Windows Phone 8 lockscreen gets 3rd party notifications

Windows Phone 8 lockscreen gets 3rd party notifications
Windows Phone 8 has been released to manufacturers and should be released to the public in the next couple months, and so the steady stream of little tweaks and features that we didn't know about are starting to come through. The latest is the addition of 3rd party app notifications on the lockscreen.

The info isn't exactly new, it's more info on something that we hadn't really given much time to before. It was an unnannounced feature that was shown off during the Nokia-Microsoft announcement of the Lumia 920. On the lockscreen during the announcement were the standard lockscreen notification icons that we've come to expect, like missed calls, messages, and mail. But, there were also two new icons that weren't mentioned: Facebook and Twitter. 

Integration with Facebook and Twitter are nothing new for Windows Phone, as both have been folded into the system and especially the People app, but notifications on the lockscreen are something new for the social networks. Apparently, Windows Phone 8 also has a new API which will allow other 3rd party apps to display notifications on the lockscreen, with room for up to 5 different app notifications. 

source: Plaffo via pocketnow

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23 Comments

1. No_Nonsense unregistered

Seems legit.

5. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

A no nonsense answer. +1 for not misleading us.

2. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

That's neat. It already displays messages from some apps (i.e. one of my games will let me know when it's my turn on the lock screen), but this seems to offer more functionality.

17. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

^By "it" I mean Windows Phone 7, as experienced on my Lumia 900

3. Nahomjms

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

Cool! Now that's some good news for Nokia fans!

11. savezo007

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

i like gaming and facebooking on my phone and i am looking a at buying the Nokia lumia 920 or galaxy note 2 or galaxy s3 or Iphone 5

16. koolkat-uk

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

for gaming and facebook the 920 is the best. Windows Phone 8 has a shared core with Windows 8 meaning you will get DirectX support so the graphics will be outstanding. Facebook, twitter linkedin is integrated fully in the OS so your basically getting the best phone for social networking.

18. savezo007

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

but do windows market have lots of cool games?

21. drman7

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

You can't be serious. Let me give you a hint...X

24. savezo007

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

how do u pay for the games?

12. savezo007

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

oh oh wait can someone tell me if u can facebook chat on a windows phone?

14. koolkat-uk

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Yes it's integrated in the messaging hub

15. jbitounis

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Notifications of 3d party and native apps have long been available on the *stand-by* screen of Symbian and, more recently, Meego (I don't know about iOS and BB cause I've only used them scarcely). Now that Microsoft introduced notifications on the *lock-screen* people rejoiced. It's definitely a nice addition, although you still need to grab the phone and press the unlock button to turn on the screen. My main gripe is that acclaimed journalists from respected sites such as this don't inform their readers about what has already been available on other platforms in the context of good journalism. Only this way could be created pressure on big companies like Microsoft to make their products even better. Peace.

19. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

but notifications on the lockscreen are something new for the social networks. Apparently, Windows Phone 8 also has a new API which will allow other 3rd party apps to display notifications on the lockscreen, with room for up to 5 different app notifications. Wait a minute! I thought Nokia N9 Meego flagship had this feature on board?

20. jbitounis

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Actually, Nokia N9 offers notifications of 3rd party and native apps on both the stand-by and lock screens. You only have to take a glance at the phone to check for emails, fb, tweets, battery, weather, messages, calls etc etc. You don't even need to unlock it. Why isn't this available on other OSs? It's so insanely useful!

22. drman7

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

What MSFT will do is integrate Xbox720 with Windows 8. It will be like the WiiU, fully integrating with your console, TV and cellphone or tablet running Win8. This is where Apple will get crushed. MSFT will fuse together Console, OS, Smartdevices (phones, tablets, receivers, homt appliances, etc).

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