Awesome Lock receives massive update for Windows Phone 8, revamping the UI and more


Today appears to be the national day of Windows Phone updates. Next up is Awesome Lock, which has been bumped to version 3.0. Just what is Awesome Lock and why should you be interested in this latest release? The Windows Phone app enables you to add even more content to your lockscreen. Slide on past the break for the full list of changes.

We noted that this release is rather big and we weren't misleading you, there's a lot to take in here. You've not only got a revamped UI and automatic detection of news sources, but also other functionality new in version 3:

  • Revamped user interface for improved user experience
  • Automatically detect news sources for 73 countries (source: Google news)
  • Calendar content. Now it’s possible to add up to 4 events to your lock screen (besides the minimize option)
  • Performance and usability improvements in news sources page. Now only relevant sources are shown
  • Order of the contents is now fully customizable
  • Contents on LiveTile are now show dynamically according to the Awesome Lock configurations
  • Other bug fixes and improvements

If that wasn't enough, as a bonus, we've been informed of some cool features coming in 3.1:

  • Added support to To-do content
  • Quick access to to-do list via dedicated optional start menu shortcut (aka LiveTile)
  • To-do reminders integrated with Windows Phone reminders system
  • Stock market indexes are now supported
  • Weather, alternative 5day forecast layout
  • Lock screen preview after “Apply” finishes
  • Bug fixing and other improvements

When is version 3.1 hitting the store? We're told that the update has already been submitted so it shouldn't be a long wait. We'll let you know when it goes live. You can download Awesome Lock from the Windows Phone Store (requires Windows Phone 8).

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Reader comments

Awesome Lock receives massive update for Windows Phone 8, revamping the UI and more


Really? The lockscreen in the article looks like Windows Mobile 6 or something. Not beautiful.

My wish update list:
- Foursquare, with friends check-ing feature;
- Instagram update with the missing features;
- Banco do Brasil (only Brazil) with a complete revamp UI;
- Fotor, with brazilian Portuguese support;
- Bing Weather, with a Bing Image of The Day in the lock screen;
- Twitter, with a fix for the live tile counter showing always only 1.


I just installed it few minutes ago on T-Mobile version of 925 and had no issues, I actually did the try install first, within minutes of using it, I found that I liked it and immediately pony up the 99c.

Unless it is competing with some other configurations. If you are able to fix the crashig, It is a good app.

My wish list update:

Chess.com, Playchess, Shredder, Chess at ICC, or any other decent chess app already on Android.

YouTube live streaming, Twitch, or Livestream support.

A way to edit ID3 tags on my 920, and support for .m4a files.

Custom notification tones.

BB&T mobile banking app.

If I had known that a year in to owning my phone, WP would still be this far behind Android, I wouldn't have switched.

I am sorry but this platform is moving alot faster when iOS and android first came out I mean iOS didn't even have MMS messing lol so come it's getting alot better everyday for Windows 8 and windows phone 8 so have some patience

Won't let me change the background.  Default is Bing Picture/UK.  Whenever I switch to Gallery it reverts back to Bing Picture/UK when I hit "Done" after selecting which images from gallery.  Otherwise, I like it.


Edit:  Even when I try to switch it to Bing Picture/US, it reverts back to Bing Picture/UK.

920 here - crashing and will not open, rebooted and same, de-installed, re-installed, same.

Looks like it has something against the 9's

Back to Lockmix it is...


Been using lockmix for quite a while and since i´m on a 920 (like you) im glad i read the comments before trying Awsome Lock. I guess i´ll skip this one and maybe wait for the mentioned 3.1 version to see how that goes.

Would like an interface where I can change everything (see LockMix) include a Word of the Day, quotes, Photo's 

Everything resizable :)

Yep I have to say that Lockmix is much better than this!

Not only is everything resizeable and repositionable, but the basic app is free! I'd pay $1 to unlock all (or a package) of extra modules, but $1 each is too much. So I stick with the free app, which is great on its own :)

Won't let me change the background on my 620. Default is Bing Picture/UK. Whenever I switch to Gallery it reverts back to Bing Picture/UK when I hit "Done" after selecting which images from gallery.
I won't be using this app until this is fixed.

same here, stuck with the UK Bing background. I also have trouble dealing with the RSS feed (shows me sources I didn't ask for)

Adding a battery section would be nice. Lockmix is a nice alternative but awfully expensive if you want to add each extra widget. A whole package for 1€ or 1$ would be a fair price.

Doesn't matter how many times I try to hit 'apply'... it only shows the app logo in my lockscreen, no news, no weather, no pics...nothing

I prefer LockMix for adding widgets to my lock screen.  I've got a calendar widget with next 4 appts, a weather widget with today's weather and next three days, and a Month view calendar widget.  Makes a great "at-a-glance" screen before unlocking my phone.  It works on both my L920 and L1520, but obviously looks better on the 1520.

This was a good app before this update.... Now keeps crashing and telling me I need to pick at least one picture when I already have 4

I really hope this update fixes the issues I've been having with it (for example, the weather wouldn't update even though I was in a different city and state and it would show calender events that had already passed days earlier). If it worked, it would be a great app because it has all the features I wanted. I've been using Bing Weather while waiting for the fixes to be pushed out. I'll download the update and give it another go.

Will it include the ability to add a custom message? I use Lockmix and put my ICE/Lost phone contact information on the lock screen.

i bought it few days ago, it really awesome! Only two things

1. I hope it can facebook & twitter update as well on lockscreen

2. The photo from news in lockscreen isn't in good quality. 

Tried it. It's OK.


My complaints:

1. Can't change to US Bing image (at least in trial mode).

2. My location is off by at least 10 miles.

3. Can't tell when was the last time weather was updated.

4. The nagging during the trial mode is just too much. I understand a reminder every now and then about purchasing. But after every action? That has put me off and I don't think I will be buying.

Keeps telling me that I've either got only 512k RAM or don't have the latest WP update.  Neither are true.  Using the free version.  Without that glitch I would easily pay the .99 for it.

Are you at WP doing something about contacting the app developers? The app is crashing after the latest update and I installed it on your recommendation.

Well... It works on my Lumia 920, but i didn't like it that much.
First of all... If you make an app in different languages, don't you ever use some online translation to translate words... The translations was hilarious :-)
Luckily they had a choice for switching to English, which made it look better.
But still... It need development. So maybe i try it again in a later version...

Really surprised that the writer of this piece has not updated the article regarding the issues that many people are commenting on. This update clearly has issues that are effecting a majority of users. Shows a lack of professionalism.