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Nokia releases new Glance Background app

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Nokia releases new Glance Background app
Still fresh from the Nokia Beta Labs comes Glance Background, an app that serves to enrich the functionality of the glance feature, a new incumbent, courtesy of the latest Lumia Amber update.

Unlike the core app, Glance Background adds... well, a choice of backgrounds to spice things up whenever you want to take a peek at the time without waking up your entire device. Keeping this battery efficiency purpose of the entire feature in mind, it shouldn't surprise you one bit that you're, of course, not getting anything close to a high-resolution reproduction, though it's nevertheless feels sufficient.

The best part of the new app is that it not only allows you to loop up to 4 different backgrounds, but you can also upload your own. The app does offer some editing options, though on a first glance those seemed rather pointless, at least in our short experience.

You can snap the app right away, if you're running the latest Lumia Amber software update. Unfortunately, if you're running the now super-popular Lumia 520 (or Lumia 652), you'll be missing out on the glance feature altogether.

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posted on 11 Oct 2013, 02:40

1. Katrina (Posts: 84; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)

LOL thought it was an Xperia, thats why I clicked this article. Shouldve read the title >.>

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 03:08 7

2. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

There's that Hideous PA watermark yet again...

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 04:32 18

4. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

Not a watermark, I uploaded it and used it as the glance background.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 06:16 3

9. timukh (Posts: 295; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

hey cris it will be lumia 625 in the bracket not 652..

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 04:09 6

3. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

My goodness! This is fantastic!!!
You can also create your own pictures and make it mono, red, green or blue + some effects!
What this does is, it takes an image and makes it AMOLED friendly (more blacks so that the LEDs in those areas areas switched off to save power) at also averages the colors to get a uniform color.

It was actually available on AMOLED symbyian devices like the 808 Pureview.

Things like these make Nokia really standout. I reaaally do wish they don't get bought by that Microsoft.

For those who can't get it, try installing 'SysApp Pusher' from the marketplace and then installing it from there.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 05:02

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

That's why I prefer LCD.

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 05:33 5

8. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

I take it that you didn't get what i'm saying.
This is something that non-AMOLED screens can NOT produce. The effect is simply stunning when you see it in the dark

Here are some examples:









All these are Nokia AMOLED phones running Symbian, like the 808 and the N8.

The Windows Phone 8 implementation is nowhere near, as advanced as the Symbian version, though.

posted on 12 Oct 2013, 13:37

14. Dastrix (unregistered)

alterecho, I remember this! It was called Nokia Sleeping Screen if I remember correctly. I used to have it on my C7 and it was so cool, especially at night!

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 04:44

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


posted on 11 Oct 2013, 05:13 1

7. SIGPRO (Posts: 1886; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

I had this on my old N8, it's a cool feature! Just installed it on my Lumia 909! (1020)

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 07:43

10. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

just uninstalled this app on my Lumia 720... doesnt work... xD
background wouldnt appear... :(

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 08:17

11. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

Make sure you disable nightmode xd

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 11:55

12. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

If anyone hasn't noticed already, Nokia didn't implement the glance screen correctly at all. I've had 2 Lumia 1020's and both glance screens appeared exactly the same. Neither of them were completely black.

In a dark room, side by side with the N8 and 808 it is perfectly clear there is either some backlighting on the 1020 or something else is going on because the 808/N8 have completely blacked out screens except for the clocks, and the 1020 screen is clearly lit.

Remember, Nokia said that the 1020 was an AMOLED display...

posted on 11 Oct 2013, 21:42

13. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Works fine on my 925. Double check the enhanced display settings, might need to fine-tune the brightness or contrast.

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