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  1. Tasha Jaiswal's Avatar
    Best part of making the switch? I didn't even have to sacrifice my live tiles!

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    What app/launcher are you using for these live tiles? I would also like to give it a try

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
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    08-16-2016 11:23 AM
  2. jdballard's Avatar
    What app/launcher are you using for these live tiles? I would also like to give it a try
    I'll second this. Hoping it's not some sort of cruel mock-up using photoshop...
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    08-16-2016 01:46 PM
  3. dgr_874's Avatar
    It looks like "Square Home 2" in the app store.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ss.squarehome2
    08-16-2016 01:53 PM
  4. jdballard's Avatar
    Looks like "Launcher 8 WP style" is at least one app that can do it. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...m.lx.launcher8

    The thing I miss is the deep integration Cortana has with apps. I used to use commands like "Pandora Play playlist blah blah blah" or "OK Realarm set alarm for 6:30 a.m." all the time. As far as I know, OK Google doesn't have that sort of integration with apps. If I understand it correctly, basically any app dev can add integration with their app by registering their app name or keyword. If OK Google can do that, I'm not aware. Just one of the reasons that the demise of Windows phone, or, more accurately, the dearth of apps makes me so sad. Some truly useful innovation there.
    Last edited by jdballard; 08-16-2016 at 01:58 PM. Reason: Added link
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    08-16-2016 01:54 PM
  5. Guytronic's Avatar
    Looks like "Launcher 8 WP style" is at least one app that can do it.
    That's the one I used on my Z1s.
    It actually helped to speed up the phone a bit.
    Really enjoyed Launcher 8 quite a bit and it's very full featured.
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    08-16-2016 02:11 PM
  6. mark233's Avatar
    I hate to say it
    But you said it anyway ... smh
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    08-16-2016 04:16 PM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    But you said it anyway ... smh
    Lol! Well played.

    I feel kind of weird admitting that since I said yesterday or so that I'll give the 950 another week. Even though I feel that way, we'll see what comes with this Anniversary update. Hopefully improved battery life. lol.
    08-16-2016 04:17 PM
  8. libra89's Avatar
    Sorry for the double post but the Honor 8 was just announced, and it looks so good. So good. According to Phone Arena, it is slightly thinner and slightly less wider than the Lumia 950. I am so tempted but I need reviews.
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    08-17-2016 09:16 AM
  9. digitaldd's Avatar
    Sorry for the double post but the Honor 8 was just announced, and it looks so good. So good. According to Phone Arena, it is slightly thinner and slightly less wider than the Lumia 950. I am so tempted but I need reviews.
    You should see plenty of first looks today and in the next few days from folks who were at the event last night in San Francisco, where I heard everyone got a phone. So the full reviews will come soon. For me its a $400 phone without an app drawer.
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    08-17-2016 10:40 AM
  10. libra89's Avatar
    You should see plenty of first looks today and in the next few days from folks who were at the event last night in San Francisco, where I heard everyone got a phone. So the full reviews will come soon. For me its a $400 phone without an app drawer.
    This is true about the app drawer. I'll probably change the launcher out the gate though lol.

    Yep, you're right. Trying to read all of the first looks I can. Looking forward to those reviews too. Let me see if I can find some video first looks and hands-on.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    08-17-2016 10:54 AM
  11. kamylasg's Avatar
    First of all, I love Windows Phone/Mobile. My first smart phone was Lumia 520 (back in 2013) and then I switched to my Lumia 730. It's really beautiful, simple, smooth and unique. I loved the Insider program, testing out new features, giving feedback... I recommended WP to a few of my friends who didn't care about having the newest apps, and they got a few Lumias too.

