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Here's a sneak peek at Lock screen apps on Windows Phone 8.1

Lock screen apps have been long awaited since their unveiling alongside Windows Phone 8.1 at Build 2014. Last week, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore took to Twitter to tease that we'd be seeing those Lock screen apps in the near future - potentially as soon as this week. Here's a sneak peek at some of those apps you'll be using soon.

Watch that YouTube video above to preview those new Lock screen APIs in action. Those are animated Lock screens that will apparently be published sometime soon this week and you'll be able to nab.

Joe Belfiore also informed via Twitter last week that the Lock screen app will be in English and require 1GB of RAM at launch.

Watch the video and let us know if you like Classic, Clock Plus or Stripe. Personally we're digging Clock Plus.

Thanks for the tip David!

441 Comments
  • These are so cool. Can't wait.
  • +720 we guys will have to wait a extra little longer
  • +620 :(
  • Love the preview videos of the app. The fact that the video was edit with Movie Maker for WP - priceless!
  • True+720
  • Yeah better late than never. :)
  • +1020
  • Yeah cause you lil minds thought 512MB was a good idea when you bought your phones :)   820 the phone that delivers with the least amount of noise
  • if just lockscreen needs 1 GB RAM then this lockscreen app is crap......it should work fine even with 256 MB RAM
  • +625
  • It probably doesn't use close to 1GB, it's probably about multitasking, etc.
  • Kind of true lol
  • This. Like 1Gb games......  If you want ALL WP users have the same experience, accept the fact there 512 and 1Gb phones. OR start selling 1Gb phones, so there's no discussion.
  • Remember, Nokia was the one who started selling 512MB phone even thoughts it's outdated.
  • Same response as before... Make ALL 1Gb phones available for a 512Mb price, or make everything available for 512Mb ;-) We don't want to - or cannot- pay for the mid- or highrange phones, so 512Mb it is for a lot of people.
  • I can appreciate what you're saying, but I can't run PhotoShop on my 4 GB laptop with the ATI Radeon HD 3650 graphics card. I'm not blaming Adobe or demanding they reduce the functionality of PhotoShop. I'm thinking I need to live without it until I can afford a new computer. Were you happy with the phone when you bought the phone? If not, then you can grumble that you made a bad choice. If you were, then new features and apps shouldn't matter.
  • Sorry,   But if MS wants to go against Apple, and Android. They NEED to make it the same user experience. Not a cr*p fest of hit and miss regarding apps because one has a 512Mb phone. Buyers DON"T CARE about that..... If I don't have a front facing camera on the phone, I can understand Skype is going to be a bit difficult to use. But a buyer shouldn't have to wonder about RAM and apps. ALL apps should work, period. This is why iPhone users never wonder about stuff like this. And a phone or tablet isn't a pc, people don't expect them too. You see an app, you install. It's THAT simple. If not, people move away to iPhones or Androids, because.... no hassle..... And yes, I dind't feel coughing up another $150 for the next model in line.   So call me cheap... ;-)
  • Let's see... Apple has 2 or 3 models on the market at any given time. All of them overpriced so they can afford to stuff memory and other hardware in them. Apps for Android may or may not work on your phone depending on the OS version you have. Which is dependent on the device and the carrier. Nokia opted to build phones for a wider range of budgets, just like automobiles. I can buy a $13,000 Hyundai that will provide transportation. I can buy a $65,000 Hyundai that is luxurious and has every creature comfort except a chauffeur (well, I can't afford either one, but figuratively speaking), or there are several models in between. I'm sorry that your phone is not the beast you want it to be. I would not call you cheap, but I'd suggest that maybe you have a phone that does what you need it to do, can do some things you want it to do, and next time, maybe you'll be able to get a luxury phone.
  • Nerdy.. i want to tell you: BRAVO!  Very, very reasonable answare! I'm sorry that most of the users just don't get this...even after reading your post. But, in this world we are living and there is no escape from that :)
  • LOL. Glad you liked it Andreja. Channeling Mick Jaggar: You can't always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes you get what you need.
  • The OS itself uses about 400 MB.
  • You're not understanding how it works. The lock screen must be kept in RAM at all times, in addition to the OS. It occupies that RAM at all times, even when the device isn't locked. That is necessary so it can respond quickly and smoothly when needed. The OS itself is already over 300MB large. Considering all the other things that must constantly be kept in memory (the the app you are using, VoIP clients, and enough reserve for background agents, etc) there are barely any MB's left to squeeze something like this in to. This lock screen app will require a MB or two at most, but they just aren't readily available on 512 MB devices.
  • Asi es
  • +3310
  • Are you always so ignorant to the outside world? Step out of shell and look outside. A lot of people bought the phone at the time when 1GB phones were in the mid range and when we couldn't afford it. Not everyone is just trying to leech their parents or showing off their income. Me for example am just a student and needed a phone. This phone was the best chance I could have at that time. Sorry for not matching your idea of the world but a majority of share of wp is of low end devices like 520 and 720 (512 MB you see).
    Without this the share of WP would not have been half of what it is now and you would not be getting those apps you boast on your phone. See everything is connected.
  • +520
  • +520
  • I blame Nokia. Seriously tho, as an ATiv S user, i can't grasp why nokia persists on releasing 512 MB models.. Since clearlky, the 1 GB model doesn't effectively double the production costs or something. They should have released the 512 MB models wth one GB and made them 10 to 15 dollars more expensive, instead of releasing crippled phones.
  • My Ativ S was new for 200€ only :)
  • Mine too.. But if you check the specs, i don't get what Nokia seems to be doing putting devices on the market which are crippled by too little memory
  • It's not about cost. That extra 512MB RAM costs roughly $3. It's a market segmentation strategy, just like Apple with storage, where an extra 16GB of storage costs around $7, but the price increase at retail is $100. It's how they earn money, as you can't really earn anything selling the low end devices.
