Windows Phone Next App Star voting down to the final two apps

In January, Microsoft announced a new Windows Phone app contest called the Next App Star, which was designed to encourage more app developers to submit their creations for Windows Phone devices. Microsoft picked 64 apps that it considered to be the best and then let the public vote for which apps are the best in early March.

This weekend, the Next App Star voting bracket on Facebook is down to the final two Windows Phone apps. The public can now vote for which of the two apps they think is the best by 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, April 8. The winning app will receive the grand prize from Microsoft – a spotlight in an upcoming Windows Phone TV commercial in the U.S.

The two apps that are now in competition for the public votes are:

ProShot: Developed by Eddie Kezeli of Roseville, California, this $1.99 offers up some extra features for Windows Phone 8-based smartphone camera, including "adjustable shutter speeds, ISO, white balance, aspect ratio, and more."

Wikipedia: This free third-party Wikipedia app was made by Rudy Huyn of Rennes, France, and has several unique features, such as finding Wikipedia articles related to where a person holding the phone is located at the time. It also has voice recognition, the ability to search articles in over 100 languages and more.

In addition to helping decide the winner of the contest, individuals who vote in Microsoft's Next App Star competition are also entered for a chance to win a new Nokia Lumia 920.

Source: Windows Phone on Facebook | Images via Microsoft

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If Microsoft wanted to highlight a unique app in a commercial then there are better options available. Even better would be to show multiple apps in one commercial. This would demonstrate how one UI is used for all apps providing users with a smooth and easy experience.

I hate to say it but out of these two apps the ProShot app would make the best commercial. But IMO the wiki app is much better and they're asking what app is the best and out of those two its Wikipedia for me!

I'd say the camera thing should win. The Wiki thing is much less original, it's just a fancy wrapper around other people's content. Nice, perhaps, but not MS ad worthy.

primexx said,
I'd say the camera thing should win. The Wiki thing is much less original, it's just a fancy wrapper around other people's content. Nice, perhaps, but not MS ad worthy.

You hadn't tried the previous Wikipedia apps then, saying those were horrible is saying too little. The camera app isn't that original as well, there are a lot on the market and a lot on other phones as well that offer somewhat similar functions. A problem with the Wikipedia app is that it's mostly useless since you can search on the web and get better results. It does have an unique function though, you can search for articles by proximity so it works a bit like wiki talking tours and another plus is that it works on all phones (WP7/WP8 al brands) while ProShot is WP8 Nokia/HTC/Ascend only (no WP7 and Samsung).

francescob said,

Wikipedia has better reviews and it's also free.
Don't a lot of those features for the camera app come standard anyway?
And just because something has better reviews doesn't mean it's better. You should judge for yourself!

Mulsivaas said,
Don't a lot of those features for the camera app come standard anyway?
And just because something has better reviews doesn't mean it's better. You should judge for yourself!

The camera app is exceptionally well done but the Wikipedia app was so good I thought it was some sort of official one: it was light years better than the others and the UI was unbelievably good yet extremely easy to use. It's arguably the best wikipedia apps even among those present on other platforms and it was made available for free and (let's hope it stays this way) without ads.