    But since last year or so, local business, the bus service, my uni, etc. started to launch their own apps. They didn't offer support to Windows Mobile and I couldn't access them via Edge or any mobile browser. This started to bug me, because everyone had easy information on their hands and I didn't. And more, the maps/navigation here in my area is horrible. It's completely unreliable. Other things started to annoy me as well. Before releasing Cortana to all Windows Mobile users, they provided Cortana to Android... Finally, when Cortana got here in Brazil it was very disappointing. She is much worse than the first version of US Cortana (yes, even regarding location of services/stores in my own area). She is not able to respond to simple commands like set up an alarm. 98% of the times I'm directed to a web search. I say all of this based on my experience for a long time in stable releases, insider builds, many factory resets, etc. Also, typing on this phone got increasingly worse, the suggestions are pretty bad and I end up wasting a lot of time correcting the auto correct of the phone.

    I feel like not only developers don't consider Windows Mobile a viable option, but Microsoft doesn't care much about it either. I don't know how my experience would be outside of Brazil, that, by the way, was one of the biggest markets for WP, but here I feel abandoned by Microsoft. They didn't even release 950/950XL here and I see no effort to include us in future plans. This really dimmed my excitement for the mobile platform.

    So I finally decided to try out a Moto G and I really enjoyed it. It's not about apps like Snapchat or PokmonGo (which I don't even use), but the whole user experience. The phone actually connects to the places I am in! Traffic, navigation, suggestions... It makes my life so much easier, really. The Microsoft apps on Android are great and I will absolutely continue to use them.

    Having said that, I missed apps from WM like for Reddit or YouTube, and I miss the whole UI and feel of Windows. I'm still interested in Windows Mobile and I'd come back in a heartbeat if I felt Microsoft cared about solving some of my concerns. I wrote all of this to vent, really. I felt really bad giving up on my L730 and making the switch, but oh well haha
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    08-17-2016 11:57 AM
  12. Nabiscuit's Avatar
    What app/launcher are you using for these live tiles? I would also like to give it a try

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    Sorry for the late reply. I've been over in Android Central lurking in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 forums...

    The launcher is called SquareHome 2. Thank god I found it. All the others were trash. The Live Tile Notifications actually work when properly set up. It's amazing. If the app can throw a notification in your notification center, it will show up on the Live Tile.
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    08-17-2016 12:31 PM
  13. Nabiscuit's Avatar
    It looks like "Square Home 2" in the app store.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...ss.squarehome2
    Bingo. Launcher 8 WP style I found to be rubbish.
    08-17-2016 12:33 PM
  14. Nabiscuit's Avatar
    Looks like "Launcher 8 WP style" is at least one app that can do it. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...m.lx.launcher8

    The thing I miss is the deep integration Cortana has with apps.
    I agree with this, but seriously... I'd rather have the apps in the first place over Cortana integration for an app wasteland. Cortana is still way better than Google Now - but since Cortana doesn't integrate into Android very well, I've been using Google Now in it's place and it's not all that bad.

    But yeah, the integration clearly isn't there... but that doesn't really matter when there are no apps for Windows Phone.
    08-17-2016 12:35 PM
  15. Guytronic's Avatar
    ...the Honor 8 was just announced, and it looks so good. So good. According to Phone Arena, it is slightly thinner and slightly less wider than the Lumia 950. I am so tempted but I need reviews.
    Yeah...
    That honor 8 in deep blue is looking good.
    I really want to see what the dual cameras can do also.
    08-17-2016 01:49 PM
  16. jdballard's Avatar
    But yeah, the integration clearly isn't there... but that doesn't really matter when there are no apps for Windows Phone.
    I agree, and that's why I jumped to Android, but I realize now how much I relied on Cortana's integration.

    Take, for example, how Cortana worked with Bluetooth in my truck. On my Windows phone, I could say "call Cortana". When she "answered" I could say "text john doe". She'd ask me my message, I'd say the first sentence. She'd read it back and ask me if I wanted to add more, try again or send. Sometimes I got impatient when sending a long text with multiple sentences, but I've come to realize I really liked the way it worked.

