12-13-2011 02:49 PM
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  1. martin_strahilovski's Avatar
    Well MS can make the live tiles smaller, so there could be 3 tiles in a row. Then there would be no coping of Android and the Metro UI will keep its' style.
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    11-30-2011 05:30 PM
  2. ninjaap's Avatar
    I use new group to separate certain apps. It doesn't help with notifications.
    I agree. I wouldn't mind a separate screen to the left for notifications. Or why not a separate app altogether. Maybe the notification count could sit at the right, below the arrow on the homescreen. And when tapped on, a new window opens up with all the information.
    soulzero likes this.
    11-30-2011 05:30 PM
  3. based_graham's Avatar
    Live tiles 1st screen static tiles 2nd I use tell me to open static apps - the best way of doing things :)

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    11-30-2011 05:46 PM
  4. jdd77's Avatar
    I agree. I wouldn't mind a separate screen to the left for notifications. Or why not a separate app altogether. Maybe the notification count could sit at the right, below the arrow on the homescreen. And when tapped on, a new window opens up with all the information.
    I agree. Theres a good amount of unused space under that arrow...does anyone accually use that arrow in the first place?
    11-30-2011 05:46 PM
  5. sayonical's Avatar
    i suppose they could make it more liek Android....

    i would MUCH RATHER custom HUBs as well ( Metro vershion of folders)

    one thing i would like do, is to SWIPE towards BING SEARCH and not have to hit the search icon, hehe
    LOL thats the iPhone way! Maybe if they implement univeral search...
    11-30-2011 07:35 PM
  6. Reflexx's Avatar
    Instead of having swiping left to right, they should allow you to swipe up and down.

    Oh, wait... they already have that.
    Haha. That's exactly what I was thinking.

    Just swipe up and down.
    11-30-2011 07:52 PM
  7. Judge_Daniel's Avatar
    Swiping to the multiple homescreens has been done by android, meego, prefer something more WP7.
    Don't forget about Windows Mobile! :) My Imagio with CHTE has it.

    A notification screen is the only thing I would like to see.
    I thought the same thing, but what about if they just allowed apps to place notifications inside the "Me" tile? That's where I already go to check Facebook and Twitter notifications, anyway. They just need to open it up.
    11-30-2011 08:44 PM
  8. Matthew Mazzenga's Avatar
    I agree. Theres a good amount of unused space under that arrow...does anyone accually use that arrow in the first place?
    I'm seriously thinking about starting a "Lose the Arrow" campaign. I hate the arrow. It really is completely ridiculous. The purpose of it is supposed to be so you know you can swipe over to the app list, but seriously....once you've used the OS for the first time, you now know the app list is over there. No need for a constant visual reminder, especially when it's taking up space that could be better utilized....say, by having tiles go 3 across instead of 2.

    As for the other stuff in the thread: While I don't need folders or other forms of organization on the start screen (I don't keep a ton of apps pinned), I would like a way to better organize the app list. I'm also fine with the current notifications.
    11-30-2011 10:26 PM
  9. jdd77's Avatar
    I think the metro UI has an odd off-set look because of the arrow. Lose the arrow and instead of adding a 3rd tile, space the 2 colomns in the center. 3 tiles wide would look too much like ios and Id have to get rid of my phone..lol. Swipe to the left to the app list(and I agree, it needs much improvement) and swipe to the right to another home screen for better organization. Then this phone would be killer
    aubreyq likes this.
    11-30-2011 10:49 PM
  10. XboxOmac's Avatar
    What I ask for is to swipe to the left to see a notifications center to see all of your notifications that you missed. I miss way too many notifications and don't know from what app it came from.

    Also, a second homescreen might be a good idea, but not entirely sure if Microsoft will add it or even consider it.

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    11-30-2011 10:52 PM
  11. jdevenberg's Avatar
    I like the arrow. I love the the way it spins when you swipe over. That arrow is honestly the thing that first made me fall in love with this OS when playing with display HD7's at T-Mobile store. It was very visually appealing to me and made me desire to explore the rest of the OS.

    I think the solution (as I do have this problem too) is a notification screen or app. I think the best way would be swipe to the right for a notifications screen.

    Another great option would be to add a press and hold function for the search button. Back brings you multi-tasking, Home brings you TellMe, Search brings you.... well.... nothing. Why not have holding search bring up your notifications app.
    11-30-2011 11:00 PM
  12. jalb's Avatar
    If a downward swipe were recognized versus a smooth scroll, and pushed you down (or up) a certain number of tile-spaces, I would agree with the folks that say it is fine the way it is.

    The thing is, smooth scrolling in any direction doesn't lend itself well to muscle memory. If a quick swipe always loaded a pre-determined number of new targets, then I can learn that, for example, three swipes puts me on my communication apps, while only two swipes puts me on my social network apps (or however I have arranged them).

    That is the big benefit to multiple screens - you can swipe over to the group of apps you want without really looking or thinking about it at all.
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    11-30-2011 11:06 PM
  13. Judge_Daniel's Avatar
    I like the arrow. I love the the way it spins when you swipe over. That arrow is honestly the thing that first made me fall in love with this OS when playing with display HD7's at T-Mobile store. It was very visually appealing to me and made me desire to explore the rest of the OS.

    I think the solution (as I do have this problem too) is a notification screen or app. I think the best way would be swipe to the right for a notifications screen.

    Another great option would be to add a press and hold function for the search button. Back brings you multi-tasking, Home brings you TellMe, Search brings you.... well.... nothing. Why not have holding search bring up your notifications app.
    Are you all forgetting that WP already has a notification screen in the Me tile? It just needs to be available to other apps. :)

    What about making the Search-hold go to TellMe instead of holding Home and then holding Home bring you to the notifications page of your Me tile?
    11-30-2011 11:08 PM
  14. jdevenberg's Avatar
    I can generally (90% of the time) swipe to the app area I want. I know how long it takes to get to each area with my standard swipe strength.

