Purported images of background picture on Windows Phone 8.1 start screen emerge
First, the feature, often referred to as “skinnery,” is definitely going to be a love-hate thing. For those that do not like the plain color themes of Live Tiles, making the tiles part of the picture itself is going to be an appealing option.
As for these photos, it would be nice if there was an accompanying video to see these tiles in action. Of course, the fact that they are all pretty much exactly the same picture and they are showing up on a Lumia 520 raises our doubts a bit as well. Even if it is the work of a talented artist, it is not a bad rendering of what it could look like.
Taking that aside, what do you think of being able to use the Live Tiles and start screen as the mosaic for the picture of your choice?
Windows Phone 8.1 Start Screen
Sources: gdgtArena via WMPoweruser
1. elitewolverine (Posts: 1705; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Hmmm interesting, I find it odd and weird, I prefer the currently layout. Though I would dig this for grouped apps. Like my bottom half of icons are all news and other types of information apps, I could have say the list of live tiles from each app displayed across the group I have 'created'. Or maybe that would be to confusing.
Would have to see it in action, so far just meh to me.
5. jael206 (Posts: 128; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
I prefer a combination of both.. Like some "transparent" tiles showing the background wallpaper, and some "user-preferred" tiles in customized colors.
2. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)
Looks like something from a android emulater js not bad tho but I want a colorful background to show off my colorful apps
3. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
Oh come on PhoneArena !!! This is fake !!! The clock is at the same spot as in Windows Phone 8.0, we all know that it will be replaced closer to the centre with Windows Phone 8.1.
Edit: there is an app in the Windows Phone Store who can do that, and i also readed that all of the tiles shown on this screen are supported by the app ....
6. elitewolverine (Posts: 1705; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
I have seen and used that app before, I point to it all the time when people say I cant change the background screen. I think this is why for the moment it is abit meh for me and will need more time with it when they release the dev preview.
10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
It appears that the tiles are going over the clock.. I can't tell if they are just blending in with the clock, but we all know that tiles scroll underneath the clock... Not sure about this.......
Nevertheless, this, and any option, would be welcome...
7. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
It looks like a someone placed some frames between a screen and a preojector.
8. Liveitup (Posts: 1326; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
This should be an option at best, this doesn't belong on the homescreen by default.
11. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
It would have to be a option.. That would be MS completely abandoning its design...
9. lorenzattractor (Posts: 64; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Read that the source was wmpoweruser and I already knew it was fake.
14. Qbancelli (Posts: 63; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)
I have Zero interest in using a windows phone.
19. papss (unregistered)
Good for you.. Please don't use it.
16. manus88 (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
I like it, but talking about Nokia branded phones, well...I can't wait to see what modders can do with new X phones :) Lumias are fantastic, but since I'm a little nerdy, I slightly prefer Android :P
18. ajishkoshy (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
I have always wanted background image support for my Windows phone. However, I also like the live tile UI. I suppose they could consider keeping a background image on the screen till the user hovers his finger over it. And then it could show the live tiles. This shouldn't be too hard to implement since Samsung has already demonstrated touch free control on the Note and Galaxy S lines.
20. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)
With the right wallpaper or pic it will look cool
21. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 813; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Got to push the OS with options like this... as the article said, some may like it some may not. But it is headed in the right direction in terms of "customization" and giving the user choices. Ultimately I'd like to see each individual tile customizable (changing the settings of each, what it shows on each side, if it is double sided, even the rumored 3D cubes :D).
But onwards and forward. My Android experience on the Nexus 5 has got me wishing for my Lumia 925!