  • Yes that's nice and all, but storage doesn't effect the smoothness of the OS what so ever, or limits what apps a user can't use. (granted; u won't be able to install aps that are too big with 16GB storage - but i can't recall ever seeing an IOS app even coming near let's say 10GB.)  Also, storage is something ENTIRELY different from memory. By selling 512MB devices, you are making sure some users can't use certain apps, which is imho bad advertisement for the OS the phones are running. Since this is the ONLY OS Nokia sells nowadays, this doesn't seem smart to me. Just give your budget phones 1 gig of memory so everything runs smooth and is available for the end user, and leave other options like better cameras, more storage options, 4g etc etc etc to your higher end products. This way, you are not purposely crippling your products which hurt your end users and your ONLY software platform. My 2 cents.
  • This....... + a lot.
  • Lumia 525
  • Sorry I don't live in the 3rd world where any device is seen as something great.   Do a little bit of research before buying a phone. Then we'll get less whining about 512MB fails.   You really really thought ahead when you purchased your 512MB phone now didn't yah.   Enjoy being mindless, too eager and ignorant of tech. A lil patience and saving of moolah and you would not be in this position........ Shame you are of the "I need it now majority"
  • Do you see yourself elevated as you denigrate others or what? 512mb does most things just fine. I paid less than $60 each for two 521 lumias. My kids love them even with the limitations and lack of a few games, and they tend to complain about things if they think they're missing out on something. Dirt cheap and reliable has benefits outside the third world. Like making a phone worry-free because it's easily and cheaply replaced, even on a low-priced cellular plan. Cheap phones also encouraged a father to get all his kids phones because the cost was so low, and the phones were easy to use. I've since replaced 4 Android phones with 4 WPs.
  • Well said. No one has the right to denigrate others cos they own a Lumia with 512mb ram or live in a third world country 512mb devices run many apps just fine. I know many ppl in a third world country who owns all the high end Lumias out there
  • $60 cheaper.....
  • Thats how you think. Simple point do some research otherwise stfu with your low IQ bs   You spelled it out perfectly. They are good phones for kids!!!!!!
  • Low IQ? So you can judge my IQ from a comment? You must be onto something. I also have a judgement for you. Your colleague hate you. With that attitude even your family members would. Rich brat with free flow of money from parents.
    I hope your attitude would help when you find yourself struggling with problems which others face. It's amazing how stupid you can be. Please don't let reality hurt you much when you walk out of that room after everyone is done unfriending you on social networks which you enjoy on your 1520 I suppose.
  • Read up simpleton I have a 820.   Don't let that low IQ hold you back. You obviously cannot understand simple english. Friends like me cause 1. I don't BS 2. I don't suffer stupidity/ie the masses 3. I don't take shit esp from redneck cops (I.E. I have big balls)
  • Big balls can hurt twice as much..... But be nice now......my phone is bigger than yours so be careful that i don't slap you over the head with it ;-)
  • Lol only bitches slap so yeah dream on that your candy ass could even get close.
  • Yes I cannot understand english. I just wrote that in blabbaldoodle which you seem to understand fairly well. WOW Friends like you? Who told you that? Your friends? (o.0) BS? Bullshit? Please spare. If what you are speaking isn't bullshit I don't know what will. Studpidity and you called most of people stupid? Even a 4th grader would be able to tell that you have a big ass ego which you probably did nothing to achieve and you probably think you are better than everyone else around you. Redneck cops? What? Big Balls? I don't know how thats relatable here but good for you i guess. Would hurt a lot while having them kicked right?
  • Now look here with the candy ass threat. Kickin me in the balls if u could get close but being a marketing clown I doubt u can back it up. Enjoy your 512MB and the wait while the rest of us with a clue enjoy using apps upon release. Suckers
  • Your mother must be so proud.
  • Lol
  • But I thought Windows Phone was not a fragmented system!!1!!1! Or are you fanboys just contradicting yourselves again?
  • You don't live in 3rd world that's why your brain seems to be missing something important. Ability to understand situation from other people's position. You go on and on about how big of an idiots we are that we bought a 512 MB device but did it ever occur to you that a major portion of society consists of individuals who do not know what most of these specs would do? Or don't you? For them having a phone at that budget and is good. Yes some of them would ask for features and why shouldn't they? If the maker doesn't have a problem, I'd like to know who died and gave you task of judging people? I very well knew what I was getting into when I got 512 MB device. I don't need idiots like you tell me that I am whining about it. I happen to have a fair amount of knowledge here in this field and being a management student I know where to put my money in. I wanted to try WP. This was the best start I could have with that amount of budget. And asking for apps isn't a bad thing. Ofcourse microsoft can make it. If it doesn't they'll shut up but I don't see why do you have that big of a problem.
  • Ability to understand whiners that bitch about apps not being available to them because they fail to understand hardware/software.   Gimme a break simpleton. Go back to marketing. You obviously can't understand electronics.
  • I suppose you blab about things even without reading. I said I understand tech. I'd gladly go back. Arguing with you does me as good as banging my head in a wall. Seriously.
  • Roflmao electronics is not tech in your world I gather.   Keep on giving me ammo child. This is too easy.....
  • I am not even offended. You'd be the last one who could offend me. Moreover internet bullying? bahahhaa Thats the most absurd concept ever. Easy? Yeah sure. Carry on!
  • I get why people buy low end phones.  But I also don't understand why those same people insist that the experience of the higher end users should be restricted and/or limited because they had to save money.  I have a high end gaming PC and can play everything on max settings.  My friend has an old laptop.  He doesn't get upset that game makers are creating games that tax my system.  He understand he has made financial choices and other things are more important. Complaining EVERY SINGLE TIME something comes out that requires 1GB of memory is really getting old.  Guess what, I have an Icon.  I can't wait for things to come out that require 2GB of memory and utilizes the Snapdragon 800.  What will you say then? Sure, you didn't have the money.  But you still made a choice and put priorities on other items to spend your money on and that's fine.  Good for you.  But people with high end devices shouldn't have to deal with low end software because of your choice.  If you don't like it, upgrade.  Or don't and live without new features that did not exist when you bought your phone.  It's not like you bought it because this lockscreen app was coming out.  Get over yourself.
