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Microsoft Garage launches new Tetra Lockscreen for Windows Phone

Microsoft Garage, a division of the company that allows their employees to work on any project they desire, has released a number of new Windows Phone apps and games to the Windows Phone Store, including Tetra Lockscreen, which shows a number of different notifications.

Here's a quick look at what's included in the app, which is exclusive to Windows Phone 8.1:

  • Displays upcoming calendar events
  • Visualizes the pace of your day with a simple timeline
  • Shows your current location on a street map
  • Displays nearby calendar events with identifiable locations
  • Pan and zoom in the top area of the screen, the bottom is reserved for unlocking
  • Displays activity in steps, distance or approximate number of calories burned
  • Compare by hour in the daily view, or by day in the weekly view
  • Keeps time even when your screen is off
  • Lap functionality

It looks like the app is still propagating in the Windows Phone Store and thus may not be immediately available in all regions. What do you think of this new app?

QR: Tetra Lockscreen

Source: Microsoft Garage (opens in new tab)

357 Comments
  • I hate Obama so much.
  • And that applies so much to this article? Kthx for sharing. I like pizza. That's is just as relevant.
  • Probably because tha app is US only
  • Change region in settings.  
  • I lol cause I assume this is a joke
  • I hate other peoples political views so much
  • Hey wplee. Glad you joined the Windows Team from Android. Your perceptions are valuable.
    I also saw the work the Garage team release today(love the Tetra Lock Screen App. Interactive widgets on a Windows Phone Locks Screen give us the best of both worlds. There's so much POTENTIAL there. How to see more apps like this and lock Mix that use widgets on the lock screen. Widgets and Live Tiles Best of both worlds.) Also there ate flagships out there, 1520, HTC M8, 930, just no new High End ones launched this year. I actually talk about that here:
    No Ubiquitous High-End Flagship SmartPhone for 2014; Is Microsoft INSANE? No! http://jltechword.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/no-ubiquitous-high-end-flagsh...
  • Do you like fishsticks?
  • Nobody better say anything bad about fishsticks
  • Kanye West - Is it you?
  • Careful. Some of my best friends are fish sticks.
  • LMFAO
  • I love putting fishsticks in my mouth.  
  • You're a gay fish! 
  • Yes, especially with custard.
  • I see a troll escaped from Google+
  • Is Google+ still a thing? I thought it died ages ago like Bebo and MySpace
  • You forgot Xanga!!!
  • Add me on MySpace and Xanga...
  • No, that was the Zune and the Kin.
  • Hey, I love my Zune
  • Google + just sent me a message yesterday asking if I knew my wife. She has been in my Family circle for 2 years.     I said, "No."
  • Google Orkut?
  • I like turtles.
  • Elizabeth?
  • I hate all politicians and people who blindly support or fight against any of them. Live pizza, somewhat a fan of fishsticks. Oh, and I need news and weather on my lock screen.
  • And I hate you.
  • Slap...lol.:D
  • Where is/are the WCentral's monitors?! This not the place for unwanted political views.
  • So a political view other than yours is un wanted!?!?! Haha lol j/k just playing devils advocate. And imitating some of the over reactors on here...
  • I don't recall expressing any political views. Did I? No... No ones political view is wanted, including my own. No good can come from playing devil's advocate. People have the right to seek & find ✌. This site is about tech, specifically Windows, Windows phone, & MS. PERIOD.
  • Not available for my device (Lumia 920)
  • Works on mine, except activity tracker.
  • Works on mine too.
  • Nor is it available for my 625.
  • -1320
  • -930. wtf?!
  • Available on my Huawei W2, but it's very very very slow...
  • Not available for the 521.
  • I downloaded it to my 521. Although it lags when I hit the power button, but infrequently, when I double tap.
  • -525
  • Region needs to be US
  • 925... Works as well as stock one
  • Me too on 925 but it legs in my phone...moreover consumes alot of battery...
  • Seriously, can this thing get banned?
  • Why would it be banned?
  • No, the person that commented first.
  • In the meantime, the same Microsoft Garage released FOUR apps for Android.
  • Good for Android users
    /s
  • Stop the sarcasm, its a solid point. If you read The Verge's coverage of this story today they say the best of the Garage apps released today are all on ANDROID and don't even bother covering the Windows Phone ones. Microsoft are actively encouraging their teams to work on other platforms. Microsoft doesn't care about Windows Phone, maybe that's not a bad thing for the company overall. But for users of Windows Phone that don't have any new 2014 Flagship, no Google apps and often better versions of Microsoft's own apps elsewhere then if I'm being honest the only thing keeping most of us here is Microsoft fanboi loyalty, Windows Tiles and Cortana (which looks set for cross platform too). If ever the time to leave Windows Phone was now, this is it. Hopefully the future will be better in 2016 after Windows 10 for mobile devices has properly kicked in, not sure how many of us will be still be here at that point. Sad thing is our numbers pale in comparison to iOS/Android so can see why Microsoft's priorities are elsewhere.
