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Nokia adds a little more Symbian customization to its Windows Phone Glance screen

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Nokia Glance Background
Nokia Glance Background

Nokia introduced its Glance screen feature with the Lumia 925, allowing users to double-tap to wake the device, and it has been gradually improving it ever since. While Glance also typically shows a clock when the phone display is turned off, Nokia has previously added a "Peek" feature to let you wave to activate the time. Today the company is releasing a beta of what it calls Glance Background, allowing some Lumia owners to set a background image on the Glance screen.

Nokia Sleeping Screen was a distinct feature of Nokia's Symbian devices, and the Glance Background beta mimics most of the old options. You can select up to four images to rotate as the Glance background and choose from preloaded images or your own. There's even a basic editor with preset effects and the ability to colorize images and zoom in. The setup is really basic and it's just an additional Windows Phone app to install.

A little additional battery drain for a background image

The app will work on the Nokia Lumia 1020, 928, 925, 920, 820, 720, and 620, providing you have the latest Amber update with General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2). However it won't work on the Lumia 625 or 520 as they don't support the Glance screen feature. Nokia notes you may experience some issues with the app as it's still in beta, including flickering and an increase in power consumption. If you're willing to sacrifice a little bit of battery for an image on the Glance screen then head over to the Windows Phone Store to download Glance Background.