  • I agree with you. I understand the limitations. I understand that my phone will never run some things. I never whined about why I cannot run some apps. Though I protected the entire mass from opinion of a rich brat who doesn't understand that there are people who cannot afford something above that. But that doesn't restrict them from asking app. They are just posting on a forum ment for all. Some might not know why it wouldn't but that doesn't make them stupid.
  • I agree, and I don't think they're stupid at all.  It was simply a choice.  But every time a cool app or game comes out that requires 1GB of memory the entire comment section is hijacked by people complaining about lack of 512 support and "+520's" and the like.  It's irritating.  This is a really cool app I'm looking forward to.  If I had a 520 I would read this, think to myself "well, that sucks. I'll get it when I upgrade next time".  I wouldn't fill a comment section with something that, if you're a WPCentral reader, you should well know is an issue you face.
  • Hijacked by whining sub continents most of the time.
  • And those "sub continents" are directly attributed to the success we have seen with WP.  I wish higher end devices were more popular, but they're not.  Still, not all apps can be available for the low end.  I don't see the point in insulting people with the low end phones, I even know a couple, but I also don't see the point in them complaining that a low end phone can't do what a high end one can.
  • Success???? 5% market share after almost 2 years. R u for real?
  • Lol this dumb ass kid trying to troll. Go to school kid, it will be good for you.
  • Nah man check it out. It's pretty obvious but maybe u need to go to school to work out percentages.
  • Aw did you learn about percentages in school today and you're exited to use them?
  • And without the low end phones it wouldn't be even at 5%.  Total marketshare doesn't change the accuracy of my statement.  Good try though.
  • +525? :P
  • +820
  • I first loved the 620.. But it took too long for it to come to the market... Steadily I saw 820 and I loved it but it was 26k at that time... Then I heard of 720 which was much better but 512mb turned me off.. And suddenly there was a price cut and 820 was for 22k... I went and purchased it and I am very happy with it...
    +820 - Apart from battery life.. It is a very underrated model..
  • Thumbs Up!!!!! If more people had your patience there would be a 95% reduction of whinging in comments and the forums.
  • If people just accepted they aren't entitled to every piece of software there would be far less whining.
  • When I was looking for a new phone 720 with gorilla glass and better camera was better for me than 820. I do not play games so 720 apart from 920 or 925 was only choice for me. It was Nokia's fault that they didn't offered same features in 820.
  • +720
  • 820 still clicks better pics and gorilla glass.. It's just a gimmick.. Even gorilla glass breaks... 820 too is scratch resistant .. My phone has fallen almost more then 25 times and that too from,different times.. 2 times it was submerged in water still working perfectly fine.. No flaws at all.. And spec wise it is better then every aspect then 720...
  • +820
  • The 820 rocks :)
  • I just don't get it, people keep raving about how the 720 is better than the 820.  Apart from low light clicks the 820's camera 8MP cam is very good. Yes, the 720 has better battery life and a better front-facing camera and that's about it. Better processor, AMOLED screen, 1080p recording and the 1GB RAM makes the 820 superior!
  • Better camera are you deluded?????
  • Actually almost all apps and games can run on 512 MB RAM devices. I am immensely happy with my 520 and 8.1 right now.
    Also, cant wait for Classic Lock screen.
  • +820 8)
  • Ya still have to wait +720..
  • 720 is under rated bro! :(
  • 620 520 and 720 almost share the same specs except build and camera
  • +520 Yup, as always :D
  • +620
  • +620
  • The video made me feel like something died lol maybe it was the music chosen
  • I hate when 512mb ram comes up as a issue!
  • Don't worry
    It will available for 512mb device in future
  • +720
  • Me too, but it's a cheap phone !
  • I hate 512MB whiners.   You are cheap so expect it!!!
  • Calm Down lol
  • Shut up man..!!! Except u no one creating nuisance in comments. We low end device holders love to have goodies for our phones so we demand for it .!! Nd u have 820 no one cares .!! Its the most unpopular and not so good looking device. Show it to anyone and no admires the design of urs 820..!!!!
  • Superficial!!!! Hence whining about your low spec supposedly well designed phone.
  • Haha you shouldn't really judge. Not everyone cares enough about front cameras, glance screen and all that other stuff with higher end phones. Cheap price, satisfying features, doubt they'll spend a ton of extra money just for an app or two.
  • This
    Thanks mate :D
  • Yeah for many people who have L520 or other, their new phone won't be WP.
  • @pich sovann - +520 i think you are absolutely right... Because people using 512 mb ram phone have to just wait wait wait ..... So their impression about WP & MS is not good. So they will never consider WP while purchasing a new high end device.
  • I had 520 as my first WP and now I have 925
  • It's not my fault i have no money #brokecollegestudent
  • Only dumb people go to college.  If you were smart you wouldn't need to go to college.  Maybe it's genetic.  Blame your parents.
  • Huh I don't care 'throw my L520 away'.
  • I dont thing 720 is cheap..
  • Well that's rather uncalled for. The majority of low-end phone purchases aren't cheap, it's just what they can afford. Not everyone can get mid- and high-end phones with the best and latest tech so you should feel fortunate you can.
  • Ya? Everyone don't spend a month's earning on some phone so they can shoot better photos or they while away time on social networks... Everyone afford what they can unto their requirements.. So mind who you call cheap ...
  • This statement of yours proves who is cheap.. Lol..
  • Well, guess it requires more RAM for processing.
  • lol +1020
  • Agreed, me also. But is it me or it seems a bit laggy??
  • Cool! But I worry it's gonna be murder on my Icon's already so-so battery :(
  • +930
  • I'm so disappointed because it doesn't support 512 RAM
  • MS/Nokia should never any phones with 512MB.  Period.
  • This. A thousand times THIS.
  • +1320, Still waiting for WP 8.1 in KSA. But i like clock.
