Exclusive first look at Nokia’s double tap to awake and on-screen clock coming to the Lumia 920

It was reported a few weeks ago that Nokia was preparing a firmware revision for the Lumia 920 (and other Windows Phone 8 Lumias) that would continue to bring Nokia’s vision of how a Windows Phone should be to fruition.

That update is now being referred to as PR2.0 and we have an exclusive quick glimpse of some of those new features for you.

One of those new additions was a ‘double tap the display’ to awaken the phone, a novel method first seen in Nokia’s N9 (and is much easier than BlackBerry’s current “swipe up” method in the Z10).  Windows Phone Central has also learned that a new, always-on clock will now be optionally allowed on the display and brings back memories of our Treo 800w days.

There are a few other things coming down the pike too including ‘Smart Camera’, another new Lens akin to the current ‘Smart Shoot’ but reportedly brings Blink like features Nokia-style. We’ll have more on that later.


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Exclusive first look at Nokia’s double tap to awake and on-screen clock coming to the Lumia 920



I was going to ask that. While it looks awesome, wouldn't it destroy a battery by having the screen on (albeit dull) and having a clock going 24/7?   also if you can tap the screen to turn it on.. with such a wide screen i wonder how many pockets are going to turn the screen on.

Luckily the upcoming 928 on Verizon is supposed to have an OLED display. Those only have to turn on the actual pixels that are numbers of the clock so it shouldn't create much strain on the battery. I wouldn't be surprised if that feature was 928 exclusive as I do agree that on an LCD screen the battery life would probably suffer much more significantly.

Obviously I can't speak how this affects battery life on the 920, but I loved the Nokia Sleeping Screen on my N8. The screen also showed information like battery life, message, missed calls, meetings, etc. Having that information readily available is something I really liked. However, the N8 has a smaller screen, is OLED, more efficient processor, and the software itself only lit up the fewest number of pixels necessary to display the information. I never noticed any unusual drain because of the Sleeping Screen. I wouldn't mind if Nokia brought something like this to WP.

@pfe1223...^This! Loved the 'Always On' feature on my N8- I easily got 2.5- 3 days using it. With sleeping screen, a little less, but still more than a day. Since my Lumia doesn't get nearly the efficiency as my N8, I wouldn't expect more than 1 day of use before having to recharge my battery.

I barely noticed any difference in power consumpton when I had this feature on my Nokia 700. The phone used to even use less clear text (rougher edges) to consume less battery. However I don't know how Nokia are going to pull thihs off with an LCD :/

The problem with any OLED is the comparatively short half-life. Turning on only the pixels needed could save power, but those pixels will lose brightness sooner than the others (much like the old CRT burn-in you'd see sometimes).
Still a cool feature, though. And completely turning off the backlight on an LCD could save much of the power, too.

If it's anything like the N8 the clock and tap detection turn off when the proximity sensor is covered (pocket, bag, etc). And for AMOLED displays the clock isn't an issue, though will be interesting to see what it's like on one such as the 920's.

I'm also hoping they think of incorporating a power-plan option... so if the phone is on a charger, the clock will display... phone not charging, no display.  Hopefully they think of this.

I am willing to bet that you can have it turned off by default but when it comes into contact with the NFC enabled charging stand, it can be configured to "turn on" - when the phone is removed from the stand, it turns back off.
That would make it an EXCELLENT nightstand clock.

That would be just like Palm's "Exhibition Mode".  Oh how I miss some of the nicities of webOS...

Am I BLIND or I DON'T SEE any holes for wireless charging covers? So that could mean it has built in wireless charging coils and is litlle bit thicker and that is why it looks smaller camera hole (also because it's bigger, so because of combination of this two reasons).

Why would the pocket turn the screen on?

I'm guessing accidentally turning it on due to touching the screen is very unlikely only because the screen is capacitive touch. If anything, it would turn on because the pocket cloth material is so thin that your thigh can send the electrical signals to register as a touch.

