Glance Background

Nokia releases Glance Background beta; allows you to add awesome photos to the Glance Screen

Have you looked at the Glance Screen on your Nokia windows Phone and wondered what it would look like if you added a background image? Nokia has released a beta app that enables you to achieve just that. Glance Background is a new app for Nokia hardware that allows you to pick and choose images to have set as a background when the Glance Screen is active.

It's a simple app, but the end result is really impressive. Selecting up to four images, the slideshow will begin when the phone is locked, rolling through checked images while the Glance Screen is active. The best part is how the backgrounds don't water down the functionality of the feature, which is to conserve battery while displaying the time to save you waking up the display. 

When adding your own images, a simple editor is utilised that offers basic functionality. Available effects include colorise and zoom. Thanks to the camera capabilities in the Lumia 1020, you'll be able to zoom in on loaded photos and create some interesting backgrounds. With reports coming in that further customisation will be present in the Bittersweet shimmer update, we'll look forward to see how Nokia can further improve the glance Screen experience.

Glance Background

If you're wanting to check out the app and see what all the fuss is about, be sure to download Glance Background from the Windows Phone Store (requires Amber update - not available for Lumia 520 or Lumia 625). It's worth noting that night mode will of course prevent the images from being displayed. 

Update: See our hands on video tour of the app!

Source: Nokia Beta Labs; thanks to everyone for the tips!

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Nokia releases Glance Background beta; allows you to add awesome photos to the Glance Screen


Just finished trying it and it looks awesome!! Bringing back memories of the Sleeping screen of Symbian!! Thanks for listening to feedback Nokia!!

^This!  I really enjoyed using Nokia Sleeping Screen on my Nokia N8.  I'm looking forward to using Glance Screen on my 1020.
Would have been really nice if Nokia had been able to implement this when the Lumias first came on the market back in 2011, but better late than never :)

I wish I had the 1020, the 920 has an IPS backlit screen, that glance is gonna kill my battery even more. 
Idk why they didn't put an AMOLED in the 920, even the lumia 800 has AMOLED.

As a non-Nokia user, i'm curious about that one aswell.. ;)
Also, won't this cause your screen to burn in at some point?

All Symbian^3, Symbian Anna, Symbian Belle, Nokia Bell FP1 and Nokia Belle FP2 devices do this! Nokia Sleeping Screen FTW!!!!!!
*Looks at his Nokia C7, N8, and 808 Purview as they hand off Sleeping Screen to his Lumia 1020

As a long time Nokia customer, I appreciate this addition and I am glad to see this and other Symbian/Meego abilities (Glance/Standby Clock/Screensaver, Double Tap to wake and so forth) come to Windows Phone. :)

Actually all the updates that nokia is pushing will eventually become a part of windows phone 8 only. (as Microsoft will acquire Nokia's devices business). so glance screen is exclusive to us only for a while.

Now, if only we had the option to choose whether we want to use the Glance lock screen or the WP default lock screen.

Not really. Once you get off Glance, the default lock screen appears. I don't want to see the default lock screen, that's what i meant.

Turning it off is fine. But for people who do use it, they will have two lockscreens, which makes no sense at all. I see no use for lockscreen with pictures and notifications. Just showing the time is fine.

How are they two lock screens, glance is just a replacement for ur dead black screen n not ur lock screen ... U still have the same method to unlock ur phone(press the lock button n swipe up) no extra steps have been added... I just dont understand the bitching here

So there's the glance screen which has the notifications, and then you get the lockscreen which will give the same info of notifications, and then the start screen. Its the same screen twice. Im not bitching.... Its a fact that the two screens are essentially the same. And if I have glance turned on, the lockscreen is a waste. Hence having both screens is a waste.

If the glance just shows battery and time, and then there's a lockscreen, its ok. But if glance shows notifications and time, it makes no sense to have the lockscreen as well.

I was thinking it would be cool to have a background on the glance screen just the other day and now Nokia does it. Now I am thinking if Nokia/Microsoft can release a 20 mp phone that isn't 6 inches and for AT&T and have true OTA updates.

I will always love you for supporting your customers till the very end..
Even as I see you passing away still are doing all you can..and true commitment..
Nokia Forever! \m/

So dramatic!  This type of support is not going away, neither is Nokia.  I expect a lot of great things under their Here brand going forward. 

yeah..Nokia will forever live in our hearts..
and yes i know the HERE services and NSN remains..
but devices and services division was a really big deal..
and yes..i will love Nokia unto death..