  • +925 Just so epic!!
  • Ya cool feature. Hope it will not add up to battery reduction
  • I don't see why they don't give it to 512mb ram devices. The first lock screen doesn't really look like it was hard for a phone to keep that in mind ...
  • Because MS loves watching the bitch fight that kicks off in these comments every time it is mentioned...
  • +625 hey my Phone Unlocked lol
  • I bought a 512 ram phone because I had an android where 99 % of apps work normally on 512 ram so why is my fault on this ?
  • It's fake. It's this app: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/animated-lockscreen-preview/aed8fa1a-6cc4-4c57-830a-702e30fb458a You can tell it's fake by looking at the "home screen" which doesn't move or change. Both the tiles and time are identical/static for all three "home screens" (time is 19:16) while the "lock screen" is about 32 minutes later for the first "unlocking" and 33 minutes later for the last "unlocking". Basically the app just creates a fake animation of a background with time and text that reacts to a upward movement of the finger to reveal a screen shot of a home screen. So... it's a fake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qKcJF4fOPs  
  • My Guess is its http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/animated-lockscreen-preview/... THIS APP -_-
  • +930
  • Ok what you need to understand is some people have a life outside phones. I have an Xbox one, I have nice clothes and I really couldn't care less if I can't play some shitty phone game.... I have a console for that. So maybe you splashed all your money on your phone and wear rags to work and still on the Sega genesis, I don't know maybe you like that lifestyle, but don't start calling people cheap because their phone is worse than yours, it's the most pathetic argument I've ever heard. Some people like nice looking phones and don't want a bulge in their phones back. Well fucking done, you know the difference between memory and storage you must be a tech genius. It doesn't take skill to use Google. I rarely ever rant on here and sorry if I come off as bragging because I'm trying not to but its the only way I can phrase it for these idiots.
  • Bragging about what your console???? C'mon is that the best u got? Splash in out on a 820, check the price man. U can google that one can't u genius.
  • "Splash in out"... Correct yourself when you've finished contradicting yourself, then I'll get back to you "genius" :)
  • Cool
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyMAgd14_-w I know this is fake but some developer or the guy who made this needs to make this lock screen that ties in with Xbox music app or any music app!
  • Nice, can't wait.... I imagine that's Rudy hands... They need to come on wit it..
    WWhat really excites me is the prospect of other developers getting their hands on this functionality... The possibilities should be endless❔❔❔
    ..........
    Nevertheless, my 1520 is so messed up with the DP its ridiculous.. I hope some update fixes it.
  • Cyan maybe? xD
  • I hope so... I probably should just revert back to 8.0.. But, I'm not sure how long I'm gonna be stuck with it..
  • You can check about updates here http://www.nokia.com/global/support/software-update/wp8-software-update/ on that link. You select your region and then you have your country/carrier and each update. Now you have to know aside what update does what. In this case Cyan brings 8.1 officially... or viceversa whatever xD. I hope I helped! :D Good luck with your phone. What you could try is: Factory reset or if that doesn't work go back as you said to 8.0
  • And the lockscreen has only three style?
  • DP? not sure what you mean by that (probably shold though). My 1520 runs like a swiss watch with the 8.1 update. Loving the new features.
  • Developers Preview... Well, I Don't know what's wrong with mine... It's a mess..
  • DP = Developer's preview, its the name of the program that lets youg et updates early
  • Basically all developer preview phones are on hold for update because of issues.
  • no they changed that info only the ones being used with corporate accounts, they are going to start the latest update again soon 
  • Not all of them. My 928 at least is great. I think there were specific scenarios that were bad
  • They need to put Rudy hands on XBox Music.
  • They need to put his hands on my lawnmower... I want that dude to hook my yard up!!!
    ..............
    Edit.... Wait a minute..
  • LOL
  • +930 I guess
  • You're not crazy. I know what you're saying. My 1520 is crazy with the DP. My brightness and lock screen is all wacky and my camera will randomly turn on when it's just lying on a table. I'm hoping Cyan clears up some of the issues.
  • Lol!!.. My camera won't work now, and I've tried multiple apps.. It started working for a minute yesterday, but now nothing..... Im in the process of doing a custom bike right now, so I need my camera to document progress.... Damn!!!
  • Sooo excited... :D
  • Awesome!
  • Stripe is pretty bad ass! I don't think they showed that one at BUILD, so that's a nice surprise! I can't wait until this is released!
  • Lol I saw it and immediately decided that was going to be my lock screen :D
  • Yep that lock screen is too cool... ;)
    Might become another plus point for future windows phone sale boost :)
  • The stripes one looks pretty cool!
  • Wish I saw some weather support on the lock screen too though :(
  • Hey those look great! I am a personal fan of the stipe variant. Belfiore mentioned that the "Clock Plus" version was called "Tokyo" at BUILD, guess the naming might be changed up.
  • I'm drooling over it.
  • MOARRRR. We need more!
  • Not bad, I personally like the first one best(not a fan of the clock look). I remember reading something about users could make their own? Maybe it was a comment of hope, but that seems like something that would be nice to have.
  • Third party devs can create them
  • There will be an API
  • yea, its an API, meaning any app can add one, facebook for example, if you give it permission to (and its updated to support it) could change the lockscreen, I'm excited to see what apps like lockmix come up with!
  • What if: We use the lock screen API to write widgets and populate the store with them. No reason to buy Android or IOS any more. Maybe custom lock pads would be possible, like the "connect the dots" lock from Android
  • Sam, go to sleep! Lol
  • Super cool, but you can kiss your battery goodbye.
  • This isn't battery intensive...
  • If it requires 1gb of Ram and cant run with 512mb....you can bet your butt that it will be intensive.
  • That's just at launch. It's obviously not going to stay that way.
  • 'Cause lockscreen stay in memory on 1gb.
    But what eats the battery, is the processor and GPU.
