Nokia won't offer updates for Glance Background beta app

glance background

Nokia has officially announced it will no longer provide any further updates for its Glance Background beta app for Windows Phone, although it will still remain available for download in the Windows Phone Store.

Nokia first released the app in October 2013 but has not updated it since its launch. Today, the company confirmed it won't be offering any new versions of Glance Background, which allows Lumia smartphone owners to select images that can be seen when the Glance Screen is active.

Nokia thanked the people who offered feedback on the app during the beta period and noted that it was a "popular feature". It added, "Although we aren't expecting to update this specific beta app any further, we continue to explore ways to improve glance screen capabilities in general."

Hopefully now that Nokia's smartphone division is part of Microsoft, we will see updates to Glance that will include features like a custom background out of the box. What do you think of this decision not to update the app?

Thanks to Bill for the tip!

Source: Nokia



There are 138 comments. Sign in to comment

oh well.......fun while it lasted....... :-(

dysje says:

Expect this to in some way be built into the glance settings in .. well, settings. In 8.1 they have already started expanding the settings.

adrian1338 says:

Well they dont even offer glance on the new phones anymore

grantc5 says:

That's a hardware setback not a software feature being withheld.

Sting921 says:

That means they are dropping the glance feature itself by not giving the necessary hardware.

Micah Dawson says:

I actually dont even use the glance backgrounds really. They were cool at first and then meh.

jhguy says:

Thank you very much ! I had exactly the same problem :)

SwimSwim says:

Not much a problem for me... Only happens once in a blue moon, and simply turning the screen off and back on always fixes it, guaranteed.

(AT&T Lumia 1020)

lippidp says:

That happened to me once and I never installed Glance Background. I do have just the regular Glance, though.

asna_n800 says:

Same happened twice or thrice with my 1320. But I love glance :)

pookyjoralyn says:

Use B&W photos for best appearance.

PRofoss says:

Well, when showing my Windows Phone to iPhone and Android users. The Glance feature is the one they like best, and asks questions about.

+620 Its something they should ADVERTISE, because of how much of a big deal it is, if you ask me, its one of the MAJOR features that other platform so annoyingly lacked.

NokianWP says:

Definitely an eye catching feature.

poddie says:

Glance IS awesome. Glance backgrounds is something I have never understood why you would want. The whole point should be lighting up as little screen real estate as possible... It just doesn't make sense to add a background.

SomeGuy11 says:

Agreed. Seems totally short sighted to nix it. Nokia & MS have barely kept any parity at all with the other OSes and the one feature that is unique, useful, and awesome they nix. I'm really worried about the thinking and our future

guri21 says:

Hope they'll pack it into the OS itself.

zultar says:

I will theorize that they are. I know my, always on glance, gets alot of attention and inquiries. Most of the time I'm asked, 'can my phone do that'

akks says:

Glance screen notifications and text is yet to reappear in cyan..
Missing that ever since I updated to wp 8.1 dp

sarim_xyz says:

It appears for me (I don't use glance background, but I do use glance screen)

HyperKid says:

Make sure that you have enabled "Show glance info"in the glance settings option.

Sin Ogaris says:

I don't have that option to enable in my glance screen settings.

akks says:

That'll go if you hard reset after updating to 8.1dp..

Zulfigar says:

I've hard reset twice after 8.1, and it's still there. I'd remove the Glance app then redownload it, see if that fixes it.

Deaconclgi says:

Once you click Glance in settings for the first time after upgrading or romatting 8.1, it shoud say that a restart is required. After it reboots, enable notifications in lockscreen settings through glance.

Zeroplanetz says:

So does this mean no glance at all now on future phones?

AV2RY says:

No! This thing allows you to put picture on Glance screen. It's NOT the same as that show time and lock screen notifications

Zeroplanetz says:

Oh ok. Phew. Lol. Thanks.

Peg Leg says:

MS is finally getting the opportunity they must have been chomping at the bit for to lay the flying smack down on Nokia. Wonder how much internal strife went on over the years?

Peg Leg says:

MS getting rid of Nokia so fast is what I mean. You have to agree MS is moving fast, why? Just a query.

aitt says:

Maybe because they falling fast behind the comp?

Posted via Windows Phone Central App

noobchief says:

One more update to remove the beta tag first??? Pleaseeeeeeee??

Icon & 930 users: Meh. Just give us double tap to wake!

Hoekie says:

L930 has double tap to wake. Just no glance.

kptsalami says:

920 got both glance and double tap to wake 8)
Imma tell you double tapping to wake up drains your battery a lot

k12000lt says:

Well, it's a shame that one of the most populer apps is orphan now. Wish it, atleast, remains in the store forever to download. Don't understand why the best things are always dumped.

Hoekie says:

This is about Glance background. Not about Glance.

