New Windows Phone 8.1 lockscreen experience beta gets an ETA

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Over three months have passed since Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8.1 at Build 2014, and the distribution of OTA updates has finally begun; users in more and more markets are upgrading to the latest version of the platform, and those who haven’t yet will be joining them soon. But Build wasn’t just about the main 8.1 release itself, and also brought us news about some of the add-on features that would be arriving to complement it. For instance, we were told about big changes coming to the lockscreen, with a new API delivering never-before-seen (on Windows Phone) levels of customization. Today new info on that front arrives, including details on when it should become available.

Joe Belfiore took to Twitter this afternoon to update Windows Phone users on the progress Microsoft’s making. The lockscreen stuff shared at Build will arrive as a separate app, rather than something baked-in to the OS, and a beta release is right around the corner. Only supporting English language settings and 1GB RAM devices limits its accessibility, but it should finally be ready in just about another week. And as if to make up for the delay and general lack of info regarding the app, Belfiore teases the addition of a new (presumably not-yet-announced) feature.

Sure, it would have been lovely to see this arrive alongside this week’s 8.1 updates, but we suppose we can live with waiting another week… even if it is just for a beta.

Source: Joe Belfiore (Twitter)
Via: WPCentral

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