Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Find Alternatives To Android & iOS Apps On Windows Store With AppSwitch

It has been a while now back the barrage of Windows 8 and as expected, a lot of beginning apps Modern UI apps accept started to accomplish their way to the Windows 8 ecosystem. Although the all-embracing library does not yet action as abounding options as Google Play Store and Apple App Store, it's bright that the ecosystem is growing at an absorbing speed. With such a advanced ambit of choices though, award the absolute replacements for your iOS or Android accessories on Windows Store ability not be too easy. Worry not admitting - AppSwitch for Windows 8 aims to appear to the rescue. The app suggests you absolute or actual abutting matches on Windows Store for accepted Android and iOS apps, such as eBay, Facebook or Flipboard, to accomplish it simple for you to acquisition the appropriate apps on the platform. Even when it doesn’t find a decent match, it suggests a similar application relating to the same category as the next best alternative.

When you aboriginal barrage the app, its automatic interface instantly presents you with some accepted Windows Store apps beneath featured, latest, popular, top rated and favorites sections. While it seems adequately impressive, the after-effects apparent on the capital awning can be absolutely random; an app that you begin beneath featured or addition app accumulation may not be there the next time you barrage AppSwitcher. However, you can click or tap ‘see more’ below any section to check out all the apps available under it.

The ‘latest’ section constantly updates itself with new apps. The apps list itself appears in a tiled manner to present you with a significant number of matched app pairs. In certain cases, a single app can match multiple apps on other platform. For instance, Flux can be taken as alternative to Flipboard as well as Google Reader; thus, AppSwitch pairs it with both of them as a match.
Clicking or tapping an app takes you to its page that contains screenshots, reviews and a mini description. Here, you may choose to like or dislike the app, add it to your wish list by clicking ‘save for later’, view other matches for the app, or hit ‘download’ to jump over to its Windows Store page for installation.
AppSwitch_App Page
By default, AppSwitch shows you matches for both iOS and Android apps but if you are coming from one of these platforms only, you can always toggle the other platform off from the Settings bar. To access this menu, click Settings, followed by Settings again in the Charms Bar.
The app’s UI as well as its own suggestions of matched app pairs is great, but one major shortcoming that shouldn’t have been overlooked is the lack of support for doing a manual search for your desired app. While the interface to search is there via the Search Charm, you always get the “No search results found” message each time you try to search for an app. We hope the developer addresses this issue in the next update, it is severely limiting the app’s utility as a quick way to find suitable alternatives for apps we already know about.

Regardless of this shortcoming, AppSwitch can still be handy if you don’t mind going through its own suggested matched app pairs for your app discovery on the platform. AppSwitch works on both Windows 8 and Windows RT.

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