Microsoft unveils Live Apps that show info on your lock screen

Microsoft is unveiling their brand new Windows Phone 8 OS and along with it their new " Live Apps". We heard about this term before in some leaked marketing material but we never knew what exactly these were.

Joe Belfiore has just unveiled that these new apps are apps that can take advantage of some brand new functionality on your phone. They can be set to update your lock screen with real time information. Earlier today we saw some leaked slides of an ESPN and Bing lock screen and Joe demoed the Facebook app integrated with the brand new function. The lock screen would cycle through your photos.

Basically, the new Windows Phone 8 lock screen can bring you important information from inside your apps to the front and center, taking the concept of glance and go to a whole new level. We'll update as soon as we learn more.

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If the Live Apps can let you scroll left/right to see more Live App screens, that'd be neat. Maybe a maximum of 5 so this feature does not seem redundant to unlocking the phone.

Having more than one Live App screen could give you a nice overlook of apps you check out most, without having to unlock the phone and having more info than just the Live Tiles.

You can only select one app to use the lock screen in this way. Other apps will only have the "usual" small notification on the lock screen, and one detailed one like calendar does now in WP7.

Might be a noobish question but how will this handle multiple Apps.

Like what if Live Apps is set up for ESPN and Facebook and both get some sort of new content, how and which one will be shown or will it cycle?

DOOOMKULTUS said,
Might be a noobish question but how will this handle multiple Apps.

Like what if Live Apps is set up for ESPN and Facebook and both get some sort of new content, how and which one will be shown or will it cycle?

Of course, I can't be sure but I think this will only support one app. So, you have to choose whether you want Facebook updates to be the first thing you want to see or sport, for example.

Anonymous1a said,

Of course, I can't be sure but I think this will only support one app. So, you have to choose whether you want Facebook updates to be the first thing you want to see or sport, for example.


I would imagine this would be the case as well. Otherwise you'd have information overload... Lol

neufuse said,
seems like a potential security risk?

Really that's all you have to say about it? Are you asking a question or making a statement? Putting a question mark behind a statement without backing it up is not a question?

neufuse said,
seems like a potential security risk?

I wouldn't say so. If, for example, you are going to put up your Facebook as the lock screen, yes, there would be some privacy concerns but that's not really a security risk. If you are just keeping sport scores, what's the risk?

neufuse said,
seems like a potential security risk?

Not if you're careful to ensure people don't see your lockscreen, like I would expect most people are, or if you don't care about people seeing the information you allow on the lockscreen (sports scores, the latest news articles, Facebook notifications, Facebook photos etc.)

iOS displays a snippet of a new Facebook message, on the lockscreen, when the notification for that arrives, and Android probably does as well. I don't deem that a problem.

neufuse said,
seems like a potential security risk?

I wouldn't say security risk... If you don't want it on your lock screen, don't put it there...