Windows Phone Recently Rolled A Substantial Update…
… whilst I found a neat bug with the microphone volume immediately after the update I was really impressed with the variety of features included ranging from: –
- Improved accessibility features.
- Close Apps from the App Switcher.
- Driving Mode.
- Free up Storage.
- Assign specific ringtones to Text Messages.
- Text Replies to Incoming Calls.
- Support for CardDAV and CalDAV (Google account sync) but only for new phones.
- And others.
And The Winner Is…
Windows Phone tackle the issues and dangers of using smartphones when driving with Driving Mode. Driving Mode can be found under Settings and simply put reduces user distraction when driving by limiting what the phone does in terms of calls, texts and alerts whilst making it easy to pre-pair with in-the-Car Bluetooth devices.
My favorite feature within Driving Mode is being able to set your phone to auto-Text any incoming calls or texts with an “I’m driving right now” reply.
Huge props to Microsoft for promoting road safety here.
A Big But…
Driving Mode on Windows Phone is truly awesome but now picture this…
- You climb into your car and fish your phone out of your pocket.
- Access your Settings (maybe you have a Live Tile for this)
- Scroll down to Driving Mode
- If it’s not setup have at it, else enable Driving Mode
Whilst Windows Phone allows you to use Live Tiles (and as I’ve mentioned in the past Live Tiles have huge potential) for Settings, you unbelievably cannot create a Live Tile for individual settings.
The Warptest POV
No, not even for Driving Mode. Here is a fantastic feature that by its very nature should be one-click enable/disabled from a Live Tile but the potential of the feature isn’t actualized by failing to embrace best UX practice.
If I had been responsible for testing this Windows Phone update and Driving Mode within it, I would have considered this a critical bug.
For now I will gladly use Driving Mode but with a sense of missed opportunity each time I do so.