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Nokia Lumia 925 gains handy 'Glance Screen' function

The Nokia Lumia 925 has just hit the shelves in Germany, where consumers got their first taste of a feature known as Glance Screen.

The offering will add the local time, battery, and volume icons on the smartphone's screen at all times. As a result, you can just glance at the device to check the time without having to press any buttons.

Just let the phone fall asleep, and you'll never have to stumble to find the on/off button when someone asks for the time. To wake up the device, simply double tap.

Currently in beta, Lumia 925 owners can turn off Glance Screen via the Setting menu, or opt for a night mode for reduced glare in the dark.

"After receiving a large number of requests to bring back this [favourite] feature, it now comes as part of the Nokia Glance Screen, included first on the Lumia 925," Nokia's Ian Delaney wrote in a blog post.

Delaney says "bring back" because the feature was available on phones sporting Nokia's Symbian OS, though it was not referred to as Glance Screen.

Delaney also said Glance Screen will be available on most Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia smartphones via the upcoming Lumia Amber software update.

The Lumia 925, meanwhile, launched in Germany, and will soon expand to additional European markets, China, and the US.

The Lumia 925 includes 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and 7GB of free Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage. Most notably, the device boasts an 8.7-megapixel rear camera, with optical image stabilisation, autofocus, LED flash, and Smart Camera mode. It is also the first of the Lumia family to feature a metal backing, which will come in white, grey, or black. Wireless charging covers will be available in white, black, yellow, and red.

The Lumia smartphone will come pre-loaded with Hipstamatic's new Oggl photo app, as well as Nokia's suite of apps like Here and Nokia Music.