Why we love Nokia...explained in a 2:05 minute video:

If you have been with Nokia before they made Windows Phones then this article and video is more than likely why you love Nokia.
I am glad to see Nokia, as in the creative minds that brought us all of the devices and services that so many of us like, love and have depended on all of these years. I look foward what the creative minds at Nokia will develop in the future.

People are too worried about Microsoft buying them. If anything, I think Nokia is gonna help change the culture in Microsoft for the better. There's a reason why MS did it. They saw the value in the talent, engineers and marketing team. Something MS has been struggling with for a while now. The Nokia team will still do what they do best, only change will be is being under a giant that has the resources to push Nokia tech forward

Nokia (red polycarb) Xbox 360.5. Wireless connectivity, NFC charging on top, virtually indestructible, and comes with a red Kinect that has two 41mp cameras comboed with the regular prox. Camera.
Nokia Xbox can transmit Xbox games to Lumia, does the data crunching on Xbox.
^I'd. Buy. This.

Nice! I just downloaded this and am using the tiger one. I'll tell my mother about it later so she can grab this app for her 620.

I like the idea of the glance screen but think this is taking it too far.  What is the point of the lock screen now?

Well that's not Nokia's problem. They are brining the lockscreen that hundreds of million Symbian users have used to use.
Only the vital notifications are missing from maemo and Symbian. Should be there on GDR3. 

i don't think so.
glance is for quick checking.
i use it a lot, and it in no way messes with my lockscreen.
at times i just wanna see the time. why unlock the phone? i simply take it out of my pocket and it shows me the time. (i use "peek" mode) and when i need to see pending notifications and lockscreen messages (calender or other apps) i just see the lockscreen.
i agree introduction of notifications on glance will make the use of lockscreen a little less, but that's perfectly ok. it still has the detailed notification and connectivity status and i can change my ringtone settings from there, all without having to unlock the phone.
but yes, background to the glance screen is a welcome addition as (in my case) glance screen is probably what i view of my phone the most. so adding some colour and visuals to it makes my experience better. the same may apply to many others.
and in the end you always have an option to switch it off if you don't need it. :)

I like glance, but I sort of get it too... why not make it so that the default lock screen is one of the options to see at a glance?  I.e.... when I wave at it, it just shows me the lock screen?
But NOT complaining... glance is pretty cool.  Between wave to see and double tap to wake, its pretty cool.
The only problem is the motion feature is ultra sensitive.  I'm about 2ft way from my phone and its detecting my movement and keeping Glance on.  I had to cover the FFC and light sensor with a polish cloth to keep it from 'seeing' me.

I'm in permanent night mode so won't be of much use but very glad they are still developing and listening to their customers - very cool!

I bet you own a red Lumia 920 like I do... I did this with my glance screen too, as it looked so much cooler having the red clock match the red body of my phone! :D
Hoping the update to glance app in GDR3 allows the background images to work on all of the rumoured colours that users will be able to set the clock and notifications to!  

I got a Nokia s/w update yesterday on my TMO 925, not sure what that update was for. Did anyone else get it and know its purpose?

And I'm still waiting for Amber, they haven't release the update yet in most of Latin America, not even a word in México, came to WP8/Nokia hoping a better experience and not the same waiting hell as android. Still love my 720 without Amber, great Smartphone, best choice ever, the thing is, I would like nokia to set more reallistic update periods, waited Amber whole september.
So, I don't undestand why so much hate on AT&T, at least they gave a date already.
Love the site and community, cheers!

I wonder if Microsoft will release all the Nokia Collection apps to all the WP users once the acquisition is completed.  It makes sense for MS to do that to promote WP phones - at least with a fee of course.

Am I the only one around here that doesn't use the Glance screen?
I mean...what's the point? To prevent a simple double-tap on the screen to see the time?

Anyway, this seems cool so I'm giving it a try.


