The end of Live Tiles? Windows Phone 9 claimed to come with new, Android-inspired interface in 2014

The end of Live Tiles? Windows Phone 9 claimed to come with new, Android-inspired interface in 2014
Microsoft will allegedly begin firing on all cylinders when it comes to its mobile operating systems next year. After acquiring Nokia's smartphone and tablet department, Redmond has now a vested interest in offering the best with Windows Phone 9, and the prepared overhaul is reportedly so grand, that it will ditch the tiled Metro (oops, Modern) interface once and for all.

The claim comes from blogger Eldar Murtazin, of Nokia leaks fame, who correctly predicted how Microsoft will swoop in on the hush-hush, and ultimately acquire Nokia. Now he says that Windows RT will cease to exist in its current format, but so will Windows Phone's signature tiled interface. This ties in with other reports that Microsoft is preparing to merge the two platforms that run on ARM-based chipsets, into one Windows version for phones and tablets going forward, offering it for free.


Reportedly this will happen as soon as the second half of 2014, not 2015 that was bandied about before, which is quite an ambitious timeframe for such a deep overhaul, and we can't wait to see what Nokia's hardware prowess, and Microsoft's renewed focus on mobile will result in come holiday time next year. Thus Windows Phone 9 might be a completely new system, with a brand new interface, which Murtazin says will end up influenced more by Android's approach than iOS, and there might be an option to switch back to the tiled interface if the user wants to. In any case, as far as we grasped there are still fierce internal debates on the exact interface approach, as there should be. 

Microsoft could also start offering the brand new WP9 for free, similar to Android, and only keep the golden goose Windows as a paid option. It has allegedly already begun throwing money at partners like Samsung to win them back for its mobile OS cause. That's a lot of change coming down the pipe for Microsoft next year, so we will be all ears towards Redmond.


source: EldarMurtazin (Twitter)

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76 Comments

76. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I do not think Microsoft should get rid of the tiles but instead change he shape of the tiles like round off the corners of the tiles. the next thing they need to do is have grids of icons of apps like in an Iphone or Android smart phones have instead of having People keep scrolling down as single line list of apps like you do now on a Windows smart phone. the new interface would have the major tile hubs appear and after that have a person scroll down to apps screens like on an Android or Apple iPhone with grids of your apps so a person does not have to do a lot of scrolling down a long list of apps like you do on a windows smart phone today. the New Nokia xphones may be what the newer interface of windows smart phones may have.

75. johnferdinand

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

It's just like Microsoft to do this. Trying to force metro ui on a big screen desktop user and now getting rid of the only good thing about their mobile phone platform where the metro UI actually makes the most sense.

65. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I believe that the Microsoft Tablet tile setup should remain the same because on a tablet screen you can read the read the updating data in the Modern Ui tiles because the tile size are big enough for a person to see the changing data that is within them easier than you can see the changing dat5a on a smart phone screen tile unless it's a big smart phone screen.

64. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Hmm I have another suggestion and that is on Windows 8.1 smart phones that will come out next year Microsoft should Keep it's main Live tile Hubs it has now and by finger gesture scrolling upward you get to the standard do nothing pretty little Icons grid screen that Android and Apple Iphones have today. That way Windows smart phones will have the best of both worlds and Apple phone owners and Android smart phone owners will feel at home using a windows smart phone. I hope there are some Microsoft Big wigs out there reading this suggestion and put it into practice

60. gd761

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Sure, that's going to happen. As soon as it happens, then Microsoft Will Buy Google and Apple Both. Not just the OS's, the Whole Companies as a Whole. Then as soon as that happens, the US Government Will Admit to Area 51 and the UFO's are Real and they have Been Lying to us the Whole time. Once that happens, then there Will be Complete and Total World Peace brought on by Aliens. Then, Eldar Murtazin will Wake up from his Drunken Stupor and realize that He Drunk Posted this Fantasy about Microsoft ditching the Metro Live Tiles and going with the Android Style.

63. badbullet

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

US Government already admitted to Area 51. But just to what it really is/was. A long range reconnaissance and stealth base. The alien conspiracy theory stuff is just for those still living in their mom's basement.

74. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

...and Valve will launch Half-Life 3.

59. Tomfromsouth

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Chances.

58. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow that's a great news for a fully matured WP9 and and and no more app gaps by 2014 end. Optional switch back to Metro UI is good.

56. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

MS is caught between a rock and a hard place. Metro UI is polarizing, you either hate it or love it. Since it is out for 4 years now, I would say the majority hates it so a change is needed without alienating the current marketshare that love metro UI. I reckon MS to open up the UI for customization and bring all three, ie ICONS, WIDGETS and LIVETILES, inspires by WINDOWS MOBILE 6.5 :)

62. badbullet

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

You can't say a majority hate it. A majority haven't even used it or seen it in person. Many still don't even know what it is (much of the blame is to the carriers, who steer potential customers towards Android or iOS devices). Had one iOS user look at my old WP7, and asked if it was an Android with a custom GUI...

55. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

wow!!! This is what want. I said mocrosoft should have theme options (Current UI with live tile & another option is android-like or iOS-like) for user. it's coming soon i think

54. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I am against the end of the live tiles for a screen of do nothing icons that are on Apple smart phones and Android smart phones. instead there should be a mixture of standards do nothing icons and live tiles. Live tiles are what make the Windows 8 and 8.1 screen special. you take that away from a Windows smart phone and you have a dull dead interface just like the other smart phones out there in fact live tiles is the one of the reasons I like Windows smart phones over Android or Apple Iphones. the other reason I like Windows 8 smart phones is because it uses the Windows NT kernel OS. net work administrators know Windows NT is a more powerful OS Than Android or Apple Iphone's IOS. it is sad that more apps makers do not make more apps for this robust NT kernal OS The trouble with live tiles is they do not have any art work within them. Microsoft just does not get it that art work and technology should go hand and hand

53. CEMIII

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

Hmmm Still it be nice to have a live trasnparent back live tile over a personal screen saver or active screen saver & the ability to resize & place them where you want. I would go for that.

51. gilkzxc

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

windows phone 8 smartphone will get the update to WP9 like nokia lumia 1520?

50. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Let's see: Metro in XBOX .... Metro on PC's.... Metro on Tablets... Metro on phones... "Hey, let's scrap this and start over again as we see an upswing in sales and the unification across our OS's is just starting to make sense to all our products and developers." Yeah, they wouldn't be shooting off both feet with a shotgun at all. Also..... Windows 9 next year? If this is even one bit true I would be shocked. Not sure who this guy is, but I know I am not impressed with BGR, which to me is the "Enquirer" magazine of tech. None of this rings true. Could there be discussions to this effect? Of course, a company like MS better always be thinking outside the box and challenging what they are doing. But I do not buy into these are plans in motion.

46. Penny

Posts: 1879; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

It's known that Microsoft is trying to merge WP with Windows for tablets with WP9, and it's also believable that they would make some changes to their UI, but where does it say that they are going to make the UI more like Android? It certainly does not say it in the tweets displayed on this article, but I can't read the source tweets as they are in a different language. Can anybody confirm he actually says this?

45. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

he didn't even say android inspired UI where did you get that from ? did you took a peek into the future ? and in case you don't know there was an OS called WM before android

43. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

A rumors are great. I just wonder how much of it will be true.

42. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

All I'm wondering about is that if Microsoft drops licensing fees on WP then will it be open source too?

40. starkiller306

Posts: 58; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

what if the live tiles become the notification center that u can access from a home screen (no idea what that'll be) with a swipe and it can also incorporate the multitasking operations. a live tile appears in the notification center and displays the news and stays there until closed and also it can update itself with the latest news(like it does now).

47. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I wouldnt mind a live tile app for all notifications, with things you can dump into it. I would love a live tile option to put multiple tiles under one tile. Like my game tile. I love that my games are in one place and not spread out in my installed app list. If we can have a tile or api to allow devs to create a custom tile like this i am down. "Cool Tiles" is a start, it has an alternate ui for your windows device as a app. Looks just like a 'square' android ui. It is abit clunky but it works. I am not a huge fan of it but can see it be an appealing 'desktop' vs 'tile' option to integrate into windows UI

39. Vish_i_was

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

jingle bell jingle cell android's on the way :-)

38. papss unregistered

M$ you better listen up... ive stuck by you thru a lot of crazy crap but i will not stay with wp if they make the standard icons come back.

37. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Well if a Nokia Lumia has that I might buy it. But if it's a Microsoft Lumia I won't buy it.

32. taikucing unregistered

That's good. But can it be as good as android? Android can be modified as extreme as you want. In android you can launch any apps from notification area, lock & unlock phones by double tapping the proximity sensor, transfer files from android to android via WiFi, and many more!

29. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I REALLY hope this guy is wrong. I like the way Windows Phone/Metro looks and works. Why change a good thing?

22. jellmoo

Posts: 2699; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Of all the things that aren't happening, this is the one that isn't happening the most...

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Hope not, I hope it is a 'desktop' option. For me live tiles kill icons that litterally do nothing but put a picture on my screen. In one glance i have 15 apps, of which half of them give me immediate update info without having to do anything. I missed my notification center, then i realized all my notifications are in my home screen of my windows phone. Now notification center to me is a old arcaic design as the result of icons being just well 'icons'.

17. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I hope that 1520 will be fully updated to wp9 or I will be really disappointed in ms and won't buy their devices again

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