Unless Nokia goes back to using resistive touch screens, I really don't see any situation where the pocket is the cause of turning on the screen. If anything, it would more likely be the result of the power button being depressed.

Well, having used the sleeping screen on my N8 I can tell you that it does consume some battery but definitly not in an alarming way by any means. Also there was an option to turn off that feature in settings. So if any of you think it is draining the battery you can turn it off.
Hope Nokia will bring back the sleeping screen. not just the clock. It would make my Lumia look more beautiful.

The key difference you are missing is that the N8 had an OLED display, which means it can light up single pixels while rest of the screen is off, whereas the screen of 920 is basically completely on (or completely off) and just in the color black (instead of basically turned off like N8).
I don't think this is gonna be  viable for anything else except for nightstand/desk use when the phone is being charged at the same time, but that's something too. Just wonder if the device will heat up with the screen on like all night.

I think it would be less cumbersome for me to double tap the screen than to fumble around finding the power button. Especially out of pocket.

Yeah, I can never find mine. Sometimes I have to look for days. I keep directions in my pocket on the location of my power button in case I get in some trouble. this will be a welcome addition

That's what's so great about the physical home button on the ATIV S and other Samsung Windows Phones. It wakes the phone up when pushed.

Why push the power button? My focus's power button got fucked cause I pressed it so many times. Now it stays on or off.

So you want me to move my thumb from the screen and stretch it over an inch or two push the power button. I can't, I just can't.

So much whining about pushing a power button, which we've all been doing since our first cell phones, some of us back in the very early 90s. Next we'll be complaining about having to pull our pants down to take a dump...

Every human on earth eventually starts to complain about having to take their pants down to take a dump... Its called getting very old and that's why we have diapers!

Pushing the power button requires you to use two hands or grip both sides of the phone with one hand. Double tap will be slick.

I hope there will be a way to disable the double-tap.  I already have issues with waking device up accidentally.  I don't want double-tap causing my battery to drain just because it sense getting bumped twice.  BAD idea, Nokia.  BAD idea.

Check N9 user's reviews online. Double-tap was first implemented on N9 by Nokia and user feedback was great. Hence they bringing this to WP now. 

Maybe there will be a way to disable it? 
The benefit I see out of this is increasing the life of the power button.  There are some people who have phones with a screwed up power button.  Those with Android are lucky to have an app that makes use of the light sensor for them to unlock/wake their phone.  Still a problem for them to try to power it on though...
In any case, I think waking up the phone by double tap would require some kind of electrical signal that comes from your body, hence the touch screen's capacative touch feature.  I'm sure you've tried using a regular pencil as a stylus and not get the response you would have if you used your finger.

Double tap tap is amazing, trust me. As a N9 user I still tap my phones at times to wake it up.
It's just so natural, like swiping to wake up your screen. 

If your phone is sitting on a desk, its much easier to double tap the screen. You almost have to pick the phone just to press the button on the side.

I have a case for phone (8X) and I use my phone while i am jogging ... It would be easier to double tab and wake up the phone the press a button ... I have the arm band on my right had .. its nearly impossible to wake up the phone while i am running considering that the phone wrapped in the armband ... so i never forward any songs ... I just let them play ... imagine i can wake up phoen with double tab and forward songs ? .. Just one example of its utility ... sad that i wont have it ... since i am on TMO and 8X was a better option ..

Its an option, u just keep pressing that power button since that is your preference.. Its not like This update will remove the actual button from your phone. So have no fear. I haven't see any OS updates than can make hardware appear and disappear (yet).

Yeah I don't get this, I pull my phone out of my pockets by the the sides. I always put it in my pocket the same, power button is fine. To each their own.

I can't wait, really.  As a formal iOS user, I still find myself hitting the home button to wake my Windows Phone, which obviously doesn't work since it is not a physical button.  I like the double-tab option, I would definitely use this more often then hitting the power button.  The clock feature is nice too. 
Side question for Dan....  when are the rest of the Lumias getting the Storage app from Nokia?  My 822 has almost 9GB of Other data and it is starting to be a problem.  I store all of my pictures, videos, and music on the SD card, but I still only have about 670MB of space left internally.  I need to get the Other data cleared out.

