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.
Contextually 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Envious of Honeycomb’s cool unlock feature? Now you too can have it at your fingertips regardless of which Android device you’re using. Developer SunPengfei has come up with a nifty little replica of the feature and it works great. Just download the app from our apps database or hit it up on the Android Market. Next step, just enable it and you’re done. At any point if you wish to return to your old unlock screen, just disable it. The developer also promises that future releases will add a “more colorful lock screen”. Cool, can’t wait. Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.