Nokia is going big on advertising its Lumia 1020 flagship device in UK. Nokia Lumia 1020′s advertisement from Nokia was spotted in today’s Metro newspaper in UK. Its 4 full page ads that emphasizes on Nokia Lumia 1020′s 41MP camera and its imaging capabilities. The device is set to hit the largest UK carrier, EE, this Thursday, and will be available on a variety of price plans.
Do you think this kind of marketing works for winning away consumers?
Thanks Stephen for the heads up.
It has been rumoured that HTC was working with the Chinese government on a new OS free from Google, Apple or Microsoft’s influence.
Now a picture has leaked on Weibo of the OS, and it bears a rather close resemblance to Windows Phone.
After a screen shot leaked of Tizen 3 also looking a lot like Windows Phone, and of course iOS 7 adopting some Metro design principles, we wonder if there are any more designers left in the world, and if they could possibly get their inspiration from somewhere else.
The Windows Phone fan favorite app, Tile Me!, gets a new update that adds Twitter integration. This update allows you to show your support for the Windows Phone platform in just few taps. This addition is available on both the Free and paid versions of the app for Windows Phone 8. Twitter integration for Windows Phone 7.x devices is coming soon.
If this is the first time you are hearing about this app, Tile Me!’s goal is to quickly generate a static or animated profile picture in the form of a Me tile which can be used on various social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or blogs, personal websites, message boards etc. By doing so, you are showing the world your support for the Windows Phone platform.
The video tour above shows all the current features of the app.
Tile Me! is available for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8 and has a Free ad-supported and a Paid version which costs $0.99. If you are a Windows Phone fan and want to show your support for the platform you can download Tile Me! from the store now by scanning the QR codes below.
Tile Me! Free Tile Me! (Paid)
Tile Me!’s main goal is very simple: Quickly generate a profile picture (avatar) in the form of a Me tile that can be used on various social networks, forums, blogs and more, to show support for Windows Phone. This idea first originated from David V. Kimball on the /r/WindowsPhone subreddit who was manually creating Me tiles for Windows Phone fans which was then turned into an app by Ertay Shashko who has been constantly listening to the users’ feedback and adding new features to the app.
Tile Me! has the following features:
- 500×500 pixels JPEG output (Free version)
- Custom Text (Free and Paid version)
- Over 60 tile colors to choose from (Free and Paid version)
- High Resolution 1000×1000 pixels JPEG and PNG output (Paid version)
- Animated GIF output (Paid version)
- SkyDrive integration (Paid version)
The first version of Tile Me! was released on 1st of August 2013 and since then the Free version has over 28.000 downloads. On the US Windows Phone store alone, the app currently has 85 reviews with an average of 4.5 stars.
Tile Me! is available for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8 and has a Free ad-supported and a Paid version which costs $0.99. The animated GIF support is currently only available on the Windows Phone 8 version.
If you are a Windows Phone fan and want to show your support for the platform you can download Tile Me! from the store now by scanning the QR codes below.
Tile Me! Free Tile Me! (Paid)
The Metro deign language has been pretty influential, from wet wipes to alarm clocks, but so far we have not seen any furnishing with the minimalist look.
Now Los Angeles-based Stanton True has taken on the challenge of creating “modern” furniture by creating one-of-a-kind statement pieces designed by founder Dan Maddox.
"Scrapping everything and starting over"? Hahaha.
— Windows Phone Design (@WPdesignteam) July 19, 2013
Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin recently claimed that Microsoft was planning to review the Windows Phone 8 user interface and rebuild it from scratch, possibly ditching Metro completely for the next major version of Windows Phone.
It seems the Windows Phone Design Team on Twitter were not too impressed with this idea, posting:
"Scrapping everything and starting over"? Hahaha.
Of course the tweet does not mean that the Metro design guidelines are not being reviewed, or that the Windows Phone team is aware of all the changes underfoot. One simply need to look at all the conflicting messages, even from official sources, regarding the ability to upgrade handsets from Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8.
However it is clear that, at least overtly, the team are not aware of a complete reboot of Windows Phone’s UI.
Well, well, that must be embarrassing to iPhone fans who have been hating on the Modern UI in Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.
9to5Mac reports, “according to multiple people who have either seen or have been briefed on the upcoming iOS 7” that the new user interface created by Apple design guru Jonny Ives with be “very, very flat” , devoid of “all signs of gloss, shine, and skeuomorphism seen across current and past versions of iOS” with a level of “flatness” approaching recent releases of Microsoft’s Windows Phone “Metro” UI.
In addition Apple has been discussing and testing ways to add more ‘glance-able’ information and system options panels, like Notification Center, to the software.
Apple fans worry that Apple’s new design direction will leave existing iPhone apps out of step with Apple’s new modern UI, ironically creating the same kind of experiential divide as between the Modern Start Screen launcher in Windows 8 and the old Windows applications.
iPhone fans are of course horrified, with one saying:
I really want iOS7 to change. But I don’t want it to be totally flat like Windows Phone 7/8.
A balance between the two would be nice if done properly.
I hate plainness. It’s like going back to Windows NT or something. (And I really really hate WP7/8).
To them we can just say its time to get with the future, and try on something a bit more Modern
Striking another blow against critics of Metro, according to rumours Apple is set to join Google in adopting a more digitally authentic user interface, free from the skeuomorphism which characterized the OS.
According to sources this is due to the influence of Jonny Ive, Apple’s head designer, who will be pushing for a more “flat design” that is starker and simpler, according to developers who have spoken to Apple employees.
The first victims will be the fake leather and other “textures that are all over the place right now.”
While we could not care less what Apple does with iOS, the changes would be an interesting counterpoint to those who troll our comments and claim to hate Windows Phone with a passions because they hate the user interface and live tiles. In the end Microsoft’s futuristic mobile user interface was just predicting the future for all the other mobile operating systems.
The Windows Phone Metro design team can add another feather to their cap.
Windows Phone 8 has just been nominated for a U.K. Design Museumâ€˜s 2013 Designs of the Year award, an honour it is sharing withÂ luminariesÂ such as the Olympic Cauldron by Heatherwick Studios.
Commenting on the decision, Pete Collard, the exhibitionâ€™s curator said:
â€œThe language that Windows Phone 8 presents is a very digital language, it says â€˜this is digital information presented on a smartphone,â€™ and as such is not trying to bring in other cultural ideas.â€
â€œIt is a nice, clean, pure color, interface. The tiling system is intuitive. It is not over-designed to bring in other narratives from other objects.â€
He contrasted it with some of the Apple products.
WP7forum.ru had a frank discussion with Â Eugene Gavrilov, head of design integration Microsoft Windows Phone which produced some interesting titbits.
Eugene has been with Windows Phone for about 5 years now, from the time when the system was rebooted from Windows Mobile.
When asked why the Windows Phone 7.5 start screen was changed in Windows Phone 8, with the tiles becoming full screen, he revealed that the idea of resizable tiles were there from the start, but was difficult to implement in the first release of the OS.
Calling Windows Phone 7 the first test, he said the current design wasÂ in Â fact that which was originally conceived, but that they did not have Â time to implement all their plans in the first versions. Noting that screen sizes have increased, it was now more imperative to allow users to use their home screen more effectively.
Explaining further, he said:
Simply speaking, initially it was all planned, but not implemented, has not worked through. The process of creating the OS – it is a long and very difficult process. At a time when releasing a new release, usually already done half of the next release. Our team is always working to stay ahead, because the developers need a lot of time to implement the functionality. This is why designers have to work at least six months and sometimes a year in advance. The basic concepts are made much earlier how programmers get to work. The development cycle is constructed as follows: immediately after the release of starting to write code for the new release, but at this point, you must have already approved layouts.And so it turns out that we have to live in the future
But the resource developers are often limited in time, so part of our planned features that do not have time to implement, simply transfer the next release.
Especially, there are many restrictions when dealing with the design of the operating system. Designers need to understand, for example, whether a year is a feature available with the new hardware technology. Will the demand for such a screen size or density of pixels, which are usually taken into account today.
Why releases published once a year? Not because all such lazy. A process of testing the phone takes 3-4 months. All clearly laid out: the appointed time has come release path that consists of a number of stages. And every step of their hard, long and interesting.
He also revealed that Microsoft does in fact pay attention to the suggestions on their USerVoice page, with the suggestions collected, assessed and reviewed for technicalÂ feasibilityÂ Some requests were however simply not possible at the time.
As a designer, he also made it clear that not all apps should be shoe-horned into the Metro designÂ languageÂ noting for kids colourful, flashing designs were still appropriate, while Metro was more appropriate to highlight content with adults.
On Windows Phone 8, he said it was where they wanted the OS to be 3 years ago, but that Windows Phone 7 users greatly assisted with the development of the platform.
He said on the new core updates will come more frequently, due to being able to update only core files rather than the whole ROM.
He also said Windows Phone 7.8 may be the last version of the legacy OS, but that this depended on how the market responded to the Windows Phone 7.8 devices currently being released in India, Russia and China. Â ”If we find that the activity of smartphone users is quite high, the Windows Phone 7.x branch will continue to develop,” he noted.
Read much more atÂ wp7forum.ru here.
Will Appleâ€™s stretched leather â€œolde Westyâ€ look turn into a clean, modern design.
The BGR reports that Appleâ€™s executive in charge of iOS, after the ousting of Scott Forstall, is set to overhaul the look of the dated OS to bring a more Modern Look.
According to the Timeâ€™s sources Iveâ€™s iOS makeover will incorporate â€œclean edges, flat surfacesâ€ to â€œreplace the textures that are all over the place right now,â€ making â€œsoftware designed to look like real-life textures, such as linen or felt, is expected to become a thing of the past.â€
It is almost as of iOS will be catching the â€œAuthentically Digitalâ€ bug, isn’t it?
Of course Apple would simply be following a trend â€“ Google has already adopted these design principles led by Mathias Duarte, with their OS and apps concentrating a lot more on text and white spaces rather than ridiculous graphics.
I guess if the future is going to end up looking like the future even Apple will have to come along eventuallyâ€¦
Forget double-sided tiles. Microsoft thinks Windows 8 users should be able to twist and turn their tiles in up to 3 dimensions, and even have cylindrical tiles.
In their patent the sides of the boxes could show more information about notifications, such as the subject line of a newly received email or a full text messages. The several sides of the boxes would allow more information to be shows.
The rotating tiles can also be used to reveal menus e.g for a music controls.
The patents were filed in Q2 2012 and granted in Q3 2012, so may show up in some future version of Windows Phone.
See more screen shots after the break.
Google has posted some style guidelines for developers porting apps from other platforms to Android.
The specifically pull out iPhone and Windows Phone user interface elements as those which should not be included in Android apps. The Windows Phone user interface is of course particularly popular in the Android community for its sleek style, with multiple â€œWindows Phoneâ€ custom ROMs floating around.
Microsoft has made a point of copying it when developing apps for iOS and Android, and fortunately Google does not certify apps, which means there is nothing stopping Android developers from bringing a bit of elegance to their platform, despite Googleâ€™s feelings on the matter.
See the rest of Googleâ€™s guidelines here.