Windows Phone 8 allows Lock-screen notifications and wallpaper for 3rd party apps
We’ve hinted at this before and the leak of the Windows Phone 8 SDK is validating our claim that “Apollo” will allow richer notification support for 3rd party developers.
Developers will now be able to have their app send notifications to the Lock Screen with the content reflecting the app’s Live Tile:
An app can provide content for the following four items on the lock screen:
- The background image. This image is unrelated to lock screen notifications, and is documented at Lock screen background for Windows Phone.
- An app icon
- An app count
- App text
The other part is just as interesting. Developers can create wallpapers that can be pushed to the Lockscreen. For instance, our Windows Phone Central app could send a Wallpaper to the Lock Screen for a custom look—perhaps even allowing a “Wallpaper of the day” type function:
While not a notification center per se, this should go a long way in making sure we never miss a Toast notification from a 3rd party app in the future. The app-to-wallpaper feature is also a unique addition that should allow some very creative content from devs once Windows Phone 8 hits the shelves this fall.
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But also why do we need wallpapers?
Good luck everyone!
Also, I fail to see how this implementation adequately replaces a notification centre. Seeing the alert means you still have to spend time searching for the app, open it, get to the section of the app that needs your attention, rather than just clicking on a toast notification.
EDIT: actually, it's written that the lock screen will support text from the live tile.. So perhaps my scenario isn't impossible. Can't wait to find out what developers do with this!