Nokia updates Glance screen, removes mention of Notifications

Last week Nokia moved Glance out into the open in Settings, which we covered in detail. The update was to make discoverability of Nokia’s many custom settings that much easier but alas, there was a prescient sign of things to come with the change: a new toggle for Notifications on Glance.

We speculated at the time Nokia was going to be adding Notifications to the Glance screen, enabling email and SMS visual alerts. Not a day later did we see the GDR3 and Nokia Bittersweet shimmer leak in our forums confirming our assumption.

A future update will enable notifications on Glance

We guess all of the attention spooked Nokia a bit as we’re getting flooded with tips that Glance received another update today and it now removes that Notification option. No doubt that’s because the feature isn’t quite ready yet and Nokia wants to avoid confusion. There’s no word on when the real feature is coming nor if it is dependent on GDR3/Bittersweet shimmer.

Unfortunately since Glance now has its own Store link, we have yet to procure the new URL. Then again, since you’re actually losing a non-functioning feature, we don’t see the rush to update either. We’ll update those post when get a link, but for now consider this an FYI post.

Thanks, David B., and everyone else for the tips!



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Let them hear it!

lubbalots says:

What would happen if att also drops the ball on GDR3 for L820-920 owners?

spyderzWPC says:

if they drop the ball on gdr3 I will be pissed that seems to have all the updates I have been waiting for since I got my first wp7.  I did call customer care about gdr2 they were confused.  I even said come on kenya gets it before you do what are you guys doing?

iboypx says:

At&t Sucks.. @attcustomercare

DennisvdG says:

Lol, you think I haven't installed it yet! That's just hilarious xD

Since at&t won't update our phones... GDR2 & GDR3 aren't as important anymore.

saket87 says:

+1 they were first to sell the phones and update last I guess or maybe even not

ravi.tandon says:

Actually I was talking to someone that while GDR2 was in works to be released that GDR3 was announced. That would surely tempt someone to rather spend time and resources on GDR3 esp if updates like before are cumulative. But that's thinking out loud and giving some slack to att, but they better get gdr3 out on time in that case.

poddie says:

GDR3 has been known about for a LONG time. They didn't change any plans because if it. It may be that's what they're waiting for, but it was no surprise.

Doesn't at&t have six months to release an update if a 2nd update was released by MSFT?

MSFT should use this as a way to force carriers to release updates. Major update then Tiny update.

goncaluu says:

help? The Nokia page says the GDR2 update for my 520 is avaible, but the phone says it can't "search" for updates now, what should i do?

shreyas15 says:

Put on your lucky cap and wait.

tydytek says:

with soft hammer

dazorange says:

Made of white fluffy clouds.

I definitely see this working (hammer)

This is happening to alot of 620 users in India too

Aryan Angel says:

Too many requests. Wait several hours.

Khoon Chong says:

That's update batch by batch. Please be patient for the latest update. I have same experience on my Lumia 920.

thidemem says:

Try using the Nokia software updat for retail. It will wipe your data but if its available like you say you can update your handset.

Josh Harman says:

Oh well, I was hoping it meant we would get the update to Glance sooner than later. Looks like later now.

Jas00555 says:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't you go to a system publisher app and find the URL that way?

Tulio Baez says:

that is the surprise lol 

Raesu says:

MSFT needs to redo the settings screen with at least another pivot. The list is WAY too long to find what you are looking for.

poddie says:

Agreed, need another pivot.

diktea says:

Ya Notification and Calender on/off gone (of course it was not functioning). But whats the update for is a big question... seems to me that its only to remove the non functioning option, no change log as usual....anyway cant complain, either way its the same

OMG55 says:

Doesn't the terms glance and toggle imply moving from one screen to another? If so, could this mean Microsoft will give users the gesturing screen some want for notification they've been calling for and therefore asked Nokia to remove the setting because its giving users insite into things that are coming?

nocial says:

No idea how to update glance.

nickg0413 says:

i am probably in the great minority here, but am i the only one who really doesn't "get" or care about the glance screen feature, just out of curiosity?

monotheist says:

Yes. Also it is super useful when notifications are enabled. You don't have to walk up to your phone everytime u want to check when at home. Also u can avoid carrying the phone across the hall.

Mark Cesari says:

I don't see the point with glance, when i can double tap to lock screen and get time, notifications etc.

monotheist says:

You are missing the point. Not everytime a phone is available at an arms length away. Esp at home or you put it for charge. You don't have to fiddle with the phone too everytime.

absolutshame says:

@mce076Same here. I was highly dissapointed when I tried it for the first time. At this point its useless. It feels unfinished but I have faith in Nokia and I know they will add more functionality in time.

wpguy says:

I turned both glance and double-tap off in favor of more battery life. Although,... I should experiment to see how much battery those features use in my normal use of the phone.

apocacrux says:

I just like being able to pull my phone out of my pocket and see the time without pressing a button or touching the screen. I find that extremely handy.

monotheist says:

Slightly off topic. Did Nokia make the surprise announcement?

lubbalots says:

Its the stupid release of the L925 on ATT, but only if you dig hard on ATT's website that you'll find its available. Sad way to tease people.

monotheist says:

Did wpc confirm that is the surprise?

lubbalots says:

No but you can check out Nokia on twitter.

diktea says:

the glance update (removal) of the notification on/off seems to be the surprise 

lubbalots says:

Lolz! What a surprise. Didn't know I had GDR2 and Amber on my ATT L920. Lolz!

dajunga says:

Still mentions "notifications" for me.

"At-a-glance clock and notifications appear when tour phone switches to standby."

Chris Hadden says:

Mine does too, says the same thing. I'm on an 822 with GDR2.

Rohit Rai says:

yes, it does show "notification" under glance settings but nothing has changed. I am not sure why

Al_2 says:

The screenshot under 'Night mode' says 'Blue', so I guess we'll be able to change the night mode colours at some point in the near future!

Quin 2013 says:

I love how you keep giving us all these awesome info, yet it feels like your toying with us since we all know att hasn't released GDR2.

dortyboy says:

At&t really sucks. Right now they are busy promoting and setting new prices for release of iPhone garbage. They completely forgot about the lumia920.

kap66 says:

For Lumia 920 at&t it cameor we have wait long.

Fndlumia says:

Hmm I have the same notifications on glance as my locksceen on L920 but not on my L1020?

PB_H says:

The notifications are already appearing I just noticed -full text on my 810, no need to wait 'til GDR3 

pankaj981 says:

Interesting, doesn't work on my 920

TheWP8Blog says:

Hmm, Nokia may have spoiled an upcoming update for Glance Screen...
The app description picture has something wierd in it, probably colour option for nightmode "Blue".


Dragunov2 says:

Just received a new update for Glance today!!!

farhad gozal says:

I updated but no notification no blue color ((((((((

apocacrux says:

I updated my Glance today and the description and verbiage at the top when its opened both mention notifications.

PB_H says:

Yes but it no longer has the option to turn
Clock and notifications
that's what I think Daniel Rubino means.
If you remember it was an option, and if you look at the app screenshot it no longer is.

farhad gozal says:

I update it but nothing...my glance version I do soft reset but (((((

Rohit Rai says:

I was excited to see the new update of "GLANCE", but excitement faded quickly when there were no changes.
I hope this fixes up soon.