Microsoft confirms third Live Tile column for 1080p handsets only
posted by Alan F. / Oct 15, 2013, 8:12 AM
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 PhoneNews.co, GSMArena
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Makes sense. Three columns of tiles would be small on 720p screens.
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 9:17 AM 2
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Nope, it doesn't. It won't look small for anything above 4.5 inch.
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 9:50 AM 1
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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. http://www.phonearena.com/news
posted on Oct 21, 2013, 7:22 PM 0
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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!!!
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 1:09 PM 2
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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.
posted on Oct 15, 2013, 6:36 PM 0
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