Windows Phone 8.1 lockscreen app is almost here

One of the coolest features that was shown off at Build 2014 for Windows Phone 8.1, besides Cortana, was the lockscreen app that allows you to change up your lockscreen animation on your phone. But, the app is still not out and Microsoft has finally broken the silence.

Joe Belfiore took to Twitter to give an update and said that it should be here soon, possibly in about week, and that the app is only for devices with over 1GB of RAM. Hopefully the additional wait time will be worth it as Belfiore said that they have added a new feature but provided no hints as to what it may be.

The app will give Windows Phone users one more layer of customization and truly make your device personal. While we wish the app was already released, we know that it's better to release a complete and stable app rather than something that is buggy.

We will keep you posted on when we hear more from Microsoft but the wait looks to be nearly over.

Source: Joe Belfiore

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I don't really care any more. Been on Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for ages now, waiting for the official release + some updated apps (e.g. Facebook which is stuck in 2009). Nothing came. Stuff like this Lock Screen, whys it taken so long? I cant even use Cortana because not US.

I love the big screen of my Lumia 1520, sometimes. But, its not convinced me I need Windows Phone in my life. The apps still continue to be elusive, the Instagram app cant even record video. The facebook app lacks the basic functionality iOS has had for years. I am weary of seeing apps and then seeing two logos only. iPhone and Android.

My 6 months in Windows Phone land have taught me one main thing. Buy an iPhone. I look forward to the iPhone 6.

Funny you are thinking of going to an iPhone. Apple is the slowest at implementing new features and lately they haven't innovated much, in fact have copied Windows Phone in some aspects.
I enjoy my WP and true never used iPhone but have used Android - it works for me but understandably doesn't do it for everyone.

Joswin said,
I don't really care any more. Been on Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for ages now, waiting for the official release + some updated apps (e.g. Facebook which is stuck in 2009). Nothing came. Stuff like this Lock Screen, whys it taken so long? I cant even use Cortana because not US.

I love the big screen of my Lumia 1520, sometimes. But, its not convinced me I need Windows Phone in my life. The apps still continue to be elusive, the Instagram app cant even record video. The facebook app lacks the basic functionality iOS has had for years. I am weary of seeing apps and then seeing two logos only. iPhone and Android.

My 6 months in Windows Phone land have taught me one main thing. Buy an iPhone. I look forward to the iPhone 6.


Sorry to hear that. I guess I am on the other side of the scale. It's been working flawlessly. I love having my stuff synced across my laptop and tablet - files via onedrive, music, bookmarks and reading list, browser tabs, etc.

Voice search with Cortana ain't bad albeit I live in Malta so I don't get the US only perks + temperature is in Fahrenheit. I do use the voice based reminders a lot tho - nothing like asking my phone to remind me about an appointment next month. Oh and having Cortana reading my SMSes while driving, and replying via voice, pretty decent! Wish it would do it for the other messaging apps - Whatsapp and Facebook.

Dunno what you mean with Facebook stuck in 2009 tho. Oh and I'm curious as to what functionality is missing in the WP app and is present in IOS?

I do agree with this statement you said; "I am weary of seeing apps and then seeing two logos only. iPhone and Android." I notice that too and it's really a shame considering the myriad of tools present to support WP devs.

Why don't you install the Facebook Beta app? It's a completely different design from the original WP Facebook app and the current one. It's not stuck in 2009. It's had 3 major revisions since 2010. And by major, I mean they look like complete re-writes.

If Instagram doesn't support capturing video, that doesn't much matter when 6tag does.

rfirth said,
Why don't you install the Facebook Beta app? It's a completely different design from the original WP Facebook app and the current one. It's not stuck in 2009. It's had 3 major revisions since 2010. And by major, I mean they look like complete re-writes.

If Instagram doesn't support capturing video, that doesn't much matter when 6tag does.


If there was a like button on the mobile version of Neowin, I would have pressed it for the above comment.

Well its just some examples really, the pure lack of Apps people claim is no longer a thing on WP really is. Third party apps everywhere for things that really should have official support. Also the sheer number of 'fake' and duplicate apps is retarded.

If you do not care so much about them, I guess that's fine, but then what are you doing with your "smart" phone exactly? I guess its ok for Office and Web Browsing (screensize). But even IE sucks in Windows Phone, its impossible to view some sites because it wont render them properly. I never had this issue in Safari. Some websites just didn't look good, but not had them be totally unusable. I hate having to use third-party apps for things like YouTube. Metrotube is ok, but isn't perfect.

