Apps are dropping fast and furious today in Windows 8 Store, I mentioned earlier today about the first two Samsung OEM Apps debuting in the Store, now Samsung has released two extra apps bringing their OEM apps to 4 in total. Shown above is the Third app: Samsung Music Hub. This is something like the Nokia music hub that we saw in Windows Phone, in which an OEM go their own way to provide a total different Music experience to their users apart from the built-in Music app. Sammy is boasting access to at least 17 million tracks of Songs with this hub. My only question is will only the users of Samsung’s devices have access to these tracks or is this open to everyone that download this App? If you download it, please give a comment below to let us know your experience.
Fourth in Samsung’s arsenal is the Photo App: Family Story. This is again Samsung going its own way to provide a complementary experience to the existing Photo App from Microsoft. The app is a graphic representation of your Family Photo Memories as Albums, or Stories so as Samsung will like to call them. The app attempts to show your picture timeline and all the emotions that goes with it. I am sure a lot of you are going to enjoy using the app. Again, if you choose to use these OEM apps, please comment to let us know if it only works with the OEM device or with any device running Windows 8. Thanks already.
You can download the apps by clicking on the pictures.
[Sorry, links are fixed now.]
Some users are reporting that they are having issues accessing these apps. I just did a check in the Store, indeed, I can confirm all Samsung apps have been removed from the Store. I guess I broke the news too early for both Samsung and MS. Letup, if you click on the picture, you’ll still see the Apps via Web, but when you click on “View in Store”, you’ll get the message that the apps are no more available in the Store. I will keep monitoring and inform when this apps are back. Keep checking these threads.
[Update 2012-10-28: For those of you coming here for information about this App. ASUS has released an update to the App in the Store, at least I have received the update. I saw it in my "Your Apps" list in the store and I installed it successfully. Strange is that if you search for the App in the Store you wont find it, but I could installed it from my App history.
So I am assuming I could receive this update only because I am running on an ASUS tablet albeit an old one (ASUS EP121) made for Windows 7, but installed Win8 on it. So if you have an ASUS device, I think this will be pushed to you one way or the other, and if you buy any modern ASUS device with Windows 8, you will definitely get this. Let me know if you noticed this too or any other anomalies regarding this app. So many people are looking for it I can see.
What do we have here?! The very first App from an OEM to hit the Store. Well done ASUS, hopefully you’ll continue to lead the trend this way.
World Clock is an app whose title says it all. If you travel a lot, you’ll appreciate this app that shows you the clock in each timezone defined. Give the app a try and lets hear how you like it. The app works both on ARM and Intel platforms, and can be found in the Tools Category, or just click this link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/25620db8-58fd-408e-93ad-965b193fe2f5
Just found out that the App has been pulled from the Store. This could be as a result of a bug being that the app was recently updated. But I will like to believe the app was pulled by ASUS and Microsoft in preparation for the RTM of Windows 8. I mentioned somewhere on this blog that Samsung’s OEM apps were all recently pulled too. I don’t think this is a coincidence. Stay tuned for more news on this as it becomes available.
It is almost two months further and post-RTM and ASUS refuses to release this app for the General Public. If you’ve downloaded the before RTM, you should be able to re-download the app post-rtm via your “MyApps” section. For those of you missing this App, there is a similar app in the Store: World Clock Wave. So go get it if you really can’t wait for ASUS.