Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will allow color background photos on the Glance screen

It was all the way back in June 2013 when the Glance screen was introduced  for Windows Phone on the Nokia Lumia 925. At the time, it consisted of a standby clock, and would show notifications from the lockscreen. A double tap was all that was required to unlock the handset. Over the years, the Glance screen has been updated allowing the user to display the weather, or health and fitness information.

With the new Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL handsets, the trusty Glance screen is receiving an update. A screenshot taken from a Lumia 950 XL display device at a Microsoft Store, reveals the settings options available for the feature. Users will be able to determine how long the time and other lockscreen content will appear in standby on the Glance screen. A new option allows a color background photo from the lockscreen to be displayed. As usual, content from the lockscreen that can be toggled on or off includes the date, notification icons, and a detailed app status.

As simple as the Glance screen is, the feature has been well received by Windows Phone users. Variations of the idea have been employed on Android handsets by manufacturers like Motorola.

source: Reddit via WMPoweruser

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Lumia 950
  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)
Lumia 950 XL
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3340 mAh(19h 3G talk time)



1. TyrionLannister unregistered

That kills the battery efficiency of glance screens. This would have better worked on LCD lumias with glance as LCD consumes equal power for each color(unless they use something fancy like local dimming).

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I haven't really found Google or MS to force things on people to pretend to have more battery life, so even without optimizations, it may well be allowed. It may drain more battery and people will figure it out since it is in the realm of common sense, but it is nice to be able to have it if someone doesn't mind.

12. TyrionLannister unregistered

The main purpose of glance screen is to save battery. Sacrificing the main functionality is never a good thing. If you want a colorful view, just press the power button already and stare at the lockscreen.

19. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Again it's still better than no option.. Plus it's not even been tested

22. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

According to Panos, the glance feature uses ZERO batterly life. OK.

23. TyrionLannister unregistered

LOL. There can't be a feature which uses zero battery. If the screen is lit up, it will use battery. Not using it will go against the laws of physics.

26. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

They did say on the keynote, uses no battery

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The battery drain could be so little that technically register as less than 1% over an 8hr period, allowing them to battery drain. even though it used 0.5%

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014


17. deltaman

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 06, 2015

Yup, that's exactly how; WIN 10 controls individual pixels on/off; there is no backlight on AMOLED. Plus, users have a choice to use or not, & what's displayed, for how long...

21. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i always used some wallpapers on my lumia 930, battery wise its easy full day.

25. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The Lumia 930 didn't have it because of the display type and the feature would drain battery too fast.

2. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Plz solve the apps availability problem first, other things will come handy later

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Correct me if I'm wrong but I think you can sandbox android apps on a windows phone 10. Some guy on XDA even figured out a way to install google play services. Obviously they won't run as good as good as tailored WP apps or even how android apps run on android phones, but having a half-baked app is better than having none.

6. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

The Apps that rely heavily on Google's Play services do not work (some of them atleast). The Windows store has a lot to catch-up (esp. in games).

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes lets have MS make a youtube app...oh wait Google blocked it, no worries we have others like tubecast etc. You expect MS to make all the games and apps, yet how many does google actually make. Hell I would bet MS makes more apps than Google does on its own platform.

18. deltaman

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 06, 2015

Don' whine here, doggy; let the developer of your fave missing apps know how you feel...

20. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

No he has a point..

24. deltaman

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 06, 2015

Of course, he has a point! But whining about the lack of apps HERE isn't going to change anything. You want a missing app or feature? You email the software developer responsible for the Android or iOS version, and request it politely from them...

4. gazmatic

Posts: 818; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

I'm pretty sure I could do this already.

8. CalinToma

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Yes , me too .

13. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Yeah, I just checked on my 1020 running 8.1 and I can use colour images. It is in the Glance Background app though, this seems to be integrating it into the OS.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

PA come on do some research, Glance Screen was released first on the Nokia N9 back in 2011!

11. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

I was talking about Windows Phone only. Should have made that clearer. Regards, Alan F.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

No worries :)

14. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

The article is correct, Glance came out in 2013. The Nokia didn't have Glance before they moved to WP, it was called Sleeping screen and the Symbian phones got it a few months before the N9 was released.

16. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Cool i enjoyed color glance on my 1520. Nice to see it back.

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