Windows Phone 8 lock screen notifications appear on Lumia 920 marketing shots

Starting with Nokia, Windows Phone 8 handsets are starting to take the stage in the smartphone wars. It’s only natural that unknown, rumoured or unconfirmed features will be discovered or refuted as the hardware gets put through its paces before Microsoft’s official  unveiling on the 29th October.

Well after a leaked Windows Phone 8 emulator showed users have the ability to customise app notifications on the lock screen, Nokia’s press shots have all but confirmed that this is an included feature in the final build of the OS.

Skype, The Associated Press (AP) and Outlook are just three of the icons shown, but it opens up the possibility that any application that updates feeds from the internet can have their own notifications. Facebook and Twitter are obvious ones, but RSS feeds for new posts and blog sites such as Wordpress about new subscribed blogs or comments.

At least we don’t have long to wait until it’s officially confirmed by Microsoft and how app developers can implement this functionality. If they don’t do it before then of course!

Source and Image: WMPoweruser

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it would be nice to press one of those icons in the lockscreen and see a preview of the notification. Not having to open my iphone when I get a notification is one of those things that keeps it around.

Windows 8 has the ability for app developers to create lock screen notifications, I don't know why we'd expect the phone iteration not to have this as well.
Users can select which apps they want to appear there.

I still feel Apple's implementation of notifications to be better as the app can display more than just it's icon and how many notifications is has. E.g. if you get a text, it will show you part of the text. Does Android do the same? I don't know.

And what about in app notifications? Apple and Android have the notifications slider then you can bring down to see other app notifications. Hopefully Microsoft bring something similar too.

Hoping they add this in 7.8. I'm not buying a new phone to get a feature that should have been added long ago...

what said,
Hoping they add this in 7.8. I'm not buying a new phone to get a feature that should have been added long ago...

Sadly, I think this functionality is too dependent on NT underneath to be a quick win feature to add to 7.8.

what said,
I'm not buying a new phone to get a feature that should have been added long ago...

Sadly, I am.
Actually no. There are many new features that will entice me toward purchasing a new handset.

Ah one thing that was really missing. I hope they expand on this, and give it a proper notification centre. I really like the one on my Nexus.

Minimoose said,
Does the Lumia 920 only come in glossy? I would really like a yellow matte one.

The Grey is matte. The Black is reported to be matte, as well.

Minimoose said,
Does the Lumia 920 only come in glossy? I would really like a yellow matte one.
Black is matte.
Maybe grey too, but this is unconfirmed.

How is this news? We already knew that third-parties could add their own notifications, like in Windows 8/RT.

.Neo said,
I didn't know that so I appreciate the article. If you already knew it, good for you and just move along.

Sorry if I offended you. I didn't mean it in a rude sense.

ahhell said,
WP7 already does this. MS just added a few more notifications to the lock screen.

I don't know why this is news either.

WP7 only has notifications for missed phone calls, voicemails, texts and emails. This appears to show third party applications having access to the lockscreen.

derekaw said,
What would the second notification in from the left be, the one with the Windows Logo?

I'm curious about this, too. Unless they were using it for Windows Live/Hotmail, before Outlook.com was unveiled.

derekaw said,
What would the second notification in from the left be, the one with the Windows Logo?

Notification of crash errors on your Windows PC.

derekaw said,
What would the second notification in from the left be, the one with the Windows Logo?

That must be notifications from the Action Center.

derekaw said,
What would the second notification in from the left be, the one with the Windows Logo?

Notifications from the Me tile?

It has been demonstrated at the event in june.
Is Neowin just super late and/or copy pasting others website again or there's something new that in that article?

Anthonyd said,
It has been demonstrated at the event in june.
Is Neowin just super late and/or copy pasting others website again or there's something new that in that article?

I didn't see it demonstrated. Which apps did they demo it with?

Anthonyd said,
It has been demonstrated at the event in june.
Is Neowin just super late and/or copy pasting others website again or there's something new that in that article?

Why are you asking? Just read up and make a judgement rather than asking a question!
BTW, I follow tech news pretty closely and I haven't seen this news or pic anywhere yet....and anyways even if it is copied, it can't be too late as event just happened 5 days ago....

Anthonyd said,
It has been demonstrated at the event in june.
Is Neowin just super late and/or copy pasting others website again or there's something new that in that article?

