Windows Phone 8.1 lock screen app unofficially previewed in video [Update]

A couple of days ago, Joe Belfiore took to Twitter to let eager Windows Phone users know that the long-awaited lock screen app for Windows Phone 8.1 would be making its debut in the next couple of weeks.

Today, we are getting a first look at how these new lock screen apps will animate and how they will function. YouTuber and app developer David Lorenzin gives us a quick sneak peek of the upcoming apps showing off three very different screens.

The first is the classic lock screen that looks anything but. The new lock screen has a clean look with the time on the top in large numerals, the date, and notifications. The text is slanted diagonally and pulls away from the center when swiping to unlock. The text also has a nice organic bounce when you partially unlock the device.

The second is Clock Plus, which is a little more ambitious in its look. The top half half of the device is utilized to create a rotating clock that incorporates the background image of the lock screen. Underneath the clock, there are notifications and calendar events. When unlocking the device, the circles of the clock begin to rotate in clockwise and counter clockwise rotations.

Lastly, we get a look at Stripe. This lock screen has a number of horizontal "sections" that pull away from the center as you unlock the device. Each horizontal stripe has a section for the hour, minute, and seconds. The notifications and calendar events are located at the bottom.

With a couple of weeks to go, anticipation for the new lock screen apps is increasing. Initially, the lock screen apps will only be available to those that have a device with 1GB of RAM or more. Those with less will have to wait a little while longer.

Source: David Lorenzin via WPCentral | Image via David Lorenzin 


Update: As @buckstermcgee points out, this vid just shows a fake 'preview' app; it does not show the genuine/official lock screen app in action. Thanks to Neowin member FiB3R for letting us know!

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a lockscreen has to provide useful (!) information at minimal disturbance. the more gimmicky it is the more painful it gets after a while using it.

That is the most unintuitive clock face I have ever seen. The most important information-- the time-- is super small and moving around the screen, in 3 different locations! The one thing every person should already know-- if it's morning or evening-- is what's front and center and easily read...fail.

Since these are fake, I won't judge them too quickly.
But so far, I still prefer the beautiful original lockscreen... it's cleaner and more minimalist. But i'll for sure try out each one before judging.

techbeck said,
Meh. I expect this to be like live wallpaper. Fun to look at at first, but gets old quick.

not so. the samples are silly but the potential is great. In particular if you think about fit apps, financial apps, location apps, etc. All of these things could use a lock screen app to provide much more information in a far better way than the current method which amounts to a static wallpaper that gets updated every x minutes.

you're just seeing bad samples and missing the point.

Dutchie64 said,
1Gb+ of RAM...... For a lockscreen...... Really???? Sigh.....

It doesn't need the whole gig, it's just that devices with only 512 (which is very low these days) can have little resources left, due to running other background tasks.

It's likely to only be a temporary situation anyway, until they optimise it further.

I'm happy for them to get it out the door, sooner rather than later.

Also, It's free, and pretty cool if you ask me.

Edited by FiB3R, Jul 23 2014, 3:39am :

Wow so much talk and delay about nothing. Gimmicky at best. Please focus on important stuff. Surely there is some left.

typu said,
Wow so much talk and delay about nothing. Gimmicky at best. Please focus on important stuff. Surely there is some left.

Keyword, some. This isn't part of the OS, it's an app, those working on WP8.1 GDR1 aren't the ones doing this.

typu said,
Wow so much talk and delay about nothing. Gimmicky at best. Please focus on important stuff. Surely there is some left.

Here it is one: showing multiple appointments in the lockscreen; in the good old days of WM, and 3.5" screens, we had it.....

Umm... Rudy is working on this not the WP team. Plus their team doesn't do one thing at a time. Everyone has different responsibilities and they have to work with multiple teams to bring fluid ecosystem integration. Also, this video is fake and while these fake ones shown look gimmicky, since there's a developer API... the possibilities are endless and developers can create some unique (and USEFUL) lock screens. I personally prefer the native minimalist one. Looks much cleaner.

The diagonal text breaks (present) Metro UI guidelines (and just doesn't fit in in general). No 'wow' factor observed.

At the end of the day, it's just a lock screen - nothing new here.

If you could enlighten us and point out where guidelines forbid diagonal text or even infer that ding so would break the guidelines? (They don't, even if they weren't just guidelines). It's worth noting that Zune, which pioneered the road for the current Metro design language, was quite the fan of diagonal type.

anonymf said,
Diagonal text could be useful with wrist holder for phone.

Huh? Are you saying it would be useful if you wear the phone on your wrist, like a watch? lol

68k said,
The diagonal text breaks (present) Metro UI guidelines (and just doesn't fit in in general). No 'wow' factor observed.

At the end of the day, it's just a lock screen - nothing new here.

Getting fixated on Metro UI guidelines won't win Microsoft new customers though.

what said,

Getting fixated on Metro UI guidelines won't win Microsoft new customers though.

while I'm no fan of diagonals, I agree that developers need to start getting creative. Every app that follows the metro guideliness looks like it was made using a template that basically brings back memories of the windows 8 disaster. The best guideline is to think of them as suggestions.

Besides if you don't like the diagonal it isn't like you are forced to use it. It is an app and will have many different set-ups.

i hope they make a few other choices as i dont like any of those three shown.
or at least let you use the normal clock

These look pretty slick. Hopefully having it in the app format rather than baked into the OS will allow them to add additional schemes independent of major updates...

zhangm said,
These look pretty slick. Hopefully having it in the app format rather than baked into the OS will allow them to add additional schemes independent of major updates...

Yeah, that's the hope at least.