Microsoft's #TileArt app lets you customize your Windows Phone home screen

Microsoft's #TileArt app lets you customize your Windows Phone home screen
Microsoft this week released a new app that will allow all Windows Phone 8.1 user to customize their smartphone's home screen and lock screen.

Called #TileArt, the app's been made by Ricc Webb, who works as "Mischief Maker" at Microsoft Mobile. It lets you create custom tile layouts using either your own images, or creations from the #TileArt Gallery that comes with the app. Transparent PNG files are supported, and you can easily share creations with friends.

The #TileArt app is free to download via Windows Store (see the first source link below). To celebrate its launch, Microsoft kicked off a contest asking creative people to make "original sets of art for the #TileArt app gallery." Open for the next 21 days, the contest will have 10 finalists who are going to receive a Lumia 930 smartphone each, and 4 grand prize winners who, in addition to a 930, will get a Surface Pro 3 tablet and $1,500. Official rules and details are available at the second source link below.


sources: Windows Store (download), #TileArt contest via Lumia Conversations

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28 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Looks pretty Nice!

12. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Nice idea. Hope it does not come with any downsides. In all pictures, I miss an email app with active live tile. I see many "empty" tiles though. Apart from that, great possibility for customization. P.S.: Elvis has left the building.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

This is not to launch apps, this is to pin custom pictures to the home screen that float with the tiles.

16. HansGoneInsane unregistered

What does that mean? If I scroll down, the tiles "move" over the picture in the background? If so, what are all the "empty" tiles for?

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I have a funny feeling it wont automatically make every tile transparent. the examples look to have only the standard tiles

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There's an app for that. It's called.....wait for it......Transparency Tiles.

4. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

WoW! That's changed my thoughts about WP! Next Phone : a WP 10 phone

5. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'll make the switch when the apps get better but this is definitely a huge step forward.....

7. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

I think when WindowsPhone 10 is released there won't be much difference in their app stores (google,apple, and microsoft)

10. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

well then.... come time for my upgrade (august) who knows what may happen!

18. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Use launcher 8 if you have android.simple gonna download this one

6. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Nice idea. Now if I could just get 8.1 on my Icon.

11. keekguy

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Technical Preview???

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Preview

17. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Dude just enable preview for Developers, you will get the latest updates!

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I've always said that the Windows phone looks ugly, but this is actually kinda cool.

9. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Sexy look

13. Eclectech

Posts: 350; Member since: May 01, 2013

This makes the tiles look sooooooo much better. Wow

19. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Most of this is possible with vanilla 8.1, but that isn't the point. It looks really cool, I will be downloading later

22. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I will not be downloading later, because it is lumia only. Not available for the M8, but I will keep trying. Maybe a glitch? Maybe an exclusive? don't see why it would be an exclusive

20. spasticpat

Posts: 110; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Personally I love my iPhone but iOS is getting very boring. I really wish Windows would get more apps and all and I would seriously think about switching.

21. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It's time for Microsoft to retreat and give people option to chose between modern ui and simple ui with icons.

23. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

They'll get there eventually. This is a step in the right direction.

24. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

This is by far looks nice. always wanted to see Wallpaper of my own without too much icon covering it. great. someday I might buy an windows phone but Now I'm happy with my oneplus one

25. anthonykitmcinis

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Too cool. After seeing the Windows 10 presentation I've already decided my next phone is a Windows Phone. It has to be a top tier phone though. 1520 is outdated.

26. Spidey

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Tried it on my Nokia Lumia 830 but it is not working.. :(

27. bahadurhussain

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

Very nice idea. I don't think I regret the decision to buy Windows Phone, it's evolving and so many great apps are released every day.

28. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

LOT of customization

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