Windows Phone 10 could make its first public appearance next month, during a Windows 10 event scheduled for January 21, but Microsoft has until now managed to keep most of the details away from us despite the fact that work already started earlier this year.
One of the things that somehow leaked from Microsoft’s Windows Phone development group is the possibility of getting exploding live tiles on the home screen, which would basically allow users to perform a number of actions without actually launching apps.
That’s exactly what this new Windows Phone 10 concept is based on, trying to envision the concept of exploding live tiles in action alongside several other improvements.
The flat design approach introduced by Microsoft in October 2012, when the company rolled out Windows 8, has clearly influenced the way many products look, and living proof is Apple’s very own iOS mobile operating system, which itself adopted a flatter look in recent updates.
At first glance, the concept really looks appealing, even though we’re not sure that the new design of the virtual keyboard makes it easy to use.
And obviously, while some of the improvements you see in this concept actually make sense, others don’t, and it’s easy to see why Microsoft wouldn’t want to implement some options in the operating system.
The concept of exploding live tiles isn’t entirely new and was first reported to be offered in Lumia McLaren, the device that was expected to ship with a 3D touch interface earlier this year.
Basically, these exploding live tiles would enable Windows Phone users to perform certain tasks in a much faster way because opening the apps themselves would no longer be needed.
The very same concept is very likely to arrive in Windows Phone 10 for all customers. Tapping a specific tile would make it “explode” into multiple other smaller tiles to perform pre-defined tasks. For example, in the case of music apps, you could be allowed to pause a song or jump to the next one without actually launching the player.
Windows Phone 10 is very likely to make its first public appearance at next month’s event, while the stable version could debut together with the desktop OS in late summer or early fall 2015.
More details, however, will be provided in January, at the aforementioned press conference, when Microsoft could also provide us with the first glimpse of the Windows 10 Consumer Preview.