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Status Tiles for WP8 brings quick connectivity settings to your home screen

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Status Tiles for WP8 brings quick connectivity settings to your home screen
One of the bigger gaps between Windows Phone 8 and the other major mobile platforms is the lack of quick and easy way to toggle the system settings of your device. Android enthusiasts can access most of their phone's settings via the notification panel, iOS users can do so via the Control Center, yet fans of the WP platform have to rely on third-party apps to fill this void. Status Tiles, a recent addition to the Windows Phone Store, is an app of this kind.

Status Tiles allows WP users to create custom tiles, which give access to various connectivity settings, such as mobile data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, and so on. While many other apps (System Tiles, QuickSetting, etc.) offer similar functionalities, Status Tiles has some aces up its sleeve, which help it somewhat stand out from the competition. First of all, in order to “blend in” with the overall look of your home screen, the app uses official WP8 icons for the tiles. What's more, each tile has an indicator at the bottom, which lets users know if the corresponding setting is switched on or off. Provided that you have installed the GDR3 update, Status Tiles will allow you to create a dedicated tile for rotating the screen of your smartphone.

The free-to-download-and-use Status Tiles app is available for all devices, which sport the Windows Phone 8 platform.

Download: Status Tiles (Windows Phone 8)


source: Windows Phone Store via WMPoweruser

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posted on 02 Jan 2014, 09:58 1

1. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


This may give some clues as to how the notification center will look like.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 10:16 1

2. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 207; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


This is already in with several apps.....

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 10:31 1

3. elitewolverine (Posts: 1927; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Pin the settings tile instead? While requiring one more click in doing so. It is more useful imo.

From the settings tile i can scroll to any setting, with most of these apps, once i am in the setting and hit the back button i dont go back to settings to do more stuff. With pinning the settings tile i can go back and forth all day.

Also from the settings tile, i can access all of those nearly immediately, Wifi, bluetooh, airplane, lock screen, rotation, cellular, tethering, accounts. Are all right there next to each other in the list.

So what is the point of this again? Have no clue personally with how i use settings and my device. Yes i use setting enough that it is pinned to my start screen, use it about 5 times a day.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 13:15 1

11. cezarepc (Posts: 586; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


I have the settings tile pinned too but having an option for a toggle tile is something I'd really appreciate.

Edit:
Mmmmm I kinda take that back. It's not really a toggle button but a shortcut to the page where you can set the option to off/on. Yeah you're right, kinda pointless.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 10:42 3

4. boosook (Posts: 1074; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


LOOOL! Live tiles... they should start to call them "widgets"! ;) Though, of course, they're less flexible due to the size and positioning constraints.
Microsoft and Apple in the last 2 years have realized that people DO need quick toggles, widgets, backgrounds, notifications and all the bells and whistles that Android offers and are starting to add them, little by little.
And people who originally praised iOS and WP for their simplicity maybe started to realize that it's better to have an OS which is maybe slightly less simple but where you can do things faster once you have added a little bit of customization.
Problem is: Android is still miles ahead of both WP and iOS.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 11:05

5. leKoutei (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)


I imagine you are not using WP then, right? So tell me what are you trying to do here? Android is better, maybe......Go use your android devices then.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 11:14

6. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


oh look another fanDROID

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 12:14

7. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


I'd rather lose a few features on the UI, instead of losing my data to 3d party hacks. Unfortunately, Android is not secure, and is infested with malware and back-door master keys. Popular isn't always better...

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 13:13 1

10. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Yep, that is why you probably use linux on you PC right?

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 18:31

14. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 207; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Antiviruses actually work on PCs though.....

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 10:01

17. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


lol, antiviruses working on pcs... thats new to me

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 22:12 1

15. Duketytz (Posts: 514; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Android isn't any less secure than iOS or WP if you don't install apps that are not from the appstore

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 12:53

8. elitewolverine (Posts: 1927; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Again, these quick toggles are rarely quicker and the deeper menu system of droid is a mess. Please tell me how many clicks it takes you to get to change mobile networks?

As for clicks to turn on wifi? simple settings tile, wifi, on, 3 clicks. 2 for droid. It is not hidden in some deep dark menu. Now what happens when you have to search for wifi on the droid? 3 or 4 depending on version and which ui you are using for with maker. 3 for me. Nearly 99% of all settings are 2 clicks away, with the 3rd click being the on/off option click.

People are just derp that they can actually put the settings as a live tile a nice small one at that.

And the idea of miles ahead is rather over rated, other than custom features there is nothing that limits my os from chewing through data, making notes, sharing family rooms, syncing people together, games, apps, banks, food, 98 apps currently installed.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 04:17

16. shuaibhere (Posts: 1657; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


NO..it's not like what you said...quick toggels are very useful....
and settings are not hidden....for me i can long press quick toggle and it takes me to it seetings page directly...it's that easy..

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 13:12 1

9. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


I don't care if a functionality is available within the OS or if we can have it through an app, the important is that the user can achieve what he wants, so it is good for WP users that can use Status Tiles.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 16:02

13. reh1965 (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Is this news? These kind of apps are available for more then a year...

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 02:15

18. veeaa (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


What is the point in this news ? I changed form Symbian N8 to 925 and allready three years ago in Symbian phone it was possible to connect bluetooth, wifi etc on and off with one tap. In WP I have to use "some tiles" to get settings where I can put f.ex. bluetooth on and then back. So the point should be that this thing works worse in WP than it did in old Symbian phone (or now android). By the way I have use about year Quick Settings tiles from wp-shop which shows status too, so neither that is new thing.

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