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

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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.

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

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.

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

source: EldarMurtazin (Twitter)

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posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:42 20

1. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

Source: EldarMurtazin


posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:53 4

8. XaErO (Posts: 333; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

Can't trust this source !!
Many a times this source has turn out to be false one !!

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 10:27 22

25. alumoyo (Posts: 369; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)

I remember when he first said Nokia was gonna use Windows Phone - EVERYBODY thought he was out of his mind. AND when he said Microsoft was gonna take over Nokia - as early as 2011 he said it - everybody said he was a lunatic.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 12:18 3

44. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

and he also said that samsung s3 was gonna be a metal body phone but.....

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 14:23

52. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I remember when Nokia was considering what OS to ditch Symbian for really well. I challenge you to find one source that said WP was not in the running. EVERY source at the time I was reading- from WP Central writers, to tech blogs at Wall Street Journal, to Nokia Power User based overseas all said Windows Phone to Nokia made sense even if they were not in favor of it. (Heck, people forget Nokia brass even floated the idea of using BB07.) So I have no idea who this "EVERYBODY" is you are talking about.

Also, most "shock talk" tech bloggers said MS would buy Nokia when the stock price was driven down to it's lowest point (maybe $1.80? I am horrid at numbers, forgive me if that was wrong.) I have no doubt that is when this guy was touting it along with everyone else in that time frame. The purchase of Nokia's handset divison was due to it's 5 year, 1 billion a year deal with MS coming due and MS not being able to lose Nokia as a handset partner. That was over TWO YEARS LATER, and after the stock had recovered to the point it will cost MS billions more. Basically, I still believe Nokia wanted out of this market and forced MS's hand.

But my point is most of the people patting themselves on the back about getting the sale of Nokia right are not looking at the time frame and facts. I do not buy those instances as a reason to buy into this bloggers tweets.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 08:35 1

61. badbullet (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

He was out of his mind because he said the deal was already done, one year before anyone actually met. Throw enough crap on the wall, and some of it will stick. He's been wrong far more than right. What he is doing is no different than what a psychic does. He makes a bunch of predictions, many of them very vague, and can mean many different things. And when something happens, he cherry picks the details to show he is right. Will WP9 OS change, sure, it will get updates that change how it works. Will it lose the live tile? That is laughable, as every device Microsoft is putting out uses them in some way.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 23:24

70. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

But if M$ is thinking of offering mobile devices OS free then change of UI could be possible.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 10:04

13. Diego! (Posts: 679; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

LOL indeed :D

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 10:33 2

28. taikucing (unregistered)

who is that guy?

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:43 3

2. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2227; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Great. More choices between the UI. But better, supporting other keyboards.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 10:38

33. frmrVZguy (Posts: 42; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)

Combine this Phonearena story with news out of Tiawan (Digitimes) that major brand notebook vendors are avoiding touchscreens in favor of "economical" screens and it seems a certain message is being presented 'from the bottom up' to the folks at MS, Think they might listen?

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 23:25

71. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

17-22 inch touch screen's constant use for anyone who sits 6-8 hrs in front of the machine will give frozen shoulder some day for sure.

Touch for notebooks is a "forced sale".

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:43 2

3. greathero1 (Posts: 576; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)

I think they should keep the live tiles as the home screen but have a desktop-like screen just like with RT and Pro. I think the desktop look of iOS and Android is familiar enough and won't scare people as much as the tiles. Many people are scared of different but I used WP on the HTC 8X and it was a very good OS. At the time, it was missing a few of my favorite apps but it definitely was a pleasant experience.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:44

5. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2227; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

Users can also switch back to the LiveTile interface.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 10:06 3

16. sss_ddk (Posts: 74; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)

For the love of God No. Just make tiles optional..just like widgets. why do i need to switch back and forth instead of customizing a single view.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 10:31

26. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

This. Same should be done to Windows on the computer. The transition from previous versions would have been much more accepted if the W8 tiles were optional and defaulted to the desktop mode instead. I've been saying this since I first saw WP, give us the choice to use tiles or desktop by default.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 19:58

72. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

I know I wouldn't have been as much opposed to it if that were the case. I do wish that widgets were a part of Wx.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 13:33 1

48. stealthd (unregistered)

That sounds awful. The split between desktop and live tiles is a con for Windows 8, not a pro. It just shows they can't commit to one UI. Having 2 UIs where some things only work in one and some things only work in the other is just a mess.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:43

4. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

Uh-oh :S

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:46 1

6. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

I pray to God thats true! I'd love it if the live tiles are optional.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 00:43

57. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I wonder what the default WP9 interface will be? I suspect the powers-that-be at MS would rather take poison than authorize something with an Android-like UI. Same for an iOS clone. So, what to do? Anyone for resurrecting Palm's UI?

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:46

7. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)

And if MS ditch the Live Tiles in Windows 8 and bring back the old start menu(not only the button), it would be nice :)

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:53 9

9. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

PA, instead of calling it android inspired, why not call it Symbian or S40 inspired?

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 10:02 13

11. toiletcleaner (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

because android is the King. where is Symbian or S40 now? is the past. Android is the present and the future

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 11:07 1

35. Kriksis (Posts: 93; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)

S40 is still live and kicking in low-end Nokia phones, where it has been for ages...

As for Symbian, I, personally, prefer it over Android, and still use Symbian powered smartphone as my primary phone.

I see Symbian as THE KING, the same way as you see Android as "the future"...

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 11:20

36. toiletcleaner (Posts: 224; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)

So. tell me where i can buy a Symbian phone out of ebay. sad but true, as much as I love Symbian I need to update my self whit all this technology. The N95 was my favorite

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:57 4

10. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

Why would I want a limited, weak version of Android when i can have the real thing? I dont trust Microsoft products. They dont understand the concept of support a product.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 10:21 3

19. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)

You are criticizing Microsoft for some troll barking on twitter?

Why would Microsoft abandon the metro UI when everyone was praising it and the competitors are copying it?

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 14:14

68. Pdubb (Posts: 248; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)

Did you mention Android and support? My OG Note would like to have a word with you about support. I wish I could just downgrade the OS and go back to ICS and not the stripped down, battery draining, lag inducing mess that runs it now. ATT nor Samsung will help with any of it. Where is my support?

posted on 19 Dec 2013, 15:33

73. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


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