  • Technically we do have a flagship...the HTC One. Trust me, i am saddened by that and I don't consider the One Relevant but it is our flagship unfortunately and soon will be on other carriers. I think you mean there is no LUMIA flagship. Though in this day and age, both the 930 and 1520 are still capable products to be considered Flagships presently.
  • Nope, I said we don't have a "New" flagship - the HTC One was originally released in March 2014. What we got was a 5 month old PORT. And nobody in their right mind would now buy a 2013 Lumia. McLaren was supposed to be our Flagship as we know, and while I don't blame them from axing the phone similar to the Amazon Firephone Flop, we should have at least had a replacement for either the Year old 1520 or the 15 Month old 1020. Say what you want about Apple/Samsung fans, but at least their high demands are served regularly.
  • what does it matter if the phone is 5 months old, is there anything more powerful than a sd 801 right now? no, would a new flagship make any improvements because tech has moved farther?nope, then its a flagship.
  • "Flagships"... the new crybaby fodder. Please STFU.
  • Stop over reacting. The team is working on apps for all of the OS's... Fuck... It's The Verge. What do you expect? I haven't seen them even mention the Windows Phone Tetra app yet. Microsoft is not letting WP go. They are not being MS only,and it shows a good side of a big corporation for a change.
  • How am I over reacting? Microsoft are making better apps for Android and iOS at the same time that WP has a huge App Gap problem that is holding the platform back. Android got 6 Flagships in 2014. iOS got two new Flagships. We got a 5 month old Android port. Yes, I don't normally read the Verge (via Microsoft reader feed) but these are the publications Microsoft need to be in. Even Google invited them (and not say Android Central) in to their offices the other day to play with the Nexus 6 because they know Flagship readers and developers read the Verge. I hate to say it (I've never owned an iPhone) but Apple owners certainly get the best of both worlds these days (priority Dev support, Valued Brand, Google/Microsoft apps) which is unfair when the iPhone hasn't been a forward thinking device since it originally launched. But hey, I'm only trying to say how I feel about the current state of this platform. Seems some people are happy with this direction to which I respect.
  • Considering Google did the same thing for the first few years of Android (supporting Apple that is) I don't think giving other phone users access to MS apps in order to make them think "Since I use all of these I might as well get a Windows phone" is such a bad idea (sorry for the run on sentence). Yeah its a long run thing. Yeah, better care for their own OS is key. Consider the user base their teaching though. That's what mattress to the investors, bottom line, and longevity of relevance in the market.
  • First. Microsoft making or not making apps for other platforms has no affect on the "app gap" That's to do with other developers. Microsoft's apps a but a drop in the bucket in comparison to other apps. They are making apps for all platforms. Some may or may not be available across the board. Secondly,Android getting 6 flagships is the OEMS doing,rather than Google's. How many flagships has Google actually released? Microsoft can't control the OEMS neither can Google. As far as IOS,that's all Apples doing. Besides it's pretty much one "flagship" just in 2 different sizes. That 5 month old port is actually better than the Android version in quite a few ways,and still competes well with other recent flagship devices. Tom from the Verge was at the recent Windows 10 event. Doesn't matter much if they invite people to come in for a enterprise preview unveiling. The Nexus is a HTC product,maybe with a little on side input from Google. Microsoft does the same,probably to a greater extent. Check out most of the latest news on some of the recently announced Windows Laptops and convertibles. Microsoft did/does a lot of things to support devs. They release and update many things for them to use. Hell they even supposedly pay them in some cases. It's up to the deva what they choose to use. They are even combining the OS,after making for universal app capabilities. So I think that out of all of the big 3 Microsoft does more. They are getting the short end of the stick. By the media,devs,and even some users these days. It's time that they get some credit for all of the things that they are doing for a change. I could give some examples,but this comment is already long enough.. Lol
  • There's more to a flagship then being new, apple has 2 new phones and all the people who buy It is because they like it not for what's inside, I personally don't think none of the iPhones are flagships its still the same phone as last year but bigger nothing innovative, I still recommend the 1520 to everyone I know and many have them and love it, I got my wife one last Friday.
