09-06-2015 10:55 AM
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  1. rhapdog's Avatar
    I have never used glance, until two days ago when I bought a Lumia 640.

    I've always thought that people who used glance were just being lazy. I've never said it out loud here, but you all probably know I was thinking it, right? How hard is it, once you pull the phone out of your pocket to look at it, is it to hit the power button?

    Okay, but when it is sitting on the desk, man it is handy. Nightstand mode... whoa, now that is special. Not to mention when I am up early in the morning and haven't had coffee yet. Bright lights bother my eyes. Glance lets me see status/time the glare of the whole screen blinding me. I'm loving it, and I finally see why it is so important to have. This should be a part of every phone, period. I can't imagine ever, EVER going back without it.

    There's also double-tap to wake, which can also be used when configured to double-tap the nav-bar to turn the screen off. I'm like, Okay, if you're turning on the phone, just turn on the phone with the power button. It's only good for people with a broken power button.

    Not so. When that phone is sitting on a counter, table or desk, it saves a lot of energy to just double tap instead of having to pick it up. So nice.

    So, to make a long story short (too late, I know), I'm loving both glance and the double-tap-to-wake. I'm sorry I ever doubted it.
    09-02-2015 05:41 AM
  2. Ed Boland's Avatar
    Apology accepted. :P

    I've had Glance on all three of my Windows Phones; the 920, 1020, and now my 1520 and like you say, couldn't imagine having a phone without it now. I don't know if you know, but you can even further your Glance experience buy adding the MSN Weather app's info to your Glance screen (this doesn't work in the Win10 Mobile IP). Just go into the weather app's settings - lock screen settings. Once you enable weather on the lock screen, you'll have it on your Glance screen as well. (This is one reason I might roll back to WP8.1 from the Win10 preview. Hey Cortana is another, but that's another thread)...

    Glance screen background is also another nifty feature, allowing you to have custom images on your Glance screen. This (kinda) works on the Win10 IP builds, but only limited to the lock screen image. There's no Glance screen settings available anywhere in the Win10 builds, but in WP8.1, you have customization options where you can change the image to what you want, it's color, etc etc

    Welcome to the Glance club!
    09-02-2015 06:14 AM
  3. rhapdog's Avatar
    Apology accepted. :P
    Thanks. One down, a few million to go.

    Just go into the weather app's settings - lock screen settings. Once you enable weather on the lock screen, you'll have it on your Glance screen as well.
    Doesn't work on mine. My lock screen has been showing the weather just fine, but it never shows on Glance, which I was expecting. I've heard reports from other 640 users it doesn't work for them either. It could be a GDR2 thing, or it could be because it's not AMOLED. I'm not sure how they did glance without AMOLED, but I'm still happy.

    Glance screen background is also another nifty feature, allowing you to have custom images on your Glance screen.
    Also not available that I can find. Don't want the background for glance, though, as one of the things I love about it is the simplicity and non-jarring effect it has when you "glance" in a dark room.

    Welcome to the Glance club!
    Thanks! Do I get a T-Shirt?
    09-02-2015 07:56 AM
  4. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Glance is awesome. I'm hoping they improve it even more so I can have more than 5 icons at the bottom.
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    09-02-2015 08:19 AM
  5. Ed Boland's Avatar
    My 1520 isn't AMOLED either... Nor was my 920 and they both have Glance ;)
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    09-02-2015 08:19 AM
  6. rhapdog's Avatar
    Hmm... How do I get weather to work, then? That's what I'm missing.
    09-02-2015 10:27 AM
  7. Ed Boland's Avatar
    IIRC, you go into your lock screen settings first, enable weather as the lock picture, then go into the msn weather app, then it's settings, follow the apps own lock screen settings back through to the actual lock screen settings and you should be good. I'd really have to roll back to 8.1 to be sure, but like you said, it might not work with GDR2 on the 640, but try it, it's pretty cool to have working!
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    09-02-2015 10:40 AM
  8. xandros9's Avatar
    the 640 and the XL don't have enough display memory to cram in a background or app like weather. its kinda in a twilight zone between the full featured 830 and 920 (for example) and the none-at-all of the Icon and 735.
    09-02-2015 10:42 AM
  9. libra89's Avatar
    You're not alone rhapdog, not at all. Before I had the 640, I didn't get why people were like no glance = no deal. I thought that it wasn't a big deal. After using it though, it is great and simple.

    I'm content with having the weather on just my lockscreen.
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    09-02-2015 11:04 AM
  10. rhapdog's Avatar
    the 640 and the XL don't have enough display memory to cram in a background or app like weather. its kinda in a twilight zone between the full featured 830 and 920 (for example) and the none-at-all of the Icon and 735.
    But the 640 and XL have the same processor, GPU, and RAM as the 830. That doesn't make sense to me.
    You're not alone rhapdog, not at all. Before I had the 640, I didn't get why people were like no glance = no deal. I thought that it wasn't a big deal. After using it though, it is great and simple.

    I'm content with having the weather on just my lockscreen.
    So, it IS the 640.

    I think it's a GDR2 thing, not a display memory thing.
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    09-02-2015 11:56 AM
  11. xandros9's Avatar
    But the 640 and XL have the same processor, GPU, and RAM as the 830. That doesn't make sense to me.

    So, it IS the 640.

