Windows Phone was ahead of its time in five ways
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Windows Phone was ahead of its time in five ways

Windows Phone was ahead of its time in five ways

Windows Phone wasn’t around for very long in the mobile OS world (2010-2017). It was never particularly popular, but Microsoft filled it with numerous innovative concepts. A couple of the suggestions turned out to be ahead of their time.

Windows Phone 7 evolved into Windows Phone 8 and finally Windows 10 Mobile, but the same issues persisted—where were the third-party apps, for example? Nonetheless, it had a significant influence on the mobile business.

 

Minimalist Style

The minimalist design of Windows Phone is one area where Microsoft was certainly ahead of the curve—perhaps even responsible for beginning the trend.

In 2010, Microsoft introduced the initial version of Windows Phone, White symbols on solid color tiles; very simple and flat. In the meanwhile, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and iOS 4 looked like this.

It doesn’t take a software design degree to recognize that the Android and iPhone interfaces have aged poorly, but the Windows Phone UI could easily pass for a current operating system. In the years afterward, Apple and many Android device manufacturers have embraced more simple, flat designs.

Windows Phone was ahead of its time in five ways

 

Widgets as Apps

The Live Tiles, which were one of the stars of the simple design, were one of the stars of that design. Widgets have been around for a while on Android, and the iPhone was still a few years away from getting its own. Live Tiles occupied a spot in the middle.

Live Tiles were a hybrid of program icons and widgets seen on the home screen. Instead of distinct program icons and widgets, Windows Phone Live Tiles combined the two. A Live Tile might be as simple as a static icon or as complex as a huge widget with live data.

Apple’s widgets, which were introduced in iOS 14, are based on a similar concept. They’re still distinct from the app icons on the home screen, but they have the appearance of larger app icons. The app’s name label is still visible beneath it. It wouldn’t surprise me if Apple adopted Windows Phone’s implementation in the future.

 

Modes of Light and Dark

Dark and light settings are now available on both Android and iPhone, although this wasn’t always the case. In reality, they both introduced it in 2019, despite the fact that it was part of Windows Phone from the start in 2010.

The system-wide dark and light themes that we see on Android and iPhone these days work quite similarly to Windows Phone. Many UI components, as well as programs that enable the capability, would change to match the system theme. Microsoft was over a decade ahead of Apple and Google in getting this right.

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