  •   Exactly! The new iPhones aren't very new. They are bigger iPhone 4S devices with a lot faster processors (the camera sensor is the same as 4S, but heavily modified) and the screens are way better. Those things are important, but I laughed a little when I heard Apple executives on stage at their keynote talk about the "new" camera. It's not new, it's an incremental tweak of the 4S camera. Applications? Yes, they have a million of them, literally. They are pretty darn good too, but all in all the Windows 8.1 OS is a lot more innovative. Still feels like an early release with lots of potential, but it's really good. Android phones released every week? Why would anyone feel appreciated for buying a premium Sony Xperia Z when Z2 and Z3 where released, like, "seconds later"? Why would anyone enjoy that? Releasing lots of phones every year is not a good thing, it's a really bad thing that shows how twisted their software situation is. I mean, the Android system from Google is themed and modified by the hardware vendors and then the hardware vendors ships tons of new phones instead of offering quick software updates to their existing customers. There is no loyalty to customers shown at all.
  • Yes. My gf and I both came from the Galaxy S II AND III respectively. We both now have a Surface RT,920s and 1520s each. I'm evening working on converting the folks in my office. I already have one who just purchased a Surface Pro 3. Soon to be others as well.
  • stop the raging. if your so upset then go get an android, i for one think tetra is pretty cool
  • I came over from Android this summer after I broke my Nexus. I love lots about Windows Phone apart from the lack of Apps, especially games. Instead of their staff trying to improve the App situation (creating their own versions) they instead spend time making stuff for Android and iOS which is obviously what their employers use. Apple users don't have to put up with half the rubbish we complain about on this site, so may as well join them this Christmas. Hopefully by 2016/2017 Microsoft may focus more on their mobile users and I will check them back out because I am still fond of Windows.
  • You know you're only adding to the problem right? If developers site not enough users as an excuse for not making an app,people who leave listing make it worse. Everyone acts like apps support is supposed to just happen overnight. It took more years for Android to get to where it's at. Android has more users than any of the others and still doesn't always get priority. IOS sucks ass... Trust me. I also have IOS devices. Games are just to pass the time for the most part. Be cool.
  • This doesnt bother me at all. Its not officially MS doing this - they are just highlighting things their employees are doing in their free time and they are encouraging them to do what they want in their free time. This is not MS directing resources away from WP to Android projects. Its allowing employees to pursue their own interests outside of work and highlighting what they do.
  • I've got no problem their employers working on mobile side projects but why not there own mobile OS? Because most have iPhones. There is Zero reason that the Garage apps needed an iPhone or Galaxy to be developed on, apart from it was the employers Choice. Microsoft's employers don't use the mobile operating system that they created and that we are supposed to love. Ask this question. Would Apple allow this? Nope... And that's why they are the Number One in the US and have the most developers.
  • Have you ever gotten home from work and thought, "I'd like to do the same thing I did all day for another four hours"? Yeah, these guys don't, either. Maybe they work on iPhone and Android apps to give themselves a break from the daily grind.
  • Looks like your rant was totally wasted...MS jst released a ton of goodies from their Garage for WP...you jst couldn't have a little faith could ya...??
  • Employees?
  • I think you're overeacting a bit, at least with regards to Microsoft Garage.  The majority of the apps on their site are for Windows Phone and Windows 8.x.  There's even an XBox game.  The Verge's coverage is just tailored towards their readership, which is mostly Android and iOS users so don't let that get under your skin too much bro.
  • I think what's going on is Microsoft has finally realized that it should be doing what it does best, instead of trying to be Apple. What they do best is write software. It would be suicide for Microsoft to ignore writing software for iOS and Android. I know it sucks. I like Windows Phone. My Lumia 822 has been the best phone I've ever owned in a lot of ways. But, in my opinion, the writing is on the wall. I don't think Microsoft has completely given up, but it's looking like if Windows 10, or whatever it will be called, doesn't gain some market share, Microsoft will probably pull the plug on phones and tablets.
  • u actually told my thought...enough with dis half assed apps n there fucking expereince...i'm leaving WINDOWS(phone) for sure...i was there just coz of nokia 
  • It says a number of wp apps and games. I wonder what are the others....
  • Remember, its ios, android first, WP whenever with the new Microsoft!
  • Thanks for keeping us updated on all things Andorid on the site formerly known as WPC. SMDH
  • You're welcome.
  • "...here on my snobbish pedestal."
  • Cry more
  • WAAAH WAAHH WAAAH
  • I know one of the four was a lock screen. What are the other three? We got a lock screen too, and way more than four apps. Can we celebrate the stuff we did get with equal energy as we put into the negative?
  • I played around with the WP lock screen thinking it was pretty cool until I saw the Android offer of Next Lock Screen and felt left out. Perhaps it's part of the OS limitations I don't know. All in all some seriously cool things popping up from this initiative.
  • What? I have to change the region to get this?
  • Yes, move to another country and gain instant access (trollface)
  • Lol, but there lot of inconvenience to changing the region, starting from suggestions to lot other things.
