Problems with Windows Phone 7.8 Live Tiles reported

Late in January, Microsoft launched the Windows Phone 7.8 software upgrade for some older Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone owners. The single biggest new feature is the updated Start screen, which added resizable Live Tiles for apps. This allowed the older Windows Phone users to see tiles that displayed refreshed information such as email messages, Facebook updates and more.

At least, that's was supposed to be how the Live Tiles were going to work. Now it appears that at least some Windows Phone owners are not seeing the Live Tiles in Windows Phone 7.8 refreshing their data as promised. WPCentral.com states that the problem appears to be related to the operating system itself.

The article states that app developers have three different ways to code the updates for Live Tiles for their Windows Phone 7.8 apps. However, a homebrew developer "Heathcliff" claims that two of those three methods, Shell Tile Scheduler and HTTP Notification Channel, do not appear to be working correctly.

Some Live Tiles also appear to flicker, which could cause a faster battery drain for owners of those smartphones. So far, Microsoft has yet to comment if they have discovered any issues with the Live Tiles feature in Windows Phone 7.8.

Source: WPCentral.com | Image via Microsoft

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I haven't had any issues with the tiles on my Nokia Lumia 800. Small, medium and large tiles all seem to update their information correctly.

"There are reports that a number of Windows Phone 7.5 phone owners who updated to Windows Phone 7.8 are having problems with the Live Tiles updating as promised by Microsoft"
Well if Microsoft promised the defect, then what did they expect.

Medium and Large tiles are working fine on my Nokia Lumia 800.

Small tiles appear to change to a generic program icon but then you couldn't read any information off them anyway.

Nokia 900 (factory) and 710 (custom) with no refresh or flicker issues here as well, all in all a pretty solid point release. Tiles are updating, notifications are just as responsive as ever, etc.

No issues here and wtf "7.8" introduced a new live tile feature... Ummm... WP has has live tiles since it's inception and its one of the biggest features that stands out from other platforms.


However, a homebrew developer "Heathcliff" claims that two of those three methods, Shell Tile Scheduler and HTTP Notification Channel, do not appear to be working correctly.

I can't remember the details, but I remember hitting this myself. It was driving me crazy testing one of my apps. The same code worked on WP7.5, but not WP7.8.

I also had a problem where my app would send toast notifications, but if you tapped on it, it would open the wrong app - an app by a completely different developer. I just uninstalled the other app and it fixed it.

But since I had flashed my phone with a version of WP7.8 from Navifirm, I didn't report the issues.

I'm still not seeing this update on my wife's Nokia 710. Do I need to do anything to make it appear?

Non-branded unlocked phone.

People keep complaining about this idiotic writer and I just ignore them but this article takes the cake. Is John just writing crap to fill a quota when he clearly knows nothing about the topic at hand?

The single biggest new feature is the updated Start screen, which added Live Tiles for apps. This allowed the older Windows Phone users to see tiles that displayed refreshed information such as email messages, Facebook updates and more.

What? Live tiles have existed in WP7 since the very first version.

I think its just bad English. I was thinking what the heck myself after reading it a few times. I assume they're referring only to the new smaller square tiles that offer the live tile updates and not live tiles as a whole,