That's all good and well if you're a formal user, but what if you are a casual one. You know, the jeans and t-shirt kind. 

Sounds like a similar argument against wireless charging, having to place the phone on the charger. I believe its one of those things you'll just have to use. I love the swipe to wake on my playbook, and was hoping Nokia could implement this on windows phone. Seriously, go to a shop with an N9 and Lumia 800 display..

Dan is in a good mood today for not slam choking the user for not reading the article correctly.

Up above when someone made the use your power button reference all Dan said was "boo". He's very tame today.

i hope that somehow nokia makes it available for lumia 820/720/620/520 users. it's a pretty neat thing..

The article says it will. Wouldn't make much sense to release this for just the 920, rather than the whole Lumia family (the WP8 ones).

Just what I was thinking. I like the idea of an always on clock but having the entire screen backlight on would ruin the look and probably kill battery.

Screen did use to get a bit of burn-in. Had some on my Nokia 700. Nothing noticeable unless the screen was completely black with backlight on (i.e. only when the phone was booting up).

it should , like on older symbian devices it used to do the same, now we need SITUATIONS app from nokia... COME ON MSFT open up the API's

i think it wont affect the attery as much as we think coz nokia released a symbian phone(nokia 701) with an LCD screen and it had this allways on clock and my friend who owned it never complained about battery drain on that device

As long as you can turn off the alway-on clock, I like it! I don't want to drain my battery for a clock. I have a watch for that.

^this and if 928 comes with an AMOLED/OLED screen nokia should once in for all stop using LCDs and use AMOLEDs for atleast all 7xx,8xx,9xx lumia devices

Wouldn't the clock always being on result in burn-in on AMOLED? My Focus has burn-in from the icon circles and 3 dots on the app bar.

i have never heard this kind of complaint for a nokia device with AMOLED screen which is like from 2007 

yeah there were burn in complaints but never for this reason and on symbian devices the clock used to shuffle its position on the screen, like sometimes on the center sometimes on top right ..... like that i dont know about this one on the lumia

Only Samsung are really using AMOLED tech. Apple and Nokia use IPS and HTC have Super LCD 3. AMOLED is fantastic for deep blanks but its colours are too saturated with a blue cast (just look at the screen when it's over with light over it). AMOLED also never really brought the promise of better battery life we all hoped for either.

Bah, I thought the 820s are using the AMOLED screen... but they're almost better than the ordinary LCD screens like the 620s

Well IF the rumors are true prepare to be dissapointed in future Nokia mid-high end phones. Most of them will be using AMOLED.

This is the most anticlimactic firmware sneak peak in the history of firmware sneak peaks.  I watched all 28 seconds of the video, begging to be entertained, but it never happened.
Yes, double tap the screen to wake it.  Fabulous.
Oh look, a digital clock appears after I push the power button.  O M G - Nobody could ever be so brilliant as to think of this.
I am a 920 owner, and have been a WP owner since the day it launched in 2010, so don't mistake me for hating.  But really, there is nothing to see here.

Just so you know, the digital clock appeared when the phone was 'off' not when you touched the power button to turn it on...

"This is the most anticlimactic firmware sneak peak in the history of firmware sneak peaks.  I watched all 28 seconds of the video, begging to be entertained, but it never happened."

Want your money back or a tissue for your tears? Can't have both...

Neither, Daniel. I want neither. Just hoping more will be exposed soon, because the current firmware update has me (and many others) a bit bitter, so seeing a very very basic clock that appears when the device is placed in standby is pretty disappointing when I would rather see data streaming through my phone when I have a full LTE connection, instead of having to power off, power on, power off, power on just to send a stupid SMS.

All that said, thanks for posting, and I hope more details come soon.

