Hi everyone, I am Sohit. Let me tell you a little bit about myself before we get started. I study computer science at college currently and have a couple of applications published on the Windows Phone store. You might know me as SPKB24 if you also play Modern Combat 4 on your phone. For everyday use, I have an LG G3 and a LG G Watch. For development purposes and as my old phone, I have my HTC 8X. I am also a writer and developer here at WMPU, so here I go – this years’ best in my opinion.
Best Mobile Device
As an HTC user, I was more than excited to welcome the HTC One M8 for Windows to the Windows Phone family earlier this year. The gorgeous 5 inch screen with 441 ppi makes for a viewing pleasure, especially when bundled with the Boom Sound front facing speakers. While the camera isn’t on par with its’ Nokia cousins, it takes decent pictures and will do if you are not hugely into photography. The best ‘feature’ for me that the HTC One brings is support for expandable storage through Micro-SD card. I love downloading games and movies to my phone so space tends to be a problem (especially with the 16GB on my HTC 8X) so this certainly relieves some stress. For all of those reasons and more, I think that the HTC One M8 for Windows is the best mobile device that we have seen in 2014.
Best Developer (Individual)
I was planning on telling you about my favorite app but that was nearly impossible with all the apps we have gotten in 2014, including VLC player, Minecraft, and Candy Crush. I think many of you will agree with me when I say that Rudy Huyn is the “developer of the year”. He brought his Secret client, 6cret, to the Windows Phone store earlier this year, but it was banned due to copyright complaints, yet he continued developing regardless. Recently Snapchat has been banning accounts that have been registered to third party applications (6snap). This started a few months ago but he has constantly updated the app to let users continue “Snapchatting” on Windows Phone. I think he has been a huge factor in keeping Windows Phone users with Windows Phone, in terms of apps.
Best Developer (Group)
Gameloft has been making high quality games for years now and bringing them to Windows Phone faster than ever. Gameloft has over 30 games on the Windows Phone store and well more than half were released or updated this year. Many of the others didn’t need updates because Gameloft released better games such as with Asphalt 7 and Asphalt 8 (although Modern Combat 4 could use an update). The point is, Gameloft continues to bring top notch games to Windows Phone and therefore takes the award for best developer (group) for 2014.
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