Apps suffering from scaling issues on Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia 1520s

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When we wrote about our impressions about the Lumia 1520, we were complaining there is not more content visible in apps other than it simply  being bigger. However, with Windows Phone 8.1 this changed – elements (for example the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen) became smaller and now leave more space for other content. But with this – although Windows Phone 8.1 optimized apps can already be written – a new problem occurred: Almost no apps are optimized for these smaller elements, and with no I mean even newly published apps. Either there is a black bar at the very bottom of the screen, or a bar in the color of the app’s background directly above the navigation bar. Ironically, even Microsoft’s own Bing apps are suffering from this issue, which is kind of embarrassing.

Luckily this does not affect the usability or the functions of the apps, but it really looks unprofessional and just like dead pixels, it is something you always look at once you know it is there. I know not all older apps can be updated for a new OS that quickly, and therefore waiting for an update in absolutely acceptable in this case, but the fact that even new apps, which just appeared in the store, or new app updates (yes I am talking to you, WhatsApp) do not support the new scaling for phablets, is simply weird.

Anyway, a very small number of apps (Mehdoh or Instagram for example) do not have any issues with scaling, so we know the development kit supports it. Maybe it is just too hard or expensive, so it does not reward at this small number of Windows Phone phablet users, but this is something Microsoft needs to improve. I am no developer, but I am sure if an app needs to be written once only to run on big Windows and small Windows Phone screens, it is also technically possible to write an app once and without much afford to make it support all types of Windows Phone scaling!

What about our readers? Did you notice these scaling issues and are you disturbed by them? Let us know in the comments below!

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