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Belfiore: Windows Phone 8.1 beta Lockscreen app could be just a week away

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Belfiore: Windows Phone 8.1 beta Lockscreen app could be just a week away
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore tapped out a tweet on Friday, to tell Windows Phone 8.1 users that a beta version of their eagerly awaited Lockscreen app is coming soon. Microsoft mentioned the feature at its Microsoft Build 2014 conference. Instead of being included with the OS, a separate Lockscreen app will have to be downloaded. Earlier this month, we showed you a video revealing what the Lockscreen will look like.

The app is designed by Windows Phone developer Rudy Huyn, known for his knock offs of popular iOS and Android apps for the Windows Phone platform, and Belfiore's tweet says that the beta version of the app is about a week away. The tweet also revealed that the app will be available for English devices that carry 1GB of RAM or more. That rules out the entry level models like the hugely popular Nokia Lumia 520, at least for now. There is talk that the Lockscreen will eventually be available for models sporting less than 1GB of RAM.

Belfiore's tweet also mentioned that the developers ran into some trouble while building the app, and also added a new feature. If Joe's timetable is correct, by this time next week, the beta Lockscreen app for Windows Phone 8.1 should be ready to be downloaded.


source: @joebelfiore via WPCentral

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posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:42 4

1. sgodsell (Posts: 1440; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Oh, cousin IT still works for Microsoft still. I guess they didn't tell him. "Where do want to go today?".

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 17:10 4

11. Liveitup (Posts: 1579; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


If your cousin was let go he wasn't to good to begin with. If he worked at Motorola he would have been let go a while ago when Google sold the company after getting the patents.

Besides if your cousin worked at Microsoft you must have really hated him seeing as to how you constantly bash Microsoft

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:51 8

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3326; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Hello there.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 15:03 3

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1522; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


PA inside joke lol.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 14:56

3. DogeShibe (Posts: 955; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I don't really get 'English' part.
Will i have to change region to US/UK?
This is great!

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 15:11 6

5. corporateJP (Posts: 1844; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Wow...cool story...too bad my Windows Phone is being retired in favor of a new G3...

LATE PASS, Microsoft.

A lot of us are moving on (in some cases, back) to iOS, Android, or whatever else.

I can't do business with people like you for so many different reasons...

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 15:24 2

7. colinkiama (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 Nov 2013)


could you list some of those reasons for us?

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 18:57 3

16. corporateJP (Posts: 1844; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Microsoft took a big s**t on Nokia, Nokia employees, and Nokia users...reason enough for me...

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 23:32 2

19. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I don't think it took sh*t at you or anyone of your family. In any case. its good you're moving away or rather don't want anything to do with MS and WP, since brainless trolls like you aren't welcome in a modern and fresh platform like Windows Phone. Go back to your old school icons and widgets.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 07:33 3

28. Liveitup (Posts: 1579; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


And yet Microsoft still has double the amount of employees that Google has. Google took a s**t on you you're just to blinded to realise this.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 15:32 1

33. Jillsandwich (Posts: 58; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


god, quit your backseat driving and crying.

"Oh no! Microsoft laid off employees!" They must be the ONLY corporation in the world to do so, after a major buyout!

"Nokia people are getting screwed!" Right, because you're so tied in with Nokia, right? Because you work directly FOR Nokia, right? Or you know someone you know happens to work there?

This doesn't affect you in the slightest. Quit being buttmad over someone else's well-being. That's like someone being angry that Lebron left the Heat instead of re-signing with them. It has zero impact on you, yet you idiotically picket. Please stop.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 15:29

32. Jillsandwich (Posts: 58; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Yeah, I'm sure MS is reeling from the loss of your business. Good job, corporateJP. Your migration to the G3 is going to be the straw that broke Microsoft's back.

Quit crying, please. It's pathetic how you have to look for reasons to hate.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 15:16 4

6. Liveitup (Posts: 1579; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Jealous ones envy and hate. WP ftw.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 16:01 6

8. T.Law (Posts: 361; Member since: 10 May 2014)


I used to be in denial and think that way, until I tried the Note 3.
WP has got nothing for Android and iOS users to be jealous of. It's actually the way around but well, we all know how blind and biased you are.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 16:21 3

9. Penny (Posts: 1267; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Note 3 is a special case. With the large screen and especially stylus, it has a lot of functionality that is not standard with Android. I love that added functionality, just don't want to deal with such a big device.

