- 01-05-2013, 12:17 AM #3
If they market it as the most personal phone .. Then you should be able to create your own color .. I find myself constantly changing the color theme because I am just nit in live with any of the color choices given
- 01-05-2013, 05:11 AM #11
One of the reasons is OS font colour compatibility. On certain colours you can't read. Certain looks ugly. So probably safer approach to give tried and tested colour range that works throughout the OS and on third party apps. WP is more colourful than any other OS if you think about it.
- 01-05-2013, 05:18 AM #12
We should be given the choice to choose our own theme colours. If it's unreadable, we would change it. I'd like a lighter shade of blue theme, with a dark blue font. Also, the yellow needs to be more striking, with black font.
- 01-05-2013, 10:04 AM #14
- 01-05-2013, 05:03 PM #15
Yeah I really want a black theme .. Without switching the high contrast on because I don't know about you but I like have a lock screen image and being able to see pics in my email .. Bummer c'mon msft .. Hook a Brotha up
- 01-05-2013, 05:22 PM #17
I'm good with the color for my tiles. But I don't see anything wrong with giving people a choice to create their own color themes. I think it would be wild to see some of the colors people come up with on the show your screen thread.
- 01-05-2013, 05:37 PM #18
That said, maybe there are a lot of people out there buying a Nokia 920 from Rogers or T-Mobile just to get that custom theme color. I suppose people chose a carrier based on which color phone is available so maybe it's not that far fetched,
- 01-05-2013, 06:17 PM #19
From a coding perspective, WP developers use standard system colors to draw things, including Foreground, Background, Accent, and Subtle. (There are others, but those are the main things that we program with.) This helps deal with idea of a "light" or "dark" theme. Since foreground and background are alternately black/white, this means that the Accent color MUST be about half-way between black and white to provide enough contrast to see things written in one color that's on a background of the other.
For example, if I made my accent color dark gray and use the dark theme, none of the text written in the PhoneAccentBrush color will be readable when placed over the background color. Choice sounds great until it gets you trapped in a place that you can't dig out of. Microsoft is consciously choosing a path between the locked-down stance of Apple and the anarchy of Google's way.
01-05-2013, 07:06 PM #20
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A first step would be to be able to affect different colors to the default windows tiles (even just within the current offered colors). I expected my home screen to be colourful but so far it's just a one color theme, as I don't have many apps on the homescreen and especially at the top of the homescreen
- 01-05-2013, 07:07 PM #21
As an app developer you should either develop using the system accent color AND the system background color (which the user can control and will ensure is readable for them) or neither and apply your own colors for both to prescribe the look and feel.
- 01-06-2013, 01:00 AM #24
Wiztiles is cool but it doesn't allow custom shortcuts .. The tile tasks are very limited to basic configurations and settings .. It has the potential to great because you can go on bing and download icons and really customize .. But with the app being so limited it doesn't leave much room
- 01-06-2013, 11:35 AM #25
Basically an unlimited color wheel type thing would make it possible for you to choose accent/tile colors that could render text impossible or very difficult to read. Remember, the color you choose isn't just used on the tiles, it's used throughout the OS.
Unlike Android, Windows Phone actually tries to control the quality of the end user experience and protects you from your own bad taste. That is why we don't have hideous moving water animated backgrounds or Comic Sans system font options like Android.
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