Mix10 is here and so are the much awaited anouncements regarding WP7S. The blogging world is abuzz with posts regarding the newest phones, the development kits and tools, the customized hubs, the marketplace and its featured apps and even the Metro book, handed out by Microsoft. Instead of elaborating more on it, I would like to just share some of the must read articles out there.
- A look at “Metro” – the book (istartedsomething.com)
- Confirmed: Marketplace will be the only way to get apps on Windows Phone 7 Series (engadget.com)
- Ballmer’s visage evoked for ‘developers, developers, developers’ demo app on Windows Phone 7 Series (engadget.com)
- Some Good and Bad News From Mix10 (fuzemobility.com)
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Now that the Windows Phone 7 Series was unvieled by Steve Ballmer at MWC 2010, it was quite expected that the clones of the theme would soon be released for windows 6.1 and 6.5 phones by ambitious and eager developers. However, these have come much earlier than expected and how!!! A very naive version called Metro UI was first released by JaxBot at xda-developers. Current version of the theme includes lock and home screen with ‘Live Tiles’ for phone, SMS, mail and weather. The developer promises to bring more customization options (changing wallpapers), more smoother animations, ability to rearrange icons/tiles, right-side program launcher and social network integration. The interface seemed a bit sluggish, but I am sure there will be a lot of improvements to it. Meanwhile, another XDA developer Lesscro came up with his own version of WP7S theme based on Wisbar Advanced Desktop 2.x (WAD) and shared a video demo of it and it is just awesome, to say the least. The animations seem smooth and most of the stuff already seems to be in place. Features include :
• Lockscreen with time, date and notifications
• Start screen with familiar blue tiles and links (hopefully customizable)
• Profile settings (WiFi and volume settings)
• Transitional animations
• Pictures Hub
• Games Hub (probably to hold all your games)
• Media Hub for music, video, podcasts, radio
• Office Hub
• Stocks Hub
• All apps launcher in list format
Eagerly waiting to give it a try.