More screenshots of Windows 10 for phones leak, show us even more aspects of the UI

More screenshots of Windows 10 for phones leak, show us even more aspects of the UI
Yesterday, we treated you to several leaked screenshots that treated us to the upcoming Windows 10 for Phones running on a smartphone. They were just a handful, but still thanks to them we took a gander at the new notification center and quick toggles of Microsoft's next mobile OS iteration. 

Fortunately for all those fans holding their breaths for a new software update for their Microsoft-powered devices, today we got hold of some more screenshots revealing some additional aspects of the OS. 

As we can see right below, they originate from China (judging by the locale setup of the device). 

Thanks to them, we can have a brief walk through many departments of the interface, namely the new keyboard options, the new recording app, a slightly-overhauled alarm app, as well as the app list.

As you probably know, all Windows Phone 8 devices will get updated to Windows 10 for Phones. The technical preview of the latter is scheduled to arrive later this month.

Check them out.



1. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Nice! Sometimes, subtle changes make a big difference. I like it!

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

This looks good for WP. Please no more comparisons to other OSes. Its pointless. They all look great and useful it it's own ways.

11. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Windows and Android user here. In contrast, comparisons will never cease especially those who never used either WP or Android and compare both one sidedly.

3. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Wish there was a bit more colour instead of black backgrounds in Windows for phones

4. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Really not interested. I wanted something which looks more consumer friendly. They are stubborn. Just for the sake of consistency and design they are acting stupid. Faults with this design: 1. Too many dark places/regions in the UI. It looks too cold for my taste 2. Too much emphasis on consistency making it less useful 3. Too monochromic to excite users 4. Icons are bad, better use normal icons than trying to be a smartass with design phd. 5. I still find it to be most confusing (as in not obvious like Android or iOS) design.

6. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

1. IOS and Android have only empty space between icons. WP allows background images like everything else. 2. Other platforms hardly offer any consistency, especially Android. Each app is it's own learning curve. 3. Everything is adjustable. 4. Normal icons, lol. 5. You hit the nail on the head. You're used to something else. WP/10 is fresh and new. You want an Android or IOS clone. You're obviously not interested in new things.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android can completely change its look and feel including its icons. You couldn't be more wrong on the consistency part. Android gives you the ability to choose launchers that will give you the consistent UI even across different OEMS that install their own UI's. If you don't like LG's UI then change it, or you don't like Samsung's touchwiz then change it. If you like a WP UI then put that on your Android device. It takes seconds to install, and the majority of them are free. If you like plain Android then go with Googles launcher. Your 3 is a joke because everything is not adjustable in WP. But to say Android is not consistent is wrong. Especially when you can easily enough make it constant even across OEMS.

24. fernancgf

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

That's exactly the problem... You can make android consistent... But OEMs and Google don't do it... So if you are a tech enthusiast and you like to play around with smartphones like I do (and I suppose you too) is easy... For example I always use stock android or at least as close as I can get to stock android... But for an average user that pass from TouchWiz to Sense to Stock to Miui to Xperia UI... Oh there are a lot if inconsistencies even in the same Android Version... and... Android doesn't even have a computer OS so no Smartphone - PC/Notebook consistency... Other than a better app selection Android doesn't offer too much for the average user than Windows Phone... Apple is lees open than Windows Phone and with less versatility that android and sells millions... Versatility isn't that important for the average user, or custom roms or kernels or themes... The average user doesn't know the half of the settings that Android have... Android is, by far, the most inconsistent Mobile OS... What make it powerful (versatility) is also what makes it messy and inconsistent...

48. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You go on and talk about custom Roms or kernels and themes. Granted they are there for Android and not for WP, but themes and launchers you don't have to root the device. Anyone can choose one from the play store and see it they like it. Its just that simple. You make it sound like its going to take hours or something, or you need a degree to figure it out. On the contrary you still have to move and size tiles around on WP. If you want to choose a WP launcher then you can do the same with Android. If you want a iOS launcher then it will look like Apples iOS. As far as the consistency, you can easily achieve by choosing a launcher that you like for all the devices you choose. If you have a Samsung with touchwiz, and a device with HTC sense, then the launcher will work the same on these two devices as well as others. Its that simple.

52. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Launchers and themes does not bring smooth and fluidity. To get the smoothness in Android, The spec needs to be flagship grade. Mid rangers does not give smooth experience. But WP midrangers gives very smooth experience. My Lumia 920 is already more than 2 years old. But still gives very smooth experience with more than 100 apps on it. There is no use of having billions of apps in the store if we can't install even 50 apps in the mid rangers of Android.

7. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

WP has hands-down the best design of the OS'es, that's pretty commonly agreed on. There's a reason Android has copied WP so much lately. For your point 5: if anything in this world is confusing, it has to be the cluttered mess that's Android. When they come up with special, more user-friendly versions of Android they tend to mimic WP. That said, obviously WP is not for everyone, and for those wanting all the colours of the rainbow in their icons and backgrounds, there is always Android and iOS.

9. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

"WP has hands-down the best design of the OS'es, that's pretty commonly agreed on. There's a reason Android has copied WP so much lately." 1. Your opinion, I think it's ugly cluttered mess 2. Not commonly agreed at all 3. WP has copied more from Android than Android has from WP and most likely ever will

19. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

+1 Agreed for most part. They're trying but not the way its going to entice me, looks like a box of multi colored Lego, not very attractive at all IMO.

25. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

All you guys saying that it looks unintresting / ugly / not consumer friendly - what else do you want them to do? Really curious!

32. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I just don't find the tile system is appealing. Like others have said it looks like a cluttered mess. On the main home screen of my Nexus 5 I have a clock and weather widget and two folders - one with Google Apps and another with games. Everything else is hidden in the app drawer. About the consumer friendly thing, consumers are very happy with icons. I'm not sure why Microsoft thought they needed to change things up.

39. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

So do the same thing with tiles... Get a clock tile, a weather tile...then put all the apps you need in a folder and bam...there you go. 3 tiles. And if that is all you use, get the new tileart app, and the rest of the screen can be a picture of your choice, including transparency.

53. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

If they completely replicate Android also they will not be satisfied. But if MS changes the OS name to Android, They will be satisfied.

30. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

And yet both Android and iOS are doing their damnedest to emulate it...

35. gehena1315

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

If so, it seems that they are doing it way better then..

40. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

WP has copied more from Android than Android has from WP and most likely ever will. Lol joke of the day. Any remember when WP was the only OS doing Flat UI.

16. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

In the sense of UI making, whichever design is very useful and good as it is, why not emulate it and implement. Like the triangle play button, everyone uses it coz it's best define playing media. The circle power button, left arrow design indicating back, x means exit, radio waves design indicating signal strength, list goes on. UI elements are inspired by human intuition and kinetics, especially in mobiles button placement is crucial. So if Android, WP, BB or iOS has something great in common, blame your hands and eyes, not them copying each other.

5. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Overall looking great. The transparent tiles just came to xbox one, so this could be coming soon!

8. madbmd

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

Ugly, very ugly...

12. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

The start screen looks messy. Such a great OS, but I can't handle that ugly start screen. Not sure how they could even improve it. Fix that though along with the app problem and Windows Phone would be great!


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

What do you mean with ugly start screen? You know you can adjust the tiles right?

17. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I do know you can adjust the tiles. I admit that I haven't played with Windows Phone 8, but I did spend 3 years with Windows Phone 7. The ugly is hard to put my finger on exactly. It's the odd green or purple tile when the rest are blue. It's the live tile that isn't actually live and just has a giant icon in it.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Ugly? So then just put the tiles you want. I am sure if i put my 70 apps on my android screen it too would be ugly especially when 30 or so of them are tile update type of apps, meaning i would need about 30 widgets on my android to help me out. I still dont get the fascination with icons.

20. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Wow 70 apps? I use less than 10. Anyway, only using the tiles I think look alright would mean sacrificing functionality which seems like a poor compromise. I don't love icons, and think the idea of live tiles is a good one. I just think it could be implemented better somehow.

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

There is apps that allow you to customize the tile looks and even custom tiles for transparent ones. There is also TileArt to make it less boring. Because you only use ten apps, you can have two rows of small icons, which gives you 16 spaces total to use. If you have an 930 like me, then i could, technically put, 60 small tile apps without having to scroll up or down. That means you have 50 tile spaces to do whatever you want with. So tileart app would totally be your thing, and makes the home screen much less boring.

31. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I actually love the combination of transparent tiles and tile art. I now have a renewed interest in Windows Phone after seeing some absolutely beautiful start screens. It seems that some tiles (games, facebook, etc.) can't be changed though. Is that correct?

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