Windows Phone Web Store Gains New Features
Microsoft today announced some updates to the web-based version of the Windows Phone Store. One feature added to the Store is universal search, which ties together search results from all categories of the store in one results page. The web store can now also be used to download applications and store them on microSD cards for installation at a later time. The Windows Phone Store on the web can be used to reinstall apps when setting up new devices with an existing Microsoft account. Last, the web store is available in 37 new markets, pushing the total number of markets to 112.
Skype Gains More Bots to Help with Travel and Purchases
Microsoft has updated Skype for Android, iOS, Mac, the web, and Windows devices and given the communications tool access to more chat bots. Microsoft says it worked with select partners this time around to bring dedicated services to Skype.
Google Optimizes Play Store Web Site for Mobile Devices
Google recently published a mobile-friendly version of the Play Store web site. Now that it is optimized for devices with small screens, Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone users alike can surf the Play Store.
Google Speeds Up Android App Installs By Allowing Them from Search Results
Google has made it possible to install apps onto Android phones directly from Google Search results. The new tool bypasses the Play Store entirely, though a link to the Play Store is still available for those seeking more details about the app.
Opera Ad Blocker Now Available to Android, iOS, Windows
Opera updated several of its mobile browsers today, bringing its ad blocking tool to Android, iOS, and Windows handsets. First, Opera refreshed its main Opera browser for Android.
Microsoft Adds Carrier Billing to Windows Store
Microsoft has expanded an existing agreement with Boku to bring carrier billing to the Windows Store. Sprint is the first carrier too support the service, which means Sprint customers will be able to charge Microsoft Store purchases to their monthly bill.