Microsoft Garage, the team that has recently come into the spotlight by releasing some ingenious applications for Windows Phone and Android, has recently released an app called Tetra Lockscreen for Windows Phone 8.1. Tetra Lockscreen is great at improving the relationship between the user and their notifications, transitioning the lock screen from brick wall to discrete looking glass.
Tetra Lockscreen brings functionality to the forefront of your Windows Phone 8.1 device. Focused on fast, fluid, and frequent interactions, the simple tools it provides are always on hand when you need them.
Widgets included in this release:
- Displays upcoming calendar events
- Visualizes the pace of your day with a simple timeline
- Current Location
- Shows your current location on a street map
- Displays nearby calendar events with identifiable locations
- Pan and zoom in the top area of the screen, the bottom is reserved for unlocking
- Keeps time even when your screen is off
- Lap functionality
- Activity Tracker (requires a Nokia SensorCore enabled device)
- Displays activity in steps, distance or approximate number of calories burned
- Compare by hour in the daily view, or by day in the weekly view
Download Terra Lockscreen form the Store
Check out other apps by Microsoft Garage
Nokia Lumia is now Microsoft Lumia. This was an expected change and we should be seeing new devices bearing the Microsoft Lumia branding soon.
When we announced that the Nokia Devices & Services business would become part of Microsoft, we also shared that Lumia, our smartphone brand, would become part of the Microsoft family. Since then, we have naturally been making the change from Nokia to Microsoft in our websites, packaging and other consumer touch points.
In the coming weeks and months, you’ll start seeing even more brand experience come to life across different channels as we transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia.
Conversations caught up with Tuula Rytilä, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Phones at Microsoft, to discuss the changes.
Conversations: We have now started the transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia. Tell us about this change. What concrete changes are we going to see?
Tuula: This is a very exciting time for us and for Lumia products. You might have seen that in the last couple of months, we have already made some name changes to our apps to better reflect that these apps now come from Microsoft.
Our global and local websites are going through a transition as we speak and in the coming days our social channels will get a new name too – they will be called Microsoft Lumia. We would like to invite our Lumia fans to continue to follow us and always be up to speed with the latest device news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
This work continues across our devices, packaging and retail, to name a few. It’s all going as planned and we’re excited that our integration in to Microsoft continues to be on track.
Conversations: So when are we going to see the first Microsoft Lumia device?
Tuula: I wouldn’t comment on future product announcements, but what I can say is that that we are looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon. This is of course a natural progression as all devices that once came from Nokia now come from Microsoft.
And, the Lumia promise of great phone experiences will remain the same as our customers have come to know and love. What’s more, Lumia phones will also showcase the best of Microsoft’s services such as Office, OneDrive, Skype and Bing to help customers with their work and personal lives.
Conversations: What does Lumia stand for?
Tuula: Microsoft was founded with the vision of putting a computer in every home and on every desk. With Lumia phones, Microsoft delivers the power of everyday mobile technology to everyone. We’ve introduced innovations such as advanced camera features, wireless charging, industry-leading design – and have worked to bring across our portfolio. All of that will continue. Microsoft remains committed to bringing amazing Lumia experiences with a strong portfolio of phones that offer something for everyone.
Plus, Lumia is now part of a compelling family of Microsoft products like Xbox, Windows and Surface along with a range of services such as Skype, Office and Bing.
Conversations: But does this mean Nokia Lumia smartphones that are currently in the market are obsolete?
Tuula: Of course not! Microsoft continues to sell and support the Nokia Lumia phones that are out in the market, such as the recently announced Lumia 830 and Lumia 730/735. As I said, the Lumia promise that you’ve come to experience and love will remain. We will continue to honor customer warranties and provide world-class care services as before.
Conversations: Will we see any additional Nokia phones from Microsoft?
Tuula: Yes! Microsoft will continue to sell Nokia-branded, entry-level category of phones, such as the Nokia 130. We have licensed the Nokia brand for such devices.
As Tuula mentioned, our online channels are going through some changes and this applies to the Conversations blog, too. In the coming weeks, we will move to our new home at Microsoft. We’ll keep you posted on these changes and hope you can make it to our housewarming party!
Microsoft has joined the health craze that is going on these days with the introduction of a new platform called Microsoft Health that is designed to make it easier for you to track your personal fitness and give you a more holistic view into your fitness activities. Microsoft Health will unite data like steps, calories, heart rate and more from different health and fitness devices and services to give you powerful insights on the data collected. Think of it as an intelligence gathering platform for all your health activities. Below is the full write up form Microsoft.
