Twitter buys up Cover, the contextually aware lock screen replacement

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Remember that contextually aware lock screen from a few months ago, Cover? The app hasn’t made any waves lately, but that didn’t stop Twitter from scooping up the app and its developers.

Twitter is generally pretty platform agnostic, so it’s interesting that they were willing to acquire a startup that only applies to the Android side of the fence. Of course, there’s always that chance that Twitter only bought Cover for some interesting technology or the developers, especially since Cover plans to stay available in the Play Store for the foreseeable future. » Read the rest

7 top lock screen replacement apps for Android [February 2014]

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Sometimes the stock Android lock screen just doesn’t meet our needs. Luckily for us, there are lock screen replacement apps! But there are so many of them! Well that’s why we’ve put together a list of the 5 best lock screen replacement apps so far. Hit the break and let’s get started.

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Contextually aware lockscreen Cover coming soon

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coverContextually aware apps are all the rage these days, but until now, we hadn’t seen a good lock screen that adjusted to what you want, when you need it. Cover for Android might change that. Cover is a lockscreen replacement app that promises to learn when and where you use the apps on your device. This is  accomplished through cell towers and WiFi signals, which then gives the app the information needed to display shortcuts to the apps you tend to use where you are, whether it’s home, work, or in transit.

The app tray fits six shortcuts, which also allow you to peek inside the app by sliding to the side. In addition, Cover lets you multitask by jumping between apps using a drawer that slides out from the right hand side, and lets you set a custom ringer volume and wallpaper based on time and location.

If you’re interested, head to the source link and request an invite. You can also check out a promo video for Cover after the break.

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How to automatically disable Android’s security lock screen when connected to your home Wi-Fi, Bluetooth device or by location

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Your phone has a lot of personal information on it, and that is why I always recommend that you apply a security lock screen such as a PIN or pattern. Unfortunately, that extra step of security can be a royal pain in the you know what. The problem is that the majority of time your phone or tablet is in a safe environment such as your home, car, a friend’s house, or workplace. Constantly entering a code or swiping a pattern is annoying during those “safe” times. It is the single biggest reason why so many people don’t utilize a security lock screen, and instead, hope their phone never gets lost or stolen. If there was a way to automatically disable the security lock screen when you are in those trusted zones, and automatically re-enable it when you’re at the mall, a restaurant, or anywhere else untrusted, you might go back to securing your phone like you should.

Well there is a way, and it’s not complicated at all. The immediate assumption is I’m going to recommend Tasker, but unfortunately, I could never get it to work after Android 4.0, nor could most other people. Even if it does work, Tasker is too complicated for the average person. You want simple right? Hit the break to get started.

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Locket app pays you to swipe away advertisements on your device lock screen

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Locket is a new application that takes a unique approach to advertisements and payment. The app is essentially a lock screen that displays an advertisement, but it pays you to swipe the ads away. Unfortunately, you get one penny per ad swipe and you’re limited to three swipes per hour, so it’s definitely not going to replace your day job, but if you just want a few extra bucks every month to pay for some gift cards or coffee, it’s worth a look.

Locket will pay your earned money in either cash, gift cards, or as a donation to charity, and they claim to be strict on what ad partners they pick so you aren’t bombarded with junk ads. Still, though, with such a small payout, it may not be worth the hassle. What do you think? Let us know in the comments, and hit the link below if you want to give it a spin.

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C Lock Screen, C Widget, and C Shaker offer extra customization on your Android device

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If you’ve been itching to have a few more customization options on your phone lately, we’ve got some really cool apps you’ll be interested in. Developer astoncheah on the XDA forums has released a trio of apps into the Play Store aimed at giving you a ton of customization options, ranging from a highly tweaked lock screen to a customizable widget, and even an app that lets you shake your phone to launch apps or toggle settings on your device. » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy S III Security Flaw Allows Potential Hackers Free Reign on Your Home Screen

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SECLISTS.ORG has recently disclosed a potential security flaw on the Samsung Galaxy S III. According to the report, “It is possible to bypass the lock screen on the GSIII allowing an individual full access to the phones features.” We previously reported a similar screen lock bug relating to the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

It appears that when Samsung messes up with security, they go BIG or go home! Similar to the Note II Security flaw, it takes pressing a combination of buttons in the correct sequence to get it to work. Here’s how to do it on the GSIII: » Read the rest

Lock screen notifications make their way to Android Jelly Bean

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In today’s world of tablets, smartphones and “phablets”, the lock screen is probably one of the single most viewed elements of any device. Recently with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google added the ability to have widgets on your lock screen which brought the usefulness and importance of the lock screen to a new level. One thing that has been oddly left out of the Android feature list is the ability to view notifications on your screen. However thanks to XDA member Roymam there’s an app for that.

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The Go Launcher EX Team Adds New “Go Locker” Lock Screen To Their Arsenal Of Applications

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The Go Launcher team is at it again and this time they’re offering you a pretty nifty lock screen to compliment their many customizable applications.  The GO Locker design is simple, intutive and allows for features such as navigating directly to a specific application such as your Phone’s dialer, SMS and camera app, much like we’ve seen in Sense UI devices.  The application compliments their GO Launcher app well and offers a slew of features for functionality along with the option to add a number of themes.  Check out the developers notes below.  And if you’re ready to give it a go, head on over to our popular apps database or you can check it out on the Android Market.  Hit the break for some more screen shots and to hit up the dev’s notes on additions, changes and tips.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.   » Read the rest

Android 4.0 – MagicLockerTheme Offers A Slight Taste Of ICS For The Gotta Have It Now Crowd

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Want a little taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on your device now?  Check out MagicLockerTheme for Android.  The 4.0 locker offers missed calls and SMS notifications and also allows you to add a quick link to your phone dialer, SMS app and camera for quick launching.  Other than that the application was built for aesthetics with some decent slight functionality.  If you’re ready to download the app you can head on over to the Android Market and get started with some ICS unlock love.  Feel free to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

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