Nokia releases new Glance Background app

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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14 Comments

1. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

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

2. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

4. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

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

9. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

That's why I prefer LCD.

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!

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Cool...

7. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

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

10. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

11. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Make sure you disable nightmode xd

12. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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...

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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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