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Customise your Windows Phone home screen with MegaTile

MegaTile is a Windows Phone app by Linknode that enables users to customise their home screen with personalised live tiles. The app allows the user to create live tile grids using a single photo that can then be configured for action calling. Supported grids are 1x2, 2x2, 2x3 or 2x4 with multiple sets of images and each tile with its own function. 

MegaTile is perfect for those who wish to add more style to their home screen in favour of vanilla tiles (messaging, calls, etc.), while adding more convenient access to WiFi settings, aeroplane mode, and more. Pictures used for the live tiles can be centered, cropped or stretched to fit accordingly, and are selected from the on-device library.

What actions are available to choose from? Over 15, including the usual wireless setting shortcuts found in other apps. But MegaTile goes further by offering actions to make a call, call a contact, individual or group SMS, take a photo, post a Social Network update, launch a browser, or even start a search. Should the user get carried away with updating multiple tiles within the app and forget to re-pin them to the home screen, MegaTile will show a small alert icon next to the tile that is reportedly out-of-date.

Once "MegaTiles" are created, they're persistent old chaps between app updates, ensuring customisation and time spent getting everything perfect are not lost in the process. Unfortunately, the "launch any app" feature that is frequently requested is protected by Microsoft in Windows Phone, but with developers making good use of live tiles for their own individual apps, this shouldn't prove to be much of a problem.

Check out the below video for a quick demonstration of the app in action.

You can download MegaTile from the Marketplace for $0.99 (£0.79). A free trial is available with the limitation of only 2x2 tiles and restricted action selection. For more information, check out the Linknode website.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

6 Comments
  • Did I miss something ? Can you use the default titles with this ? Call, People Outlook, Hotmail, Messaging, etc ?
     
    If so,Will live tile updates show like they do currently or is this just for different options ?
     
    It's not like the WindowsPhoneHacker app that made a pretty picture on the tiles but, no live update features worked, as it was cool, it was pointless for people who want WP7 for what it's designed for.
  • Agreed, I'll just wait for Apollo as I believe it may give some the customizations they're looking for
  • Agreed.
  • Just bought it. It's quite good, but every time you press to launch a tile you get a plain grey screen with a loading icon in the middle of it. You don,t get it with WizTiles so you shouldn't with this.
  • Does the default live tiles show updates on it ?
  • Why does it need your location tho?