Windows Phone 8 concept shows serious potential

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A few bits and pieces of Windows Phone 8 have leaked out over the past few months and we fully expect that next month we will see Windows Phone 8 unveiled at a developer conference in June.

The concept above is straight forward, take the Start screen and modify it to fit on a phone. The end result, at least from the looks of the concept, appears to work quite well and elegantly ties both platforms together. Is this the direction Microsoft is moving towards? That we do not know but the concept does open the door to a new avenue of exploration.

The concept takes the Start screen that we have all become familiar with but breaks it up in to bite sized chunks that can be displayed on any Windows Phone. It would appear swiping left or right would bring you to a new set of tiles, similar to how Android has multiple screens.

Windows Phone 8 has already had some of its features leaked and if you need a refresher, you can read more here.

We are only a few weeks away from the unveiling of Windows Phone 8, let us know what your predications are in the comments below. 

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rom said,
I wish they'd resize the title header on most apps to give more vertical space for the content itself like this concept: http://bit.ly/LwANJ9

Not bad, not bad at all. Actually much better than the one mentioned in the article.

Goodbye, Page up & down and scroll up & down are done. Hello, Page left & right and Scroll left & right are cool. Awesome !!!

I don't mind the curernt UI but they need to allow more customization to let OEMs make it different while preserving the core functionality and experience. 10 color choices and two solid color backgrounds is very lame-o in 2012 when you have droids with video wallpaper on the shelf next to the windows phone at ATT stores.

Actually I like The Lumia 900 that is used to show the prototype. If true means WP7 devices are updatable to WP8 which is awesome. too good to be true but if true that would be amazing

S3P€hR said,
Actually I like The Lumia 900 that is used to show the prototype. If true means WP7 devices are updatable to WP8 which is awesome. too good to be true but if true that would be amazing

there shouldnt be a real reason why not, the current specs of phones should be able to run Windows 7 if it would have an ARM version. And Windows 8 is allot lighter, especially the phone version of the OS.

That's pretty nice. Maybe if they designed the icons a bit smaller so that so much scrolling wouldn't be needed to go through app list.

I think they'll keep the scrolling vertical as it is because, well, phones are portrait when upright.
Perhaps they could implement a start screen that scrolls horizontally when the phone is in landscape. Windows 8 was designed to work landscape, that's why it scrolls horizontally.

I'm sure we'll see stuff like naming groups and schemantic zoom come to Windows Phone 8. I also hoping for App Contracts, but god, I don't want Edge UIs on my phone.

I'm sorry but that's ugly. The current interface is MUCH better and just needs things like app groups, etc.

That's too much side scrolling for the start menu it shuold at most have 3 panels. That mockup is pretty much just like Android and that's horrible.

WTF are you thinking with those ugly notification icons? This isn't iOS or Android. The large number that are currently on the tiles is what makes it more beautiful and stand out more.

The took Windows Phone Metro and made it the Windows 8 Start Screen, why again do we need to modify the Windows 8 Start Screen and make it Windows Phone Metro??? What am I missing?

Ahh, what happened to the list of apps??? I Do not think this will be what windows phone 8 is. It is very intuitive and making the main screen have a pivot of a bunch of icons would be confusing for some. One of the reason why i didnt like android was that my start screen or applist was crowded as hell and finding applications was like a mini where's waldo game.

Eh...it's too much like Android to be bogged down by the endless menu options. If anything, add a screen to the left of Start for Notifications. And perhaps custom hubs to act as folders. Good enough.

Overboard? We haven't had much of it yet. The small icons and left/right or up/down is very very long in the tooth. UI's have not that far over the past several years. The WP UI is nice and smooth.

I must admit since owning a WP7, Windows 8 Metro is not so annoying as it was before, it is still pointless, but I don't hate it as much as I did before getting my phone

Detection said,
I must admit since owning a WP7, Windows 8 Metro is not so annoying as it was before, it is still pointless, but I don't hate it as much as I did before getting my phone

They really need a classic icon mode to please those who are anti-tile.

Detection said,
I must admit since owning a WP7, Windows 8 Metro is not so annoying as it was before, it is still pointless, but I don't hate it as much as I did before getting my phone

I think that Metro UI is only annoying if you're not using a touch screen, on phones and tablets (or other touch screen devices) it works pretty well.

dipsylalapo said,

I think that Metro UI is only annoying if you're not using a touch screen, on phones and tablets (or other touch screen devices) it works pretty well.

Yea I agree, which is why everyone (99% of PC owners) think it is a crazy move to force on desktop owners if they want to run Win 8

Detection said,

Yea I agree, which is why everyone (99% of PC owners) think it is a crazy move to force on desktop owners if they want to run Win 8

99%? really?

oliver182 said,

99%? really?

Maybe an exaggeration, but I was thinking along the lines of the % of PC owners who do not own a touchscreen LCD

Detection said,

Maybe an exaggeration, but I was thinking along the lines of the % of PC owners who do not own a touchscreen LCD

Well, believe it or not some regular PC users like me actually likes windows 8 with out touchscreens... not everyone thinks in the same way..

oliver182 said,

Well, believe it or not some regular PC users like me actually likes windows 8 with out touchscreens... not everyone thinks in the same way..

There's nothing wrong with Windows 8 in general, it's the Metro UI that's the issue if you don't have a touchscreen. Do you still prefer Metro over current Windows (without a touchscreen)?

dipsylalapo said,

There's nothing wrong with Windows 8 in general, it's the Metro UI that's the issue if you don't have a touchscreen. Do you still prefer Metro over current Windows (without a touchscreen)?

well yeah, you still have the desktop for regular aplications, and once you learn the mouse gestures you can get around metro and the desktop very easy,well at least I can..

