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Live Tiles

Live tile is one of the most attractive features of Windows phone. It displays continuously useful information on tiles in real time with charming animations. There are several ways to make tiles "Live" on Square home as well. I'm sure you could make your home awesome by applying the following ways. 1. Displaying notifications on tile When you get a notification from an app, you should expand the notification panel from the status bar to see the content. Now you do not have to pull down the status bar anymore because Square home displays the notification on the app tile that is added into your page. Notifications on tile To activate this feature,  - go to "Live tile" in Home options.  - select "Notifications".  - enable Square home in the notification access. The app icon and notification text are switched continuously on the tile with some cool animation. If the notification contains a picture in its content, it will be displayed as a
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Some Tips for the Contacts Page

The built-in contacts page is a powerful tool to access quickly to your contacts. Since some basic features like searching items, putting it as a page and quick scrolling work the same way as the app drawer in this post , I'm going to give you several tips for contacts specific features in this post. 1. Long-click call You have this option in Home options > Contacts and it is on in default. Long-click call option When the option is on and edit mode is turned off, you can long-press a contact in the contacts page to call it directly. When you have multiple numbers in a contact, it calls the default number, which can be set in the edit of the contact. Setting default number 2. Managing favorites Do you know that you can set a contact to your favorite and list up those favorites only? To make a favorite contact, just toggle on the star that is on the right side of the name in the edit (take a look at the above screenshot). After you made up your favorite list,

How to Cut and Paste Tiles

Have you ever used "cut and paste" feature for tiles? If you have never tried that, let me teach you how to do it. As you know already, to make some changes in your layout, you should turn on the edit mode first. You can easily toggle on and off the edit mode in the page manager that is open by pinch-in gesture. Page manager When you toggle on the edit button on the bottom, you can see the "+" tile in your page layout and edit something. 1. Selecting multiple tiles Let's try to long-press a tile on the page. You will get some buttons on the tile like this. To get in the selection mode, press the green multi-select button on the center. As soon as you get into the selection mode, three buttons (Style, Cut and Remove) appears on the top of the screen and you can tap each tile to select or deselect. Selection mode: 3 tiles selected 2. Cutting selected tiles As you saw already, there are three buttons on the top in the selection mode. The

Some Tips for the App Drawer

In this post, I would like to let you know some tips for the app drawer that you might not have noticed yet. 1. Smart picks As you already know, it picks up your favorites apps to the top automatically when you set "Sort order" to "Smart" in the app drawer options. By the way, have you guessed out that the top apps are picked differently according to some situational factors such as newly installation, current time of day, your location, or whether your headset is plugged or not? Your favorite apps can be different depending on it's day or night, at home or at work, and with your headset or not. The app drawer of Square Home analyses your use cases based on the situation and picks the most proper apps to the top. You can change the number of top picks in the app drawer options. 2. App search To search an app quickly, you click the magnifier icon on the bottom menu bar of the app drawer and select a index letter. By the way, have you ever tried to slid

Adaptive Tile Colors to the Wallpaper

Have you set "System wallpaper" enabled for your home screen? If so, how do you set the tile effect and styles to match well to your wallpaper? There is a simple and well-known solution to do this as you know already. It's using several tile background effects in Home options > Tile size & style. Take a look at these screenshots where "Blurred" and "Transparent" effects are used respectively. Another way is just disabling effect and applying translucent styles to tiles like in this screenshot. However, I think it's a little bit still boring even though they are great features that cannot be found in the other launchers. You might want to make it more colorful and fancy. But selecting tile colors to match them well to the wallpaper is pretty hard and annoying. There is a good solution in the case. Just try to turn on "Colors from wallpaper" in Home options > Tile size & style. It overrides the first

Easy & Powerful Launcher for your Android

Are you still using a boring icon-based home launcher on Android? Android can do much more better and Apple-like icons are not best selection for your device. Metro UI introduced by Windows OS has more potentials than icons. It not only has a simple and beautiful design, but also is the best solution to efficiently expose various information on a compact screen. Right here, there is a launcher where you can efficiently implement the Metro UI for your Android. It's easy to use while still powerful. 1. You can easily add your favorite apps into the desktop and organize them efficiently. 2. App tiles get live when you have some notifications. 3. It supports a lot of built-in widgets and normal Android widgets as well. 4. Have fun with brilliant features like Cube! 5. Smart app drawer helps you to fast access the favorites apps by analyzing your using pattern according to current situation. 6. Just long-press a contact in the built-in contacts page for direc