The HTC One M8 came not just with improved hardware but some interesting new software features as well. One of those is gesture-based lockscreen launcher Motion Launch, which can now be enjoyed by almost anyone thanks to an app called Knockr
Another day, another acquisition announcement has been made. This latest involves the Cover lockscreen app, who have been picked up by Twitter. Yes, Cover is now a part of Twitter. The folks behind the app have released a statement, and at least for now it seem the Cover app will remain available.
We have already posted our review of the LG G Pro 2, however a few new buzz words came along with this release. LG introduced the handset with features such as Mini View, Dual Browser, Magic Focus, Natural Flash, and Knock Code. We plan on offering a bit more on each of these, beginning today with setting up and using Knock Code.
It almost feels uncanny that Qualcomm would be releasing an Android app, but here we are again with actually the chip maker's second. This time, however, users might actually find Snapdragon Glance more useful as yet another lock screen replacement.
Cover, the lockscreen replacement app has recently been updated. This update brings the version number to 0.1.8, but despite a jump with that, the app remains listed in beta. This update adds a few extra features, and will be most enjoyed by those with a device running Kit Kat.
Facebook Home originally launched back in April. This was right around the same time the HTC First Facebook phone launched with AT&T and while that handset has long since disappeared from the memories of many, it looks like Facebook is not quite ready to give up on Home. We saw an update back in October that added support for a variety of other social services, and more recently, Facebook has dropped a first look style video teasing the next update.
Cover was announced as a new Android lockscreen app a few weeks earlier. At the time we saw a bit of teasing in terms of features. The app was available, but only in a private beta group. Well, while not everyone was able to gain access to that group -- it meant plenty were left waiting. A set release date had not been given, but we did recently learn the app would be arriving before Christmas.
Facebook Home received an update in the beta channel earlier in the month. While that update was only available for those playing in the beta channel, it did add the ability to connect additional social accounts. In short, Facebook Home received Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest integration.
Most of the major smartphone manufacturers put their own twist to the Android user interface, which some users of other brands might have found to be more useful than their stock options. Fans of Samsung's lockscreen on the Galaxy S 4 might now have a chance to get that feature on non-Samsung devices thanks to this new third-party app.
Android users already have several options when it comes to securing their lockscreen. Some of those include face unlock, pin codes and patterns. The catch is that you often have to give up on another convenience when you choose to go the secure lockscreen route. One of those conveniences is quick launching to an app. But with that in mind, judging from details found in a USPTO filing -- that may soon be changing.