Windows Phone Mango, Microsoft’s major fall update for its new smartphone platform, includes more than 500 features. One of Mango’s little-known features is the ability to turn the Picture Hub’s live tile and background into a slideshow.
Previous versions of Windows Phone have allowed users to set a specific image for the Picture Hub’s background and live tile. This feature, as well as the option to choose a random image, could be exposed by tapping and holding on the screen while in the People Hub.
The Mango update expands upon this concept, turning the live tile into a beautiful slideshow. Selecting “shuffle background” from the command bar tells the Pictures Hub to cycle through the user’s favorite photos. One image is randomly chosen as the Hub’s background, while the live tile rotates through the entire collection. Users can still specify a static background, but the shuffle option will undoubtedly be more popular.
Image shuffling is a simple feature, but the animated live tile really livens up the Home screen. The Mango update will be made available this fall as a free update for all Windows Phones.