    Google Now doesn't ever read it back to me and I always want to know how it (mis)interpreted what I said before sending. I haven't determined yet if I can use the voice commands in my truck (not Google Now directly) to create & send a message, and I need to test that, but I found it so easy to use Cortana for that. I definitely still have learning to do on the Android side of things.

    When I was using my Windows phone, I hated the fact that while listening to music and having it give me directions it would dial Cortana, read me my next direction, hang up and the music would resume. On my Android, it'll read the directions over the music and I wish Windows would do it that way. Always dialing Cortana isn't the best way - it just depends on the situation.

    But, the apps.
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    08-17-2016 05:09 PM
  17. Keith White Jr's Avatar
    I agree, and that's why I jumped to Android, but I realize now how much I relied on Cortana's integration.

    Take, for example, how Cortana worked with Bluetooth in my truck. On my Windows phone, I could say "call Cortana". When she "answered" I could say "text john doe". She'd ask me my message, I'd say the first sentence. She'd read it back and ask me if I wanted to add more, try again or send. Sometimes I got impatient when sending a long text with multiple sentences, but I've come to realize I really liked the way it worked.

    Google Now doesn't ever read it back to me and I always want to know how it (mis)interpreted what I said before sending. I haven't determined yet if I can use the voice commands in my truck (not Google Now directly) to create & send a message, and I need to test that, but I found it so easy to use Cortana for that. I definitely still have learning to do on the Android side of things.

    When I was using my Windows phone, I hated the fact that while listening to music and having it give me directions it would dial Cortana, read me my next direction, hang up and the music would resume. On my Android, it'll read the directions over the music and I wish Windows would do it that way. Always dialing Cortana isn't the best way - it just depends on the situation.

    But, the apps.

    I would hate it if Cortana gave directions over the top of the music.
    08-17-2016 05:33 PM
  18. jdballard's Avatar
    I would hate it if Cortana gave directions over the top of the music.
    I prefer it over the music if it lowers the volume of the music. Ideally, it would be nice if it didn't have to dial Cortana to silence the music: just pause the music and output the directions over the music. I was never sure if the phone actually paused the music or it kept playing while Cortana "called" me with the directions. The "calling" and "hanging up" takes way too much time. Just pause the music, read my directions and resume...
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    08-17-2016 09:48 PM
  19. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Google Now doesn't ever read it back to me and I always want to know how it (mis)interpreted what I said before sending. I haven't determined yet if I can use the voice commands in my truck (not Google Now directly) to create & send a message, and I need to test that, but I found it so easy to use Cortana for that. I definitely still have learning to do on the Android side of things.
    To use voice commands with Google Now you need to set it up under Language and Input and enable under Google voice typing. (if that's not there you need Google Keyboard) OK Google detection. Make sure Speech Output is on. Also ensure Hands Free is setup for Bluetooth.

    My wife typically talks her text messages now when at home. She finds it easier than using the keyboard for long texts.

    I have my phone set up to detect OK Google from any screen, including lockscreen. It only recognises my voice so it's secure.

    Here's a list of things you can say with OK Google - OK Google

    Some people think having a list like that is silly but I thought it was brilliant. But it does show how far we have to go before things are more natural.
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    08-18-2016 02:25 AM
  20. Keith White Jr's Avatar
    I prefer it over the music if it lowers the volume of the music. Ideally, it would be nice if it didn't have to dial Cortana to silence the music: just pause the music and output the directions over the music. I was never sure if the phone actually paused the music or it kept playing while Cortana "called" me with the directions. The "calling" and "hanging up" takes way too much time. Just pause the music, read my directions and resume...

    I'm not sure what you mean by "dialing" and "hanging up". When I use maps it just pauses the music, gives me the next direction and then the music is back. It is a fraction of a second between each. Pause the music, read my directions and resume is all mine does. What phone are you using and what setup for audio?
    08-18-2016 08:00 AM
  21. libra89's Avatar
    I'm really on the fence about this 950.