  • Why? It wont change your battery any more than the normal lock screen would.. let me break down how this works since there seems to be a huge mis understanding of how this works..   basically all the API's are there, meaning, this feature is already IN the OS right now, its already running. Basically, you can think of it like a CD player, the phone is the player, and this app is the CD, by running this app and selecting a new lock screen, all your doing is removing the old CD (the original lockscreen) and putting a different one in its place, theres no reason it would kill your battery. I don't understand why everyone is claiming battery drain here, this is pretty damn simple in functionality, sure you can argue that it will be a little more battery intensive... for the brief second that you have the lock screen up.. which... might shave... 1% off after a full day? And thats assuming the current lockscreen isnt already in the same format as these new lockscreens, which is a strong possibility.   TL;DR: This will NOT have a noticeable negative effect on battery life if it does at all.
  • Actually, using RAM has virtually no impact on battery life. Some? Yes. But for the most part: Unused RAM is wasted RAM. That's why apps can be tombstoned with almost no affect on performance or battery life, because they're just idling in the RAM. Now what does kill battery is using the CPU, but hopefully these lockscreen apps won't be using the CPU for much. But we'll just have to wait and see!
  • This. Using RAM is pretty much no different than using it (besides, the OS uses it with or without this), actually having more RAM eats battery. The apps shouldn't be using the CPU much at all before you actually turn on your screen.
     
  • RAM has impact on battery. That's why Apple stuck with 512 until recently in iPhone and iPad
  • And who told you this? Apple? Because Apple has also told us for years that 3.5 inches is the PERFECT size for a display, and any larger makes zero sense. (Not denying that it is ideal for some people, but Apple tends to force feed their customers...)
  • This is complete bullshit.
  • You are right, but RAM -usage does not have an impact (or at most a minor impact), it's the having of extra RAM that consumes energy.
  • Indeed it does. However, it's so insignificant, you're not going to save much battery. If Apple /really/ cared about battery life, then they'd actually put a decent sized battery in instead of constantly trying for thinnest + lightest phone. Sure, those are nice claims to fame, but it doesn't matter how thin or light your phone is if it's out of power. But don't worry guys: Apple to the rescue by reducing the amount of RAM in their devices!
  • Woooooow!!!!!
  • 512 MB ram support?! You can't let us out........
  • Yes, but we have to wait a little longer for optimization
  • Why cater for the masses and their tech stupidity??????  
  • Do you want your phone to crash? If not let them optimize it.
  • SAM. Nobody cares about your deluded opinion. Stfu
  • Enuff for u to answer. Lol
  • Oh my god "Enuff" DID YOU SKIP EVERY LESSON WHERE THEY TAUGHT YOU HOW TO SPELL. Get back to school kiddo
  • So, so awesome! Can't wait!
  • Appealing !
  • i love the classic!
  • Why no 7.1? /s
  • I like the Classic one!
  • I agree :-)
  • Woowww.... Can't wait. Stripe one is really cool...
  • Yes, that took my attention too!
  • Nice! Excited. It'll bring some flavor the a lockscreen that's been largely the same since Mango.
  • Looks so good...
  • Something something 512 derp derp wah wah
  • Lol
  • Lol
  • It's awesome
  • Looks a little laggy, I don't know if is the video of the phone I hope the final version will be smoother
  • Me too.  If it turns out to be as stuttery as in that video why would anyone bother with it?
  • Still not optimized, I m waiting for the final api
  • Venetasoft, you must feel proud after watching the video right? :P
  • Intrigued Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • What will happen to the other lock screen apps like Awesome Lock n all? Can they still be used on top of it? I don't see the use of this app other checking date and time n of course animation.
  • When APIs will be released to other developers, we can see many more innovative ideas I h hope..
  • that is what I am wondering I really like my Awesome Lock but of course nobody says we have to use this since it is a app to download just like Awesome Lock is 
  • apps like awesome lock and lockmix... i cant wait to see what they do.. they are gonna make some really beautiful designs...
  • Maybe we can write widgets with the new API!
  • apps like Awesome Lock simply create edited lockscreen background images. So if you add weather information to your lockscreen and have it updated every hour, what the app does is simply apply a new background image every hour. The typography (containing the weather information) is simply edited into the image itself. (That's why the typography looks slightly darker than the typography of the lockscreen clock and notifications, because the background image is dimmed down a bit for better readability of the overlayed typography). So, I assume that if you use Awesome Lock, plus the new animated lockscreen designs, the weather information etc. will not be readable in most cases. For examples, with the "classic" design seen in the video, the lockscreen typography will be on top of the weather information. Or with "clock plus", the weather information will not be readable cause the typography will be "dissected" just like the background image.
  • Glad I moved from the L520 to a 820. :P
  • I quite like the look of Classic and Clock Plus.  Nevertheless am looking forward to a new feature to play with on WP!
  • Why in the presentation of the new lock screen it showed a lumia 630 has 512mb and now requires 1gb? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPzS0TOJPXM
  • Good point
  • Yeah you are right and it will available for 512mb
    But later.....
  • more than likely they found snags along the way and dont wanna release something that everyones gonna whine and complain about being buggy
  • Isn't that the point of a Beta, though? Finding bugs and reporting them so that they can be fixed? :P
  • Classic!
  • 512, fvck you
  • So sad that I'll have to wait a lot longer to get that :(
  • Coolness!
  • Nice but I hope you can put weather on the lock screen, that would make it perfect.
  • Stripe!!!!
  • No 512 Mb support.
  • Yes awesome...   Less whiners YAY!!!!
  • 512 ram!!!
  • 1 gig ram... that leaves me out.
  • Get a job!!!
  • You have to wait
    It will available
  • When will it be available
  • So what's the fuss about ?...what exactly is the difference between this and the stock lock screen ?
  • Really? Do your eyes not work? ;)
  • That's it ??...the screen appears in different styles ?...wow OMG.. THIS HUGE!!!...seriously?? ..thats why you all excited about??
  • Why do you have to sh*t on it? You don't like it move on, we think its cool. Why does that offend you?
