This Windows Phone 9 concept shows the potential for the platform

With Windows Phone 8.1 right around the corner, one of Neowin’s forum members took a stab at creating a concept for Windows Phone 9.

The image at the top of this post is a concept of what Windows Phone 9 could look like, or in another sense, is a visionary perspective of where Windows Phone could be headed. And to be honest, we love it.

The subtle transparency of the live tiles with the flat textures looks fantastic and with a blurred background, really makes the entire OS look modern. By doing away with the flat only design that is currently utilized, the blending of subtle transparency fits the color scheme really well.

Thanks to the SDK leak for Windows Phone 8.1, it looks like backgrounds may be coming to the next update for Windows Phone so the above concept, may not be too far from reality.

There are a couple more concept mockups posted in the forum, which you can view here, and we are curious to know what you, dear reader, think of the concept. Do you like this direction or do think you think it’s trying too hard to be modern and Microsoft should stick to its flat only design scheme?

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Completely misses the point of 'Metro' and it's design philosophy.

God only knows the ghastly combinations we're going to see if/when WP allows User backgrounds.

Save people from themselves Microsoft.

I think it's okay for Windows Phone to have widgets, but not in the Metro style. The metro style isn't very attractive and THAT is not an opinion as users have rejected this style on the phone, the tablet, and the computer. If this so-called "concept" becomes live, I hope Microsoft doesn't dictate how other people apps look on the phone's home page. When it comes to customization, nobody beats Google. I hope Microsoft copies Google with this.....again.

VictorWho said,
The metro style isn't very attractive and THAT is not an opinion as users have rejected this style on the phone, the tablet, and the computer.

Oh, so what a vocal set of users say, must ring true for everyone, huh? Have you never heard of the old saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"? You can choose to like/dislike the modern/metro UI if you want, just as everyone else has the choice to decide what is attractive and what isn't. Sorry, but I really dislike people that comment claiming they are the voice of the "users", especially on items that really do amount to opinions and not fact-based information.

Just as you can find users that hate modern/metro, you can also find users that love modern/metro, so you're "not an opinion" is essentially "not a fact". If all users reject the style, than Microsoft wouldn't be continuing to sell or stick to it, would they? Or other companies wouldn't be drawing inspiration from it to use in their interfaces, would they?

Nobody beats Google? It depends on what particular thing you are trying to customize. I'm pretty darn sure Windows has more customization than ChromeOS, but please correct me if I'm wrong. That's just one example of many...

Quikboy said,

Oh, so what a vocal set of users say, must ring true for everyone, huh? Have you never heard of the old saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"? You can choose to like/dislike the modern/metro UI if you want, just as everyone else has the choice to decide what is attractive and what isn't. Sorry, but I really dislike people that comment claiming they are the voice of the "users", especially on items that really do amount to opinions and not fact-based information.

Just as you can find users that hate modern/metro, you can also find users that love modern/metro, so you're "not an opinion" is essentially "not a fact". If all users reject the style, than Microsoft wouldn't be continuing to sell or stick to it, would they? Or other companies wouldn't be drawing inspiration from it to use in their interfaces, would they?

Nobody beats Google? It depends on what particular thing you are trying to customize. I'm pretty darn sure Windows has more customization than ChromeOS, but please correct me if I'm wrong. That's just one example of many...


THIS. 100 TIMES THIS!

How is this anything like Android cept for an actual background image instead of a solid color...which isnt a new concept.

Some of the comments here make me fear for the future....

Anyway, it doesnt look terrible and solid colors do look better for the tiles. With the transparency, just looks to busy. Looks busy enough if you have to many tiles on the home screen.

Looks like a copy of Android's home screen with widgets in excess. But then again, most of the features MS introduces are directly copied from Android. It's a form of flattery I guess

simplezz said,
Looks like a copy of Android's home screen with widgets in excess. But then again, most of the features MS introduces are directly copied from Android. It's a form of flattery I guess

Um. What? Microsoft's Live Tiles are an original idea.

Dot Matrix said,

Um. What? Microsoft's Live Tiles are an original idea.

They just look like plain old widgets in that picture. And no, Tiles / Squares / Widgets / Magazine style isn't an original idea. They've been around for years. The original Wii had them, and I've seen them elsewhere too.

Thank goodness that a Neowin user is NOT designing WP9! Unless this is coming from Microsoft, this is a total waste of news space. Your headline makes it seem this is coming from Microsoft... something like you might see from sites like BetaNews.

This looks absolutely horrible. Concepts like this one show that people have no taste whatsoever (considering how many people like them).

Sorry but this doesn't even deserve front page news. It's an 'ok' concept, but I've seen much better ones that haven't received front page content. This isn't even news. It should be under NeoBytes. Gosh.

No offense to the member who created the concept, but why should this concept receive the front page treatment? It isn't fundamentally different from the current Windows Phone design and it also adds effects that could be considered out of place.

Ian William said,
No offense to the member who created the concept, but why should this concept receive the front page treatment? It isn't fundamentally different from the current Windows Phone design and it also adds effects that could be considered out of place.
Because original content helps drive views and revenue to the site?