    Overall, it's pretty cool. However, the battery life is a disappointment. It isn't the worst, but daily charging is not something I really want to do and yet, I have to. Considering that I'm not a heavy user, I don't get this. The anniversary update I was waiting on brings a lot, and also takes some with it, like alarm volume which feels like deja vu to me. I had a similar issue with the Nextbit Robin I had. The sound was super loud, so I found myself adjusting the volume a lot in one day. That really does get tiring, ugh. I'm not sure if it is really worth it to deal with that again, on a daily driver.

    So I switched back to my SE for now. As for if I'll keep the 950 anyway, I'll have to think hard about that. Going to sit and wait for those Honor reviews though.
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    08-18-2016 08:36 AM
  22. IgorVysoky's Avatar
    So it came. I already left. I was thinking for few weeks. My lumia 535 (520 beforehand) was still working and still does work. I gave it to my girlfriend who lost her phone. I switched to Android, Lenovo Vibe P1m specifically. For great price I got great package. 2gb ram, 16gb memory, 4000mAh battery, 5000mAh power bank for 160. for that price i got my first lumia 520 3 years ago. We'll see how it'll work out.

    Reasons why I did it:
    App gap: not that i missed any, but the delivered quality was poor and not up-to-date.
    Microsoft's promises not being delivered and fulfilled.
    I was always waiting for "something that will change the game". Nothing came.

    I am trying android. Not saying I will never come back. I will still watch MS's steps use its services, cause they make good job on my laptop and desktop PC. It's just that I don't want to use Titanic of mobile operating systems.
    08-18-2016 12:58 PM
  23. libra89's Avatar
    I decided to return the 950, because I'm a worrywart and aesthetics.

    People can tell me not to worry about burn in but that doesn't stop me from always remembering to hide the navigation bar. There have been many times this week when I have been into my book for at least half of a chapter and then I realize that I didn't hide the bar.

    The dark theme is cool AND necessary for AMOLED. I am one who loves the light theme and IPS lets me have it. I missed my light theme. Actually glad that my 640 isn't on AU, lol. Having the battery icon gone from Glance screen, along with a silent ringer icon isn't a nice touch.

    I'm coming for that Honor 8!
    Last edited by libra89; 08-19-2016 at 08:49 AM.
    08-19-2016 08:35 AM
  24. dellaster's Avatar
    I decided to return the 950, because I'm a worrywart and aesthetics.

    People can tell me not to worry about burn in but that doesn't stop me from always remembering to hide the navigation bar. There have been many times this week when I have been into my book for at least half of a chapter and then I realize that I didn't hide the bar.

    The dark theme is cool AND necessary for AMOLED. I am one who loves the light theme and IPS lets me have it. I missed my light theme. Actually glad that my 640 isn't on AU, lol. Having the battery icon gone from Glance screen, along with a silent ringer icon isn't a nice touch.

    I'm coming for that Honor 8!
    Burn in is a real problem for those of us who don't get a new phone every year or so. The refurbished Lumia Icon I received (and returned) had horrible burn in on its AMOLED screen. This is one reason I switched to iPhone, for its excellent IPS LCD. I dislike using a dark theme for reading content (ebooks, web articles, et al).
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    08-19-2016 09:55 AM
  25. P1ng0fDeath's Avatar
    I'm really on the fence about this 950.

    Overall, it's pretty cool. However, the battery life is a disappointment. It isn't the worst, but daily charging is not something I really want to do and yet, I have to. Considering that I'm not a heavy user, I don't get this. The anniversary update I was waiting on brings a lot, and also takes some with it, like alarm volume which feels like deja vu to me. I had a similar issue with the Nextbit Robin I had. The sound was super loud, so I found myself adjusting the volume a lot in one day. That really does get tiring, ugh. I'm not sure if it is really worth it to deal with that again, on a daily driver.

    So I switched back to my SE for now. As for if I'll keep the 950 anyway, I'll have to think hard about that. Going to sit and wait for those Honor reviews though.
    About the battery life: Welcome to W10M...
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    08-19-2016 11:42 AM
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