LockTemp is a little app that provides a temperature reading for the current location of a Windows Phone. Sounds like functionality that's already presently available in popular weather apps, right? This is where magic comes into play. LockTemp actually makes use of the small notification area at the bottom of the lockscreen to display the reading, instead of the large content area up above, or using wallpapers.

Why is this an important feature? It frees up the large area above for calendar events, weather reports and more to be displayed in full. As well as this, the wallpaper is also configurable with photos or for apps to take advantage of while LockTemp retains the ability to report its readings to the user. As mentioned above, the app in itself is extremely simple, but solves an issue many have when they have too many apps that are required to be on the lockscreen.

What's more is the developer is offering the app for free. Full functionality is supported for an unlimited number of centuries, unless the consumer wishes to support further projects being launched on the platform. An option to purchase LockTemp is available (for $0.99), which acts as a donation for the development effort.

LockTemp App

Unfortunately, due to the way that the information is displayed, temperatures of 0 or 100 will be displayed as 99 and 1 or 101 will be read as 98. This is a limitation of the operating system. Should a data connection not be presently available, no icon or readout will be displayed on-screen. It's a superb solution for those who wish to add a temperature reading next to the email, missed call and SMS counters.

You can download LockTemp from the Windows Phone Store. It's available for free (purchase the app if you wish to support the developer) and be sure to note that it's Windows Phone 8 only. You can also engage with other Windows Phone Central readers on our community forum