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Windows Phone 8 might bring live wallpapers to the lock screen

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Windows Phone 8 might bring live wallpapers to the lock screen
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore and the other guys in charge with Windows Phone development promised more new features to be unveiled at the event today than what was already revealed in the summer.

While it's anyone's guess what these new features might be, one of them is making the rumor rounds, and it sounds pretty bomb - the lock screen might be able to function as a live wallpaper.

The image you see below has been sent as an example of this new functionality, which apparently will take some of the default apps, or there live tiles, to be precise, on the lock screen. We are seeing the Bing search changing wallpapers as an option, as well as the Sports and News apps getting front and center, with what appears to be live updates directly on your lock screen.

In any case, the event is just a few hours away, so we should know more come 10am Pacific, and we'll be liveblogging the festivities for your viewing pleasure.


Windows Phone 8 might bring live wallpapers to the lock screen

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posted on 29 Oct 2012, 07:27 6

1. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


That is a actually a nice idea. How didn't Apple/Google think about that earlier...?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 07:48 4

3. shuaibhere (Posts: 1673; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


How?????
Why will be more reasonable....

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 08:26 1

9. DTech (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Actually Android already have live wallpaper since Gingerbread if I'm not wrong. That's two years ago.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 09:10 2

11. snowgator (Posts: 3289; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


They have "fun" style, scene changing backgrounds. These will be information based Live backgrounds. Not slamming Android- they were first. But it is a new function, not an Android rip off.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 09:31 1

12. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Android does have news based Live wallpapers, at least the S3 does. I'm sure you can find more online.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 07:45 4

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Improvements...
Improvements...
Looks pretty awesome!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 07:49 6

4. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


And please tell me why my lumia 710 cant run this? If all we get is the new start screen im gunna be pissed...

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 08:22 1

8. snowgator (Posts: 3289; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Hard to argue. Sure, WP8.0 will have some upgrades that can't come to your 710, my Focus S or the other WP 7.5 devices. And some improved tools (Nokia drive and Radio for example) will come. But as far as baked in functions of the OS, if it is only one of these huge improvements it will be a black eye. Tech sites and magazines will pound MS mercilessly, and it will be warranted.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 08:43 1

10. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Exactly, i do not need nfc, two cores and so on, but i need working voip and i want xbox music. Thats not tied to hw and msoft should deliver, otherwise...

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 09:35 1

13. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


should have gone with Android *jus saying* apps are available if your phone doesn't support features natively.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 07:58 2

5. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


at least it has some sort of live wallpaper. oh apple

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 08:00 5

6. cyborg009 (Posts: 93; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


just few more hours ......

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 08:10 1

7. snowgator (Posts: 3289; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


The ESPN updates would be fun. This is the kind of thing developers could really get behind.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 01:54

14. GeekMovement (Posts: 1521; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I can already set live wallpapers on my lock screen on sg3. But if Windows wants to do the same, I have no complaints as I am a live wallpaper fanatic heheh.

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