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Windows Phone 8 redesign to force Microsoft to move the system clock?

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Windows Phone 8 redesign to force Microsoft to move the system clock?
Windows Phone 8 will come with a brand new Start Screen allowing for smaller tiles icons and getting rid of that big black strip on the side, but this new design also gets rid of the clock on the side which you could easily see in earlier Windows Phone versions. Sure, you probably want to have a bigger clock tile on your start screen, but it’s just a little inconsistency with the previous look. 

Also, currently, it seems that the engineers over at Redmond haven’t exactly figured out how to deal with the new tile arrangement, and the tile in the upper right corner eclipses the system clock. Only a part of it is actually visible right now.

We expect that Microsoft will either completely get rid of the clock or somehow find a way to fit it in there or some place else, it’s just the current situation that underscores the fact that the platform is still in development.

We actually like the new Start Screen much more as that empty strip of black just seemed like a waste of space, but we’re sure some folks will miss the very visual cue it gave to accessing the menus, so keeping user awareness about the existence of those settings is another design challenge for Microsoft.

source: PocketNow

Windows Phone 8 redesign to force Microsoft to move the system clock?

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posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:49

1. bansidhar (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)


move it man

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 15:40 1

14. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


still Restrictions, and no way near Android.....

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 04:17 2

20. Altair (Posts: 338; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Go away useless troll

Ohh and change that pic you got up there. You are from a mongolia and look like a 12 years old teen with a beard

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:55 11

2. akmaintu (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


COOL, GOOD OBSERVATION

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 13:13 4

11. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


brand new feature
semi clock

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 12:16

23. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


haha, cool one..!!

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 09:57 1

3. Antwnhs (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 May 2012)


It would be nice if they put a status bar! I mean just a simple stipe, showing the clock the signal reception, the battery and the connections...

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 10:26 8

5. tbar (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Jan 2010)


Could do all of that on a live tile. That would actually give more flexibility than a status bar. So, Microsoft, design a live tile that gives access to tha info and the ability to make changes - ex: status of wireless and ability to toggle on/off, same for bluetooth, gps, etc.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 10:37 1

7. Antwnhs (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 May 2012)


Yeah you are right! That would be great too!

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 12:41 1

10. megaSUNNY (Posts: 66; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


cool idea dude ...gud thnking

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 16:22 1

16. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


damn good idea... basically a network settings live tile.

+1

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 10:00 5

4. NateAdam8 (Posts: 225; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Always wanted to see the clock on a live tile

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 10:34

6. tigermcm (Posts: 749; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


im seriously confused. the vid with Ben shows the clock without it being blocked so um whats this about??

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 13:49 1

12. ReformedCtrlZ (Posts: 13; Member since: 16 May 2011)


they're talking about how when you scroll up the clock can't be seen very well, but its a very poor example. Most tiles use the them color and the white clock text can easily be read. They happened to take a picture where a white tile is under the clock making it unreadable.

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 02:48

19. tigermcm (Posts: 749; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


thanks for clearing that up

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 11:11

8. gwhyte01 (Posts: 44; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)


Ms isn't stupid enough to let this slip by. Ppl stop worrying about s**t like this and worry about the taxes on your bill.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 11:31 2

9. snowgator (Posts: 3288; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


No, they are not. The point of the article really was to show that WP8, and also 7.8 update, are still "under construction". I think it underscores that this announcement was truly for the developers, and that full function is still coming. A couple months from now, we will see WP8 and Windows 8 and what they truly offer the tech world!!

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 13:52

13. ReformedCtrlZ (Posts: 13; Member since: 16 May 2011)


No one has figured out that the same problem is on WIndows Phone 7/7.5 with the other system icons when you bring the up scrolled down. However this isn't a problem for either platform, because most apps use a colored tile where the white text of the clock and icons can easily be read on top of any tile color.

They happened to have a white tile in the top right corner so the white on white cannot be distinguished. if they moved the white tile one over. Visibility would be fine.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 15:43

15. DFranch (Posts: 140; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


You're partly right. The clock was always visible because the clock was in the gutter on the right side. The rest of the info (signal strength, etc) could be obscured by live tiles however

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 04:48

21. jtech (Posts: 101; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Nice going B3B!

posted on 27 Jun 2012, 06:09

22. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


isin't this effect if u swipe a little bit up??

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