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  1. Detect whether user has rated the app or not

    As a developer, the only way to increase app ratings and review is to prompt user.

    At present there are no APIs to detect whether a user has rated the app or not. Some users get annoyed and down rate the app due to this very reason.

    This is a very basic piece of functionality that has been missing for long.

    Please provide us a simple API that gives us this information.

    Alternative for us to continue work towards this http://invokeit.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/detect-whether-user-has-reviewed-your-app-or-not-wpdev/ however I am not keen on this purely because I can see this being abused very easily.

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      9 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Per the wonderful Mr. Torr: This should be supported now — if you use StoreRequestHelper.SendRequestAsync and pass 6 and an empty string as the parameters, you should get back a response. (Not documented yet…):

      https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/uwp/api/Windows.Services.Store.StoreRequestHelper#Windows_Services_Store_StoreRequestHelper_SendRequestAsync_Windows_Services_Store_StoreContext_System_UInt32_System_String_

      Will close this out once docs are out

    • API for manipulating the Search key inside apps to search for content (app content, settings etc)

      Right now, if you single press the Search button inside an app (or anywhere else in the phone), Cortana is launched muted while with a double tap Cortana is launched waiting to here the user speaking. I think that a wise addition would be to create a "Universal" search platform that when enabled, a single tap on the Search button will bring up only a search bar and with that, the user would search for content inside the app (and by "content" I'm talking specifically for app content).

      91 votes
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        5 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • FM Radio RDS support if FM Radio APIs are brought in

        If FM radio APIs are brought in, it would be amazing if we could get RDS support as well. This would allow apps to say they were listening to KEXP instead only 93.1 and the station information as well.

        For FM radio APIs, please vote here: https://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-universal-windows-platform/suggestions/17399074

        63 votes
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          7 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • provide quiet hours API

          Dear Dev Team!

          Please provide an API for quiet hours in Windows 10 (mobile) where developers can set the quiet hours parameters from foreground and background.

          Thank you

          63 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Ability to force speaker on Phone (or other devices) when headphones are plugged in

            When using FM radio, i have my headphones plugged in. If i have access to the FM radio APIs, i need the ability in my app to force audio to go through the speakers, not the headphones.

            I believe this should be a user based permission API in case the user doesn't want me to have this ability.

            41 votes
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              6 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Ability to control FM radio via APIs like we did in Silverlight for Windows Phone

              With Silverlight in Windows Phone, i had the ability to use FM radio APIs. In UWP, I cannot use these APIs as they weren't brought over. I would greatly apperciate if these APIs could be added to UWP.

              https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/ff769541(v=vs.105).aspx#BKMK_FMRadioAPI

              36 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • unpaired Bluetooth guest for crowd tracking

                On iOS, Android, BLE trackers like Trackr can anonymously make an encrypted connection via other users' devices running the tracking app; ideal for crowd tracking your lost device. this may be a blocking issue for getting good tracking devices into the platform

                28 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Accurate Timer API tuned for precision

                  Windows Phone has for some time some unfortunate issues with any timer based apps, where the background events do not fire in an accurate and precise point in time.

                  It would be helpful if APIs could be provided for both background and foreground apps. Including a possible ContentDialog which could be displayed even outside the app for custom actions when an alarm is completed. And a possible "Time Remaining" label which could be displayed in the Action Centre.

                  27 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • "TextTransform" property in Xaml, like with CSS

                    As with CSS, it would be very useful if we could set text based framework elements to be UPPERCASE, lowercase, Title Case, etc with a TextTransform property in Xaml.

                    This would eliminate the need to create a string converter, and allow the transformation of text which is not added through data binding.

                    An example of it in use would be:
                    <TextBlock Foreground="White" Text="My Application" TextTransform="Upper" />

                    <Button Content="cancel" TextTransform="Sentence" />

                    <TextBox TextTransform="Lower" Text="{TemplateBinding Text}" />

                    21 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • API to access Bing Vision

                      An API to access the Bing Vision feature of the phone would be great. I work on an app that needs to scan objects like Barcodes and QR Codes and using 3rd party libraries is really slow, specially when there is an excellent scanner built in the phone.

                      Any way to leverage the built in Bing Vision (as a Task or maybe a Control for instance) would be great and reduce the complexity for building apps that need object scanning.

                      17 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • LayoutTransform for

                        A beloved feature from WPF that is nowhere to be found in WinRT, I would like this feature to be added to the WinRT platform for XAML apps. LayoutTransform is a property of the UIElement class in WPF, but is absent in the WinRT UIElement class. What it does is it applies the transform before the layout run is done, unlike RenderTransform which applies the transform after the layout is done.

                        15 votes
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                        • Tiled backgrounds API

                          In WPF you can use textures and patterns for your app background with the TileBrush class. Since ImageBrush inherits from TileBrush, there is a missed property: Tile. The official documentation doesn't provide more information about that, you can't tile a ImageBrush in WinRT right now. And this lack-of-design is almost 4 years old: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11235813/how-to-tile-a-background-image-in-winrt

                          14 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Missing APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Access to the SIP container for custom UI

                            The system Keyboard (SIP) has some interesting capabilities in how it displays and can interact with the Application Bar. It would be interesting to see what developers could do if they could display that SIP panel, but displaying custom XAML content.

                            IM apps could have custom keyboards, or more fun ways of inputting data could be used. I can't think of a specific use case that could persuade you, but it is an interesting idea.

                            12 votes
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                            • missing the accent color changed event

                              I need it to keep the app title bar background is the same with accent color.

                              12 votes
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                              • PivotViewer

                                We need the PivotViewer control for WPF and WinRT please.

                                11 votes
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                                • Hardware volume API

                                  For music apps it may be useful to be able to reflect hardware volume changes in its UI and change hardware volume from its UI.

                                  Such functionality is provided on all known mobile platforms.

                                  8 votes
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                                  • API for list transitions/animations

                                    Windows Phone 8.1 SDK brought a lot of built in transitions, making easier to develop a native-like app. But I'm missing that list animations seen on Settings or Messaging apps when opening or closing them. There are properties like IsStaggeringEnabled and IsStaggerElement in the CommonNavigationInfo class, but the animations doesn't feel like the native one.
                                    Thanks and keep up the good work with Windows Phone!

                                    6 votes
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                                    • Computer Vision APIs

                                      Provide computer vision APIs that would allow developers to get access to functions such as motion tracking, facial/gesture/voice recognition, egomotion, structures from motion and object identification etc.

                                      6 votes
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                                      • Does a file exist?

                                        I want this for Windows Phone:

                                        var item = await ApplicationData.Current.LocalFolder.TryGetItemAsync(fileName)

                                        I would also accept StorageFile.IsAvailable for WP, too.

                                        6 votes
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                                        • Give Modern apps access to Windows RSS platform

                                          There is some dangerous tendency in the industry to phase out RSS support in favor of proprietary REST or similar APIs. That's simply wrong because RSS is a well-known and established open standard, that successfully accomplishes its mission. To encourage use of it, RSS platform APIs absolutely must be exposed to Modern apps.

                                          5 votes
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