  • I'm not offended..i was trying to figure out why this soooo cool..but I'm happy for you dude ..go celebrate...go wild
  • He's a party pooper.
  • Sorry for that...i just thought it had some great new features..turns out to be a lock screen app..just like the name says
  • I'm actually kind of with raspberry on this one... this is the kind of candy effects that just do nothing for me. I don't really see the point. I'll try it, and maybe I'll even end up liking it, but I am not the least bit excited for it.
    I would much rather they work on making Skype more reliable or improving the podcasting app or something more productive.
    However, if this will help attract the masses that are all about weird glass effects and shit I guess I'm for it... as long as it's optional.
  • Thank you poddie ..thats what i was trying to say
  • This is a completely different team than Skype or podcasts. More options means more personalization. To complain about extras like this is extremely dumb and annoying. (Not saying you are)
  • First of all, I understand they're different teams. However, at a high level, resources are being put into this project that imo could have been better put elsewhere. Second, I'm not really complaining so much as just stating that this is the kind of eye candy that I can't stand on android. I use Windows phone because it's fast and efficient, and designed to emphasize functionality and a nice, clean interface. This kind of thing is somewhat annoying to me... something people show me on their phone as if I should be impressed that some graphics are moving around. I'm not. Kind of like the distortion bubble effect screensaver my wife set on her Vista machine back in the day... used lots of power, generated heat, and prevented the monitor sleep mode from kicking in. For no good purpose. Like I said, who knows... maybe they will release it and I will find it enjoyable. As for now, just not excited. Would rather they put the resources elsewhere... pretty much anywhere. Not upset about it or anything. And like I said, if this is what will help sell the platform so I can continue to use it, good on them.
  • Thank you for your opinion. Now get the hell out of here!
  • Because the guy has a different opinion then yours he has to "get the hell out of here"? No wonder WP is not growing as fast as we want it to, its fanbase is made of children! Poddie has a great point and I completely agree with him. He never said it was bad or crappy, he just said he wasn't excited with it. Same with me. I may like it but that's not the priority of WP right now. If they were to work on the lockscreen, then bring us interactive lockscreen (as in interaction) and not a gimmicky animated loskcreen. swipe left to open a desired app, swipe right to display the calendar for example: more direct access but simple and sober. There is a point in time where a company should make smart decisions. WP is lagging behind Android and IOS in terms of functionalities and apps. I can't see how animated lockscreen can be on their to do list right now. There are way more important things that need to be fixed or added to WP before thinking of a cosmetic change. Are they trying to make WP as cluttered as Android? If that's the case, let buy an android phone! Once again, the new lockscreen looks "cool" but no, that's not impressive nor needed. It's good to have it for sure, but is this what we want? Design over functionalities? Skype is half baked, xbox music is half baked, email app is half baked, calendar app is half baked and so on... You can take care of gimmicky stuff when you have done everything else right, which is not the case on WP at the moment.
  • Ahhhhh... a word of reason...
  • Awesome
  • I like the original, there's nothing fancy about this especially the serif font. YUCK
  • They all look excellent!
  • Just think of the possibilities when people make lock screen images that work along with the new api's. Its gonna be sweet.
  • awesome
  • Awesomeness
  • AWESOME!!!
  • I'll wait to see what developers craft. From those three I only like the first one and even that I'm not sure I like enough to replace the traditional look.
  • Classic seemed the best to me too. Clock looked like it might be difficult to use, but might be just the presentation (showing off animations). None of the animations seemed to do anything useful though.
  • He needs his two hands to be able to unlock the phone with the Clock Plus lockscreen... 
  • Looks good. I need
  • I can see VODAFONE IT, i suppose this video comes from Italy!
  • Yes sir :)
  • Cool wish it was part of the os though matter of fact wish customization should be released throughout the entire os
  • OMG this is the Lock Screen app? This is sexy as hell!! I just want to see how the PIN will be implemented in this cool lock screens.
  • Always resident in memory = more "resuming"
  • I think 512mb people have to wait longer probably one or two months more after official release for 1GB RAM! i liked that stripe lockscreen! +Windowsphone
  • It looks cool...
  • Y can't u guys give an option to upgrade our phones ram :(
  • Coz phone is not A PC
  • PhoneBlocks! Or Project Ara :)
  • I cant wait! I want this!
  • Can't wait for 512 Mb ram. Later
  • I though we will finally get patron unlock but no :(
  • Eh. I like the classic. But the other two look a bit weird in that demonstration. The last one looks broken. Clock has potential with a specially background.
  • You sir have a flair for ELI5
  • Very cool but 520 :((
  • Nothing for 512 RAM
  • The app will be available in next minutes ;)
  • Only three themes?
  • Only in this version, I'm working on LOT of new effects for the full (borrowed from Movie Maker ;)
  • What, now you work for MS??
  • With a few small tweaks, Clock Plus would make an amazing combination lock. Think, spinning each layer of the circle to a specific position (customized by you) to unlock the phone. Beats a 4 digit pin.
  • I want this so bad.
  • Looks awesome
  • Holy moly those are freakin sweet.
  • Like them all
  • I didn't expect much when I first saw it a still image on Twitter. But after watching the video and seeing it animate while scrolling, I'm a bit more impressed. I'll be trying all of them out. I just wish there was a way we can create and import our own animated lockscreens. I have a cool idea on one.
  • Oh man....cant wait
  • +820 :)
  • Yea... I've been waiting on this!
  • That is so sexy!!
  • 512 ram please
  • + 920
  • OMG... Stripe is extremely cool ;)
  • I hope the developer of the nasa image of the day lock screen app takes advantage of this API
  • Soo cool!!
  • Does windows phone have undo on keyboard? Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • +925 happy!!
  • 512MB RAM - Waiting plus More waiting. Firstly it was with apps/games now it's WP new features
  • Well this new feature that you're talking about happens to be an app so..
  • Looks great but I hope they give the option to prevent the lock screen from going dark (e.g. for when you have it sitting on your desk on a charger). I actually released an app that looks like the lock screen and shows photos.
