Nokia is working on a new software feature for its Lumia Windows 8 phones, and has announced a new “Glance Screen” feature today, which is still in beta. The feature is essentially a standby screen which displays the clock, battery level notification and allows the device to be awoken from sleep with a double tap. The software will be shipped with the Nokia Lumia 925, and will be exclusive to the device until an update in July, which will bring the feature to other Nokia Lumia devices.
Nokia has also revealed that the Nokia Lumia 925 will be available for purchase in Germany, with rollout to follow in China and the U.S. as well as other worldwide markets.
Press release follows below.
Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced the sales start for Nokia Lumia 925, which introduces a metal design and showcases the latest PureView camera innovation, new features and third-party applications for the Nokia Lumia range. Following the sales start in Germany, the smartphone will continue to roll out next in other European markets and China, followed by the U.S. and other markets worldwide.
The Nokia Lumia 925 captures the best low-light images thanks to the most advanced lens technology and next-generation imaging software. It also features the new Nokia Smart Camera, an easy way to capture ten images at once and edit them afterwards with options like Best Shot and Action Shot.
The Nokia Lumia 925 introduces metal for the first time to the Nokia Lumia range with the polycarbonate back coming in white, grey or black. A wireless charging cover, available separately in white, black, yellow, and red can be clipped onto the back of the phone to take advantage of Nokia’s extensive wireless charging accessories and ecosystem.
An additional feature coming to Lumia first with the Nokia Lumia 925 is a beta version of the Nokia Glance Screen introducing the standby screen clock. Now, with a quick look and without pushing any buttons, users can see the time and the battery level indicator on the screen when the phone is not used. A double tap on the standby screen now wakes the phone up, making it easier to unlock.
The Nokia Lumia 925 offers a variety of exclusive services such as Nokia Music for unlimited streaming of free music playlists. The suite of integrated location and navigation services include HERE Drive+ and HERE Maps. Additionally, HERE Maps with augmented reality view is available in the Store for download.