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Microsoft Responds to Color Banding Issue Caused by Update

May 16, 2011 1 Comment

A thread on Microsoft forums was created regarding the color banding issue we told you about a while ago. People have been going on there to voice their frustrations with the issue that affects the HD7 and the Trophy and as a result received a response from one of the Mods and members of tech support, Aled T. Here’s what he had to say:

When HTC launched the HD7 and Trophy they upgraded the color depth to 32 bit, which was outside of Microsoft’s design requirements of 16bit. Microsoft implemented the design standards to help ensure the best possible and consistent experience for all customers on all Windows Phones. To continue to deliver a stable and consistent customer experience, HTC returned the devices to the 16 bit design requirements as part of the March (7.0.7390) update.

The color palette change should not make a noticeable change to most customers experience on their Windows Phone 7.Microsoft’s goal is to ensure that the device is performing as optimally as possible – and as always their engineering teams continue to investigate the opportunities for future improvements.

I know they are aiming for consistency here, but from what I can tell no one has really said that going from 32 bit to 16 bit really did anything to improve phone performance. I’m really curious to know a little bit more. What effect would 32 bits have on the phones?

Either way this is irrelevant. WP7 phones should be at 32 bits once we get the Mango update in the Fall. It’s just a little bit annoying that we have to wait til the Fall to have our phones look as sleek as when they first came out.

Source: Microsoft Forums, via: WPCentral


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  • http://twitter.com/sjmarcus Scott Marcus

    The banding is so horrifyingly ugly I don’t want to use my phone anymore.

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