Apple are slow to implement features, but that's just their way. Apps are plentiful, high in quality, and the ecosystem is robust. As for "innovation" well, that word is really overused in arguments its kinda lost all meaning. Apple have "innovated" quite a lot, it just depends what you consider innovation -but that isn't really relevant here.

about cortana

once it is available it works better than google now or siri, because MS technology is better in understanding other English accents.

Joswin said,
I don't really care any more. Been on Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for ages now, waiting for the official release + some updated apps (e.g. Facebook which is stuck in 2009).

My 6 months in Windows Phone land have taught me one main thing. Buy an iPhone. I look forward to the iPhone 6.

You're on the dev release likely because your carrier hasn't approved the RTM and the FB beta app had a complete visual overhaul just a few weeks ago. Enjoy your iPhone 6 now that they've caught up with everyone else in screen size they might add standard features like NFC and QI in next years model and iOS9 is sure to look exactly like Windows Phone by then!

knowing all three operating systems from personal experience i must say windows phone is not compelling in any aspect. its a niche OS. good enough for most but thats about it. not sure how they wanna win this race or becoming 2nd best. as third you are left out of the ecosystem all the time. 2nd class citizen :-/

Son_Of_Dad said,

You're on the dev release likely because your carrier hasn't approved the RTM and the FB beta app had a complete visual overhaul just a few weeks ago. Enjoy your iPhone 6 now that they've caught up with everyone else in screen size they might add standard features like NFC and QI in next years model and iOS9 is sure to look exactly like Windows Phone by then!

It's an unlocked device. Thanks for the heads up on the FB beta I will take a look at it, the last time I used it it was a total waste of time as it was essentially the same app as the official.

Btw how can you "catch up" just by making a screen bigger? It's not hard. Anyone that thinks "LUL MAKE IT MOAR BIGGER" was somehow beyond Apples ability until now is rather deluded. But do tell me more about how useful NFC has been for you? It's on my Lumia, and was on an two android phones I owned. Guess how many times I have uesd it. Go on. Guess. Here is a clue, it's less than one. Also dat wireless charging, just let me plug in the wireless charger and then 'ta-da' wireless char.... wait hang on.

The upcoming iPhone 6 is looking to be an amazing device, so yes, I will enjoy it :) ty.

ggosack said,
do people actually stare at the lock screen?

Do people not actually realize what extra functionality can come from a lock screen?

TCLN Ryster said,
Do people sit there caring what other people think is a valuable addition to their own phone?

My phone is all about what I want, if I wanted default wallpaper and ring tone I'd stick with all the other iPhone users.

Am I the only one that thinks it's a bit odd that this is an 'app' instead of baked into the OS?

Maybe I'm just weird. But this really seems like it should be an OS level feature, not just an "app"...

Regardless, I'm glad it's finally going to make an appearance, and hope it comes out soon (not that it's likely to come out AFTER I get my 8.1 upgrade from AT&T ... but it would be nice if I could get it all at the same time).

That's the way they've been going with 8.1. Taking out OS features and replacing them with standalone apps. It allows them to update them more frequently.

protocol7 said,
That's the way they've been going with 8.1. Taking out OS features and replacing them with standalone apps. It allows them to update them more frequently.

Exactly. Anything baked into the OS will require carrier approval for an update to roll out. If it's isolated into an app then Microsoft can side-step them.

MikeInBA said,
"1gb+" means phones with 1GB or more. So no 512MB devices

They are system apps, i.e. apps you can't uninstall. They are hidden within the OS so it acts like it's baked in. I just hope they optimized it enough so it's not slow.

'Make it work, then make it work better'. 1GB is likely only for initial release, I can't see them leaving it that way.

Grinch said,
'Make it work, then make it work better'. 1GB is likely only for initial release, I can't see them leaving it that way.

Yeah, them trying to get it to work on 512MB without a performance hit has probably added to the delays I bet. They probably figured they'd just release this "beta" and make it 1GB min, to test things and then push out a 512MB supported update when it's ready.

Yeah. I wish they would have been less silent on something that a majority of the 8.1 adopters were curious about.

I'm excited to see what the app offers overall.

MikeInBA said,
"1gb+" means phones with 1GB or more. So no 512MB devices

He said in June that every device will get it.

MikeInBA said,
"1gb+" means phones with 1GB or more. So no 512MB devices

My guess is they will have it for 512 as well. They better! They seem to be wanting to hang on to 512 for a bit more now...

MikeInBA said,
"1gb+" means phones with 1GB or more. So no 512MB devices

Wrong. 1GB for initial, 512 for after. He said in June all devices are getting it.