Windows Phone logo finally looks like a Windows Phone logo

Windows Phone logo finally looks like a Windows Phone logo
It always seemed strange that the Windows Phone logo was a shiny sphere considering that the entire Metro UI aesthetic is built around minimalist square/rectangular tiles, and it seems that Microsoft understood that. Reports are in from those out there lucky enough to be running the beta builds of Mango that the Windows Phone logo has become much more Metro UI. 

As you can see in the images below, on the left is the old Windows Phone logo, and the right are the new square designs. It seems a lot like the recent change in the Chrome browser icon, moving from a shiny 3D sphere to a flat, minimalist logo. And, it is a good move on both accounts. Google is known for minimalist UI, and Windows Phone Metro UI is built on minimalist tiles. In both cases, the logos moved towards styles that make more sense for the products. 

What do you guys think?

source: WPCentral

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19 Comments

1. ladyhaly

Posts: 106; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Makes sense.

2. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

minimalism is the new black. i hope Google proceeds to go more minimalistic in ICS.

3. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Microsoft it doing it right. Not to easy and simple like apple products and not to complex like Android.

4. joey18

Posts: 673; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

windows phone will kill iphone or android phones dont think so

5. readingthissh1t

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

lets see each os's new update first, buts its highly unlikely that wp7 will beat android or iOS

6. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

not so sudden but in time ;)

20. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

WP7 is drowning in the rapids of the competition between Android and iOS. between that and Microsoft's notoriously bad support for their mobile platforms it'll take a long while for WP7 to actually compete how Android and iOS does.

7. faisalbilal

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 13, 2011

windows phone will beat IOS but not android mostly because android is open source

9. FrostyM

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

neat logo. :)

10. Rdio1 unregistered

LOL @ all of you saying windows will beat ios.did you all forget that no one is selling the windows phones? everyone who sells phones hates it and anyone who buys it returns it.

12. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Farthest from the truth dude. Every Windows Phone that my store has sold has stayed out...haven't even come back in with questions! And if sales people were trained properly and didnt sell based on their personal feelings, WP7 would be doing much better than it is.

18. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Amen, Brother....

15. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

i sell phones and i dont hate it at all. i prefer selling WP7 because they dont come back as returns. Unfortunately its predecessor WM ruined its name sake.Also Android and iPhone are fashionable in the cell phone market, so even if your not tech savvy you are drawn to those phones.

16. ChezBox unregistered

Ah yes, Rdio1 clearly knows his facts here, and by facts I mean assumptions. Windows Phone is the best consumer rated product Microsoft has ever produced, with a customer satisfaction rate of 96% Every US carrier is selling Windows Phones, and with the Nokia merge the # of carrier worldwide will grow by 8X or so, maybe more. The Windows Phone OS is better than iOS in every way except 1: the sheer volume of quality apps. But it also takes about 30% of the time/effort to develop an app for WP7 than it does for iPhone, so in a year or 2 the software market for the operating systems will likely be comparable. But I mean, you've clearly used the phone yourself seeing as you know so much about it, no reason for me to mention any of this right?

17. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

The most recent survey's I saw had Windows satisfaction no where near that high. If you removed Windows Mobile from the equation, they are flirting with 70%, but not 96%. Just curious as to where your number came from? As a huge W7 supporter and a soon-to-be owner in November (stupid contract) I am very interested in any ammo to push W7 on friends, neighbors, and people I do not even know yet...

11. windows love unregistered

well i have to admit, the cingular store, i still call it that, they were totally dumping on windows phone and pushing android and iphone. i had already been there, and took advantage of a cheap lg quantum . man this phone rocks! i totally am digging windows it is so diff from the icon grid layout of the others. tiles are in and litte icons are out. i can only hope that they come out with a thinner slider and also nokia w/ mango...i am a waiting. I still hope for apple to totally revamp their dated system, if it wasnt for there ugly and boring software, i would love to go back to apple land just for the resale value of the headset. the sheep will buy them all day long. androids are worthless after 6 months on the market. and currently, and unforunately, depending on how you look at it, windows phones are paperweights the day you buy them. :(

13. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

how are they paperweights if you just wrote about how you like them? Just cause they arent juiced up with quad core processors, doesnt really mean much if it doesnt translate to real world feel. Windows Phone 7 devices run more smoothly than any other OS out there... and there is more in store with the Mango updates.

14. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I like both... But it makes sense to go along with the square tiles to keep the experience consistent.

19. nghtwng68

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

Nice way to simplify the logo and match it more closely to the WP7 interface. Good going in simplicity Microsoft.

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