    Are you all forgetting that WP already has a notification screen in the Me tile? It just needs to be available to other apps. :)

    What about making the Search-hold go to TellMe instead of holding Home and then holding Home bring you to the notifications page of your Me tile?
    I for one DO NOT want my app notification intermixed with my social network notifications. I would hate that. As far as holding search for TellMe and Home for notifications, I would LOVE that. I hold the search button expecting TellMe all the time (hold over from my Android days where holding search brings up your voice search). I think it would make a lot of sense. The Notifications section could have a Apps section and a People (info found in people hub plus maybe texts and missed calls) section to swipe between.
    Last edited by jdevenberg; 11-30-2011 at 11:15 PM.
    11-30-2011 11:10 PM
  15. fisci's Avatar
    swipe hard and then when you get to the tile touch the screen and it instantly stops..

    I think it's great the way it is
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    11-30-2011 11:16 PM
  16. jalb's Avatar
    It really doesn't matter what they do - they won't be able to make everyone happy. I, for one, and I hope you all agree, that as long as they make *me* happy, things will be okay.
    jdevenberg and aubreyq like this.
    11-30-2011 11:21 PM
  17. jdevenberg's Avatar
    It really doesn't matter what they do - they won't be able to make everyone happy. I, for one, and I hope you all agree, that as long as they make *me* happy, things will be okay.
    I just want them to do SOMETHING to address the issue.
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    11-30-2011 11:28 PM
  18. jalb's Avatar
    I can generally (90% of the time) swipe to the app area I want. I know how long it takes to get to each area with my standard swipe strength.


    Welp, you're a better man than I am jedevenberg. My thumb is far less predictable. :/
    11-30-2011 11:45 PM
  19. blackprince's Avatar
    But why have tonnes of apps pinned to the start screen in the first place. I really haven't found a huge amount of apps I want pinned to the start screen. The ones I do have I place in order of use from top to bottom and have a pretty good idea where they are. When I need other apps I have I scroll to App List and jump to the letter. Its fast and it keeps your start screen clean.

    I do like the idea of having some more notifications in the Me tile though but folders meh. Maybe another Hub but maybe not.
    aubreyq likes this.
    11-30-2011 11:58 PM
  20. sayonical's Avatar
    I can generally (90% of the time) swipe to the app area I want. I know how long it takes to get to each area with my standard swipe strength.



    I for one DO NOT want my app notification intermixed with my social network notifications. I would hate that. As far as holding search for TellMe and Home for notifications, I would LOVE that. I hold the search button expecting TellMe all the time (hold over from my Android days where holding search brings up your voice search). I think it would make a lot of sense. The Notifications section could have a Apps section and a People (info found in people hub plus maybe texts and missed calls) section to swipe between.

    I would prefer holding the search (Bing) key to activate universal search. Therefore if I'm any where in the OS and I want to look up anything from an email, song, document to the web using Bing itself I'd long press the search key to bring up a pivot screen for universal search with swipe to pivots for "apps" "music" "docs" "email" "web".

    As for app notifications either swipe to the left or use the multitasking view to show the notifications as well as app cards.

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    12-01-2011 12:19 AM
  21. jdevenberg's Avatar
    I would prefer holding the search (Bing) key to activate universal search. Therefore if I'm any where in the OS and I want to look up anything from an email, song, document to the web using Bing itself I'd long press the search key to bring up a pivot screen for universal search with swipe to pivots for "apps" "music" "docs" "email" "web".

    As for app notifications either swipe to the left or use the multitasking view to show the notifications as well as app cards.

    Sent from my HTC Titan using Board Express
    I see no reason for universal search to be separate from the standard search. Just add a fourth pane to the search hub so we have web, images, local, and device. Use a long press of search for TellMe and a long press of home for notification hub.
    Judge_Daniel, aubreyq and Rhody#WP like this.
    12-01-2011 12:26 AM
  22. Duvi's Avatar
    Minus the notifications, I love the homescreen layout that WP has. More homescreens would make it more iOS or Android like, IMHO.

    If they added the ability to make custom hubs (which I believe they will one day do), that would probably be the way to go.
    aubreyq likes this.
    12-01-2011 12:32 AM
  23. jdd77's Avatar

    I think the solution (as I do have this problem too) is a notification screen or app. I think the best way would be swipe to the right for a notifications screen.

    Another great option would be to add a press and hold function for the search button. Back brings you multi-tasking, Home brings you TellMe, Search brings you.... well.... nothing. Why not have holding search bring up your notifications app.
    I wonder why microsoft never thought of such a great and practical idea..
    12-01-2011 12:41 AM
  24. based_graham's Avatar
    The main design of WP focuses on Live Tile an all in 1 notification screen the best thing to do is put your most wanted notification tiles on top and go from there.

    The second screen is to search for all apps the best way I find is to just search by letter but recently I been using Tellme to open static apps works great

    WP should have a notification light like Blackberry which puts everything in your ME tile. Maybe MS needs to re-design the Me Tile and you can either
    1. Click on the tile to see all your notifications
    2. Swipe to the left to see all your ME notifications

    I am sure MS will do something about this the more APPS the phone is getting the bigger the demand for a better notification center
    12-01-2011 01:00 AM
  25. jdd77's Avatar
    Minus the notifications, I love the homescreen layout that WP has. More homescreens would make it more iOS or Android like, IMHO.
    I dont think one more home screen or a dedicated notifications menu would make wp7 anything near android or ios- like. I think it would make it more 'smartphone'- like.
    12-01-2011 01:00 AM
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