Windows Phone 8 Ditches The Arrow Icon, Reorganizes People Hub

Windows Phone 8 Ditches The Arrow Icon, Reorganizes People Hub

While we wait for any additional WP8 details, here are some minor UI tweaks that we have noticed during yesterday’s WPC 2012 event.

First one:

When you scroll to see a list of apps, the arrow icon is no longer here:

Windows Phone 8 Ditches The Arrow Icon, Reorganizes People Hub

Second one:

As you might remember from the Windows Phone 7.5 “recent” people card, it used to looks like this, a grid of 4 x 2:

Windows Phone 8 Ditches The Arrow Icon, Reorganizes People Hub

However, Windows Phone 8 will get rid of the 4 x grid and introduce 2x grid instead:

Windows Phone 8 Ditches The Arrow Icon, Reorganizes People Hub

Good, bad?

Stay tuned for more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000678662470 Vincent Haakmat

    I will miss the fact that I could press the letter W to jump to the WMPoweruser app for example, instead of endless scrolling to that app. I hope there is an easy way to navigate my 100 apps on my phone

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000678662470 Vincent Haakmat

      Oh… I see the search icon, ok, that solved the problem (I think)

    • Avatar Roku

      I’m pretty certain that feature is not going away. The app list is still there, just the arrow telling you to swipe is gone. You still swipe to get to your full app list.

  • markiz

    Makes sense. I never did understand those horizontal parts in hubs.

  • Brandon

    Thank you baby Jesus. Recent contacts scrolling horizontally never ceased to annoy the crap outta me.

  • grs_dev

    Actually the horizontal scrolling makes more sense but I guess backward users who have been beaten over the head with legacy design concepts didn’t get it so they had to find a happy medium.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Houston-Martin/678732337 James Houston Martin

    the arrow told users which way to swipe.  Without the arrow you can continue swiping in both left right directions from the start screen.  Notifications to the left of the start screen?