Microsoft might enter the phablet game with an extra row of live tiles for 5"+ Windows Phones
GDR3 is expected to be the last Windows Phone 8 OS update Microsoft releases before it introduces Windows Phone Blue. Windows Phone Blue is expected to arrive a number of months after Windows Blue, a k a Windows 8.1, possibly as late as early 2014.
1. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1207; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
we added a extra row of icons , its revolutionary ....wait that's Apple's line ..
5. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 650; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
apple ll sue them coz every new row patent by apple...... MS beware adding new row......
14. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
It looks a bit too cluttered messy, how about that extra screen space on left side used as a vertical bar for notifications, touch the bar to pull out to see preview (opps, sounds like copying BB10 OS, but meego was also like that i think), and if u swype the screen on the right u see full notification center. At least it is not a pull down from the top like Android and iOS.
20. shikroi (Posts: 182; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
Yeah instead of an extra column they should add something like a charms menu.
28. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)
This sounds like a great Idea to me. Charms works really well on Win8, I think it would feel right at home on a large phone like this.
15. haseebzahid (Posts: 1761; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
my thought exaclty but it wasnt revolutionary but Iphonary dont know why this guy pointed out as a tunt or complement
17. -box- (Posts: 3536; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I like this concept, going wider instead of taller. I'd like a slightly larger screen than the 4.5" on the Lumia 920, and 5"-ish with the same overall approximate body size would be great. I'd keep the right column empty to emulate the look of WP7 with the swipe-left to get to the app list, or leave some spaces blank
26. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
Swipe left pulls up the app list. I think it should be swipe right from the left side of the screen.
25. akki20892 (Posts: 2275; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
they are making more size tiles......!!!
2. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
WOAH, nice. Loving this, can't wait for the next Windows Phone!
7. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Expect Nokia Lumia Mega 6.3 inches.. hahahaha
10. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
Well maybe not that, but it is time for Microsoft and Nokia to mix things up a bit with their phones.
18. -box- (Posts: 3536; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
If you mean "mix it up" to mean "offer more high-end options", yes. They have the low- and mid-spec markets well covered (5xx-8xx)
4. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
This simpy shows that future flagship phones are getting bigger, i just dont like this. I could imagine in another year all flagships are more than 5 inches in size.
6. Xolar (Posts: 57; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)
agree, in the next few years, our so called "Phablet" is now as big as a tablet
16. haseebzahid (Posts: 1761; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
dont say it i hate 5 inchers its too big for long calling and onehand usage :(
22. Aeires (unregistered)
Flagship: the finest, largest, or most important one of a series, network, or chain. *Merriam Webster
Emphasis should be on finest, not largest. It's almost like the OEM's don't think a medium sized phone can be powerful. While I don't mind a 5" phone, these new Mega phones are ridiculous.
8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1793; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I applaud this move by Microsoft. If you're gonna make a bigger phone, there's no reason why the extra screen real estate shouldn't be taken advantage of. The original Note allowed for a 5x5 grid of icons as opposed to the standard 4x4 on most Android phones. I was a little disappointed to find that this functionality was absent on the Note 2. Hopefully, it will return on the Note 3.
9. Leo_MC (Posts: 384; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Row is horizontal.
Column is vertical.
While the quote talks about a new column (and the photo shows it) the title talks about a new... row.
Mr P. Get your facts straigth!
11. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)
Apple will sue them.
12. snowgator (Posts: 3149; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
This is fun.
Windows Phone is just chipping away at sales, features, and options. My wife loves WP, but desperately wants a larger screen then her 4.7" Titan 2. Be nice if I can tell her our next set of phones she can have her choices.
19. shikroi (Posts: 182; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
ROW or COLUMN? Get it right please. Your title says row, but thats silly since users can add infinite numbers of rows to their start screen. Then your article said column which makes more sense.
21. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4650; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Oh, yeah! Welcome to the phablet world, Nokia! :)
23. akki20892 (Posts: 2275; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Nokia will go till 5".......that's a nokia limit....!!!
24. xperiaDROID (Posts: 4650; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Yup, I hope Nokia is not going the BIG way till 6.3", I don't wish to see a Nokia Lumia Mega. :)