Newly leaked screenshots show Windows Phone 8.1 app store layout

Next week, Microsoft will hold its 2014 BUILD conference in San Francisco and we should get a lot more information about Windows Phone 8.1 at the event. There's been plenty of information and screenshot leaks from the OS ahead of time and this week that continued with details and images about its app store features.

WPCentral stated, via unnamed sources, that automatic app downloads will now be an option in the storefront for Windows Phone 8.1, although those will happen only if there is a Wi-Fi connection. "Featured Apps" will now be the top pane in the store's user interface, alongside "Featured Games" There will also be a "Personalized" section in the store, which will access a user's app history, along with their own likes and interests.

The store UI will also be able to show any active app downloads, along with a way to use a phone's location to recommend new apps. Any screenshots of apps will be placed below its description in the store, instead of those images getting their own section as they do in Windows Phone 8.0. Specific details about each app like its latest version number and language will be found on a separate page.

The article states that Windows Phone 8.1 still has not reached the RTM stage, so it's still possible that there could be even more changes to the store UI and features that have yet to be revealed.

Source: WPCentral | Image via WPCentral

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Wall-swe said,
Anyone know why they use low ppi fonts?

It's not low ppi lol. It's distinctively metro. Typography plays a huge role in achieving the whole "content over chrome" idea they're pushing for. And it works surprisingly well most of the time.

neonspark said,
MSFT: we have 400+ppi screens, let's use 72 point fonts designed for 150ppi.
I'm curious, why is that font a low ppi font? Because it's skinny?

Wall-swe said,
Anyone know why they use low ppi fonts?

Windows 8 takes screen size and screen resolution into account in deciding whether to output 100%, 140% or 180% sized UI elements.
I can only say that watching things on a high DPI computer screen from a distance is a different experience than watching a high DPI phone screen in your hand...

Wall-swe said,
I don't get it. Why cant the font be "smooth" while doing this?

Uh? It is smooth.

Are you looking at the resized images? Even the original posted images on WPCentral are resized down at a lower resolution.

This thread is getting crazy.

If you doubt Microsoft 'gets' font rendering, go look up their involvement in typography for the past 25 years. Ironic to this thread, WP has better font rendering technologies than Android or iOS.

No. I'm looking at the text on the tiles, on my Surface 2 start screen. And the text doesn't look smooth, it looks pixelated.

Wall-swe said,
No. I'm looking at the text on the tiles, on my Surface 2 start screen. And the text doesn't look smooth, it looks pixelated.

Seriously, even text at 1080p rendered without smoothing is fairly crisp, even on a 10" tablet - LET ALONE A 5" phone at 1080p.

Not only are you changing the subject of the conversation, but you are trying to establish proof of something that doesn't exist.

The TILES on your SURFACE use the same monochromatic font smoothing that you would find on OS X or Android, with the exception that it uses additional alignment information from the font to ensure the text is kerned and leaded properly.

If your tablet isn't 'smoothing' the fonts, you have something SERIOUSLY wrong.

You know you can Google/Bing Microsoft font/typography and learn about font smoothing, hinting, etc on your own.

Wall-swe said,
No. I'm looking at the text on the tiles, on my Surface 2 start screen. And the text doesn't look smooth, it looks pixelated.
On my Surface Pro 2, which has the same screen... it's only pixelated to the point that the pixels exist in the screen itself, and it's actually hard to notice with the rendering. You do get that there's nothing substantial Windows can do to avoid seeing the pixels when its restricted by the screen right?

No need to get upset. I haven't changed anything, this began as a question.
And I'm only asking questions about this matter, as this has bothered me for sometime now.
The text on the tiles are jagged, not much but its there. even some tile "pictures" like the Bing Maps icon is pixelated and doesn't look good.
If I open a PDF document or book in the Microsoft reader app or in Internet explorer 11 modern, the text look amazing, but the same can not be said of the text on the tiles.

Wall-swe said,
No need to get upset. I haven't changed anything, this began as a question.
And I'm only asking questions about this matter, as this has bothered me for sometime now.
The text on the tiles are jagged, not much but its there. even some tile "pictures" like the Bing Maps icon is pixelated and doesn't look good.
If I open a PDF document or book in the Microsoft reader app or in Internet explorer 11 modern, the text look amazing, but the same can not be said of the text on the tiles.

The text on the tiles is rendered with the same engine that IE uses.

So if you are seeing a difference, there is something messed up on your system.

Off the top of my head:
Uninstalled key OS fonts?
Let some software modify the font settings for the start screen?

If you remove the fonts that ships with Windows or replace them with older versions, it is very possible that it is not using the correct fonts on your tiles. There are even registry settings that tell the OS to substitute one font for the other, like Arial=Helvetica, and if these have been modified they could make the text look odd.

If a bitmap or an older font is being used that doesn't have the proper hinting/smoothing settings in the font file, there is no way it can be anti-aliased.

I do wish you success in finding a solution.

Wall-swe said,
No need to get upset. I haven't changed anything, this began as a question.
And I'm only asking questions about this matter, as this has bothered me for sometime now.
The text on the tiles are jagged, not much but its there. even some tile "pictures" like the Bing Maps icon is pixelated and doesn't look good.
If I open a PDF document or book in the Microsoft reader app or in Internet explorer 11 modern, the text look amazing, but the same can not be said of the text on the tiles.

Care to provide a screenshot?

MaPa said,
small off-top, can anyone confirm that htc 8s will recive wp8.1 ? i love this machine :)

I don't remember anything official being posted but it should be, both the 8X and the 8S should be able to get 8.1.

Eraser85 said,
MS's already commented on this: every device with 8.0 will get 8.1 :)

Yeah but then didn't one of the carriers say they wouldn't bother? I think it was T-Mobile with the 810? If the carrier is going to be a pita and get in the way again then who knows? I at least expect the preview for 8.1 will run fine, like the preview for GDR3, so there's that at least.

George P said,

Yeah but then didn't one of the carriers say they wouldn't bother? I think it was T-Mobile with the 810? If the carrier is going to be a pita and get in the way again then who knows? I at least expect the preview for 8.1 will run fine, like the preview for GDR3, so there's that at least.


The developer preview program allows anyone to bypass carriers.

MaPa said,
small off-top, can anyone confirm that htc 8s will recive wp8.1 ? i love this machine :)

Yes. Even if your carrier or HTC doesn't provide it, you can get it directly from MS. (MS Developer program allows you to load the version yourself.)

MaPa said,
Ok ok, but htc 8s has only 4gb of storage. does it matter ?

It'll run, if it has WP8 it'll install 8.1, I don't think the internal storage is an issue. Maybe it needs a set minimum so it can download the files it needs to do the install but I'm betting it'll let you know before hand so you can free some space.

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