How useful are your Windows Phone Live Tiles?
One of the key features of the Windows Phone platform are Live Tiles, which provide a snapshot of information on your Start Screen. We have Live Tiles that will deliver weather information, appointments, TV shows, and even gaming progress.
But how often do you rely on the Live Tile information, or do you overlook it and just use the Tile to jump into the app or game? Personally, I like how I can glance at the weather and appointment Tiles to see what the current temperature is or how long I have until the next meeting. Other than that, I generally use the Live Tiles as a shortcut to the many apps I have pinned to my Start Screen.
What about you? We have a discussion going on here in the WPCentral forums that was started by a new Windows Phone user trying to determine the practicality of Live Tiles. The original poster has a minimal collection of tiles on his Start Screen and opts to rely on swiping to the right and launching apps from the App Menu. So are these glorified widgets or something more?
Do you have a tip for best using your Tiles? What apps do you find have the most valuable content to display? More over, what would you change? Join in on the conversation in the forums.
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By Jez Corden
But that's more of an isolated app problem than an is issue.
Bing weather: I glance at the tile but I'm never satisfied unless I open up the app to be certain just incase.
Bing finance & Musixmatch: I use shortcut on live tile and I love it.
Bing finance for Nokia stock and Musixmatch for music recognition. Netflix & Hulu: not very useful. Overall I'm satisfied with the live tiles but I do wish it was updated up to the minute but I understand that there's oS limitations and it would kill my battery if it wasn't setup that way.
- I also have cal, a cool live calender app pinned (wide tile) which show me all the birth days and events.
- All my other apps are just simple icons with notification numbers on it, which is still usefull.
I have do alot less soft resets to get them working with my 1020, with my 920 it was alot more often.
But I really love them thanks MS.
Live tiles aren't really my thing.
Years ago our local temp wasn't always accurate because they took the reading from the local airport some kilometers away from the central city.
He's using the OS... not crying about why the OS isn't exactly like everything else out there. You deserve an upvote, kind sir.
I was part of the group that thought one of the reasons WM was better than the iphone is because you could do that stuff... Holy crap was I wrong. Again, it was fun but I love stability, uniformity, and smoothness way more.
I always keep my WPCentral app pinned specifically for the double-wide live Tile. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
I love the ability to organize and personalize them
I love the look of the live tiles it makes every phone unique
Was 3 dreadful weeks on Android last fall when my 920 was in for repair...
Just.. nothing... happened...
I dont need a notification center because the start screen serves that purpose already, and the apps I use frequently are there, and the rest in the app list (categories like Windows 8 would be nice).
I have think if you're not using the start screen similarly you are still trying to make WP work like Android or IOS.
When you get an app that can double sided tiles in all sizes it's amazing.
How ever, I use ME tile, SMS, Mail, Calendar, WPC app, Group tile with 20 people, Bing News, TVShow, Weather-To-Go and Frost, Facebook. All live and displaying data.
Flipping is also very important if implemented well by the Devs, especially for Calendar, email, news and weather Apps plus individual Contacts' tiles. I can answer most common queries in a couple of seconds, while the Roid & Fruit crowds in the room are still annoyingly tapping away trying to find the same information. Doing this consistently in business settings has induced several of my Colleagues to switch to WP. To be honest, its the most important feature of the OS.
Weather:Current and multiday forecast
Text Message Preview
Miss Call Preview
WPCentral Article Preview
New App(CNN, Bing News , Abc news) preview
Todo App Checklist
Me Tile - Notifications
MyTube - New Subscription Video Alerts
Live tiles are great and can be used very effectively.
but one thing I noticed is that I'm eating so much data.. What I'm doing now is restricting my data when I'm asleep,or driving..but over all what a great improvement!!
I can't live without them! :D
Battery, weather flow, week view 8, skymap's sunrise/sunset, interval's alarm tile, effectual or telerik tasks. Depending on the time of year I might use the here drive commute tile. Some other useful tiles are deep links to specific pages in apps- which are very useful. The rest of the tiles I use are just unread counters. But for a platform that has been out for quite a while, you would think I'd have more than 6-7 live tiles that aren't just glorified shortcuts. At the very least, I never have problems with tiles updating, and all my tiles print a "updated at hh:mm", so I know at a glance how recent the information is. For my uses, 30minute old information is never inaccurate, but limiting background tasks to 30m is supposed to conserve battery life and my battery life is still shit. So yeah might as well let tiles update willy nilly if battery life sucks anyway. Because IE has a small limit on number of tabs, I just never use tabs. I pin pages to start.
For example, I pin Weather Flow (large) so I can see the next 5 days forecast, while I set the hourly option to display on my lockscreen - both updating hourly with cellular data connection.
Another example for best use at glance are News apps, such as WPCentral, Bing News/Sports, myTube - not to mention social networking apps.
Hope it helped a bit =)
-Quick look at temperature or forecast before heading to work, again at lunch, maybe again at night. Almost never need to open the weather app.
-I'll peek at the WP Central wide tile a few times a day between calls to see latest headlines and decide if I need to jump in.
-A medium calendar tile shows me upcoming appointments; quick check of that in the morning, before bed and when out on the road.
-2 mid-size tiles show me Facebook updates just from close friends and from family. Again, a few glances throughout the day and I see most of what's important.
-Tile for Winsupersite shows me when Paul's added a new article. If I have a minute I'll read it; otherwise I know I can come back later.
The weather channel app shows current conditions and a three day forecast at a glance (works MUCH) better after the update.
I have picked up breaking news from the live tile for both CNN and Fox News.
The calendar is at the top and full sized so I can see my next appointment.
All four of my email icons are lined up small sized so I can see which has something new.
Facebook and Twitter don't have the most responsive tiles in the world, but it's still nice to see a number representing new alerts.
The me tile, of course, alerts me to new things. Doesn't seem to be connected to LinkedIn. Wish there was SnapChat integration.
I was about to say 6snap isn't that responsive, but I see a notification that wasn't there two minutes ago, so gonna go check that. Bye.
People Groups - shows social status updates for friends and family.