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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