The new Windows Phone 8.1 update is slowly but surely hitting phones around the globe, and with the new update to the mobile operating system, users can expect to find many new great apps. Perhaps the most anticipated apps for Windows Phone 8.1 are the lock screen apps that Microsoft announced during its Build conference earlier this year. Thanks to a new video that was posted by David Lorenzin to YouTube on July 21, Windows Phone fans can finally get a look at what to expect from this new feature.
Fans of Android based devices have been able to use lock screen widgets and applications since the early days of Android 4.0, and until now Android has been the only platform that supported such a feature, but now Windows Phone users will be able to use some of the most beautiful lock screen applications and widgets that can be found on any platform.
As reported by WPCentral.com late last week, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Windows Phone, Joe Belfiore took to Twitter to tease expectant Windows Phone fans of what to expect now that the lock screen API’s are available for developers to use, and now this new video shows exactly what will be on offer. Unfortunately the release of the lock screen app does have some caveats.
The Windows Phone platform does have a slight fragmentation issue between devices that use a minimum of 1GB of RAM and devices that only have 512MB. As you have probably guessed, the lock screen apps will require that your Windows Phone 8.1 device has at least 1GB of RAM, so those who are using some of the lower end Windows Phone devices such as the Lumia 520 and the Lumia 635, will have to wait and see if a 512MB version will be made available at some point in the future.
As you can see from the video, the lock screen widgets are beautiful to look at, and the animations are quite stunning. There will be three lock screen widgets available when they become available later on this week, and they are Clock, Clock Plus, and Stripe. All three designs offer up different information and varying animations, and all of them seem to function very well.
There is no doubt that Microsoft has high hopes for Windows Phone 8.1, and the Windows Phone platform in general. The latest round of layoffs at Microsoft that will be affecting some 18,000 employees and several different departments, will not have a direct impact on the Windows Phone platform or the platforms team of developers and engineers.