Try out the Nokia Lumia on-screen clock on any Windows Phone
We recently looked at Nokia’s double tap to awake and on-screen clock, features that are coming to the Lumia 920 (PR2.0). But what if you happen to be using a Windows Phone from HTC, Samsung or other Lumia phones? An app is available on the Windows Phone Store that emulates the on-screen clock and while it's not the full solution, it's a cool effect to see how the clock looks.
Here's our exclusive video of Nokia's double tap and on-screen clock:
The app emulates the above features, but instead of double tap to wake the device, the gesture will close the app and return the user to the app list. It's basic in functionality but gets the job done and provides a rather cool experience. You can download Nokia Lockscreen from the Windows Phone Storefor free (both Windows Phone 7.x and 8). Thanks, Ahmad, for the tip!
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For the record it doesn't seem to dent the battery life much on the 925 from what I can tell
It will put a dent in the battery life but maybe not as much as people think
For a start, I'm using this app right now and the black on the screen is extremely dark, darker than the lowest brightness on the OS with black background, Nokia could also put the screen down to just a few Hz refresh rate which should also save power. Turning the screen off completely when in pocket would also save battery.
I think that when the Nokia version is released it will use about 10-20% more of your battery per day if its on a desk for say 4 hours of the day.
And how will the battery drain be with that option activated on a Samsung Ativ S, HTC Titan, HTC 8S, Nokia Limia 920 when that option is activated (like on the video) ??
Maybe the clock could be a swipe from the left of the home screen, and swiping there would lock your phone, as well as hitting the power button... Then add transitions when you lock the phone where it would show your lock screen and move right to show the clock (like the kids corner but in the other direction)
My idea is on the clock screen, swipe to the left to the regular lockscreen, and then up to your homescreen.
Yeah, for any phone that uses masking rather than specific illumination for the display, this is potentially a major power sink, which is too bad. But for those with amoled screens, it could be very useful. I look forward to Nokia's full implementation.
I miss my webOS and my Pre3. And why can't Microsoft do multitasking effectively on Window Phone?
Like a Grateful Dead bear ..
or just type anything ..
Dunno about WP8, but as for WP7.x that's really good mean to keep the WiFi alive. Anyone noticed ?
Waiting for the actual feature.