Comparing stock Android to WP 8.1 is a much closer affair, with Android leading in flexibility and overall entertainment, and WP leading in ease of use and functional efficiency. My opinion at least.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 16:31

10. DogeShibe (Posts: 955; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Keep calm & Liveitup

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 17:18 3

12. Liveitup (Posts: 1579; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Well I beg to diifer I see Android moving from Skeuomorphism to Flat UI as an imitation. I think you are still in denial if you think WP has nothing on Android or Note 3. How am I biased? explain yourself, if I can prove what I say that is not biased that is facts, become friends with a dictionary you clearly need it. Lets look at a video comparison of Note 3 vs Lumia 1520.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhM24BPT7p0

That is reality, wake up.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 20:30 5

17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3618; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Hello bro, android went flat in december 2010 with honeycomb 3.0. While wp7 was released in October 2010, I don't think Google can copy the user interface of an OS(which itself was hardly headlines and was a meh release) in two months.

Also please stop comparing your ugly cluttered OS with the beauty of Android. :)

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 23:39 1

20. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


You're mistaken. Android went flat with Jelly Bean 4.1 in the summer of 2012. Honeycomb and ICS used the roboto theme and holo UI. That changed with Jelly Bean since Google wanted to "speed up" Android, which it couldn't. That ultimately led to more flattening of the UI with 4.2 and 4.3. And finally KitKat looked like a more flatter version of ICS, and its was faster and fluider than any previous version of Android, a claim Google made with JB in 2012. And now what you've seen with material design on Android 5.0 L is basically what is called "copying"or borrowing of the WP flat UI. In any case, I like Android L. But you being a big time fandroid must know the basic facts I stated above.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 07:21 1

26. Liveitup (Posts: 1579; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


You can try to rewrite history doesn't mean its going to happen. Android wasn't flat in 2010. I even recall WP getting a lot of hate from Android fans because of its Flat UI .

WP when it launched was the only Flat OS it was lauded by many as being totally different from Android, Apple, BB and anything else out there. The only reason you're grasping at straws is simply cause what many of you hated has set the world on fire and your fav OS is now using it. There is no credibility in lies.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 17:23 1

13. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 691; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Better sunlight visibility, native offline navigation, superior cameras, superior ruggedness, streamlined UI, smooth experience on all device levels... WP paired with Nokia hardware have plenty for Android and iOS users to be envious of.

Unfortunately, MS seems to have missed all the hardware points...

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 23:45 2

21. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Hey T.Law, Note 3 is a SAMSUNG phone. And there is a huge difference between stock Android and Samsung's take on stock Android. Samsung has a ton of features to make use of that huge display. But stock Android doesn't have those features. If you compare stock Android and "stock" WP, they both are level pegging in terms of functionality and features, but of course, Android is a lot more customisable. Never compare Samsung Android with WP. TouchWiz is almost like a different OS all together, but it still has the Play Store to vouch for it running Android.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 17:25 2

14. AfterShock (Posts: 2985; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Fragmentation, that sucks.
Limited to resources that are always touted as not required by the die hards.
So then either that's a joke or this is some spectacular lock screen app.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 18:39 3

15. checkmymike (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Eagerly anticipated windows phone lockscreen app?

My God.

posted on 18 Jul 2014, 22:22 1

18. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3750; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Just wait until Microsoft starts pitching "still tiles" as some sort innovation.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 00:40 1

22. Liveitup (Posts: 1579; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


No one else was using tiles until MS did it so yeah its innovation.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 01:09 1

23. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3750; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


BS. Microsoft stole "live tiles" from an outside company. Stealing is not "innovation" unless you are Microsoft or some groupie of theirs.

As a recent critique of Satya Nadella's meaningless BS speech before the layoffs mentioned:

"Nadella begins at the altar of innovation, a word that at Microsoft has traditionally meant stealing technology."

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 03:31

24. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


"Stealing" is something Samsung is very good at. Heck, they were the only ones to date who could make Android look like iOS. Don't mistake MS for Samsung. MS innovate. They created the modern/metro UI, the UI that your beloved Google are copying. Again, don't crap BS without any basis or backup of your stupid claim.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 07:26 1

27. Liveitup (Posts: 1579; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


MS has the patent for Live Tiles, you cant steal something when you have the patent, those Like HTC Blinkfeed and all the other having large Tiled like interfaces instead of Icons well they are simply stealing from Live Tiles.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 10:56

30. AfterShock (Posts: 2985; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


No one else wants them, simple as that.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 04:54

25. moinkhan321 (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


1gb+ means, for an update u want more than 1gb phone memory in the nokia microsoft site its also mention if u want smooth update, just make free space of phone memory at least 1.5 gb
and he starting rolling out from the next week, may be in the end of the july.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 08:13

29. Settings (Posts: 708; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


That Belfiore pic look like an aged version of Daniel Radcliffe.

posted on 19 Jul 2014, 14:28 1

31. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


I am working as android developer for 1 and half year now and programing seems easy. but it is ultimate mess of the programing on the system designing level. i never faced so much BS when i code. normally apps go from one ponit to other but to make a full independent system in Android is total desaster. I hope my company shifts to windows based devices soon.

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