Windows Phone 8 to come with rich lock screen notification options for app developers

Windows Phone 8 to come with extra lock screen notifications
While you are clearly able to see missed phone calls and messages on the lock screen of Windows Phone 8, judging from the presentations, something like the unofficial homebrew Lock Screen Widgets might be coming as well, this time totally legit.

Microsoft has reportedly given developers access to the lock screen, in order to allow displaying of their app notifications there, if needed. The sources said that there will be not one or two, but four options how to display notifications on the lock screen, giving both devs and phone makers the ability to customize the look and feel of their apps and devices further.

One of these options is said to allow "a fresh look to your lock screen numerous times a day", implying some sort of a Live Tile-y, widget-y and wallpaper-y dynamic going on over there, but we should know what exactly pretty soon. Microsoft said recently that it announced Windows Phone 8 at a developers' conference, so a number of the consumer-facing features were left out to show at a later time, and the improved lock screen notifications might be the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Here are Micrsoft's current guidelines for 3rd party app developers to build a lock screen presence, and we are glad something is definitely brewing in that department:

source: WPCentral & Microsoft

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