    I think it's a GDR2 thing, not a display memory thing.
    The 735 has the same too I believe, I think its the display panel itself.
    WesleyBPeres and ven07 like this.
    09-02-2015 01:29 PM
  12. rhapdog's Avatar
    Just noticed in the Glance settings in GDR2, it says under Content, "Quick Status Notifications" with a toggle. So it does only Quick Status by design now. Not sure why weather doesn't work, except it's not a quick status. Apparently glance settings are now not all the same as lock.
    09-02-2015 01:29 PM
  13. txkimmers's Avatar
    Glance was one of the top things on the list of what I missed from WM during the (brief) time that I had an iPhone. It's seriously a small thing that looms much larger in hindsight.
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    09-02-2015 02:40 PM
  14. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    I used a Lumia 822 briefly before I got my Lumia Icon, and man do I miss glance...

    Really hoping that all future flagship devices have glance.
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    09-02-2015 03:23 PM
  15. Jayson Solberg1's Avatar
    I miss glance. This Icon does not have it. Night mode was so awesome.
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    09-02-2015 03:47 PM
  16. ven07's Avatar
    Wait... You thought I was lazy??? Man psycho bullying is now a thing... Kidding :p I guess glance is one of those things you only realize you need after you have used it :D

    For some reason I end up double tapping all phones around me... I've gotten too used to it :/
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    09-02-2015 03:54 PM
  17. rhapdog's Avatar
    Night mode was so awesome.
    I LOVE night mode. Got mine red. Love it.
    Wait... You thought I was lazy??? Man psycho bullying is now a thing... Kidding :p I guess glance is one of those things you only realize you need after you have used it :D

    For some reason I end up double tapping all phones around me... I've gotten too used to it :/
    Yeah, I thought you were lazy. Especially you. Thinking about how lazy you specifically were is the whole reason I thought I needed to write the apology. :P

    Yeah, loving double tap as well.
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    09-02-2015 05:57 PM
  18. ven07's Avatar
    Yeah, I thought you were lazy. Especially you. Thinking about how lazy you specifically were is the whole reason I thought I needed to write the apology. :P
    Imma glass half-full kinda guy, so what I understood was.. I was your motivation for apologizing and thanking Nokia/MS for this small but nifty feature that makes our day so much better :D
    09-02-2015 06:02 PM
  19. rhapdog's Avatar
    Imma glass half-full kinda guy, so what I understood was.. I was your motivation for apologizing and thanking Nokia/MS for this small but nifty feature that makes our day so much better :D
    If that helps you sleep better at night, then yeah, that was it. ;)
    09-02-2015 06:13 PM
  20. RumoredNow's Avatar
    FWIW... I have Health and Fitness reporting to Lock and thus out to Glance. Works great. Always have my step count and if you use GPS Workout you'll see a current status report on Glance when you pull it out of your pocket.

    I sure hope the Health App gets connected to Sensor Core soon. I don't want to loose this.
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    09-02-2015 06:34 PM
  21. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Oh... And BTW... About time you apologized.
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    09-02-2015 06:35 PM
  22. P1ng0fDeath's Avatar
    it's nice that you enjoyed so much this great feature. I miss it sometimes on my 930. I hope they keep adding it to more devices and improving it.
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    09-02-2015 08:30 PM
  23. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    Thanks. One down, a few million to go.


    Doesn't work on mine. My lock screen has been showing the weather just fine, but it never shows on Glance, which I was expecting. I've heard reports from other 640 users it doesn't work for them either. It could be a GDR2 thing, or it could be because it's not AMOLED. I'm not sure how they did glance without AMOLED, but I'm still happy.


    Also not available that I can find. Don't want the background for glance, though, as one of the things I love about it is the simplicity and non-jarring effect it has when you "glance" in a dark room.


    Thanks! Do I get a T-Shirt?
    The screen type has nothing to do with Glance, it's the display memory. LCD displays are perfectly capable of Glance, but they won't come with the added battery benefits (as the whole backlight is still used, while with AMOLED individual pixels would be used). Glance is activated using a proximity sensor which is basically infrared that detects motion in front of the screen. The display's memory dictates how quickly it can access and display information and how much it can display using Glance. AMOLED displays with Glance typically react faster because of AMOLED's screen technology, and it looks better as it is true black. However, that being said, LCD displays work just fine as well. If you compare a Lumia 830 to the Lumia 1020, the 1020 is typically noticeably faster, even with slower hardware. It's the display technology. The Moto X "Glance" screen (it's not really Glance but it works the same way) is much faster as well as a combination of four proximity sensors and AMOLED technology.

    The Lumia 640 has a stripped back Glance screen, which is to be expected in a budget device. It has enough display memory for basic Glance but not enough to display a full picture or a whole load of information quickly like that. It's fantastic that it has it at all, though. Infinitely better than the Icon, which was ruined as a prospective phone for me because of the lack of Glance. Wanted a 1520 but couldn't find one so ended up getting a Lumia 830 which is a move I don't regret one bit.
    09-02-2015 09:25 PM
  24. rhapdog's Avatar
    Thanks for that break-down, Zachary. I love that I never stop learning.
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    09-02-2015 09:39 PM
  25. HeyCori's Avatar
    I'm glad you finally understand the power of glance.

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    09-02-2015 10:12 PM
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