Purported images of background picture on Windows Phone 8.1 start screen emerge

Purported images of background picture on Windows Phone 8.1 start screen emerge
It has been rumored, and all but confirmed, that with the Windows Phone 8.1 update, there might be the added feature to make the Live Tiles part of the background image of the start screen. The possibility has been posited by some reputable sources, but we are not so certain about these pictures that recently surfaced.

First, the feature, often referred to as “skinnery,” is definitely going to be a love-hate thing. For those that do not like the plain color themes of Live Tiles, making the tiles part of the picture itself is going to be an appealing option.

As for these photos, it would be nice if there was an accompanying video to see these tiles in action. Of course, the fact that they are all pretty much exactly the same picture and they are showing up on a Lumia 520 raises our doubts a bit as well. Even if it is the work of a talented artist, it is not a bad rendering of what it could look like.

Taking that aside, what do you think of being able to use the Live Tiles and start screen as the mosaic for the picture of your choice?

Sources: gdgtArena via WMPoweruser



1. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Hmmm interesting, I find it odd and weird, I prefer the currently layout. Though I would dig this for grouped apps. Like my bottom half of icons are all news and other types of information apps, I could have say the list of live tiles from each app displayed across the group I have 'created'. Or maybe that would be to confusing. Would have to see it in action, so far just meh to me.

5. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

I prefer a combination of both.. Like some "transparent" tiles showing the background wallpaper, and some "user-preferred" tiles in customized colors.

2. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Looks like something from a android emulater js not bad tho but I want a colorful background to show off my colorful apps

3. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Oh come on PhoneArena !!! This is fake !!! The clock is at the same spot as in Windows Phone 8.0, we all know that it will be replaced closer to the centre with Windows Phone 8.1. Edit: there is an app in the Windows Phone Store who can do that, and i also readed that all of the tiles shown on this screen are supported by the app ....

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I have seen and used that app before, I point to it all the time when people say I cant change the background screen. I think this is why for the moment it is abit meh for me and will need more time with it when they release the dev preview.

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It appears that the tiles are going over the clock.. I can't tell if they are just blending in with the clock, but we all know that tiles scroll underneath the clock... Not sure about this....... ....................... Nevertheless, this, and any option, would be welcome...

4. rkoforever90

Posts: 476; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

fake its the app called skinery

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013


7. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

It looks like a someone placed some frames between a screen and a preojector.

8. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

This should be an option at best, this doesn't belong on the homescreen by default.

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It would have to be a option.. That would be MS completely abandoning its design...

9. lorenzattractor unregistered

Read that the source was wmpoweruser and I already knew it was fake.

13. windowssmiler

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

when this update will be released ?

14. Qbancelli

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

I have Zero interest in using a windows phone.

19. papss unregistered

Good for you.. Please don't use it.

15. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012


16. manus88

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

I like it, but talking about Nokia branded phones, well...I can't wait to see what modders can do with new X phones :) Lumias are fantastic, but since I'm a little nerdy, I slightly prefer Android :P

17. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Looks better than a launcher,, lol

18. ajishkoshy

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

I have always wanted background image support for my Windows phone. However, I also like the live tile UI. I suppose they could consider keeping a background image on the screen till the user hovers his finger over it. And then it could show the live tiles. This shouldn't be too hard to implement since Samsung has already demonstrated touch free control on the Note and Galaxy S lines.


Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

With the right wallpaper or pic it will look cool

21. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Got to push the OS with options like this... as the article said, some may like it some may not. But it is headed in the right direction in terms of "customization" and giving the user choices. Ultimately I'd like to see each individual tile customizable (changing the settings of each, what it shows on each side, if it is double sided, even the rumored 3D cubes :D). But onwards and forward. My Android experience on the Nexus 5 has got me wishing for my Lumia 925!

22. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

5 times the same picture?

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