  • I like Classic but maybe we will see more via updates since its a standalone app.
  • Is this a windows phone official update or a private app
  • Ok.... Bring it
  • Whoa. Take my money.  This is why I love Windows phone.  Its got style!
     
  • Clock Plus. Lumia 1520
  • Oh that means i have to wait 2-3 months for lumia 520
  • Sweeeeeet!! Bring it on!
  • Ohhhhhh.... forgot to vote earlier...I like stripe.
  • Can't wait to try this. Wonder what the impact on battery will be.
  • Wow
  • LOL
  • im sure you'll get it :)
  • Well, the devil's in the details.
  • It is design. Customization like none other.
  • Very cool. I love how Windows things look alive.
  • Can't wait.. Utter anticipation!!!
  • Waiting eagerly,,,fascinating stuff!!
  • Classic and clock plus are cool. I can't wait to see more. Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • seem faster
  • Random but.. I spot a Razer Blackwidow in the background. :P
  • I like how this little things make my 8x feels like a new phone...
  • +820 :(
  • Thnx
  • Daaaaaaamn, this is magic
  • WP8.1 ? Uhh yeah!
  • I dnt see whats the huge hype about lock screens its stil has the same functionality to show date and time im pretty sure its gonna be lagy as hell on 1gb they'l say it works smooth on 2GB..
  • +Icon! Can't wait! I'll probably go for the first one :)
  • I can't see any video's from Windows Phone Central in Internet Explorer 11 on either of my Windows 8.1 pc's or Windows 8.1 Developer Preview on my smartphone. I'm not going to reinstall Google Chrome just to see them. Especially seeing as Google hasn't worried about fixing it's memory draining issue's, until they were recently reported by various computer magazine's. I don't trust Google, at all.
  • Try Firefox!
  • Flipkart got update.may be for the app crash
  • Nice. :)
  • Have 1gb buttt a lock screen that requires 1gb is a bit worrisome... Lag, drainage etc
  • I'll most likely go for the classic. Now wejust neednew ways to unlock the phone. I watched the amazing spider Man and really liked the unlocking method Oscorp used to get into the labs. It'll be a new twist the pattern lock in Android. Also think Microsoft should incorporate the picture unlock method used in Windows into WP.
  • Picture unlock would be nice addition. Eventually it will come
  • Can't wait to use these!!!!
  • AWESOME. The clock+ will become my favourite fr sure
  • OK. Your site's videos work in Firefox 30, even though I use NoScript. They should work in Internet Explorer 11. Especially considering your website is about Windows Phone and Internet Explorer is the only major web browser that works on it.
  • When It will be Avaiable for 512RAM..?
  • Ugh I'll have to wait for the 512MB RAM version -_-
  • Yaaaaaayyy!!!! Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • The second two look like laggy messes. :/
  • +stripes
  • Oh man..I'll have to wait for the 512 ram version..it looks supr awesome in the video..
  • so good
  • Classic takes the cake for me... Can't wait for that.
  • Hey when it going to launch for 820
  • Supercool, i can't wait!
  • As a developer, I am really excited about this. I can't wait to make my own custom lock screen.
  • I'm glad that I chose Windows Phone.
  • My battery will suffer but I wsnt to have this! +920
  • Looks great, but will have to wait till +720 gets it
  • I just want a simple gradient sweep that moves with my thumb.
  • CANT WAIT HOPE THAT APP IS A LOW COST IN MEMORY HOPE IT BELOW 20MB   IM USING HTC 8X
  • I want them to make more productive. Rather than just the lock screen. I'm not saying this is bad but still if it can be used more for productive purposes
  • +525
  • And there ya have it: Microsoft's answer to Google widgets. That's awesome!!
  • Noice
  • Interesting possibilities with costuming
  • Hahaha.... That's for what Microsoft is known for..... Love it... Keep it up....
  • Waiting
  • Strips is my future Lockscreen ^_^ loved it
  • Awesome!
  • Looks interesting. Pretty much endless possibilities too. Quite like the idea of one that pretty much looks normal until you slide up, then little puzzle pieces randomly swipe away revealing your normal home screen piece by piece. Or one that has a rain or wave effect that washes away your lock screen. Hell, you could have Ryu pop up and Haddouken your screen away lol. Anyone on here with a brain for this kind of thing fancy making that in the future?
  • I like the clock plus... it seems Microsoft is taking steps to make Windows Phone as personal and customisable as possible.
  • This would pretty much complete the experience for me as far as Windows Phone 8.1 making my phone feel like brand new.  Everything from the startscreen background to action center makes everthing feel so fresh and this would be the icing on the cake for me.
  • Hmm now open xbox music :P
  • Now that is awesome hope its soon then
  • Gorgeous
  • I have 512mb ram.......so sad
  • Would be nice if the ram in phones could be upgraded like computers. Seems like it should be possible to buy a 635 and pop a 2gb ram chip in that puppy, am I alone here?
  • Ahemm...heard of "phonebloks"?
  • The wow starts now. But I forgot to join. I don't see this is so unique.
  • Wow that video was terrible. Regardless, I cant wait to grab those lockscreens!
  • when for 512??? i lft Android for windows nd miscrosoft is doing ths atlst release beta for 512 miscrosoft jzt dnt forget tht wp max..share are frm 512'devices midrange nd INDIA is 2nd largest windows user country so plzzz....do release live locksreen for 512 as soon as possible r pepole take no time to change their mobiles as android offers grt experience in the same range with 1gb...!!!
  • When .?
  • Looks amazing.
  • Would like to see the impact to battery life...
  • Daaaamn....plz bring it out for 512mb ram devices soon!!!
  • Oh I love them all ...
  • How is this gonna work? Will it be an app that enables this feature to work then you download other lock screen apps from the store? Or an app that is the centre of all the home screens and any you download go there? I'm a little confused
  • This shows great potential for future devs and ideas, as someone said before using the clock theme as a means of unlocking the phone. Genius
  • Nearly two years later and I still love my 820 :)
  • +820
  • Love app of them but I think plus is the king here
  • Can we like tap on the notifications icons to go into that app directly from lock screen?