I don't get why people jump on this guy for speaking his mind. It's his opinion on it, it does not mean he needs to be dissected.

I agree the connectivity issue can be a pain but you don't have to power on and off to get functionality back. Instead go to settings and turn airplane mode on then off and you'll get connection back. I understand that its not ideal, but its alot faster than powering on then off.

Your comment means, that you just didn't get it at all. This is one of the best features from the Nokia's symbian world and it is awesome to see them porting it to WP.
All notifications without touching your device. The best. All other phones look like dead ones if you have the sleeping screen next to them.
Check "Nokia Sleeping Screen" from Youtube.
...And no, it does not drain your battery

"so seeing a very very basic clock that appears when the device is placed in standby is pretty disappointing"
Your comment did imply that this is a useless feature.  In your original posting you also said that "there is nothing to see here".  My takeaway is similar to what Prodigy11 is saying in that this is a potentially great feature.  You many not "get it" or want it, but it is a feature nonetheless. If your point is that the LTE bug is more important...even though it has already been fixed...then I would tell you that the team working on this feature is likely not the same team that is/was working on the connectivity issue.  Development in one area is not detracting from coding in another area.


I'm not sure why you have to take a negative stance on a free upgrade that just adds new features. But I will admit I'm a little surprised at the number of comments already generated for an article on an update that adds a clock. You would think they just showed off WP9. But anyways, I'll be glad to enable both these features as long as they don't lead to significant battery drain.

they will, i'm dont know in this firmware or in another update ... in the meanwhile just check how this feature works on nokia N9 and nokia symbian devices they have notification with the clock and also check nokia sleeping screen app for its symbian devices

Yes, yes it does. New calls, new emails new texts either above or below the clock. They could call it Live notifications.

This would be way better on an amoled display. If the backlight remains on there's no reason to lock the screen.

Never thought about that, probably gonna lose loads of battery with that clock. Hope there is an option for the clock when power is plugged in only then I can use it as a bedside clock

MS should purchase Nokia and let them be the sole provider of Windows phones. Nokia is just a step above the others.

or MS should give WP to NOKIA, in that case you have a company that can be more rapid in the development of the OS, and maybe name the OS as LUMIA?so all those whines about MS should not have named its mobile os as WINDOWS will stop too

Dude I'm almost a Microsoft fanboi and even worked at their retail store, but this idea is fantastic. Nothing moves innovation faster than a company who was #1 trying to regain their spot back.

I just logged in to say the same thing! How does this work on an LCD panel? They have to power the whole panel even if only a portion is lit. 

i think it wont affect the attery as much as we think coz nokia released a symbian phone(nokia 701) with an LCD screen and it had this allways on clock and my friend who owned it never complained about battery drain on that device

My wife loves the clock!  :D
That was a poor attempt at humor but seriously, the clock is nice.  Almost as good as the double tap. :)

nice... double tap and on-screen clock are two of many features I missed from the mighty N9. I guess Elop wasn't BSing when he said that N9 will live on in future products.

I'm curious about battery impact.  One of the things people suggest on the Blackberry Z10 is to disable that feature to wake up the phone.  I think it's undetermined if it actually helps or not.
Either way. It's a cool feature and as long as there is the option to turn it off or on, I say bring it!

Personally I like the idea of the always-on clock, if that won't have any signifficant effect on the battery. However this two-tap thingie is IMHO a fail. If i want to use my device, i have to double tap, then swipe up... A double tap would be sufficient. But, lets give it a try, and then make our judgement... Maybe Nokia can implement it to be cool.

I had the same thought. I hope they make this an option as well as the always on clock.

The only reason why I feel a bit hesitant on this because they are adding an extra step. Kind of a waste of resources when they could be working on and releasing an update on the connectivity issue that came with the last update.

