Occasionally, Nokia will show flashes of their former greatness, reminding us why they used to be one of the most relevant cellphone companies in the world. This idea for shortcuts on the lockscreen, is one of those occasional moments.

This lock screen interface that they came up with for the lock screen will let you drag various actions (represented as bubbles) to the center of the screen, which will unlock and initiate whatever task you're trying to carry out. For example, if you missed a call, you could return that call with a single swipe of a finger.

It's a pretty great idea, but considering we don't really wan't to start using a Nokia N8 to get at these features, we're asking those companies that already have better smartphone platforms to copy this idea in some form. But for those N8 users I've just offended, you can download the utility over at Nokia Beta Labs now. [Nokia via Engadget]