Since Windows Phone 8.1’s preview release this week, you folks can’t enough of the new Start screen backgrounds. And here you thought you’d hate them ;)

We covered a cool little app dubbed Transparency Tiles earlier this week, as it’s used to re-create Tiles for your 8.1 Start screen for native and popular apps. On first release it covered just Xbox Games, Music and Video, but we told you more apps would be coming. Since that time, the app has had a few updates, with the latest just going live a few moments ago.

The app now is brimming with new apps, so many that it’s hard to list. You can now pin clear Tiles to your Start screen for these apps:

  • Evernote
  • Facebook
  • Finance
  • Food and Drink
  • Foursquare
  • HERE Drive
  • HERE Maps
  • HERE Transit
  • Instagram
  • Lync
  • MetroTube
  • MyTube
  • News
  • Nokia MixRadio
  • Nokia Xpress
  • Pandora
  • Podcast Lounge
  • SmartGlass (Xbox One only)
  • Spotify
  • Sports
  • Tapatalk
  • Travel
  • TuneIn Radio
  • Twitter
  • Viber
  • Video
  • Vine
  • Waze
  • WeChat
  • WhatsApp

You can create small, medium or wide Tiles using this app, but remember that these *will not be Live Tiles* as they are shortcuts to the app, not the actual Tiles. So if you can live without the Live Tiles, then definitely grab this app until if and when those apps are updated to support Transparency.

Update: Well, at least for a few of us, the Instagram Tile won't work. Chalk it up to a bug that will probably be fixed in the next release!

Pick up Transparent Tiles version 1.2 here in the Store. Windows Phone 8.1 only.

Thanks for the tip, vikrant6

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