I like it, keep the vertical scrolling but allow me to split my really long list of pinned apps into per page groups, magic!

Make it so the all apps page/list is one page to the left (making it page 1 in effect) then the home page (the default screen - also make the order of them configurable so any can be defaul) next to it to the right, then all other pages to the right of that split into groups (phone apps, media apps, games, etc.)

duddit2 said,
I like it, keep the vertical scrolling but allow me to split my really long list of pinned apps into per page groups, magic!

Make it so the all apps page/list is one page to the left (making it page 1 in effect) then the home page (the default screen - also make the order of them configurable so any can be defaul) next to it to the right, then all other pages to the right of that split into groups (phone apps, media apps, games, etc.)

For this to work that concept image above would need to put the page/group title above, and allow you to scroll down as you can now. Scrolling to the right would only kick in if the user added a grouping page and gave it a title (games etc.) - this would be a great concept!

There is so much that can be done with WP7. I think it will have:
Apps groups
Semantic Zoom for said groups
Native development
Improved app switching

But I think the concept is too over board.

greenwizard88 said,
That's great, if the user has 16 programs. What happens when the user has 100?

Show me how that works, and I'll be a believer!


Um, zoom out functionality like in windows 8?

the vertical scrolling in WP7 makes more sense as it is. I hope it stays so. But with added abilitiy of folders if not groups.

Zain Adeel said,
the vertical scrolling in WP7 makes more sense as it is. I hope it stays so. But with added abilitiy of folders if not groups.

I think they could bring in horizontal and vertical scrolling. Right now there is only the tile page and the app list page, WP8 could add more tile pages that's all.

Zain Adeel said,
the vertical scrolling in WP7 makes more sense as it is. I hope it stays so. But with added abilitiy of folders if not groups.

Having tile groups makes more sense in the design than folders. My money is on some form of grouping that you can scroll left and right between but still have a vertical group of tiles in each. That though begs the question, where does the app list go?

GP007 said,

Having tile groups makes more sense in the design than folders. My money is on some form of grouping that you can scroll left and right between but still have a vertical group of tiles in each. That though begs the question, where does the app list go?

that's exactly why I said that I think this will stay.
I don't think they are going to add charm menu in WP8 because it will be an extra swipe. I think the will be keeping the back button where it is with start and search. So the app list access will be a problem. I am really curious what MS is cooking for WP8

the better twin said,
Its just windows 8 start screen plonked on a phone. I would hardly call it a concept.
Also you would forever be scrolling sideways if you have any number of apps installed.
They will probably also keep the background black to save battery life.

This concept is much more refined and is an evolution of the current wp rather than just ripping off w8:
http://www.monwindowsphone.com...pureview-t11820.html?ref=nf


Those were my thoughts, too (apart from the comment regarding the background colour).

the better twin said,
Its just windows 8 start screen plonked on a phone. I would hardly call it a concept.
Also you would forever be scrolling sideways if you have any number of apps installed.
They will probably also keep the background black to save battery life.

This concept is much more refined and is an evolution of the current wp rather than just ripping off w8:
http://www.monwindowsphone.com...pureview-t11820.html?ref=nf

Well that was underwhelming... All they did was allow you to rotate the tiles and organize them into categories... Though I agree with your point here of constantly scrolling (As noted above), the concept you linked to isn't any better honestly...

That's just the main homescreen though, just like in WP7.5 and in W8 all apps won't be displayed there (unless you put them there) but in an all apps view.

the better twin said,
Its just windows 8 start screen plonked on a phone. I would hardly call it a concept.
Also you would forever be scrolling sideways if you have any number of apps installed.
They will probably also keep the background black to save battery life.

This concept is much more refined and is an evolution of the current wp rather than just ripping off w8:
http://www.monwindowsphone.com...pureview-t11820.html?ref=nf

that phone concept looks great. gimme a lumia as thin as the htc one x with an HD scren and I'll be converted. tho im not expecting a quadcore with 2gb of ram

dipsylalapo said,
Yes please, one on the issues that I have the 7.5 is that the list is apps can get quite large. I would love to see this.

You can hit one of the letters on the apps list and get a full screen alphabet so you can jump from A to Z in 2 touches

Detection said,

You can hit one of the letters on the apps list and get a full screen alphabet so you can jump from A to Z in 2 touches

I've seen this but for me it's about having dividing up the apps. As shown above I'd love to have a home screen for media etc.

Or maybe it's just me having become so used to seeing the multiple app screens in iPhones and Android phones and thinking that I'm missing out

It's good to see metro on something that it's actually made for, can't wait to try the finished product on a phone or tablet.

Order_66 said,
It's good to see metro on something that it's actually made for, can't wait to try the finished product on a phone or tablet.

Hm, considering Microsoft are the company that make Metro, that means it is made for desktops.

Some variation of this will come. Micrsoft has said many times this is a three screen play and the adding of Metro on the desktop only underscores that point.

Frazell Thomas said,
Some variation of this will come. Micrsoft has said many times this is a three screen play and the adding of Metro on the desktop only underscores that point.

Agreed, though I feel from a usability standpoint, the current up down for tiles and right for app list is much more user friendly... I do like the background though. Assuming it doesn't hit the battery too much...

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed, though I feel from a usability standpoint, the current up down for tiles and right for app list is much more user friendly... I do like the background though. Assuming it doesn't hit the battery too much...

I'm not sure up and down is really better than left and right. One thing is certain, the "app list" can only become better, there is no way they can make that a worse user experience