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#31 OP Steven P.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:54

It's good to know that a notifications screen is on the way. It would be awesome if we could customize alerts per app as well. I have been able to tone down Facebook notifications (even though the push notifications don't appear to work half the time) but other apps like wordfeud (words with friends for example) alert just like an sms would! If you have a few different games with many people going, then that just becomes incredibly annoying.

edit: oh whatsapp also decides to vibrate (alert) only when you are opening the message.. duh! as in: sound alerts properly, but vibrates the phone (if you have that enabled) when you are already in the whatsapp list and go to open the new message, so kind of redundant.


#32 +Ely

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:32

edit: oh whatsapp also decides to vibrate (alert) only when you are opening the message.. duh! as in: sound alerts properly, but vibrates the phone (if you have that enabled) when you are already in the whatsapp list and go to open the new message, so kind of redundant.


Yeah, that has been happening with whatsapp since WP7, but I think this is a problem with the notifcations implementation with some apps, as others notify just fine, I might be wrong though, and yes I agree that custom notification alerts besides being able to pick custom sounds for just the ringtones (like others have said) would be a good improvement too.

I think the current problem is that many apps have been quickly ported to WP8 from 7 without developers making sure everything works, but I think things will improve as new versions of the apps are released.

#33 BajiRav

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 13:24

It's good to know that a notifications screen is on the way. It would be awesome if we could customize alerts per app as well. I have been able to tone down Facebook notifications (even though the push notifications don't appear to work half the time) but other apps like wordfeud (words with friends for example) alert just like an sms would! If you have a few different games with many people going, then that just becomes incredibly annoying.

edit: oh whatsapp also decides to vibrate (alert) only when you are opening the message.. duh! as in: sound alerts properly, but vibrates the phone (if you have that enabled) when you are already in the whatsapp list and go to open the new message, so kind of redundant.

I think whatsapp itself is buggy as hell. I do get toast alerts with sound but if I am streaming something (twit.tv mainly) or playing mp3s - whatsapp takes over the player for no reason and I have to go back to the music player/streaming apps to resume playback. weird.

#34 micro

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 13:56

The back button acts just as it would if you were in a browser. So if you've been navigating to different pages in an app and hit back, it will take you back to say the main page of the app etc, if you hit back from the main page chances are the last place you were was not in the app so it closes the app. ETC The back button functions the same ALL the time, it goes back.

#35 George P

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 19:45

If you want to go to different apps just hold the back button down to bring up the app switcher and then go to where you want to. It's what I do now because just hitting back over and over will end up closing apps I want to keep open.

#36 cope

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 14:04

Seriously Microsoft, all the search button does is open Bing? Worst implementation of a hardware button yet, it also adds unnecessary bloat to the UI as a Search icon is needed in individual apps as well.


A nice tip, atleast for IE on WP8: If you select some text on a web page, and then click the 'Search' button, bing will search for the selected text :)

#37 Dashel

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 00:06

I disagree with the OP on all accounts, except for the yucky button placement and feel on the 8X.

-Search button does a lot more than 'open Bing'
-Back button is consistent, it takes you back within an app then exits it. (The change of IE tab behavior in 7.5 is the only thing that is worse now in regards to this)
-A preference item, pretty minor
-I still don't get the need for a notification center at all, thats what Tiles/toasts are for
-Of course the keyboard is dynamic
-Its a vertical screen
-If they keyboard is up, suggestions are up (Unlike Win8 for example, annoying) Where exactly are you that you aren't getting them?

#38 OP Steven P.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:02

Yeah I discovered you can exit programs by hitting back until you can't go back anymore, shame you can't choose which programs to leave running in the background from the task switcher, it also seems like an odd thing for "task management" hopefully they improve on it to allow per app management from the task switcher (which would be cool)..

#39 +D. FiB3R

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:53

With WP8, is it possible to make the phone automatically go into silent mode at a given time?

#40 Subhadip

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:23

Hardware Search button in the very first Windows Phone 7 was contextual, which received a ton of complaints. So they linked it to Bing services in Windows Phone 7.5 with the contextual search made soft. I like it how it is, including the soft in-app search button, but I would like to see Windows 8 style global search added to Bing that searches the phone and its apps in addition to all the Bing services.

WP8 was most certainly a platform release rather than a features release, moving to Windows NT, while features hardly advanced from WP7.5. It is interesting to notice that many of your complaints are missing features which are all part of Windows 8. I am sure they are coming - including Notification Center which has been confirmed. Personally, I don't need it, the toast/live tile system is way more elegant, but I can understand how it would be helpful for power users running dozens of apps. I am very pleased with the overall experience with WP8, and the minor missing gaps/apps will be filled in short order. (Remember Android in the early days?)

#41 Dashel

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 17:17

Yeah I discovered you can exit programs by hitting back until you can't go back anymore, shame you can't choose which programs to leave running in the background from the task switcher, it also seems like an odd thing for "task management" hopefully they improve on it to allow per app management from the task switcher (which would be cool)..


You can choose easily, just use the Win key if you need to check something else. You need to let go this whole idea of manually managing the closing of apps. That way it naturally closes those apps that you generally done with. I'm OCD so I get the 'need to close stuff' but you really don't need to bother. Holding Back is a task switcher, not manager.

#42 vcfan

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 17:54

Most of these things are things you might complain about now,but that's because they aren't normal to you. Once you spend time with the phone, these feel natural,and using another phone will get you annoyed that things don't act like windows phone.

#43 +Ely

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 18:05

Most of these things are things you might complain about now,but that's because they aren't normal to you. Once you spend time with the phone, these feel natural,and using another phone will get you annoyed that things don't act like windows phone.


Totally agree, I find interacting with Android on my Samsung Galaxy Player so annoying, feels hard to navigate while in WP8 everything feels so smooth and natural to navigate.

#44 George P

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 19:18

The one thing that I want to see on my 8X though is the camera scene presets that are on the Lumia 920. You know, the indoor, outdoor, nighttime etc that you can manually select that aren't there on the 8X.

Other than that I'm really happy with my device. Any other updates to the OS MS makes are a bonus imo.

#45 +D. FiB3R

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 02:34

I'll take that as a no, then.



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