Oh, right. Forgot about that.
Well I'm enjoying this app though. The editing tools allow some really cool pictures to be turned into glance-type pictures (so we can make them different from the original wallpapers)

I'm actually struggling a little with my own pictures (they don't look very good on the glance screen).

if you use the peak option, when you take your phone from your pocket you don't even to touch on a single key or screen to see the time ( or notifications on the future gdr3 ).. after seeing what you needed, put the phone on the pocket and the screen will turn off automatically ( it uses the proximity sensor to turn off the screen)

Yeah, I get what you're saying, but its also kind of cool to not have to tap nothing. Wave my hand in the middle of the night... or walk up to my phone and glance down at it. I know I know I know... how much of a difference is it to doulbe tap instead? Not much... but its like wireless charging... some of us will just love it.

I really don't see the point of this. A lockscreen on top of the existing lockscreen. Why??? Oh dear..

It's not a lockscreen as such and cannot be interacted with as one either.
It simply shows you the time (and notifications in the future) and now we have the ability to set a background for it.
Perhaps it's not useful, but it livens up the glance screen a little for those that do use it. If not interested in glance screen, just don't use it :)

This is a lower powered lockscreen. It means you don't need to press or tap to see updates/time. Think of it like a smart screen saver.

Very cool.  It works great with the stock images.  Now we just need a Lens built into the Nokia Camera to optimize the images for the Glance Screen!

and of course, can't try it until AT&T gets me the Amber/gdr2 update. Which I'll probably sit on until next week, see if it bricks anyone.
Will this image replace the lockscreen photo? or will it just show on glance/peek, and when I hit the power button it shows my normal lock image?

Why on earth would we need two lockscreens? How is glance different from the actual lockscreen? Makes no sense to me

One is a quick reference screen that requires no tapping or button pressing and saves battery. The other is the gateway to your phone allowing a key lock and full colour backgrounds.
It would be nice if you could disable the lockscreen completely and just use Glance. But that's not ideal for seeing notifications in strong lighting conditions.

Other than the method of acces, it provides the same info. If I have glance turned on with notifications, I still have to pass through the lock screen which has those notifications. I have to get through two screens to reach the home screen. Its almost pointless.

Its called having options. Like the time when you are hungry and all there is to eat is soup. Now some people would be happy with just soup, while others could wish they had an alternate option.

YOU are happy with just soup, I am not not. Simple.

Read the article. Its disabled in night mode, specifically so you dint have extra light while you're trying to sleep.

It works really well,I like it. Though like others I'm wondering if it causes a significantly extra drain on battery, and if its more of a drain to go full colour as opposed to black and white.

Depends on your phone.  If you have a phone which has an LCD screen, because the backlight is on anyways it will not add any more battery drain than just the plain glace screen.  If you have a phone with an AMOLED screen then yes it will cause slightly more battery drain than just the plain glace screen because it has to light more pixels. Even with an AMOLED screen though I would assume the extra drain is pretty negligable.

I noticed Nokia achieves this by reducing the colour depth on the display. That's probably how they can do this without draining the battery much. It's probably similar to the way my iPod classic reduces the colour depth on the display when left idle playing a song and it switches to a screen showing the time, which is nice.
I hope this won't cause the pixels to burn in.

Ok.  First I though Glance was kind of Meh.  NOW!  I'm on the AT&T YOU NEED TO PUSH THIS UPDATE OUT NOW Bandwagon.

Look at all this Nokia love! Only if Nokia knew how much love it gets from such a small community :)
So I tweeted Nokia_UK then ;)

Cool app but once I installed and configured it, the Peek/Interval options stopped working and the Glance screen was on all the time.

Lumia 1020

At first I thought ''so? who needs it?'' But now that I've tried anyway, I am in love :D
Looks stunning!

I suppose this is cool for those who want it, I guess I just don't see the purpose? I already have an image on my lock screen, why would I put one on the screen that's supposed to be blank?

What man?? Don't know when will Microsoft and Nokia innovate. What will you do with boring glance screen??

Wow this is wonderful, now MS please open up the APIs so that there can be cool app innovations using the Glance feature. It will surely be the envy of many if apps are allowed to control the glance screen like the lock screen.

Not working on my L920! :(

Has anyone got an idea why? Besides none of my tiles are updating from Facebook either. Especially pictures of the people pinned on my screen! *agitated*

Ok mine was working but when I changed back to a pic that worked once the background went away and the time #'s came up red???

I don't really see the point of the special effects as the chosen image is washed out on the glance screen anyway. The black and white images are the only ones that make any sense to me.