Microsoft confirms third Live Tile column for 1080p handsets only

Microsoft confirms third Live Tile column for 1080p handsets only
Microsoft on Monday made the GDR3 update for Windows Phone 8 official. Besides adding some new features like Drive Mode, which disables texts and calls while driving, and a screen orientation lock, the update now allows OEMs to build a Windows Phone with a screen as big as 6 inches that can support resolution of 1080 x 1920. It also allows manufacturers to stuff a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor inside a Windows Phone. Considering the recent momentum that the platform has obtained, this update is key to Microsoft competing with iOS and Android.
On Monday, we told you that any ordinary Joe or Judy could update their Windows Phone 8 handset using the backdoor (albeit losing the warranty in the process) which means that many of you were hoping to see an updated Start screen with a third column of Live Tiles after installing the update. If you were one of those looking forwarded to an updated Start screen, by now you must realize that it is not part of GDR3 for currently available phones running the platform.

As it turns out, the third column of Live Tiles will be available only on those Windows Phone 8 handsets sporting a screen with FHD resolution. That means even the top-shelf Nokia Lumia 1020 will have to keep the current two column Live Tile layout. We do expect to see the three column Live Tile screen make its debut with the 6 inch Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet, which is expected to be unveiled October 22nd in Abu Dhabi

source: @joebelfiore via, GSMArena



1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Just release bunch of features damn it.

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Get gddr3 ultimate for $120 upgrade fee - Microsoft.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Frag, err wtf? Leaving more behind again?

4. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Makes sense. Three columns of tiles would be small on 720p screens.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Nope, it doesn't. It won't look small for anything above 4.5 inch.

7. exusaiha

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 18, 2013

definitely because there are so many windows phone's with screen above 4.5 inch ...

11. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It's the display resolution that's the limitation, not the display size. Hence, only available to FHD devices.

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I understand that...but what i'm saying is, it won't look small on a screen of 4.5+ inches with resolution of 720p. 3 tiles will actually fit and look good if i'm not wrong...

17. lorenzattractor unregistered

I don't think the problem is the resolution, but the size of the screen itself. It's known, that the Ativ S can get the three medium tiles row with a hack. If you look at the images of the 1520 along side with the 920 you can see that the medium size tiles are smaller on the 1520 than those on the 920. They'd be tiny if Microsoft were to implement the three row tiles on anything smaller than 5 inches.

5. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

just need more key apps and boom.


Posts: 124; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

STU*%$ MS, I am sure you will lose without NOKIA


Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Well duh, there isnt much screen estate...

10. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Whatever... Microsoft is just too lazy with this WindowsPhone thingy. With this sluggishness towards update and all the limitations in WP8, I wonder how MS still wants to be considered as first choice OS.. I can't even download apps more than 50MB with my data service even when I have unlimited data bundles. Always telling me to connect to Wifi!! Must I be within Wifi range to download. With this backward attitude with WP, I think my lumia 920 would be the last windows phone I will ever use. Nice hardware with cr*p OS! We are in 2013 MS!!!

12. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I would definitely have appreciated this feature. I'm sure Microsoft did some testing and probably found the smallest tiles to be kind of unusable on current devices, which is why they left it off. But those medium sized tiles would have been perfect.

14. antifanboy14

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 26, 2012


16. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Yet your avatar is tiles.

15. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I think it looks way too busy anyways. Time for a real user interface overhaul.

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