I agree + it's not even that great of a concept. It's already known there are going to be major design changes in WP9.

Nahhh, the side menu for ME is pretty silly, why not use the whole screen? sure if you could see one row of live tiles if might have a small redeeming factor, but.. yeah. I see what they are trying to do but it's not what I'd do. The transparency is pointless and looks cheap, photo backgrounds clash too much.. the stock Windows 8 start screen type background is a better bet.. and the ME tile up top, although it fits with Win8, it doesn't fit with the existing tried and true icon bar up top.

JHBrown said,
Most of the screenshots and advertisements show Windows Phone as a cluttered mess. I've mentioned this many times.

What? WP is far from a cluttered mess.

JHBrown said,
Most of the screenshots and advertisements show Windows Phone as a cluttered mess. I've mentioned this many times.

Assume you are talking about the promo/media shots they always show where they cram a crap ton of tiles on to one screen.

techbeck said,

Assume you are talking about the promo/media shots they always show where they cram a crap ton of tiles on to one screen.

Correct.

Why the hell do I need to see my name on the top? Not like I turn on my phone and go "ohhh that's what my name is"

It makes sense on the desktop because you could have multiple accounts, but on phones?

-Razorfold said,
Why the hell do I need to see my name on the top? Not like I turn on my phone and go "ohhh that's what my name is"

It makes sense on the desktop because you could have multiple accounts, but on phones?


From the original post
"if you click on your name ME page will show up from left you can quickly post a new message to all social network, check notifications, quick settings shortcuts"

Fritzly said,

From the original post
"if you click on your name ME page will show up from left you can quickly post a new message to all social network, check notifications, quick settings shortcuts"

So, the Me tile that's been a part of Windows Phone since the beginning?

Ideas Man said,

So, the Me tile that's been a part of Windows Phone since the beginning?


I guess yes, in a way... Revisited in W8 style and with more functionalities.

Terrible. Looks like a crappy Android skin. What does this exactly solve? Making tiles transparent = harder to read info. And why would you need your own name at the top?? It's valuable screen real estate being wasted.

Wapoz said,
Terrible. Looks like a crappy Android skin. What does this exactly solve? Making tiles transparent = harder to read info. And why would you need your own name at the top?? It's valuable screen real estate being wasted.

Really? IMO, The info in the pic at the top is no harder to read than it would be without transparency.

Wapoz said,
Terrible. Looks like a crappy Android skin. What does this exactly solve? Making tiles transparent = harder to read info. And why would you need your own name at the top?? It's valuable screen real estate being wasted.

I agree. I think it's a crappy mockup.

Agree that it's not very good. Transparency interferes, and the user info at the top left is a complete waste of space. I was hoping for something better.

SharpGreen said,

Really? IMO, The info in the pic at the top is no harder to read than it would be without transparency.

The reason it's harder to read isn't because it's opaque. It's because the white text is straight on the multi-coloured background rather than having a single (semi-transparent) colour behind it which acts as a border for the letters.

Personally I don't like the mockup but to each their own. It seems like the author is copying Apple copying Microsoft (blurred background with transparent UI).

The name/picture at the top looks nice but would need to have added use to be worth it. It looks like it's lifted straight off Windows 8 - which makes no sense as Windows Phone isn't a multi-user environment.

Wapoz said,
Terrible. Looks like a crappy Android skin. What does this exactly solve? Making tiles transparent = harder to read info. And why would you need your own name at the top?? It's valuable screen real estate being wasted.

I agree. The design is really not good. That's of issues that does not solve anything.

Fred 69 said,

The reason it's harder to read isn't because it's opaque. It's because the white text is straight on the multi-coloured background rather than having a single (semi-transparent) colour behind it which acts as a border for the letters.

Personally I don't like the mockup but to each their own. It seems like the author is copying Apple copying Microsoft (blurred background with transparent UI).

The name/picture at the top looks nice but would need to have added use to be worth it. It looks like it's lifted straight off Windows 8 - which makes no sense as Windows Phone isn't a multi-user environment.

Nono that's not what I meant, really a poor choice of worcs on my part.

For the top of the pic I will admit it's harder to read than the text on the tiles.

Good job! Not where I'd want it to go myself, but that's personal taste foe you. Certainly, not all photos make good Metro/Modern backgrounds... Learned that the hard way with W8 and a customization program (glad it was free). Dislike the translucency, truth be told.

At most, those animating screen tattoo things with Windows 8.1 might be nice. But I really do prefer the minimalist look.

Chikairo said,
Good job! Not where I'd want it to go myself, but that's personal taste foe you. Certainly, not all photos make good Metro/Modern backgrounds... Learned that the hard way with W8 and a customization program (glad it was free). Dislike the translucency, truth be told.

At most, those animating screen tattoo things with Windows 8.1 might be nice. But I really do prefer the minimalist look.


I agree but options like that are key to success.

transparency rocks for what? the beauty of a background that is washed out? you either like the background or you don't. also if you like backgrounds change your lockscreen

It's not about the actual background for me (though I do like the background shown above)... it's how the transparency gives the appearance/feel that the tiles are floating on top of the background, whatever it is, and gives it an almost 3D feel.