Tiles in Windows Phone Mango – Part 1 : OverView

By this time , a windows Phone user or a Windows 8 user would have known what is Tiles .

Its the shortcut or link to the Application displayes in the Start Screen .

The User can Pin the Application to the Start Screen by holding App for few seconds and clicking the Pin to Start Button .

The user can later unpin the Tile from the Start Screen or even rearrange it .

There are 2 kinds of Tiles in Windows Phone

1. Application Tile

2. Secondary Tile

The Application Tile is the one that i explained above with an example and an screenshot .

The Secondary Tile is generally created from the App programatically based on the users interaction .

An Example of a Secondary Tile could be a Chat Application like Skype where you want to pin a user who you interact frequently to the start screen .

When the Windows Phone user taps on the secondary tiles , it might just take them to the user profile / the chatwindow for that user .

The Windows Phone Mango Tiles are 2 sided which means the information is displayed on the tile by flipping the front and back side of the tile .

 

 

The Application Tiles and the Secondary Tiles can be updated by

  • ShellTile API
  • ShellTileSchedule API
  • Push Notifications for Windows Phone

The Creating and Deletion of the Tile varies for the Application Tile and the Secondary Tile .

The Application Tile and the Secondary Tiles can be created only with some user interation like Pin To Start or input .

The Deletion of the Application Tile is not possible but a deletion of the Secondary Tile is possible via the Delete method of the ShellTile Class .

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