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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Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

- Apps take very long to switch 2-10!!! seconds, with the exception of some built-in apps


It depends which apps, written for which OS version, and how you're switching.

If the app supports Fast Resume (WP8 app which opted in) then it instantly resumes anywhere assuming the app developer implemented state saving for the important bits (in case the app isn't resident in memory at the time of the rehydration).

If an app is a WP8 app which hasn't opted in, then it'll instantly resume if backed into (using Back button) or switched to using the multitasking menu.

If its a WP7 app it's the same thing as an opted out WP8 app.


- IE tries to reload pages... that's really fun when you're out of a data connection and have been looking at a page with a contact number.


This is probably one I've seen before -- I'm not sure what exactly happens here. If the process gets killed or if it just crashes, but it frustrates me every once in a while. Certainly not enough to cause a problem.


- Calling someone is a pain, specially when you have not called the person recently. And there is no most called, only call history... Why do I have to go to their contact card, open it and then tap on the phone number? If I already have all the intention to call them, not tweet at them or post something on their FB wall?
- Incoming call and call screens are visually overloaded.


I guess these are just preferences. I pin my frequent contacts to my start screen, or often have them in my recent call list (which is searchable) that I don't clear often. More than likely it's either in a pinned contact or pinned group I have though.

I also usually start searching for a contact when I need to by going to the People Hub first (only because I dont know if I'm caling via Skype or via Phone until I see what they have in their contact card. That eliminates a tap from reduz's steps he outlined earlier.


- Apps on WP don't get any love... And I mean it. Even FB app is behind in functionality compared to iOS/Android.


I think the FB app has gotten much better recently, especially if you use the beta version of the app in the marketplace. It lacks bells and whistles like Chat Heads, but its getting important updates at a fast pace (Microsoft develops the app in house).

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

In short these are frustrating issues, regardless of the root causes and the party to blame. And I'm not the only one experiencing these issues.

FYI: The longest to resume/start is actually Facebook. Just a second ago it took 10 seconds to resume!!! Cold boot on Galaxy Nexus took less than 1. iPhone4 took ~2 seconds. So it's has less features and is more frustrating to use...

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

I just tried it took about 6 seconds from cold (not running) and 1 second to resume.

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