Yu Cheng says:

You didn't even read it correctly.

Shane says:

It wasn't ready for prime time.

Zulfigar says:

I think it was, and they released it bring perfect. It's a simple app that does exactly what it needs to do. I don't see a point for it took be updated, other than remove the beta tag.

Editguy1900 says:

I've been using it since release without any problems. 

Perhaps they want to focus on improving Glance in the X series LOL

R0bR says:

Our perhaps they are working on an android version and moving forward on that platform.

ScubaDog says:

Well, at least it's still being made available.  I really do love that add-on and would hate to see it go away.  Personally, I don't see any need for updates to it since it works so well right now.  So, if it continues to sit out there as a mature product (despite it being called "beta") I'm okay with that.

This is sad news. It was one of my favourite apps. Its a pitty such a nice feature has been dumped from further updates.

Zulfigar says:

Not really. The app is pretty perfect, so I don't see a need for anymore updates. No idea what all this commotion is about. If any developer can release a simple app that doesn't have any issues doing what it needs to do, awesome.

boxa72 says:

I love Nokia but I gotta say it was THIS attitude that got them in financial drama to start with. I mean who the f#ck admits a feature is hugely popular n then axes it..... D'OH!!!

Extraneus says:

Assuming we're talking the actual Nokia company, what interest do they have in developing a feature that is free and won't mean more Nokia-phones sold, since MS has acquired the mobile division...?

Yu Cheng says:

I believe GLANCE is popular, but not GLANCE BACKGROUND. You didn't know the difference, did you? At least, I don't like the glance background at all...

LSDigital says:

At least, I hope MS/Nokia gives this API to developers...

Hector Cantu says:

One think thay i always wanted in glance is to display the current track playing on the phone, its pretty cool if youre running or something like that. 

Zulfigar says:

That deals with Glance itself, not the Glance Background app. :)

barry.weston says:

Didn't even know this was a thing. It says the app is still in the store but I can see it.

felickz says:

What??? But they spend time making a Microsoft Android phone instead

Zulfigar says:

They only released this app so people can further customize their phones. It's doing exactly that, so what's the issue? They never said their going to do improving Glance, just Glance Background,a separate app with a separate intention.

felickz says:

Exactly , waste time creating a port of Android instead of writing software to improve WP functionality

Bill Zrv says:

I'm glad I could help...

Extraneus says:

So, are we talking Nokia up in Finland, or the mobile division now owned by MS?

palmujukka says:

Microsoft Mobile Oy!

Darshit Shah says:

When glance screen will available on my l625 ? 

Zulfigar says:

Hardware limitation. Also this is for the background part, not the actual Glance screen.

Darshit Shah says:

but i read somewere that only l520 and l525 will not able to get glace screen ....

Darshit Shah says:

Why never bro ?? on some devices already glance screen is available.

HyperionR says:

Who cares?

It was a useless feature anyway. It caused problems when I installed it. Although i knew it was beta.

Wevenhuis says:

If it will not be updated, then why is it still a beta?

Because of the fact that it hasn't been updated means that it remains a Beta application. Furthermore, now that Nokia have officially started there won't be anymore updates it will stay as a beta app. End of.

MDMcAtee says:

Another nail in the coffin.......

Heck...if they keep gutting everything that drew folks to the os... they might as well just scrap WP altogether and build Androids...

Zulfigar says:

I doubt the background part of Glance drew many people in. It's the actual Glance feature that did that, and it's still getting updates.

theonedunn says:

Will miss this. Made me feel like a Jedi when I wanted to know what time it was...

Mystictrust says:

They're not getting rid of glance. Just the support for background beta app, which allowed you to put a background behind the time when glance was active

lippidp says:

This article has so many people confused. I wish WPcentral would clarify this for those folks that don't know the difference.

suraj.das says:

I never used the image feature. My glance is in night mode from 11:00 pm to 10:59pm xD

Sin Ogaris says:

Perhaps its finished because it will be integrated into the firmware in the future, no point in a beta if the concept is final.

Zulfigar says:

Or into the Glance app, instead of being separate.

Zulfigar says:

We still have it, and it does what it says it does with no issues. I'm alright with that, thank you Nokia. :)

Mark Richey says:

I do use it, but it may not be available in the next Lumia I buy, so boo problem.

Glance is a unique selling point in a marketplace full of phones that all do very similar things.  Nokia/Microsoft should be expanding the feature instead of killing it off

Mystictrust says:

They're not getting rid of glance. Just the support for the background beta app, which allowed you to put a background behind the time when glance was active

Nik Rolls says:

I had only one more thing I wanted them to implement: timed backgrounds. So I can have some only during the day and some during the evening.

willboyce says:

Not bothered now

wpfan86 says:

I never realized reading comprehension was so difficult. They are getting rid of the glance BACKGROUND app. They are NOT getting rid of Glance.

aitt says:

World about to crumble

Posted via Windows Phone Central App

dinod says:

Is Microsoft providing APIs for it? Allow third parties to provide apps for this functionality?

sdreamer says:

Just remove the Beta tag?

majortom1981 says:

WPCENTRAL needs to put a big title all in caps on this article. they are not getting rid of glance. JUST the app that allows pictures to be added to glance.

