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Windows Phone 8 start screen gets a facelift with free-moving, resizable tiles

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Windows Phone 8 start screen gets a facelift with free-moving, resizable tiles
Windows Phone 8 start screen gets a facelift with free-moving, resizable tiles
While dual-core, HD screens, microSD and NFC support was expected with Windows Phone 8, the actual ace up Microsoft's sleeve might turn out to be a brand new home screen.

Live Tiles are a great concept, but people were complaining that their positioning and size are too rigid, and Redmond listened! Gone are the days when you place a few of the limited choice of tiles, and they take up the whole homescreen.

A new tile size is introduced, that takes a quarter of the screen's width, and tile size to use is now up to the phone owner. By long-pressing a tile you can choose three different sizes - quarter, half and full width.

Now you can add, remove, replace, resize and basically do anything with the new Live Tiles that your heart desires. This is comparable with Android's resizable widgets, and makes Windows Phone the next mobile OS where you can completely customize your user experience on the homescreen, so you get to rarely even visit the app launcher menu.

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posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:10 13

1. Synack (Posts: 641; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


That's my favorite part of Android, rarely visiting the App drawer. Can't wait to see what WP8 brings, hopefully it will come to Verizon in a Nokia package.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:11 7

2. Whateverman (Posts: 3162; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Not bad! It's getting better but I would like to see more customization and see the OS in action.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:19 2

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes it not looking bad at all. Now what type of integration will it have with the new Xbox that is coming out in late 2013?

This is all great but please show me the new phones already.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:13 3

3. good2great (Posts: 1035; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


it would be cool if the tiles were individually colored like the tablet/pc version of windows 8...

i love the UI enhancement though... windows phone 7 seemed a little "unfinished" with all that extra space to the right...

so far so good WP8

impressed!!!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:35

10. Synack (Posts: 641; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


I don't think so in my opinion. If you have every tile a different color then it will look like a frickin rainbow. I'm sure they will be going for a central colored theme. As long as they can make the icons and live tiles work WITH the mono-colored tiles then it will definitely work. They sort of dug themselves into a hole with colored tiles though. Better dig out or make it work for you.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 13:16

16. good2great (Posts: 1035; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i see your point. but i was speaking of

for example:

how the XBOX tile is "always" GREEN
how the One Note tile is "always" PURPLE

basically the standard apps have a default color
email; messaging; phone; music; photos; etc

the rest of the apps in the "Marketplace" could all be the same color how it is now.

its still a WIN for me because i'm not to big on customization it takes up too much time to always want to change a background/widget/screen/ROM or whatever.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:24 4

5. rsiders (Posts: 201; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I almost cried when I saw the demo! I can't wait!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:27 1

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Link please!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:35 1

11. kenobi8 (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


channel9.msdn.com/Events/Windows-Phone/Summit
here.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:39

12. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You are the man! Thanks

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:52 1

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wow, so much animosity/hate towards WP8. Why are people getting thumb downs?

Looks like some people don't have anything better to do with their lives. lol

I love Android & even I can say this is great news for all Windows Phone fans.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 13:19 1

17. good2great (Posts: 1035; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i agree with you SAE...

it seems we all are WINDOWS Phone from the core but once the game changed we all went separate ways

windows phone 8 seems like it'll put the flames out a bit and cause us to get along more on PA because of common interests.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 23:33 2

22. Anthony_Gonzalves (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 May 2012)


Because you are showing love to wp...the fandroids are considering you a traitor in android camp, thats why they are thumbing you down....NOW TAKE THAT !!!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 13:06

15. stulla (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


cnet.com...streaming live

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 01:44

24. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Resizable widgets are cool but I find it on wp8 messy
Look at their home screen !
But they should keep the app drawer and not forcing us to put tiny tiles on my home screen
Added function are cool but still love wp7.5 more
I wonder how 7.8 will look like ?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:24 3

6. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 337; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


wp7.8 will be served to Current Generation.......I'm More than Impressed with wp8

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:30 3

8. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Wonderful...

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:34 2

9. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Pumped up.

Still hoping for allowing individual tile colors, though. Do not know what is so tough about that....

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 01:09

23. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5484; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i thought those were present in 7.8/8.0. o:

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:49

13. ahhxd717 (Posts: 302; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


This looks awesome. Can't wait to see a full demo of the OS

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 13:49 1

18. josephnero (Posts: 205; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


i know i ll get a lot of thumbdowns but i dont see anything ground breaking

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:58

19. networkdood (Posts: 5562; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Wow, vastly different from Windows 5/6/6.5.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:14

20. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


I'm more interested in the flexibility of what you can "program" the tiles to do. That is the major problem with the existing Windows phones. They didn't say anything about their function that I heard.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 16:45

21. matrix_neo (Posts: 307; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


This might be my next os. It's great that they overhauled the UI experience of windows phone. I hope MS will push hard their updated os to be able to compete with Android and iOS. I'm sure some iFans will be switching to wp8 coz their ui in iOS so boring.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 02:43

25. 7thspaceman (Posts: 900; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


this face lift does improve the look of the windows smart phone. hmm folks
the Starship Enterprise of the 1966 to 1969 kirk/Spock era uses a computer interface that looks a lot like metro tiles check it out

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 17:48

26. jroc74 (Posts: 4006; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Well I will give this article credit for at least knowing resizable widgets were already available in Android.

One site I wont name didnt even know about this and claimed its so great for WP and Android widgets are a cluster...ya know the rest...lol.

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