Sky News gets updated with wide Live Tiles and lockscreen support

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The official Sky News app has been updated to take advantage of features available in Windows Phone 8, including Live Tiles and lockscreen support. The new functionality enables fans of the media service to not only have more convenient access on their Start Screen, but to also have their lockscreen image and content altered by the app.

As well as new Live Tile sizes (you can now pin a wide Sky News tile), the development team has also added support for Live Tiles to display latest stories pulled down by the app itself. It's a neat little update to bring Sky News up-to-date with other news solutions available on the Windows Phone Store. Check out the app if you're a frequent reader.

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j_jabbar says:

C'mon BBC...Get your head out your arse!

I honestly don't care about the BBC any more and rarely use their services. I do still tune in to Radio 2 though which is excellent, but everything else they do doesn't interest me. Therefore, the amount of money I spend on the license fee each year is probably wasted money.

No transparency tile option...sorry sky still not using your services

plasmid_uk says:

Well the article says it's been updated to take advantage of 8.0 and not 8.1 so no surprises there...

Kram Sacul says:

Yeah, because transparency tiles are the critical feature of an app.

2tomtom says:

Not critical for app function, but may be critical from choice of wanting transparent tiles.


Am yow really from the Black Country? Arm from the Black Country ay I. Ar bay a Brummie or a Dingle. :D

sicnus says:

Does it have soccer scores!?

peachy001 says:

Try Paperboy. Done by Lawrence Gripper, I like it, and you can select whichever topics you want to view.

Jakeway says:

Lies Tile more like.

CyclingNut says:

Not to be confused with SkyDrive :P

JoostDeNys says:

I was looking for this comment hha

ScubaNitrox says:

Don't use that word or you too can be sued.

rockstarzzz says:

Windows Phone apps used to be beautiful.

nitsuk says:

And still no Tech news! Unlike other platforms, Sky is very much behind on Windows Phone compared to other broadcasters, almost as bad as BBC's HTML5 design.


What about the Arabic version?

Is good to see some development and the app is getting better but no tech news and no transparent tile... It worked well though and I'm sure will be improved in time.

caresrg says:

I'd like an app that allows me to watch Thronecast in the States. That's Sky, isn't it?

danmorrissey says:

That is Sky, but you'd need Sky Go for that, their on demand service. No sign of that for Windows Phone (or RT)

Wide tiles rule! Agreed BBC need to sort it out!

sd173 says:

Isn't this the company that caused SkyDrive to be changed to OneDrive?

That's correct. Because apparently the British public couldn't tell the difference between SkyDrive and Sky TV (BSkyB).

2tomtom says:

There was a newspaper article about a company called Apple Winery or Apple Farm, can't remember the exact name, that had to change their name as they were getting more calls about broken iPhones than about their products. Maybe its a UK thing lol.

danmorrissey says:

My live tile doesn't update, it's just a wide logo... Should it update?! Also this version removes the option for white text on dark background. I think the stories are now actually displayed from simplified HTML pages rather than pulled into the app itself.

IceDree says:

"Updated To Take Advantage Of Features Available In Windows Phone 8"
Jesus Christ, When Was The Last Time They Updated It? (In Southern Leonardo Di Caprio voice).

I'll never use their services simply because what they did to SkyDrive.

Is this UK only for streaming videos?

Here in the US and trying to finish watching Monarchy, series 3 & 4. Netflix only has first two seasons. Channel 4 has the remainder online but you have to be in UK to stream...

Bloody well

peachy001 says:

Great to see bigger name apps getting updated. As for Sky..... No chance.

roguecroce says:

Not better than Bing News, now called News of course. Every news app should be measured against that app. Is it better? Does it provide a better news service? The new Sky app doesn't & isn't, for me anyway.

boycott this skydrive stealer!