91% of Windows Phone clicks were only for Camera Roll, urging Photos Hub redesign in 8.1
Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore shared today why they gave the Photos Hub a drastic makeover in Windows Phone 8.1. For instance, opening the app now takes you directly to your Camera Roll, organized by date instead of the old menu system. This change reflects how iOS also organizes photos, though it deviates significantly from how the old Photos Hub did things.
Telemetry data, which is collected from how users interact with their phones, was collected and revealed today by Belfiore during his Reddit AMA. The most interesting aspect was that a massive 91% of users only opened the Photos Hub to go to their Camera Roll, with just 0.5% using the ‘apps’ integration. That’s a stunning number, but reflects how many of used Photos Hub in the past. In that regard, it makes total sense to put the crowd favorite Camera Roll front and center, leaving Albums and Favorites to the side and omitting the Apps section.
While we’re sure some of you really like the old Photos Hub layout, we’re with Joe on this one. But what say you? Does the telemetry data reflect your usage? Has it changed your mind?
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I would suggest allowing the photo him to either always open to camera roll, or to the last opened category, or to a specified category.
Show only Camera Roll would be fine...
It not just about the utility of something. It's also about the immersive feeling you get when you use said app.
I would love to hear about the data from the Music Video hub because new, history are the most used feature.
And removing the background was not a good idea.
I say I hate it, it looks horrible and I want the old photos hub back. As 91% of idiots don't use the organizational potential of the photos hub, I think they should at least give an option on WHERE to open the photos hub to the rest of us. You can make the current stupid way default but allow the 9% of is to avoid it. Otherwise we don't need file managing capabilities at all.
Besides, I might be missing something but when I open the app it takes me to the ALL page, not the camera roll.
hey msft, if you target pure businessmen and accountants I can understand but we need also for entertainment and need to have a personal touch too...
I'm still on WP 7.8, so I'm not sure if this is an option in WP 8 or 8.1 photohub.
It feels dynamic and "alive". Always fresh when you open it up and see a nice background image. I am into photography with a few DSLRs etc
I thought they were pushing the photo features of WP? Taking away the beauty of the Photo Hub is not the way to do it.
I would say to please everyone, it should be configurable when you open the new Photo Hub if it drops you to albums or All.
Personally I hate the All option. Guess I might be in the minority on this one?
The pivots are nice, maybe they needed to educate users more about the Pivots. I don't understand Microsoft, they push Metro and pivots then abandon it themselves.
It's nice to be able to go to photos and then pivot to the "What's new" and see new photos from your friends etc.
Dont get me started about Music and the Me tile. They are taking away the best and unique things about the OS. I had the Developer Preview but went back to Black because I couldn't stand the changes.