  • You only need to change the region to download/install the app. Then change your region back to what is was before.
  • What is lap functionality?
  • Stop watch.
  • Not to be confused with "lapability"...
  • Not available for me (Lumia 1520)
  • Downloaded and installed just fine on MY 1520 here in the U.S. on AT&T
  • Also works fine for me.
  • Me too, US 1520 locked to ATT running DP one update behind
  • Not available for my phone Lumia 1520
  • I installed on mine and its works great
  • Region has to be US
  • Available on Lumia 1520
  • Nt available fr my phone lumia 920.
  • Region has to be US
  • Wow, this is pretty neat. About time WP users get some type of functionality (stop watch, etc) on a lockscreen. Now they could implement quick camera access and other things too, from the lockscreen.
  • What's your phone?
  • NL 1520
  • Ever tried holding the camera button while the phone is locked?
  • I said that for phones without camera buttons.
  • Hey he/she made a valid point. What about the phones that don't have a camera button?
  • Put the Camera shortcut in the Action Center and swipe down from the top of the lockscreen. Action Center can be set to be available when the phone is locked.
  • Totally forgot about that
  • Would still be nice with the option to have it on the lockscreen instead of taking up one of the valuable Action Center buttons though, but at least there's a way to get it accessible fairly quickly.
  • So true.
  • Your idea is still better don't listen to them. If you use the action center you still have to unlock them swipe down and then tap camera button. That's 3 steps, your idea is just two steps. Plus if you have double tap to wake just keep tapping where the camera button would be in this app and that would be even quicker
  • I agree it would be nice to have it on the lockscreen, but you do NOT have to unlock the phone to get to the action center. Swipe down -> click Camera shortcut is all that's needed.
  • I know you don't have to unlock the phone. I'm talking about pressing the power button and using action center from the lock screen
  • OK. Since you wrote that you had to unlock the phone, I assumed that's what you meant. You still have to press the power button to get to the lockscreen in both cases, so I don't know why you're making that distinction.
  • +930
  • Camera button...
  • I just want flashlight from lock screen or action center. Well, I'd really like to never again see "Resuming......" on my 920; but for now I'll take easy flashlight access.
  • Flashlight on lockscreen would be great.
  • Not for mine too (920)
  • Region needs to be set to US
  • No for UK.
  • US only
  • Not available for 1320
  • Only US store
  • But its not available for Lumia 1520
  • Downloaded and installed just fine on MY 1520 here in the U.S.
  • Why ?
  • Trash, not cool, boring.
  • It's fukkin awesome!!! Wtf u talking abt??
  • Too slow. Like Live Lock Screen. Why do they have to be so laggish? But the idea is great.
  • 925 here zero zero lag, love ❤ it
  • Zero lag on 920
  • too much lag on 620  
  • Mine lagged the first time I used it after setup but I think it was rendering in my chosen photo or whatever. Works quickly and smoothly thereafter. Really impressed by this app, actually.
  • but better than live lock screen
  • Were you describing yourself?
  • It's available for people in the US. I just downloaded the app "Lumia 1320"
  • Can not download?why?
  • US only
  • Does anyone know which phones this is compatible with?
  • US region phones
  • All
  • Not available at Mexico for Lumia 920
  • US exclusive
  • Cool concept, too bad these live lock screens have so many performance issues.
  • This one doesnt
  • Takes longer to unlock on my 1520 than default lock screen.
  • Works like butter on my 925
  • True, 2 gigs of ram on my 1520 and there is still a considerable amount of lag when accessing the lockscreen.
  • Not available in India
  • NO SHIT.  As if the 100s of people saying US ONLY US ONLY US ONLY isn't a big enough clue!
  • Try to change your location to US and try to download, worked for me
  • If it is region or device specific, it is not available for 620 in India.
    Can anyone share their region if they have access to this app? Looks great
  • US specific.
  • Is this region specific? I downloaded just fine to my 1520, US.
  • What are the other new apps mentioned?
  • It's only one app
  • Works for my 1520 in Canada, mine has always been set US region for Cortana access
  • I think it region specific.
  • Now that what I call a live lockscreen. Amazing app, unfortunately have to change region to US to get it.
  • It lags like the Live lock screen beta app. Not worth downloading.
  • Not for me it doesn't (930)
  • Not really, on first launch it does but otherwise its not
  • Runs smooth here on my L925.
  • I have a Lumia 720. I think it's because of the 512mb ram.
  • Even i have lumia720. But i couldn't open that app. Why?? (region : US)
  • 925 like butter
  • Mine does lag at times. About 90% of the time it works flawlessly, but I find that after periods of extended inactivity on my part it does take some time to load when I try to unlock my phone. Other than that it works perfectly, can't complain.
  • Omg omg omg omfg!!! This is awesome!!!!!!!!
  • +1 really like this lockscreen
  • Yes indeed! Much polished and well thought lockscreen app
  • Not Works, i try but not work my lockscreen is equal 
  • Same here. Lumia 820 with WP 8.1 Update 1 & Lumia Cyan.
  • Buggy as hell on my 625.
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