598a9b9c-f6ac-4b17-baf2-2225aec011dfOneStart is a Windows Phone app that does what it promises! It customizes your Windows Phone 8.1 Home screen with some beautiful themes (modes).

You can actually decide your own color combinations under various modes and it saves them as HD background pictures. You can select and set those to make your home screen look classy.


OneStart has an elegant design, simple and fluent.
OneStart focuses on making your Start screen more classy. It can generate various beautiful background picture that has high-resolution (HD) and can perfectly fit your Start screen with no need to crop.
OneStart also has some features related to tiles, which can help you designing a better Start screen.

Both OneStart and many of its features are free of charge. Only a few features are PRO-only, you can upgrade to PRO using in-app purchase.

– PLAIN mode:
Need more accent colors? Here are thousands of pretty colors and a well-designed color picker, enjoy yourself.

– DUAL mode:
Smooth gradient between any two colors. Millions of combinations, without exaggeration.

– MIST mode (PRO-only):
Ethereal, hazy and refreshing, just like the mist.

– FANTASIA mode (PRO-only):
Bright colors, dreamlike blending.

– PICTURE adjustment:
Choose your favorite picture, optimizes it, make it no longer disrupt tile content, make it a better fit for Start screen.

– BRILLIANCE pattern (PRO-only) & CRYSTAL pattern (PRO-only):
Generating colorful Low Poly picture with fast speed. Distinctive, unique and like a diamond shining bright.

– BLANK tile:
Transparent tile without any blockings, exposing your beautiful background.

– GROUP LABEL tile: Orgnize your tiles.

OneStart link

Now time for some India specific apps, which were released recently!

Amazon India has releases its Windows Phone app and though Amazon doesn’t enjoy that clout in India that its has in other markets, you can find some good deals on Amazon too.


Search & buy millions of products right from your Windows Phone device.

The Amazon App allows Windows Phone users to quickly search, compare prices, read reviews, share products with friends, access Today’s Deals, and make purchases on Amazon using a simple, yet elegant, interface. To make on-the-go shopping and price comparison even easier, the Amazon App includes helpful shopping features that allow users to scan a barcode or type a search to quickly compare prices and check availability. Users may also save time by pinning the Amazon barcode scan tile to their Start screen, enabling them to simply tap the tile to take them straight to the barcode scanner.

Shoppers are able to access any Amazon store around the world from a single app by simply selecting their desired Amazon country store. Amazon customers have full access to their existing shopping cart, wish lists, payment and Amazon Prime member shipping options, order history, and 1-Click settings. All purchases made on the Amazon App are routed through Amazon’s secure servers just as they are on the web.

Important note regarding permissions. The Amazon App requires access to the following services to operate properly:

Phone: Within the app you are able to place a call to Amazon Customer Service. From the home screen, tap More -> Contact Us -> Call Customer Service, and we will place the proper number in the phone app and dial it.

Camera: Bar code scanning requires access to the camera function.

App functional support varies by country.
*Now available for Amazon.in. Customers in India can shop Amazon.in in addition to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other Amazon international stores from a single app.

Amazon app link

Kotak Mahindra bank has also released its official app for Windows Phone and if you bank with them you can go and grab the app.


“Manage your Kotak Accounts and Credit Cards with ease using Kotak Mahindra Bank’s official mobile banking application for Windows phones.

Kotak Mobile Banking features:
• Transact over a completely secure medium
• Personalise your Home Page to get the information of your choice
• Locate the nearest Kotak Bank branch or ATM
• Easy fund transfer on the go, without having to register a beneficiary
• Recharge your mobile & DTH subscription with ease.
• Make 24X7 Instant Payment through IMPS using IFSC & A/c No.
• Track your Credit Card A/c, make payment and convert transactions to EMI
• Use Market Data widget to keep a watch on the share market movement
• Keep a track of your total net worth with Kotak through the One View widget
• No need to remember IFSC for making a IMPS / NEFT fund transfer, directly select from a list of banks
• Login with Multiple CRNs in a single device
• Pay your bills, open a Term Deposit and much more

Get started:
You just need your Customer Relationship Number (CRN), your Debit / Credit Card PIN or your Net Banking password to get started. The app will take you through a one-time activation process when you login for the first time.”

Kotak link

Thanks Satya21 for the tip. Cheers!!