Today we are announcing a new platform called Microsoft Health that is designed to make it easier for you to track your personal fitness and give you a more holistic view into your fitness activities. Microsoft Health will unite data like steps, calories, heart rate and more from different health and fitness devices and services to give you powerful insights on the data collected. Microsoft Health will work with with UP by Jawbone, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper today – with support for more devices and services to come. For everything you need to know about our new Microsoft Health platform, read this blog post from Corporate Vice President Todd Holmdahl. And also check out this story on Microsoft News Center.
We are also announcing the Microsoft Band. The Microsoft Band is a “smart band” designed to be worn 24 hours a day for people active at work (like me) or at the gym (not like me) or both. It has 10 smart sensors for 24 hour heart rate monitoring, calorie burn measurement, advanced sleep quality tracking and more. The Microsoft Band will keep you connected at a glance with smart notifications including incoming calls, emails, texts and social updates as well as access to Cortana from your Windows Phone device. The Microsoft Band is now available in limited quantities in the U.S. at MicrosoftStore.com and starting October 30th at Microsoft Retail Stores for $199 (U.S.).
With the Microsoft Health Windows Phone app, you can personalize your Microsoft Band. You can check out your wellness goals and your fitness data like your heart rate, steps, calorie burn, and sleep quality as well as maximize your fitness with Guided Workouts, 24-hour heart rate monitoring and automatic activity counting. You’ll also be able to configure email previews and at-a-glance calendar alerts and take notes and set reminders with Cortana! Download the Microsoft Health app today from the Windows Phone Store.
Source Windows Phone Blog
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Microsoft have started the rollout of the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 aka Lumia Denim on the Preview for Developers program. If you are a developer or registered in The Preview for Developers, you can check for update and download the Lumia Denim Update. what you can expect from the Lumia Denim Update.
Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1
- Cortana – The most personal digital assistant on the market will now be available in the UK and China as a Beta. India, Canada and Australia will have access to Cortana as a public Alpha. For US residents, Cortana now includes an improved natural language, car kit integration via Bluetooth for contacts, snooze reminders and calendar improvements.
- Live folders – If you prefer to keep your apps or games organised, you can now put them into folders. Simply press, hold and drag an app over another to create a new folder on the Start screen. Each folder can be renamed by tapping on the text field above the open folder.
- Apps Corner – Create a customised Start screen, where only specific apps or games are accessible. This could be particularly useful in the workplace if you’re issuing Windows Phones to employees.
- SMS merge and forwarding – Select individual text messages to either delete them out of a messaging thread, or to copy and past them into a new message in order to forward them.
- Snooze Times – It’s now possible to customise the snooze time within the Alarm app.
- Consumer VPN – Maintain privacy and security when using data while connected to public Wi-Fi hotspots or even with your home Wi-Fi.
- Mobile Web Site improvements in IE – Connect and browse even faster with improved downloading speeds on mobile websites.
- Store Live Tile (US only) – The Store Live Tile displays featured apps and games that are the most popular in the Store, or most relevant for you.
Unique Lumia experiences
The Lumia Denim Update provides features that are exclusive to Lumia. We always strive to bring new features to everyone, but some of which are hardware dependent and are only announced for the Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, Lumia 1520 and Lumia 830, such as the Lumia Camera.
- Lumia Camera – Replacing Nokia Camera, Lumia Camera is faster and more intuitive than before to make the best camera experience, even better.
- Speed – Pocket to capture speeds are superfast, and it only takes milliseconds going from shot to shot.
- Moment Capture – A long press of the camera button starts 4K-quality* video recording at 24 FPS. With each frame at 8.3 megapixels, you can save individual frames as high quality still images.
- Rich Capture – Auto HDR and Dynamic Flash are now welcomed into the already-impressive feature set. Shoot first and adjust the camera settings later for that perfect photo.
- Improved image processing algorithms – Updated to give you clearer photos, even in lowlight.
- “Hey Cortana” Voice Activation* – Gone are the days of pressing the microphone button to wake-up Cortana. Simply say “Hey Cortana” while the phone is idle and Cortana will activate. This is possible thanks to theSensorCore technology.
- Glance Screen – Compatible Lumia devices can now show more at a glance with Bing Weather, or Bing Health & Fitness data, in addition to time and date, notifications and application data.
Lumia Denim Update will ship with Lumia 830, Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735. For all other Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones, the update will start rolling out during Q4 2014, following partner testing and approvals.
Are you looking forward to the Lumia Denim Update? Which feature excites you the most?
*Due to hardware differences, Lumia 830 shoots Moment Capture in Full HD, not 4K, and with reduced 2-megapixel per frame quality.
** Available on the Lumia 830, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 1520.
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