Video of three column support on older devices with Windows Phone 8.1

Video of three column support on older devices with Windows Phone 8.1
Despite rumors that Windows Phone devices with screen sizes under 4.5-inches would not get this feature, it turns out that all Windows Phones will indeed get three-column support for Live Tiles.

That means you can pack your screen full of tiles whether it is a small Lumia 620 (3.8-inches) or the more mainstream Lumias like the Lumia 925 or Lumia 1020 flagship (each with 4.5-inch screens). Given how compact looking the smaller tiles look even on the Lumia Icon, we were anxious to see how well the Live Tiles lined up on these devices with slightly smaller screens.

Turns out, they look great. Unless you have massively fat fingers or thumbs, you should have no problems with smaller tiles. We were not able to reproduce the three-column support on the smaller Lumia 520s Microsoft had on hand due to the devices being locked in a “retail display” mode, which prevented several settings from being activated.

If you find yourself with a Lumia 920, 925, 928 or 1020 in your pocket, then you can tell in our brief video how the new Live Tile arrangement looks compared to the current set-up. Frankly, we think Microsoft made the right call enabling support regardless of screen size. By putting the choice in our hands we can easily make the devices work the way we want them too.  Of course, all you need to wait for is Window Phone 8.1 to get pushed out.

Which device do you have? How big a difference will three-column support mean to you?



1. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

MS is getting closer. Still would like more home screens for me to take more notice. I can tolerate the Live Tiles like this.

5. rsiders

Posts: 1956; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

And don't forget the background images which looks amazing.

2. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

Looks good.

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Looks good too me..

4. fendetto

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 15, 2014


6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Now when there is backgrounds and more tiles, IMO live tiles are ok. When there was just two big ones vertically with flat colours, for me it felt like more of a toy. Damn, I really like WP now.

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea....its just looks better to me. Makes it seem like its less forced. The background would be distracting to me. I wouldnt use it, I would leave that like it was.

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