12-24-2013 11:56 PM
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  1. Dave Blake's Avatar
    I have to agree this is one of those things where I have to scratch my head and say "Why not". What needs to happen is your phone background needs to match your PC/Tablet background and it needs to ne automatic when you sign in to your Microsoft account.
    James8561 and AngryNil like this.
    12-23-2013 08:06 PM
  2. neo158's Avatar
    You guys are also forgetting one other thing, Battery Life. Having a background image or even just background colours would kill battery life on devices using AMOLED displays.
    12-23-2013 08:20 PM
  3. rhamblet's Avatar
    No, it would not "kill" battery life, but it would eliminate some of the battery savings from using an amoled display.
    12-23-2013 08:34 PM
  4. spaulagain's Avatar
    You can't even see what it is. What the heck is the point?

    Everyone has a right to their ugly I guess.

    i feel they should make tiles semi-transparent, like windows 8/8.1 desktop taskbar. if they combine this with a wallpaper that would keep data and text on tiles distinct, while adding to the looks. :)
    Oh god no. The tiles semi transparent? Seriously? You think that will look good? Or even more importantly, usable?
    hopmedic likes this.
    12-23-2013 08:38 PM
  5. Dave Blake's Avatar
    Oh god no. The tiles semi transparent? Seriously? You think that will look good? Or even more importantly, usable?
    I am talking edging like on my Surface pro background. Just patterns around the edges like a picture frame. How would that hurt anything and it sure pull some of the boarding out of the Black or White themes.
    12-23-2013 08:44 PM
  6. distilledoreo's Avatar
    I hate the idea of a background image, personally. I think they should utilize the title of the OS... WINDOWS phone. A solid background, but with Live Windows instead of Live Tiles. The tiles/windows would be transparent and an image would be displayed behind it. Here's an example...
    live-windows.jpg
    12-23-2013 08:57 PM
  7. LumiaWorld's Avatar
    I would love to have transparent live tiles 😃😃😃
    12-23-2013 09:13 PM
  8. falconrap's Avatar
    Using the phone with a white background is the most battery intensive. Other colors would be less. Seriously...it should be an OPTION.
    12-23-2013 09:33 PM
  9. cckgz4's Avatar
    Why would you want a background image when 99% of it is covered with tiles?
    Exaaaactly
    12-23-2013 11:24 PM
  10. lephan133's Avatar
    I doubt something as basic as the ability to change background would require more than a few minutes of their time, it's not rocket science to add this in.

    Having more choice to customize the look of the OS is always good. For people that want to keep the current look no one is forcing you to change it, that's why its called an option.
    Things are not that simple. They do not only code the feature but they'll have to test it. Do you want to get a system crash due to just tiny little thing?
    Last edited by lephan133; 12-24-2013 at 05:28 AM.
    12-24-2013 12:05 AM
  11. HM02's Avatar
    I'll take the qt in the me tile.

    I wouldn't mind different colored backgrounds though. Optional of course. Like, I'd totally use the gray-diant background they use in the Games hub, for my start screen. With the emerald theme color. It'd look sweet.
    Photo backgrounds would look super tacky.
    12-24-2013 01:15 AM
  12. psudotechzealot's Avatar
    Why would you want a background image when 99% of it is covered with tiles?
    Not everyone have tiles covering up their start screen though.
    12-24-2013 01:37 AM
  13. psudotechzealot's Avatar
    http://d13yacurqjgara.cloudfront.net...mini_2x_1x.png

    Please, Microsoft! MAKE IT HAPPEN! Put it on WP 8.1!
    Oh is going to happen (IMO), and I can't wait.
    12-24-2013 01:47 AM
  14. AngryNil's Avatar
    Screen real estate. How in the world would you be able to tell what in the world the image was, with only seeing about 1/8" strips of the image between tiles. This won't happen.
    To be honest, you can't really make out a wallpaper without knowing it beforehand when it's covered by a grid of icons on other platforms either. It's an aesthetic preference, I use fairly simple portraits as my desktop wallpaper but I'd never use a solid colour. It's less about being able to stare at the wallpaper in its entirety and more about having a background that suits you or you find pleasing. Giving choice to the user is nice.

    I don't think it would really fit in considering how much of Windows Phone consists of a stark black background with white text (or vice versa with the light theme). But I wouldn't rule it out, custom start screen backgrounds weren't in Windows 8.0 either.
    12-24-2013 03:55 AM
  15. jomarr's Avatar
    Why would you want a background image when 99% of it is covered with tiles?
    It looks amazing rather than having it only with Black or White.
    12-24-2013 05:56 AM
  16. neo158's Avatar
    Not everyone have tiles covering up their start screen though.
    True, but no one has a Start Screen with no tiles either!!
    12-24-2013 07:22 AM
  17. neo158's Avatar
    It looks amazing rather than having it only with Black or White.
    With an amazingly short battery life as well!!
    12-24-2013 07:32 AM
  18. Morpheus Phreak's Avatar
    With an amazingly short battery life as well!!
    Mind posting shots of your phone that is modified to do this and your battery life benchmarks to prove it?
    12-24-2013 07:55 AM
  19. LumiaWorld's Avatar
    Huh?
    12-24-2013 07:56 AM
  20. Morpheus Phreak's Avatar
    Huh?
    The poster was stating it like a fact. I realize they can't prove it, so I was calling them out.
    12-24-2013 08:00 AM
  21. hopmedic's Avatar
    No, I think you are overestimating how much work it would take to change background.png
    it would literally take a half hour, max. Plus there is an obvious demand for the feature, so it is well worth that half hour.

    Bet on it happening.
    There's the coding, the implementation of a UI to make changes, the testing.... Only a fool believes all that can happen in a half an hour. That's not to mention the time spent creating examples, meetings to get approval, and more. Anyone who thinks ANY change to an OS is quick is only fooling himself.

    There will not be background images to the start screen.
    Last edited by hopmedic; 12-24-2013 at 09:14 AM.
    neo158 and eric12341 like this.
    12-24-2013 08:07 AM
  22. trandz's Avatar
    I like how some of you are seriously arguing AGAINST this. Are you some kind of Hitler? Dont use it if you dont want.
    LumiaWorld and Rem97 like this.
    12-24-2013 09:37 AM
  23. rahul.sharma's Avatar
    This is coming. We just need to have a bit patience....once RT and WP merges, you will have PC with calling capabilities in your pocket and all Windows goodies will come along.
    12-24-2013 10:00 AM
  24. hopmedic's Avatar
    QFP
    I like how some of you are seriously arguing AGAINST this. Are you some kind of Hitler? Dont use it if you dont want.
    Godwin's Law in 3... 2....1....
    Last edited by hopmedic; 12-24-2013 at 11:33 AM.
    12-24-2013 10:03 AM
  25. Detectionable's Avatar
    I would be happy with an option to change individual tile colours instead of a system wide theme only
    12-24-2013 11:31 AM
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