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Interactive Live Tiles for Windows are in the works at Microsoft – see them in action

0. phoneArena posted on 11 Apr 2014, 17:39

The “one experience” thrust that Microsoft is leading will make Live Tiles more than just a pretty face...

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posted on 11 Apr 2014, 17:45 3

1. MR-H- (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)

"Hate them" those fuzzy confusing tiles,,,,!

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 22:18

11. dome888 (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


posted on 12 Apr 2014, 04:48 10

25. dorian827 (Posts: 160; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)

Metro UI is alot more appealing. Its flat, its fast and its fun. I hated the icons all over the place on my Android with a variety of widgets everywhere.

Metro UI with Windows Phone 8. Simplifies this. I had (4) OS so im not being biased.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 07:38 1

35. sgodsell (Posts: 4864; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

But you can make Android look and feel like WP if you so choose to. But Androids widgets can be interactive if you want them to be. You can make toggles and/or switches as well as launch into an app. You can only view or launch into the live tiles app. Making Androids widgets better then live tiles.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 15:58 2

45. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

look and feel, with a custom launcher (I would argue over 50% of droid users wouldn't know what you are talking about). Androids widgets can be interactive. But the word can, and like live tiles currently are half interactive with its flipping information that is normally integrated for a great number of their apps, is two different things.

What you are comparing is two different things. Of all the devices I deal with on a daily basis over 2/3's of android people don't use their widgets, nor use the 'power' of the droid. Nor use roms, or boot loaders or custom launchers etc.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 14:03

53. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)

"Hate them"? Isn't that what little girls say before hitting puberty?

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 18:01 17

2. dre786 (Posts: 46; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)

i think wp has come a long way and its hear in the spotlight shining like it intended to MR-H- dont hate its better than your android

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 18:34 11

4. Awalker (Posts: 1689; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

The tiles were just a dumbed down version of Android widgets anyway and now Microsoft wants to turn them into complete Android widgets.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 02:28 10

16. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

^this is the limit of what a fandroid can stoop to. Live tiles are completely different than your stupid widgets and icons.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 07:12

30. Awalker (Posts: 1689; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

How so?

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 06:58 3

28. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Awalker, you should know that most anything android does or has done is thanks in great part to Symbian and its advancements, and despite its lack of development due to the shift to WP by its biggest supporter Nokia, in its native raw existence it is technically more capable than android. If anything we are seeing more and more SYMBIAN features being added to WP8.1 and Win8.1, qmd that's q good thing.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 07:03 2

29. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Should read "and that's a good thing"^.

Also, Windows had widgets and interactive items back with the Sidebar on 7, maybe also Vista(?), so this is adding them back in but new, improved, and upfront.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 07:31 4

31. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)

Agreed but Widgets were laggy and ugly. Live Tiles don't hog resources like a lot of widgets do. Still if Microsoft wants to go serious against Android, they only need to look at their own Desktop OS as to what to do. Let people run their own programs without going through Windows Store.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 07:45

37. sgodsell (Posts: 4864; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

You just proved to the world how ignorant you really are. Androids widgets are apps. You can make them as seem less as you want. You can make them as interactive as you want (something that cannot be done with live tiles currently). Try making a live tile any size (oh that's right you are restricted to 3 sizes), Android has no limit. Try making making a widget have 3 toggle switches display information and be able to launch an app. That's right Android can do that, but all Windows cannot.

posted on 13 Apr 2014, 01:06

52. Pdubb (Posts: 248; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)

I have an android and I cannot resize widgets to any size. Please explain to me how to resize. I put the Google Now widget on one screen and it will not let me put anything else on the screen.( I have the Note3.)

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 08:00

39. Awalker (Posts: 1689; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

Android in general was laggy and not as polished as other OS up until a few years ago but that doesn't negate what I said. Right now on my Nexus 5 I'm using several widget (time, weather, sound search, Google search, Flip Board and Pandora). None are hogging system resources.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 12:02

43. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)

and even if it was why do you kick of with the phone, why not ask those guys who stingy it was not using 4gb ram instead of 2gb ram, ram is cheap to buy

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 19:21 13

6. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

Wow the WP8.1 is not even rolled out and you WP fanboys are already acting like douchbags.

Going by MS's pace, this feature might not come until Q3, 2015 on WP(and I am being generous) judging by the trend/history that WP 8.1 will release almost a year later than full 8.1.

And you really think by then Google will offer no improvements to Android and wait for MS to catch-up ?

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 19:30 6

7. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)

uh? this videos are about FULL Windows 8, not wp, so do you believe that android its better than windows 8?...

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 03:16 4

19. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Android maybe the top mobile OS, but it certainly can't top a desktop OS like Windows 8 in features and functionality. At least not yet.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 04:27 6

23. sbw44 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

The way I see it is Android Trolls who are the Douchbags! I mean you don't see anyone on android news commenting about how WP are better!

You guys are the douchs buddy.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 05:05

26. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

So you are saying is android fans can't comment on WP news and vice versa ? Who made that rule and why wasn't I told about it ? lol

The reason why I wrote what I wrote only applies to him because HE WAS INSULTING ANDROID, smarty pants. I've no problem with WP or their fans (I actually own a 520 as a secondary device) but I despise the ones who insult other OSes for no reason (especially based on a rumour which may or may not become true and certainly not in the near future).

Also, by your logic, what were do doing complaining about Lumia 1020 on a Z2 article ?

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 09:55 1

42. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Androids can COMMENT anywhere and everywhere they want. However, some don't understand the difference between a comment and HATING or TROLLING. And also, the DxO marks isn't credible at all. The Lumia 1020 tops each and every website in camera comparisons. That comparison was just biased. The Lumia 1020 has the best camera in the market. If you don't like the OS it runs, its fine, but NO phone can beat its camera. It can only be beaten by its own successor.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 07:52

38. sgodsell (Posts: 4864; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Liars. You get WP douchbags as you call them on Android articles all the time now.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 07:34 1

32. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)

Um Windows Desktop not Windows Phone. It's not Linux vs Windows. It's X86 vs Arm. I like Windows 8 and Ubuntu. Find Android and Windows phone/RT a complete joke.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 18:16 16

3. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

Microsoft is redefining the user interface and UI design in general.

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 19:08 9

5. vincelongman (Posts: 5070; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

IMO Start screen is better than old start menu, much quicker and less ulgy
Also for PC gamers get Steam Tile and/or OblyTile, then you can turn it into a beautiful game lanucher

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 07:35

33. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)

I think if they can figure out how to do both, why not. I like Start Screen for Laptops/Tablets but still prefer start menu if I'm at a desk.

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 17:57

48. vincelongman (Posts: 5070; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

I still prefer the start screen for desktops, I think its much faster and better looking than the old start menu

I'm all for the option of the choosing old start menu vs the start screen or even using both of them together
I respect that others have different opinions, options are great so people can chose what they like

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 21:23 4

9. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

Its not suitable for mouse and keyboard.

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