- 11-26-2012, 04:28 PM #1
As we know, WPCentral just unofficially announced Appolo+ for Q1 2013 (UNOFICIAL Early release, hopefully good news for WP sales because they wouldn't work THAT hard on WP8 if it isn't selling.)
What I really want to see:
1. Notification Center.
2. Built-in weather app with lockscreen features
3.Close running apps
4. Fix NFC so I can send pics to android phones
5. DO NOT MAKE ME BUY A NEW PHONE (If so, that new phone will be an iPhone or Android)
- 11-26-2012, 05:27 PM #2
11-28-2012, 12:40 PM #7
- 395 Posts
I'm with the no notifications camp. I have all my most used apps pinned to my start screen and I don't miss a beat. I don't see a valid excuse for missing anything. On wp7 I don't have the luxury of all the little tiles so my start screen could be long. On wp8 you can put so much more on the home due to the small tiles yet people still complain of missing notifications! Am I missing something? Do the little tiles not give you a notification counter??
11-28-2012, 01:51 PM #8
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- 11-28-2012, 02:49 PM #9
if you want to see a notification center, go to this link and vote for it. the windows phone devs frequently look at this for ideas.
Changing the app list into a hub, which creates a perfect Notification Center too
scroll all the way to the bottom and look at the OP's 2nd skydrive pic. i think it's a good idea.
11-28-2012, 03:00 PM #10
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I'm happy with the no notification bar/scroll or whatever. If you want it go build an app for it. Why should I have a feature I don't need taking up storage space on my phone? Especially when the home screen tells you everything anyway.
Sure a couple of live tiles need some tweaking, but I've found no problems with hitting the home button rather than dragging from the top or whatever. Its already there it's just a different process and it's highly customisable!
Get used to it!
11-28-2012, 03:06 PM #11
- 80 Posts
"but OMGZ pin all your apps to the startz screenZ!" How about no. I don't want my start screen to be a collection of 800 ugly tiles. Some of us prefer to have a simple, non-overwhelming start screen as opposed to a giant cluster-storm of (mostly ugly) tiles.
That being said, I would also like to see the following additions to the OS
1) custom audio/data profiles - e.g. work, home, car, meeting, etc. Much more efficient than manually adjusting bluetooth/wifi/data/audio settings one by one multiple times per day.
2) orientation lock
3) ability to organize apps into hubs/folders - the alphabetical list is not robust. Once you get a good amount of apps installed, some very good and useful apps can become forgotten as you'll never scroll by them if you don't remember the name of them. Also, just a list of 50 apps is flat out awkward. Having some ability for organization is a positive thing.
WP8 was a great step forward and I'm looking forward to what MS can push out to make it even more refined, regardless of what rampant fanboy defenders of the platform say.
11-28-2012, 03:13 PM #12
- 280 Posts
I would like to see a notification history, it can't be that hard to implement another program which just keeps track of toast notifications in a list... The live tiles work for me if I happen to have them on the start screen but I don't have everything on there and some don't update at all when they have their smallest icon. I don't need something like the iOS and Android notification centers.
As for closing tasks, it's not really necessary. Most tasks aren't actually running in the background, their state is just saved.
- 11-28-2012, 03:33 PM #14
BUT! That's not a "OMGWENEEDTOCLOSETASKSORWP8ISDOOMED" comment, it's just a "wow, that'd be kinda cool do to that" thing. :)
- 11-28-2012, 03:37 PM #16
Notification center is coming, MS has already said that it didn't get done in time, so lets stop talking about if we need it or not because it's coming.
I'm also not sure about the 'closing running apps' thing. That's already there, you can do that today.
- Swipe over to Applicatons
- Tap on Background Tasks
Anything that is running, you will see it in this list, it will say it is running. There you go.. Task manager. The only thing I ever see running in my list is Nokia Drive. The back button doesn't really do anything from what I can tell.. I never use it and I never have things running in the background.
11-28-2012, 03:57 PM #17
- 17 Posts
I agree we need a notification center sometimes I don't have my phone next to me and miss the toast and have no idea what it was. I don't want to have to pin all my apps to the start screen, I like to have a clean look. I don't know if this has been mentioned but I would also like to be able to create my own hubs with my favorite apps.
- 11-28-2012, 04:01 PM #18
For those that say "There's no excuse for missing a notification, you can just pin the tile to your start screen" that is actually incorrect. Not all apps display every notification alert on the tile. For example, both the Nokia and regular ESPN app allow toast notifications for game starts, score changes, finishes, news, etc, but this info isn't displayed on any tile. If you miss the toast, the alert is gone forever.
- 11-28-2012, 04:10 PM #19
This is a very touchy forum tonight. Second thread I've been in with lots of grumpy people taking pot shots at each other.
Ah well, if you can't beat them join them:
STFU guys. I want super mega toast notification centre business all up in my face and stuff. So there.
- 11-28-2012, 04:15 PM #20
I also wish there could be different toast sounds. About the only thing I liked about iOS was everytime there was an ESPN push, it would play the ESPN tune. That way I knew exactly what it was if I wanted to deal with it. I hope that feature comes to WP in the future.
- 11-28-2012, 05:48 PM #22
11-28-2012, 07:55 PM #25
- 221 Posts
Wouldn't it make everyone happy to have an official exclusive to WP "toast history" app? I don't really care myself, but that sure seems programmatically very simple. Have a setting for how many notices to retain in history, and now if you want to check them you can. And by pinning that app you can see the number of unread toasts. Or, if your in the no notification center camp, don't pin it. How didn't something that simple make WP8 and Kids Corner did? Like I said, I don't care myself, sure are some passionate folks around here though.
The profiles concept is pretty intriguing.
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