Play Store beta program. Details of the beta program were mentioned during the I/O keynote and the setup will basically allow developers to launch a second version of their app in the Play Store. This second version will be a beta release and the program will allow the developer to create a limited or open beta.
Facebook Home will land in the Google Play Store this coming Friday, and while it will be free to download and free to use -- there are some catches. For one, the Facebook Home launcher will give you a fairly different experience as compared to what you are used to seeing on your handset. Not to mention, the Facebook Home launcher will initially only be compatible with select devices. That being said, it looks like there may be an alternative solution available from Widdit Labs.
Android 4.2 added the ability to have widgets right on your lockscreen. Not like many 3rd party custom skin shortcuts but full out Android widgets. While we're still on the fence as to if we like the implementation, our absolute favorite widget pack HD Widgets was just updated with full support. Check it out below!
BGR caught an early glance at the new lockscreen for the March update, which has an "innovative" feature added: users can either swipe right to unlock the phone, or swipe up to go straight to the camera app.
"Slide To Unlock" lockscreen method, Google has been busy readying their own next-gen unlock features. Surprisingly, it looks to work just like the one used in HTC Sense 3.0. By sliding applications to the respective unlock area, users will be able to instantly access particular apps with ease.
the lockscreen is now available in the Android Market under the name MiLocker. Even better, there are a multitude of themes already available - and all customizable. The library of lockscreens have been created by many different designers and have different unlocking sequences.
one-function slide to unlock - Android's been doing it better since day one. And not just in the basic screen unlock - the pattern lock screen that replaces a PIN or password with a custom 9-dot pattern is a popular way for security-conscious users to quickly and easily access their phone. Now Google has been granted a patent on that particular action, and one more for good measure.