Windows Phone 8 might bring live wallpapers to the lock screen

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.



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14 Comments

1. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

3. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

9. DTech

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

11. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

12. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

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

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

4. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 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...

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

10. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 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...

13. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

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

5. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

6. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

just few more hours ......

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

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

14. GeekMovement unregistered

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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