If you’re one of brave who have committed to a life of BAP with the Nokia Lumia 1520, congratulations. You have an awesome 20 MP camera loaded with a 6-inch 1080P display that will catch everyone’s attention in public. It also means you have the latest firmware from Nokia, dubbed Lumia Black. That release allows notifications to be displayed on the Glance screen so that you can easily see what’s important in your busy life.
Here’s a quick an easy tip to get the current temperature always on that Glance screen, which is especially useful in the winter months. And if you don’t have a Lumia 1520, but instead another Lumia with Glance, bookmark this for when you get your update early next year!
Since the Lumia Black update allows notifications on the Glance screen, users can head into Settings > Lock Screen and choose up to five apps for ‘quick status’ aka icon notifications. The defaults are email, messaging, missed calls, but you can add WhatsApp, IM+ or even our own app to that list. This way, even when the phone is in standby, you can still see what’s important to you.
To get the current temperature, you’ll need to grab the app LockTemp from aephid technologies. We covered this app earlier in the year and gave it a thumbs up. This app simply puts the temperature with a little thermometer icon in your ‘quick status’ notification area. Combine it with the Glance screen update in the Lumia 1520 and you can now have the updated temperature permanently on your display. As you can see in the lead image, it looks awesome.
It’s clever, easy and let’s be honest, for some people, always knowing the temp outside is important. LockTemp can use an inputted location or your phone’s GPS to constantly keep it based off your current whereabouts. It also has Celsius or Fahrenheit options.
LockTemp has a free trial and otherwise costs 99 cents. Pick it up here in the Store or scan the QR code below.
If you know of other lockscreen temp apps or other useful Glance tricks, let us know in comments!
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