Nokia brings new “hover” feature to Lumia devices to quickly turn on the display [Video]
If you like occasionally playing with your display settings on your Nokia Lumia smartphone, then you’ll want to go and update Display + Touch to version 1.6. That update is now live in the store and brings with it a few changes that are actually documented for once.
While most users won't be able to take advantage of the added functionality just yet, you'll still want to read on about how Nokia is dramatically improving Windows Phone by adding new features. One of those additions, documented below, has you "magically" turn on your display with the proximity sensor (tuned for motion detection). Very cool stuff.
Change Log for v1.6
- Bug Fixes
- Support for quick mode in Glance settings
So what is that second, seemingly new feature? It only applies to devices with the Nokia Amber update, which means only the Lumia 925 can make use of it. That Amber update is expected along with the OS GDR2 upgrade sometime in August, depending on the carrier. (All Windows Phone 8 Lumias are expected to get this update at some point.)
The Glance settings are for the new “on-screen clock” feature that the Amber/GDR2 update supports, giving users more detailed information. With the new settings, users can
- Hover your hand over your phone to see your glance screen
- Added "Peek" option to glance menu setting
In short, you can now optionally hover your hand like a Jedi over the display to turn on the Glance screen, which then gives you notifications and clock. Under those conditions, the Glance screen stays on for a minute or two, giving you a "peek" at the display. That's opposed to having it always on or timed. Call us crazy, but that is some awesome usage of the proximity sensor for motion detection. Kudos to Nokia for adding a feature to the OS where none existed before.
So all in all, for the majority of you, this update won’t do anything noticeable. That’s the bad news. The good news is it looks like Amber/GDR2 is getting close to release for the rest of us and Nokia will have all of their apps updated for it.
Pick up Display + Touch v1.6 here in the Nokia Collection. Thanks, Josh H., for the tip!
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Meanwhile, I've set me phone's theme color to Amber while waiting for the real Amber update.
A motion sensor is a sensor that detects movement. The motion sensor typically used in smartphones is a multi axis g sensor usually using mercury. But not all motion sensors are g sensors. They can be heat, sound, light, pressure, wind, fart, anything you want.
This is an example of using a proximity sensor to detect movement. Aka, a motion sensor.
I really hope this also includes my Lumia 810. REALLY hope.
I read every article title, but only follow through with Nokia and Windows 8 articles. I highly doubt people in my shoes are only 0.1%. I actually read the article, and was excited about it up untill the point where it said that it was only for X phone. I don't get excited for a prospect that we'll get evetually. I got excited about Data Sense when it first was talked about and I still don't have it. I've learned my lesson on that.
Why the heck are you on a site that primarly has articles about rumors and "things people may get eventually?"
I had this problem until I looked around on here and saw conjecture of dust. After some compressed air my phone stopped staying black during calls and I was once again able to use it while on a call.
would you be shocked, if I told you, that this time isn't pulled from thin air?
this time referes to a plain vanilla OS without synchronization and anything installed. Just the phone lying around and doing nothing...
BTW the only way one can compare battery power in standby mode over different OS, as every system is performing additional background tasks differently and therefore isn't compareable to the other OS' anymore.
Of course, the standby time WITH e-mail sync, facebook, whatsapp, weather, waking up the phone, making calls and others is limited and comes to around 30-50 hours. Depending on how much you use it. If you play extensively, you got it drained in less than 6 hours ;)
But show me a phone, that performs better. I think, they're all in the same league here...
The on screen clock works like this: If you pull it out of your pocket, the proximity sensor realizes, that it has been pulled out and shows the clock. This clock appeared, if you set it to either 15 minutes time out or always on (then it just disapppears, if you put it into a pocket or something alike). If you have it at 15 minutes time out, it disappears after just that time. If you then come close to the phone with your hand or something else, the phone reacts and shows the clock again.
Now, with the glance, the only difference is, that the timeout is set to around 20 seconds (more or less - I didn't count).
Nothing new. Just lower time out ;)
Given that no Nokia phone has a notification led (with the exception - E series), i would like to see some additions to the Nokia Glance:
- show the status from some standard apps (i.e. missed calls, new message, etc)
- allow auto-enabling of Glance when a change ocurred in a standard app (new missed call, new message)
Hopefully someone who should reads this, and finds it worthy.
Oh well, its still a nice addition. Now we need to get the notification icons to show on it too. After that, this is peerfect :)