Cover beta brings context sensitive lockscreen to Google Play

Cover beta brings context sensitive lockscreen to Google Play
A while back, we got a hold of a Cover beta invite and since then we have been hooked. Unlike Aviate, which brings context sensitive customization to your homescreens, Cover does the same but for your lockscreen. So, when you wake up in the morning, it will give you links for news apps; and, if you're out, you'll get navigation and place review apps. We had been trying to get more invites for you guys, but now you don't need them because Cover is available in Google Play.

The app will learn what apps you like to use at different times of day and in different places, and customize the lockscreen links accordingly. The links are presented in a column on the left and dragging from each will launch you straight into a certain app. Even better, you can just "peek" in at an app if you want to by sliding half way. Of course, if you have a security measure on your lockscreen, the peek feature will not work. 

Cover has been in a closed beta for 6 weeks, and in that time the team has updated the app to be much more efficient with battery usage, improved detection when you're in a car, added compatibility for Android 4.4's ART runtime, and added tutorials, customization options, and options for sharing your lockscreen setup. 

Cover is currently only available for devices running Android 4.1 or higher in the US, Canada, and Europe, but the team says it is working on lowering the system requirements to Android 2.3


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9 Comments

10. Humphrey.One

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

Cool idea of time-synced app opening and shortcut set switching, and cool that they took advantage of Ubuntu Touch-style UI. Incompatible with my gingerbread man.

7. W.P._Android_in_that_Order

Posts: 208; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

seems annoying to me.

6. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I got excited until I saw "only available...in the US, Canada, and Europe"

5. Desmund

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

This is actually a pretty neat app just got it today, and even though it's still Beta their going to go places with this one.

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Makes sense and looks like a natural to use with Action Launcher, which changes the way how we use our devices. AC is great by offering the app menu and custom widgets INSIDE any running app, Cover could provide easy access when the phone is locked.

2. Sauce unregistered

This is similar to what I used to use on my old iPhone 4s. It was perfect and was definitely one of my top tweaks. Def on my list of things to get if I purchase a gs5 in the future.

1. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

So I guess this isn't for the people who likes some sort of lock screen security....?

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Cover works with security settings, but the trade-off is that you can't use the peek feature if you have a security code on your lockscreen.

8. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Ok thanks for the feedback Michael... looks very interesting

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