Sean Eu Chng says:

Is that meaning that the current glance function in Nokia Lumia series will maintain but no updates anymore?

Zulfigar says:

Only as far as the background capabilities from a separate app.

AesonAus says:

Didn't even know it existed... I've just been using the out of the box glance settings in WP8.1...

Tafsern says:

That's ok, was fun only in the beginning and now it makes the phone look like a mess.

Anubis4574 says:

But it was cool....i bet MS interfered

Zulfigar says:

They probably had no more ideas to improve it, or they're merging it with the actual Glance app soon.

ritesh_meena says:

i thought they will imjprove it further...but its ok i love it the way it is now also

Zulfigar says:

Glance Background or just Glance? Glance itself is still getting updates, Glance Background isn't. They're separate apps with the formal having a pacific role to play, and it does it perfectly.

Veett says:

Damn you Microsoft!!

I have a feeling this is because, like the Icon and Lumia 930, future phones won't have Glance support. It would make sense for them not to update it if only older phones actually support it. :-/

Wam1q says:

That's glance BACKGROUND, not glance.

stevethenerd says:

At this point I just want glance to work properly again... it's stick on night mode

henocksandy says:

Now this suks...... I hate the lock screen in my 520!! 1st there is no glance, 2nd there is no swipe dot lock to open, 3rd they are telling that the app by Rudy Huyn will be coming late to low RAM devices... So L520 lock screen is simple, just a setting to change picture.

asna_n800 says:

Only if they stick to the decision of keeping the app in store as promised.. I love my glance background btw. Having a dark themed Popeye beautifully sits on my screen and people just find that amazing!!

Sting921 says:

Wow that's sad and here I was looking up to Nokia for some updates and new features.

DJCBS says:

Dear writer:

- NOKIA didn't announce anything. Microsoft Mobile did. Learn the difference.

- The only think NOKIA will announce or release updates for is HERE apps and the Z launcher on Android.

As for MICROSOFT MOBILE's decision to not update...well I don't use nor care for Glance. At any rate, because of the new hardware limitations of the 930, they're probably looking at another way to deliver that feature, hence not doing further into the Beta of this app.

bitfarm says:

Fools! We love that app. Even IOS and Android users love it!

Not bad ay least they thanked us

Aw, this is a cool app and makes WP stand out from the crowd. Pls MS take on the update and put into the OS!!

This is like Zune to Xbox Music... Finally get something right; so let's get rid of it.

SAM 77 says:

Glance Background is 33% of my Windows Phone overall look.

Sad there is nothing further and as mentioned earlier no step up from beta.

Hopeful its incorporated into WP 8.1

apocacrux says:

It didn't need updates. I found no issues with it. So long as I can keep using it then this is fine by me.

Nimdock says:

This sucks major balls!

uberlaff says:

I love Glance backgrounds!

JunIzNumbah1 says:

Was it really that big of a hassle IDK I always used it to theme my phone

It is a nice feature that made me decide to buy L925. It seems that new displays used don't have the vram necessary to use it. Cost cutting measure seems to have trumped the feature.

swizzlerz says:

I dont use glance ... Drains battery faster and double tap is off.

immyperez says:

They should at least update it to remove the word 'beta'!

b23h says:

I use both Glance and Glance Background.  I'd prefer that both continue to be developed as necessary by MS.

mike_msfan says:

Yes Microsoft... Kill the 'differentiators' one at a time... Why should WP user have something to boast while we wait for many features that others have.... way to go.... Unless it will come into settings and be a part of the OS.... Oh I forgot.... you (MS + Nokia) are in the process of killing Glance altogether.... your CURRENT FLAGSHIP DOES NOT EVEN HAVE IT !!!!!!!


Dan_ATX says:

Bummer, I really liked that app. I sincerely hope Microsoft add that feature to 8.1 our the next minor update.

svknet says:

I used it for few months, but now removed it as it did not really made any sense.

I don't think I'm really bothered about having a picture on my glance screen. What I'd like to see thought is ability to add more notifications or maybe a better view of my calendar notifications. Glance screen has always been my favorite feature on windows phone. Lots of potential and lots of uses.

mrshots says:

Heh, batman pic ftw!

"Nokia first released the app in October 2013 but has not updated it since its launch. "

That is not true. The app has been updated at least once. I only remember that time because they changed the way the pictures are displayed on my phone; it was a big change. But I think there were other updates as well.