Last month Windows Phone 7.8 finally started rolling out for a few older devices. The main feature that it includes is the new Start screen experience. That includes the double wide and small live tiles for displaying a lot of information…at least that’s the idea. Many users have reported that live tiles in 7.8 are broken and not refreshing correctly.
The problem appears to be in the OS itself, and not the apps. Windows Phone has three ways for apps to update the live tile. According to a developer only 1 out of those 3 ways is working in 7.8. This is making many live tiles never update, and some are even flickering. Besides not getting notification info, the problem is also causing battery drain as apps constantly try to refresh the live tiles. Microsoft hasn’t commented on the issue yet, but we hope they do soon. This is a big problem. Live tiles are the core of the OS. This is like the notification shade in Android not working.