What’s New in Windows Phone 7.8


Windows Phone SDK 7.8 as released on January 22nd, 2013 has embedded a couple exciting features on Windows Phone platform 7.1.1 with enhanced Live Tiles support as similar like Windows Phone 8.

Download Windows Phone SDK 7.8 from here

•Windows Phone 8 has support for Flip, Cyclic & Iconic Tiles. Windows Phone SDK 7.8 has the support also while upgraded applications built  for Windows Phone Platform 7.1.1.
Primary Tile has customizable Small tile, wide tiles .
Secondary tiles can take the support of Flip, Iconic & Cyclic Tiles.
It has enhanced support for Windows Phone Emulator 7.8 (512 MB RAM ) & Windows Phone Emulator 7.8(256 MB RAM) on both of Visual Studio 2012 & Visual Studio 2010 editions.

SDK

    • Lets check the utility of Mangopollo SDK for Windows Phone SDK 7.8 & Windows Phone 8 which is available at Codeplex.

Tiles

  • In order to Check the code to create Flip, Cyclic & Iconic Tiles for Windows Phone SDK 7.8 updated from Windows Phone 7.1.1 Platform.
  • To Create a Cyclic Tile:

private  void  CreateCycleTile_Click(object sender,  RoutedEventArgs e)
{
if (!Utils.CanUseLiveTiles)
{
MessageBox.Show(“This feature needs Windows Phone 8”);
return;
}
try
{
var  mytile = new  CycleTileData
{
Title = “cyclic tile”,
Count = 42,
SmallBackgroundImage =  new Uri(“/Assets/photosynth.png”, UriKind.Relative),
CycleImages =  new List<Uri> { new Uri(“/Assets/photosynth.png”, UriKind.Relative), new Uri(“/Assets/lumia820.jpg”,  UriKind.Relative),  new Uri(“/Assets/skype.jpg”, UriKind.Relative) }
};

#if ALTERNATIVE_SOLUTION
var myfile = Mangopollo.Tiles.TilesCreator.CreateCyclicTile(“cyclic tile”, 40, new Uri(“/Assets/Screen.png”,  Urikind.Relative), new List<Uri>() { new Uri(“/Assets/skype.jpg”, Urikind.Relative), new Uri(“/Assets/imagesCATP50SM.jpg”, Urikind.Relative), new Uri(“/Assets/htc.jpg”, Urikind.Relative)});

#endif
ShellTileExt.Create(new Uri(“/MainPage.xaml?msg=from%20cycle%20tile”, UriKind.Relative), mytile, false);
}

catch
{
MessageBox.Show(“remove tile before create it again”);
}
}

  • Lets take up code to implement the Iconic Tile which creates iconic style tile default for Windows Phone :

 private void CreateIconicTile_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
{
if (!Utils.CanUseLiveTiles)
{
MessageBox.Show(“This feature needs Windows Phone 8”);
return;
}

try
{
var mytile = new IconicTileData
{
Title = “iconic tile”,
Count = 10,
BackgroundColor = Colors.Green,
IconImage = new Uri(“/Assets/nokia-lumia-620.jpg”, UriKind.Relative),
SmallIconImage = new Uri(“/Assets/Windows-Phone-mango.jpg”, UriKind.Relative),
WideContent1 = “Windows Phone Live Tiles”

};

#if ALTERNATIVE_SOLUTION
var mytile = Mangopollo.Tiles.TilesCreator.CreateIconicTile(“iconic tile”, 9, Colors.Green, new Uri(“/Assets/nokia-lumia-620.jpg”, UriKind.Relative), new Uri(“/Assets/Windows-Phone-mango.jpg”, UriKind.Relative));
#endif

ShellTileExt.Create(new Uri(“/MainPage.xaml?msg=from%20iconic%20tile”, UriKind.Relative), mytile, false);

}

catch
{
MessageBox.Show(“remove tile before create it again”);
}
}

  • Check for Flip Tile in order to flip back from front to back in Windows Phone app:

    private void CreateFlipTile_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
    {
    if (!Utils.CanUseLiveTiles)
    {
    MessageBox.Show(“This feature needs Windows Phone 8”);
    return;
    }

    try
    {
    var mytile = new FlipTileData
    {
    Title = “Wide Flip Tile”,
    BackTitle = “Created by”,
    BackContent = “Windows Store”,
    Count = 10,
    SmallBackgroundImage = new Uri(“Assets/photosynth.png”, UriKind.Relative),
    BackBackgroundImage = new Uri(“Assets/lumia820.jpg”, UriKind.Relative),
    BackgroundImage = new Uri(“Assets/nokia-lumia-620.jpg”, UriKind.Relative),
    WideBackgroundImage = new Uri(“Assets/skype.jpg”, UriKind.Relative),
    WideBackBackgroundImage = new Uri(“Assets/Windows-Phone-mango.jpg”, UriKind.Relative),
    WideBackContent = “Windows Phone 7.8”
    };

    #if ALTERNATIVE_SOLUTION
    var mytile = Mangopollo.Tiles.TilesCreator.CreateFlipTile(“Wide Flip Tile”, “Created As”, “Windows Store Apps”, 10, new Uri(“Assets/photosynth.jpg”, UriKind.Relative), new Uri(“Assets/lumia820.jpg”, UriKind.Relative),new Uri(“Assets/nokia-lumia-620.jpg”, UriKind.Relative));

    #endif
    ShellTileExt.Create(new Uri(“/MainPage.xaml?msg=from%20flip%20tile”, UriKind.Relative), mytile, false);
    }
    catch
    {
    MessageBox.Show(“remove tile before create it again”);
    }
    }

SDK

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About Anindita
Anindita Basak is working as Big Data Cloud Consultant in Microsoft. Worked in multiple MNCs as Developer & Senior Developer on Microsoft Azure, Data Platform, IoT & BI , Data Visualization, Data warehousing & ETL & of course in Hadoop platform.She played both as FTE & v- employee in Azure platform teams of Microsoft.Passionate about .NET , Java, Python & Data Science. She is also an active Big Data & Cloud Trainer & would love share her experience in IT Training Industry. She is an author, forum contributor, blogger & technical reviewer of various books on Big Data Hadoop, HDInsight, IoT & Data Science, SQL Server PDW & PowerBI.

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