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  1. carlosrdd's Avatar
    Like the title says the cobalt theme on wp8.1 seems to be wrong it was bluer if you know what I mean I'll see if I can add pictures to compare. Can someone else check and let me know in case that it's just my phone. Thanks!
    04-14-2014 02:48 PM
  2. Rolando Javier Zambrano's Avatar
    Yes, mine did also...strange!
    04-14-2014 02:53 PM
  3. Mayur's Avatar
    It's not your phone, I noticed is now slightly paler than before.
    04-14-2014 02:54 PM
  4. LTTG's Avatar
    I've noticed that too! It doesn't look right :/
    04-14-2014 02:57 PM
  5. BioticCharger's Avatar
    That was the first thing I noticed after the update! I don't know if it's only the cobalt theme though?
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    04-14-2014 02:58 PM
  6. carlosrdd's Avatar
    Seems to be only the cobalt theme I thought it was because of the sync all microsoft theme settings but no, even if it's on or off it still looks very pale even changing the color profile doesn't work.... This is not cobalt MS! Please fix this!
    04-14-2014 03:08 PM
  7. squire777's Avatar
    Reminds me of the old HD7 themes
    04-14-2014 03:22 PM
  8. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    You need to understand the fact that this is developer preview and colours of the screen are related to firmware. Until you see a firmware from your manufacturer, you are not going to be able to see this change.
    04-14-2014 03:23 PM
  9. nightspark's Avatar
    Having the same problem too. The hexadecimal for cobalt is 0020C2, the new "cobalt" is too pale. Hope MS fixes it soon.
    04-14-2014 03:24 PM
  10. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    Having the same problem too. The hexadecimal for cobalt is 0020C2, the new "cobalt" is too pale. Hope MS fixes it soon.
    MS can't fix that. It needs a firmware update.
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    04-14-2014 03:26 PM
  11. AymanWP93's Avatar
    Yes , you're right . It appears the change the color saturation a little bit. It seems less ' Blue ' like you said. But I like it this way , it was way too saturated in 8.0 and since i use the new background screen , the accent color does not matter that much now :)
    04-14-2014 04:09 PM
  12. Kram Sacul's Avatar


    Hope this wasn't a design choice.
    04-14-2014 08:13 PM
  13. matfantastic's Avatar
    Same here,really prefer the color as it was before. I only ever use cobalt so this disappoints me. I know its a dev preview but I've run into a lot of bugs so far. Still love it though
    04-14-2014 08:16 PM
  14. Adriaan NL's Avatar
    Same here,really prefer the color as it was before. I only ever use cobalt so this disappoints me. I know its a dev preview but I've run into a lot of bugs so far. Still love it though
    Same here! I don't like this new one. I switched to Emerald for the time being - fits better with Xbox Music too, though I still prefer the old Cobalt.
    04-15-2014 04:29 AM
  15. nikolas88's Avatar
    This was one of the first things I noticed after the update, as Cobalt was my accent color most of the time. I think it's design choice, I saw the same color during BUILD presentation of WP. It's not up to firmware, because OEMs cannot change accent colors, they can only add new ones. And it's not up to screen, because when you compare screenshots, it's obvious that the color itself is changed.
    I like new Cobalt though.
    04-15-2014 10:19 AM
  16. JudgeHolden's Avatar
    It's purple for me.
    I've complained about this in the past, as Nokia updates made it purple when the screen wasn't at full brightness, but this makes it purple regardless of any changes I can control.
    04-15-2014 01:10 PM
  17. seven6000's Avatar
    Madness!! Here is a photo showing the difference, its pretty noticeable. I agree it that it leans more on the purple side now. I also attached a blue that is the closest I can get to the original cobalt once applied as a background photo. You cant just color pick the blue from a "phone" screenshot because it seems like wp8.1 adds a very thin transparent black overlay over the background photo for the tiles so if you color pick it ends up being slightly off once applied as a background. Hope that makes sense, hopes this helps for now. Hopefully the color will be "fixed" with the firmware updates from carriers, but I am not counting on that.
    Attached Thumbnails screen.jpg   cobalt-old5.jpg  
    04-15-2014 09:05 PM
  18. sdreamer's Avatar
    Definitely looks more like the Nokia Blue from WP7. Kinda lame, because the cobalt previously kinda attracted me to how it looked on my white Lumia 920.
    04-15-2014 10:51 PM
  19. Kram Sacul's Avatar
    Since cobalt is the only accent color in 8.1 that is different from 8.0 I'm afraid to say this was a design choice rather than any kind of color accuracy issue. A very poor design choice as cobalt was probably my favorite accent color.

    As you can see the new cobalt is lighter, less saturated and looks more like a light purple on certain screens than blue. This is even more evident when you compare them in text messaging, the people tile, and the task switcher which uses darker and lighter shades of the accent colors. It's just not the same obviously.

    This is not the first time MS has modified an accent color in WP but it certainly is the most dramatic and IMO disappointing. I would have much rather them add more colors (Nokia Blue anyone?) than replace a popular one.

    Note: The darker shade of the original cobalt is very close to Nokia Blue oddly enough.
    04-15-2014 10:53 PM
  20. Xpider_MX's Avatar
    Use an image as wallpaper.
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    04-15-2014 11:01 PM
  21. david90531's Avatar
    Yeah, I happened to be using cobalt when I updated to 8.1, so I noticed it right away. Definitely like the more vivid cobalt in 8 better, hopefully they'll bring it back.. Also, MORE COLOURS!
    04-15-2014 11:14 PM
  22. Kram Sacul's Avatar
    Use an image as wallpaper.
    That only affects the start screen tiles. it doesn't change the accent color which is used in many places throughout the OS (app list, messaging, task switcher, Cortana, action center, keyboard, settings switches, etc)
    04-15-2014 11:17 PM
  23. melvintwj's Avatar
    Guess I'm the only one who's a fan of this "new" cobalt colour? I like the flat, pale tone.
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    04-15-2014 11:22 PM
  24. carlosrdd's Avatar
    The new cobalt isn't bad for those that like it but please give us back the old one! Choice is always good!
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    04-16-2014 10:05 PM
  25. iamakii's Avatar
    I like the new cobalt. But like in Win8, WP should also have a color accent picker. More choices, more fun MS. 😉
    04-16-2014 10:10 PM
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