General News

Longer battery life could come from new research

General News

Microsoft thinks they can make your smartphone battery power last all week

Windows Phone News

More reports of changes to Cortana suggests a Microsoft update is inbound

General News

Scientists now know why rechargeable batteries go bad, and may know how to fix them

Surface

Surface Pro 3 Core i3, i5, and i7 will all have equivalent battery life

How To

Customizing your Windows Phone Lockscreen

Games

Rail Rush celebrates Easter with the latest update

Microsoft News

Microsoft Store giving away $100 credit; simply trade up your Windows XP dinosaur (US and Canada Only)

Windows 8 Apps+Games

Windows 8 app update roundup: Music, Video, and Evernote receive new features and performance tweaks

Microsoft News

Microsoft to fix Internet Explorer vulnerability along with other system exploits next week

Apps

OneShot, Hello Friends and Lock Buster are now all free in the Windows Phone Store

Software

Office 2013 receives Service Pack 1 - includes major bug fixes and minor tweaks

Xbox

Microsoft is inviting gamers to preview the next Xbox One update – you could be one of them

Xbox

How to fix the Xbox One black screen of death (and it's only temporary)

Apps

Battery Performance goes free for the day with myAppFree

Rumors

Developers leak Windows Phone 8.1 SDK, reveal new features

Apps

Awesome Lock gets updated, adds a new user interface and more customizations (Updated)

Apps

Pepper for Windows Phone updated with general fixes; get involved to add your local venues

Apps

Hold the call as Skype for Windows Phone 8 gets updated with general improvements

Apps

Viber v4 hits the Windows Phone Store with stickers, notification sounds and more

< >
Hello Friends
15

Hello Friends lockscreen app not only displays your friends, but the weather and battery in latest update

Hello Friends is a useful and popular app for Windows Phone that enables consumers to add photos of contact stored on the device to the lockscreen and create the same mosaic effect that's utilised on the People Hub Live Tile. As well as being available for Windows Phone 8 (with the added lockscreen support), Hello Friends is also downloadable for Windows Phone 7 hardware, but lacks automatic functionality.

We previously looked at Hello Friends when it was bumped to version 3.0, but the app has been updated since so what's new in the latest release?

The developer has taken a lot of feedback into account, which has shaped the new release to feature more functionality and customisable options for consumers to make use of. Hello Friends 4.0 sports addons that can be combined with the collage to add more content to the lockscreen. We're familiar with some of the extras, which are present in other lockscreen apps, but it's good to see everything in one app.

Hello Friends App

This additional functionality is now present in the customise screen. In this current version (4.0) there are to new addons available:

  • Weather - displays information on current known location (GPS required)
  • Battery - reads the status of the battery with remaining charge percentage

Transparency for said addons is configurable as well. More addons are planned to be added into the app to allow further customisation without the need to use multiple apps. But that's not all as Hello Friends also sports additional colour effects, one being a high contrast mode. Lastly, users can alter the margin of images in each and every template.

A number of bugs have been squashed, making version 4 well worth the upgrade and a rather massive update. If you haven't tried the app out already, we strongly urge you to do so - a free trial is available.

You can download Hello Friends for $1.29 (£0.99) from the Windows Phone Store. It's stated that Windows Phone 7 users can expect an update soon.

QR: Hello Friends

0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...

Reader comments

Hello Friends lockscreen app not only displays your friends, but the weather and battery in latest update

15 Comments

I was like wow a new update for windows phone 8, but then got dissapointed when started reading this thread...

Hi! Great that you like these apps! And I have good news for you: Yes, we have already implemented the same features for Lock Buster! The current version will be updated very soon :-)

If I saw this update before purchasing I wouldn't have purchased.

I used Battery Sense previously as my 5th noficiation spot...wanted to free that spot up so bought this but already had Weather Flow at the top of my lock screen...thought this was my answer but obviously not
 

Hi! There's a little bug when getting the GPS data. We have already fixed it and the update is on its way! Hope that helps, sorry for that!

This what I was expecting from the lock screen options in the Facebook app, but the Facebook option is very disappointing. This works beautifully. The weather does need tweaking. My screen says 29 with snow.... Not in Tampa, we're enjoying 70 degree weather.

beautiful app.

How about mosaic from your local or instagram photos? And how bout phare of the day at your lock status text?
I'm using "Lock Screen Mosaic"