Lots of mobile applications use
ProgressRing to tell users that it is doing some heavy processing or downloading data. Windows Phone SDK 7 and 8 provide a ready mechanism to do that through the
Exploring SystemTray Properties
SystemTray can show a
ProgressIindicator on top of the Windows Phone screen. In addition,
SystemTray can show a text below the
ProgressIindicator to give user more details about what is happening. That could be done by adding the following code where you are downloading data.
var progressIndicator = new ProgressIndicator
IsVisible = true,
IsIndeterminate = true,
Text = "Downloading data..."
Other properties like
Opacity could be changed, as shown in the following image:
A good sample that uses the
SystemTray well is the LinkedIn for Windows Phone, note in the following screenshot the
ProgressIndicator and the text and time in different colors: