One of the great things about Live Tiles on Windows Phone is that they can be updated to reflect information about the application. Tiles for FourSquare updates to show your point totals, Twitter apps update to show how many replies and direct messages you have, and even email tiles update to show how many unread messages you have received. But have you ever paid attention to the messaging live tile?
It updates to show how many text messages you have received, as one would expect, but it also does a little more than just show the number. When there are no new text messages, the face is a standard smiley. But get your first new text and it changes to a winky smiley. Let the number of messages rise to 4 unread or more, and now you have a new surprise smiley.
Yes, it’s not a huge feature, but it’s a cute little extra that makes it fun to look at every day. I wonder if the smiley changes at some point after the I’ve had up to 12 messages unread and didn’t see any difference. I would be cool if it turned into a frown or something at 50.