Windows Phone 8 UI concepts updated


Jozef Kocur, who’s concepts we have featured before, have updated his concepts of what the next version of Windows Phone should look like.

He has refined his ideas somewhat, and thrown out the concept of combining Aero and Metro.  His latest idea for the control bar has been simplified, a now would allow one to slide the music controls to the side and have access to common toggles (see above). 

He is also suggesting “folders” of Grouped Apps.  He writes:

imageGroup Tiles let you to create a “Group” of Applications, Contacts, or Web Sites’ bookmarks (2-4 mini Tiles).  It’s the simplest way to keep your Home Screen organized. I think this is usable just for the titles that are not showing life content, such as Adobe Reader, Netflix, different games, etc.  Also, if you add a Live Title or a Contact Tile, they won’t be showing any further information, just a plain icon. It basically divides a Tile into 4 small mini-Tiles.

To Create a Group just tap and hold a Tile. Then drag that Tile and drop it on top of another Tile.   A group tile will be automatically created.

Lastly he suggests the lock screen should get daily Bing wallpaper updates, and that there should be a way to answer SMS messages directly from the lock screen if the phone is not password protected.

Usually these concept ideas are just shouting into the wind, but Microsoft’s User Voice Section, which explicitly asked for Windows Phone 8 ideas, provides a place for users to surface popular ideas.

If you like Jozef’s concepts you can vote them up here, and see his ideas in more detail on his website here.

Thanks WPuser for the tip.

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