Also, Anthonyd, from the article: "Well after a leaked Windows Phone 8 emulator showed users have the ability to customise app notifications on the lock screen [. . .]" That isn't super late; the reporter alludes to the leaked SDK that told us about this ability.

Still, I ask, which apps did they demo this with, as I don't remember seeing this at the event in June?

Mohitster said,

Why are you asking? Just read up and make a judgement rather than asking a question!
BTW, I follow tech news pretty closely and I haven't seen this news or pic anywhere yet....and anyways even if it is copied, it can't be too late as event just happened 5 days ago....


Few (old) articles :
A picture from the WP summit in June 20th : http://www.wpcentral.com/new-l...dows-phone-8?style_mobile=0
Leak of SDK in July : http://wmpoweruser.com/large-c...ow-backup-centre-much-more/

Most of them are 1 or 2 months olds.

Anthonyd said,

Few (old) articles :
A picture from the WP summit in June 20th : http://www.wpcentral.com/new-l...dows-phone-8?style_mobile=0
Leak of SDK in July : http://wmpoweruser.com/large-c...ow-backup-centre-much-more/

Most of them are 1 or 2 months olds.


So, none of those screenshots appeared to show applications using the lock screen other than Messaging and Hotmail, which are shown on the lock screen in Windows Phone 7.5, and the leaked SDK is talked about in this article.

So, what's the problem?

This article discusses an unannounced, unconfirmed feature and shows screenshots of how apps appear to be using that feature (something we haven't seen before), alluding to the previous reports.

Personally, I was very interested in seeing that AP appear to be including lock screen notifications, as I'm now curious as to whether the notifications are for new articles, comment replies, or something else. This is news to me, and it is not news we have previously seen. We had never seen evidence that Facebook and Twitter notifications would definitely be coming to the lock screen, until September 5, even if we thought they might.

Calum said,
So, none of those screenshots appeared to show applications using the lock screen other than Messaging and Hotmail, which are shown on the lock screen in Windows Phone 7.5, and the leaked SDK is talked about in this article.
And...you failed here.

Anthonyd said,
And...you failed here.

It would have been helpful if you'd explained why you believe that, and proved me wrong, instead of commenting with an unnecessarily rude and uninformative comment.

I didn't fail there. The reporter in that article stated that he didn't know what the icons on that lock screen image were, and that they could well just be Messaging and Hotmail. He stated that developers would have the ability to display notifications on the lock screen, but so does this article you're reading on Neowin today (it mentions that we knew this back when the emulator was leaked).

You're being ridiculous. Neowin mentioned in this article the previous reports about this. This article is simply new information about what has already been reported on. If you don't like hearing about this new information, you could easily ignore the article, instead of polluting the comments section with your ridiculous complaint that you've already heard the previous reports that are mentioned in this new article.

Not everyone is going to be interested in every article posted on Neowin. Usually, people ignore the articles they aren't interested in.

Edited by Calum, Sep 10 2012, 11:23am :

Anthonyd said,
It has been demonstrated at the event in june.
[. . .]

Further, Anthonyd, it seems you have failed. I asked you which apps this was demonstrated with at the event in June, and you haven't informed me, despite making the statement quoted above.

So, go on then, which apps was this demoed with? In what way was it demoed? Please, enlighten us all.

Anthonyd said,
And...you failed here.

Find one thing wrong with his post and somehow your logic dictates that the rest is also flawed and ignorable? That's not how it works on Earth.

Nice and more than welcomed addition.

What Microsoft really needs to do is force the status (top) bar to be accessible all the time, instead of allowing apps to disable its functionality. Microsoft's own Facebook app does this per example.

Edited by .Neo, Sep 10 2012, 8:26am :

I spotted Facebook and Twitter lock screen notifications, during Nokia's event last week (http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...p__595151523#entry595151523), so this really is becoming exciting for me. I hope the phone vibrates/makes a noise when we receive them, finally, and that we're notified instantly, rather than every 30 minutes. Not being notified when I receive a new Facebook notification is my biggest gripe with Windows Phone (the toast notifications from the official app hardly ever work for me, and they aren't pushed instantly--they're only sent every 30 minutes, which isn't good enough), and I dislike having to receive the notifications via email, for this purpose.

Now, let's hope Neowin make use of this, so our Neowin notifications come to our lock screens

Edited by Calum, Sep 10 2012, 8:21am :