Windows Phone 8.1 works with Rudy Huyn on new "interactive" lockscreen themes

Windows Phone 8.1 works with Rudy Huyn on new
Before today's announcement from Microsoft, we already knew quite a lot about what to expect from the Windows Phone 8.1 update, but of course there had to be something that Microsoft was holding back to be a bit of a surprise for today's event. That feature is a new highly interactive lockscreen theming system, which was built in collaboration between Microsoft and super-developer Rudy Huyn.

The new lockscreen theming system is described as being able to allow apps to "completely take over" your lockscreen, offer any kind of information, and offer a highly interactive experience. Microsoft is expecting this to be a big point of customization for users, so there are a lot of options that will be available. The first two themes shown were quite different. One offered information in diagonal patterns, one was very circular, and each gave different ways to show the time and date, and included various notification icons and upcoming calendar events. 

For now, Microsoft is keeping the APIs private, but they will be opened up to 3rd party developers "in the coming months". 

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8 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

These new lockscreens are beautiful! The third one is NIICE

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Finally he's got a job at Microsoft.

3. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I remember Sony's X2 interactive tile screens or something. Those had potential.

4. rsiders

Posts: 1955; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Talk about something gorgeous. A beautiful OS made even more beautiful and more customizable all at the same time. Wow. This is our year!

5. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Love the way the time, date and notification are arranged. Reminds me of my Zune HD when playing songs.

6. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

i prefer the original one, looks more professional! but changes do help to build-up window market..

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

So basically the same as custom lockscreens on Android, except you get Microsoft's permission

8. justcreatedmyaccount

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Not the same as custom lockscreens on Android you retard.. You get custom lockscreens + An awsome OS!

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