windows Phones, like the Lumia 1020.
The Windows Phone version of Instagram had some problems initially at launch since it confused many about how to take pictures. Clarification came out from Instagram, and Windows Phone users can find included with the app the camera button that takes users into the camera roll. Users can choose the camera icon and take their picture, add the filters, and share it with the community of Instagram fans.
These two apps are HUGE for Windows Phone and Microsoft. It adds hundreds of millions of users to the Windows Phone app system, and shows Windows Phone is advancing fast.