Only Windows Phone phablets are getting a third Live Tile row, confirms Joe Belfiore


The Nokia 1520 was announced yesterday as the first Windows Phone capable of an additional, third row of Live Tiles, meaning you can fit much more content on one home screen and avoid scrolling.

If you have been wondering whether a smaller WP handset with the same high-res display will have three icon rows, the answer is no. Microsoft's Joe Belfiore confirmed that whether a Windows Phone will have three instead of two Live Tile rows is dependent on the screen size, not the resolution, to make for a more fulfilling experience on the large display real estate.

via WMPU

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7 Comments

1. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

The answer is not "no". It is set by phone manufacturer so if Nokia HTC... decide to do it then it can happen.

2. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

The start screen with more live tiles looks very nice. i hope they improve the esthetics of the app list though.

3. Beijendorf unregistered

For heavens sake Microsoft, stop being such uptight Apple-wannabes - give the choice to the users! We can decide for ourselves if we have the visual acuity to read small text, thank you. This is why I'm not interested in using Windows Phone. If I wanted a parental guardian to make all choices for me I'd play retarded or something. Or get a Windows Phone device, evidently.

4. taikucing unregistered

I like Nokia, but I hate WP. Please, add the capability to use 3rd party launchers like android. I'm sick of its stupid live tiles. However, I still want to buy the 1320 or 2520 ;)

7. aphrophyre

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

So you only want to change the Start Screen? If they did give you a 3rd party launcher would you somehow now like Windows Phone OS? They don't necessarily go hand-in-hand but I believe there has to be more tangible issues with the actual applications and design of the OS past the home screen that would make you "Hate" it.

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I would take from those two tweets that: 5" 1080p like the rumored Lumia 929 is considered a large screen, hence the third column in leaks 4.7" 1080p screen would not be considered big enough.

6. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Reasonable inference there, though we can't be too sure about the 929 considering we've just seen renders so far.

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