On the horizon: Visual Studio 2013 reveals 1080P Windows Phone 8 emulator files
Windows Phone 8 is reportedly set to go to “full HD” with a 1080x1920 resolution later this year, an update that will come with the GDR3 OS refresh presumably for OEMs.
Now, Justin Angel, who used to work with Microsoft and Nokia, has managed to dig up some emulator files for Windows Phone that coincidentally support that 1080P resolution. The files come by way of Visual Studio 2013, which was previewed at Build last week.
Those files are used by developers for running a “virtual” Windows Phone on their computer, to see how their app or game will look and perform. Emulators support resolutions that they run at, meaning a newly added 1080P skin will allow devs to test at the resolution.
Needless to say, this is just further confirmation that hardware vendors will be able to make new Windows Phones with 1080P displays later this year and developers will have the tools to update their apps.
Windows Central Newsletter
Get the best of Windows Central in your inbox, every day!
Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
That said, however, it is important to keep adding hardware features to attract consumer interest and I would very much appreciate it if Microsoft acted on this faster. If it were up to Nokia, their Lumias would already be running 8 cores - that's the kind of pace Microsoft needs to show. If it can't put resources into the platform, they won't see the growth.
So the extra tiles should be finger friendly on the larger screen. And I don't think the extra tiles layout has been confirmed either.
Full HD 1920x1080 => Lumia 1920
I know we can change the tiles but this really does look like a mess.
Want to reinforce the antequated notion that all things Microsoft are cluttered and unintuitive? Show them that screen.
as you can see from the VS 2013 screen snapshot... 1920x1200 or more/less? (1920 x 1152)
A wallpaper may or may not add clutter depends how you lay it out, a person's creativity is only limited by their imagination and the tools they have at the thier disposal.
My rule of thumb on arranging tiles is to put no more than 4 small tiles in a grid before breaking them up with a medium tile. Otherwise it gets cluttered looking. But that's just my opinion. To each their own - something you can't say to somebody with an iphone (arguably android devices too, but I find it hard to argue that they aren't customizable with the thousands of different ROMs floating around).
•X86 processor based on haswell Make me happy OEM's, make me happy...