Windows Phone 8 redesign to force Microsoft to move the system clock?

Windows Phone 8 redesign to force Microsoft to move the system clock?
Windows Phone 8 will come with a brand new Start Screen allowing for smaller tiles icons and getting rid of that big black strip on the side, but this new design also gets rid of the clock on the side which you could easily see in earlier Windows Phone versions. Sure, you probably want to have a bigger clock tile on your start screen, but it’s just a little inconsistency with the previous look. 

Also, currently, it seems that the engineers over at Redmond haven’t exactly figured out how to deal with the new tile arrangement, and the tile in the upper right corner eclipses the system clock. Only a part of it is actually visible right now.

We expect that Microsoft will either completely get rid of the clock or somehow find a way to fit it in there or some place else, it’s just the current situation that underscores the fact that the platform is still in development.

We actually like the new Start Screen much more as that empty strip of black just seemed like a waste of space, but we’re sure some folks will miss the very visual cue it gave to accessing the menus, so keeping user awareness about the existence of those settings is another design challenge for Microsoft.

source: PocketNow



1. bansidhar

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

move it man


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

still Restrictions, and no way near Android.....

20. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Go away useless troll Ohh and change that pic you got up there. You are from a mongolia and look like a 12 years old teen with a beard

2. akmaintu

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 08, 2012


11. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

brand new feature semi clock

23. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

haha, cool one..!!

3. Antwnhs

Posts: 7; Member since: May 29, 2012

It would be nice if they put a status bar! I mean just a simple stipe, showing the clock the signal reception, the battery and the connections...

5. tbar

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 18, 2010

Could do all of that on a live tile. That would actually give more flexibility than a status bar. So, Microsoft, design a live tile that gives access to tha info and the ability to make changes - ex: status of wireless and ability to toggle on/off, same for bluetooth, gps, etc.

7. Antwnhs

Posts: 7; Member since: May 29, 2012

Yeah you are right! That would be great too!

10. megaSUNNY

Posts: 93; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

cool idea dude ...gud thnking

16. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

damn good idea... basically a network settings live tile. +1

4. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Always wanted to see the clock on a live tile

6. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

im seriously confused. the vid with Ben shows the clock without it being blocked so um whats this about??

12. ReformedCtrlZ

Posts: 13; Member since: May 16, 2011

they're talking about how when you scroll up the clock can't be seen very well, but its a very poor example. Most tiles use the them color and the white clock text can easily be read. They happened to take a picture where a white tile is under the clock making it unreadable.

19. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

thanks for clearing that up

8. gwhyte01

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 09, 2008

Ms isn't stupid enough to let this slip by. Ppl stop worrying about s**t like this and worry about the taxes on your bill.

9. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

No, they are not. The point of the article really was to show that WP8, and also 7.8 update, are still "under construction". I think it underscores that this announcement was truly for the developers, and that full function is still coming. A couple months from now, we will see WP8 and Windows 8 and what they truly offer the tech world!!

13. ReformedCtrlZ

Posts: 13; Member since: May 16, 2011

No one has figured out that the same problem is on WIndows Phone 7/7.5 with the other system icons when you bring the up scrolled down. However this isn't a problem for either platform, because most apps use a colored tile where the white text of the clock and icons can easily be read on top of any tile color. They happened to have a white tile in the top right corner so the white on white cannot be distinguished. if they moved the white tile one over. Visibility would be fine.

15. DFranch

Posts: 562; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

You're partly right. The clock was always visible because the clock was in the gutter on the right side. The rest of the info (signal strength, etc) could be obscured by live tiles however

21. jtech

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Nice going B3B!

22. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

isin't this effect if u swipe a little bit up??

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