I read on engadget that there will be some bluetooth fixes, on my 900 they updated the bluetooth later on in its life cycle and txt'd worked with my jeep, now the 920 doesnt support txt on my jeep (trying ot gte jeep to release its bluetooth profile was a nightmare) but when nokia sent me their bluetooth profile yo ucould see they dropped support for a lot of profiles, anyword on an update to add more bluetooth profiles.

actually, it was first used in Nokia 8800 scirocco.  not N9. glad to see that it's coming to my L920.

How will this clock impact my battery? Oh wait. That has been said 75 times already in one way or another..

that's cool :D
and I seriously wish they do something to get it working on Lumia 920 without much battery drain, or LCD issue or whatever it is. BTW, are the other features such as Color Profile, FM Radio also included in PR2.0?

Could be. I think it may be regional, as in the Northeast we have "the Pike" referring to the Mass Pike, but not sure if it's a mistake or regional thing...interesting linguistics question.

Edit: Looks like it's Pike but both are used

Yeah that's what I saw when I looked it up. Going to write it in the back of my copy of The Elements of Style. Since both are used I wonder if it snuck its way in through constant misuse. Like "chomping at the bit."

Looks great. But it's probably going to take months for this update to reach my phone(in Denmark) like every other update :(

Double tap then a swipe up to access the phone is a FAIL.  Blackberry had it right with the swipe up only gesture.  But still decent nonetheless Nokia!  WTG

I think that's an interesting feature. The only thing I wonder about is if I have my phone in my pant pocket, will it keep waking up often and run my battery?

But, what I'm more concerned about is, with this new update, will they include a fix for the connectivity issue that started with the last updated?

The "always on" clock could be useful as bedside clock when you sleep at night and your phone is sitting on its wireless charging plate. Battery drain should not be an issue there. You could always turn it off when you take it off the charging plate in the morning.
Enough about bitching and whining!

:).. i think these are hardware stuff and not really software... I am not sure about the clock though. Lets see.
but you have a choice when you buy a phone.. Get a Nokia if you want windows phone.. that is where the future is. Not in any other basket.

Exclusivity isn't going anywhere. Nokia is going to continue to develop and they're going to give those developments to the customers that pay them. I'm not sure which phone you have, but they aren't making their "exclusive" apps available to competitors. The problem seems to be that Nokia makes better stuff not the existence of OEM developed features and apps.

AMOLED is good because it illumines just the pixels needed, and I simply love its high contrast. Depending on how the LCD is designed, though, it may be possible to see the clock, notifications and whatever image in lit rooms or outdoors *without* turning on the backlight at all. LCDs can display with transmitted light, reflected light or both, depending on the design. For example my old Palm III and Palm VIIx worked generally with reflected light, and I only switched on the backlight in a dark room. My old Motion Computing Tablet PC also could be used great in sunlight because of the optional LCD screen that supported both backlit and reflected illumination. Perhaps my L920 is so good outdoors (despite washed out colors in that situation) because it too might support reflected illumination of the LCD panel (even as the polarizers cut glare). If that's the case, then the LCD on the 920 would use even less power to maintain the clock display than an AMOLED screen.

The washed out look in sunlight is due to the brightness being pushed beyond "max". You can turn that off in Display + Touch in the settings.

I know, but, I wouldn't turn off the feature, as super-saturation outdoors is a very small sacrifice for being able to see and use the phone in sunlight.

So nokia Getting back to roots. Nice. That's what we wanted. A Nokia phone with all features they had previously on symbian and brand new Windows Phone OS who actually celebrate Beauty of Nokia Phones.
Now I am just wondering what will be next!
#Smart playlists in Nokia music like we have on symbian! (those most played, never played, newly added, etc)
#FM transmitter to stream Phone music on car stereo, etc.
#Pureview 808 level camera settings.
#Downloading maps from pc, saving sms in pc, installing apps from pc.
#that advanced level multitasking and a task manager.
#ngage gaming (an accessory game pad to attach to phone) along with xbox live games
and lastly, those two hands at startup of phone......

These look great, both features will superbly complement my wireless charging stands on my desk and bedside.