  • Battery waste.
  • +630 :-(
  • This it's nothing we haven't seen at Build. Looking forward to getting to play around with this app.
  • Awesomee
  • All of them are awesome.. Difficult to pick one favourite :)
  • I like Classic most. Followed by the Clock Plus.
  • -920 for only 1GB and English .... why?!
  • Because Latin and 512mb is hard.
  • I need it to my Lumia 920 running 8.1 Devt Preview!
  • Finally got Lumia cyan official in my l1520 but need this awesome lock screen app fast too
  • So if it will be apps that we can download from the store. Will developers be able to make their third party lock screen app?
  • Nice!
  • There are some days i feel WP is more advanced than windows RT and this is one of them, it's be slick if we could see come during the supposed merge
  • Its gonna be awesome, but I'm putting money on it being a battery killer.
  • I really hope these more to this not just the 3 otherwise what did they spend all this time for a 1G ram app and we already saw this at build
  • +520
  • Fake, this is not the app Microsoft is releasing with the update. This is a copy made by Venetasoft and pushed today to the store, check out Here: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=aed8fa1a-6cc4-4c57-830a-702e30fb458a
  • The app is a FREE PREVIEW (as well written).
    As soon as the final api will be finalized, I will publish the FULL one.
  • Oh, sorry Venetasoft, reading the article I thougt the video was made using the new Microsoft update :) so these lockscreens Will be awesome :) can't wait :) sorry again, if you want i'll delete this post :)
  • Does lumia 820 get this feature?
  • 1GB. Yes
  • Wow turns out this is a fake. Hope the real thing is this cool.
  • Where did you get that from?
  • Tom Warren from the verge just debunked it on his twitter.
  • Yepp, I saw the app too. Shame.. But it looks sweet :)
  • Sorry if Tim Wallen cannot read well from his iPhone5s... It s a Preview, as written.
  • As soon as the final APIs will be out, I will publish the FULL version.
  • Nice.. Though somehow the app doesn't recognize the lock screen bg I set up.
  • An update is coming with some fixes/improvements (seems faster)  and another effect too ;)
  • This is just amazing!! Other platforms are so gonna be jealous!!
  • So, that means it is ready to roll? :D
  • Just animations (as there were not enough in windowsphone already). Features, we need features.
  • Stripe looks good but it was a bit glitchy! (Or maybe the video was glitchy.. I dont know)
  • I hope you all know this is a fake. Tom Warren just tweeted it. Its an app in the App store atm.
  • Preview, not fake...WTF ;)
  • What't Tom's adderss ? I will send him my old 1520, so he can read the screen better (he should own an ifon ;) As said, it is a preview (apis are not final). As available, I will publish the full app ;)
  • I am so sick of 512mb RAM whiners. I also had a 520 but I was conscios that I bought a low-end phone and I loved it even with it's low memory. You should feel fortunate that you have such an awesome phone at just $60, think how would be an Android at such a price. And also realise that Windows Store has lack of good apps, imagine if they should all be compatible for 512mb
  • Can you get to a new message/missed call straight from the lock screen ?
  • Course you can
  • Why the hell no 512 mb RAM support? This is bullshit! Damn You, MS!
  • You have full global offline sat nav, the amazing Nokia Camera app, free MixRadio...and access to pretty much every app on the store --- and you now moan about not having a RAM intensive lock screen app....
    They ARE going to release it for 512MB devices. But given you paid peanuts for your phone, be thankful you get such a full experience! I bought a 1020....I kind of expect to receive the best apps and features first because I paid for the privilege. If you want to be on the bleeding edge of Windows Phone, get a 1GB device!
    Please though, quit the moaning!!
  • I wish this would be available for 512 Mb devices :-/
  • Look forward to the first one in the video...as long as I can view the weather on my lock screen with the rest of the info.
  • What's with the music Posted via Windows Phone Central App
  • +930 Really looking forward to this app.
  • Will this also provide interactive music controls (I remember watching a video where songs could be changed with a swipe, and track position could be selected without unlocking the phone....)
    Does it provide any other functionality aside from pretty animations?
  • This... Looking forward to actual utility value being built in the lock screen.
  • Now wp8 has the best lock screen ..android and IOS can rest in peace :p
  • Can some one enlighten me why this was kept so secret and what's so game changing about it?
  • This is NOT the actual lockscreen app. As stated by the guy who uploaded this video to youtube, it's actually this app http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=aed8fa1a-6cc4-4c57-830a-702e30fb458a It's an app built by the developers of Movie Maker, and is a simple simulation of what they think the lockscreen app might look like. According to people who have installed the app, it regularly redirects you to Movie Maker in the store, so it's basically spam... WPCentral, please don't post this kind of crap, or at least mention in your article, that this is not an actual preview of the lockscreen app! People are already drawing conclusions from this video on what the animated lockscreen will look like, but this video is nothing but a developer' fantasy. And it's spam.
  • Battery-drainer? Also, this just looks to be a bunch of presets, what's the actual use? I'm not convinced at all.
  • One-derful :D
  • Glance
  • I just hope it will be friendly with the battery.
  • Looks f***ing awesome!!!! Drooolll
  • All 3 look good to me
  • I'll be rockin classic and stripe on my red 920!
  • Just awesome.. 
  • Clock plus for me!.. now I'm getting impatient lol! Edit: I'm aware it is a preview app, but the potentional can be endless if MS don't pose any limits :P
  • -520 :(
  • +1520
  • Clock Plus for sure! I've been waiting for that on the lockscreen ever since the Tron Clock app came out.
  • I apologize if this has already been asked among the 400+ comments, but... Does anyone know if they'll be adding a swipe/draw-to-unlock feature, or is this more along the lines of eye candy?
  • Its wrong this app is available on 512 mb ram devices...... I have 630 and 720 with 8.1 n have this lock screen app on both phones