Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Oct 2013 21:47 UTC
Windows

Paul Thurrot has a number of rumours up about Windows Phone 8.1. Two stand out to me.

Where GDR3 is widely expected to support 5- to 6-inch screens, 8.1 will supposedly support 7- to 10-inch screens as well. This obviously infringes on Windows RT/8.x tablets, so it's not clear what the thinking is there.

So, Windows RT will become even more pointless than it already is.

Aping the iPhone navigation model, Microsoft will apparently remove the Back button from the Windows Phone hardware specification with 8.1. The Back button just doesn't make sense, I was told: Users navigate away from an app by pressing the Start button and then open a new app, just like they do on iPhone. And the "back stack" is ill-understood by users: Most don't realize what they're doing when they repeatedly hit the Back button.

This I am not happy with. The back button is my main navigational input in both Android and Windows Phone, and I miss it dearly in iOS.

I'm just hoping on performance improvements, still my biggest issue with Windows Phone. I used my HTC 8X for a few hours today, and I was stunned by just how slow everything is compared to Android 4.3. Of course, application quality is another huge issue, but there's little Microsoft can do to convince developers that their Windows Phone applications are more than just side projects done between serious work on Android and iOS.

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No back button?!
by LaceySnr on Wed 9th Oct 2013 22:43 UTC
LaceySnr
Member since:
2009-09-28

The back stack is one of my favourite features of WP8, sure I hit the start button when I need to launch something new, and then when I want to get back to where I was... guess what I press!

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RE: No back button?!
by darknexus on Thu 10th Oct 2013 00:22 in reply to "No back button?!"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

The back stack is one of my favourite features of WP8, sure I hit the start button when I need to launch something new, and then when I want to get back to where I was... guess what I press!

I don't know about WP but it's the only feature I genuinely miss going from Android to iOS. Without the back button and with the rather cluttered launcher system iOS has, going from one app to another feels like running around in a circle.

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RE: No back button?!
by WorknMan on Thu 10th Oct 2013 00:30 in reply to "No back button?!"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

The back stack is one of my favourite features of WP8, sure I hit the start button when I need to launch something new, and then when I want to get back to where I was... guess what I press!


But hey, the back button confuses iTards, so they gotta take it out.

The war on power users strikes again.

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