Meet Next, Microsoft's handy lock screen replacement app for Android

Meet Next, Microsoft's handy lock screen replacement app for Android
Guess who made an Android lock screen app? We'll save you the suspense - Microsoft Garage of all things. Now that Lollipop dud away with lock screen widgets, the enterprising folks over there introduced a way to make your grumpy old lock display much more functional.

The so-called Next Lock Screen app provides interactive visibility for the most used actions with your phone - you can dial back with a simple swipe, scroll quickly through your calendar appointments, or simply launch a preset app, all from as early as your lock screen. That functionality is not all, though, as the lock screen replacement is very well made in terms of graphical design, too. You can customize the lock screen background to your own liking, too.

As with any self-respecting such app, Next will show your missed calls and unread text messages count, too, but you actually have control over what personal content will show or not on the lock screen so as to keep your info safe from prying eyes. Still, if you don't like that something has appeared there for the world to see, you can simply swipe it away. Take a peek at the Next Lock Screen app in the video below, and take it for a ride from the source link, if you got interested.

Developer: Microsoft CorporationDownload: Android
Category: ProductivityPrice: Free



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Damn not available on Finland....

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

*in. .

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The lead in this video is you have to unlock your phone almost hundreds of times in a day and its a pain. Well with any Motorola phone today and for quite some time already you don't have to log into the phone. If you have any trusted bluetooth device with you, then there is no need to log in. Also with Android 5.0 (lollipop) it is going to have that option as well. I just wear an Android Wear watch and it logs me in. If you have a trusted pair of bluetooth headphones you can use those as well. Times are changing.

32. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

You can make use of the "edit" button as well.

33. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Not after 2 minutes ;)

15. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Not here as well...but i got the apk over

30. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

just download it and install manually

3. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

maybe, just maybe Microsoft instead of making android lock screens work on your own bloody operating system with a broken ecosystem step 1 improve the notification system it's so bland

8. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

microsoft os far better than android android is prostitute os from crap google and loosing money year by year and last android is huge flop in developing country india . google have full of beggar

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

All that hate... Some day you'll enlighten.

13. BlueGoldAce

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

I have no idea what you just said....

22. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

What is a prostitute OS?...and android is the most popular smartphone os in india.

24. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Prostitute? Wait, we're not talking about your mum here!

37. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I thumbed you up because you can't be serious, it has to be a joke...

4. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

This lockscreen is more beautiful than whole WP OS right now. Well played Microsoft, well played..

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Also first 19 seconds of video show "problem" (or if you can even call that one) that exists also on WP, but there is absolutely no way to bypass it unlike in Android.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you have a bluetooth device that you trust. Then logging in is not a problem on Android. Now with Android 5.0 (lollipop) going to support this as well. Logging in all the time will be a thing of the past. Just look up trusted bluetooth support on Android. Motorola has been using this method for years now. You can use an Android Wear watch or bluetooth headset to bypass logging into your smartphone.

11. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You need glasses bud. Besides every Android and iOS new UI is Windows Phone OS , ugly OS don't set trends visually, they create them.

25. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

You're delusional. But if it can actually makes you feel better about WP failure, well..

35. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Uh...pretty sure the UI is made up of more than a Flat design....for both Android and iOS. sound like iPhone fanatics that in so many words claimed the home screen was the entire OS, UI when calling Android an iOS copy.

5. confusedFAN

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

maybe they are tryin to start making android devices, and this is a way of knowing the user response.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They already tried with Nokia X devices. Then Microsoft decided to cancel Nokia X Android. Before anyone tells me that it was Nokias and not Microsoft's. Well here are some facts for you. The Nokia X UI resembled Microsoft's WP UI. Also there was no Google apps or Google services on the Nokia X. Not to mention there was only Microsoft's apps and services on Nokia X devices.

23. eharris560

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Man you need to stop it. That was a Nokia project. The two companies worked independently from one another. The Nokia X proved that.

7. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I haven't tried it, nor intend to do so... but doesn't this "lockscreen" defeat the whole purpose of privacy or security when it is able to access so many apps and features without unlocking? Also, they show a long pin / password type of security on the Ad, but the most common screenlock on Android is Pattern and it is one of the fastest to unlock... so there is barely any annoyance... I really missed the fingerprint reader when I switched from the Atrix... but Pattern lock is actually very fast to get used to... And for advance users, you can set Llama to keep your phone unlocked on certain locations (or conditions) like being at Home... and then automatically lock it when the phone leaves the area.

9. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

microosft is best software company and they are not selfish like google

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Selfish in what sense because Google partnered with some airline to offer free Wifi a few years ago and they do alot of humanitarian things. Anytime a crisis happens they are one of the first tech companies to offer assistance. If you mean selfish with their apps for WP....its business. How many Apple apps are available on other platforms? Can we even use Safari on non Apple hardware? If you meant apps, yes maybe its time for Google to be better with its WP apps. Speaking of selfish tho....tell that to Skype users with a WP7 device...meanwhile Skype is still available on older versions of Android.

26. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

He's just trolling, and choosing to ignore the entire history of Microsoft, or more likely, is too young to even have been around those days!

31. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Not saying his comment is accurate, but Google are just being big f**king babies when it comes to Windows Phone. Fine, I get it, you don't want to spend money developing apps for a small platform, whatever. Microsoft is very much willing to make the apps themselves, but Google won't give them the tools to do so. There is no defending that. Windows Phone is not very large, but millions of people use Windows Phone, and many of those people use Google services, they are being complete assholes to their own customers.

36. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I will agree with this in I know me comparing Google to Apple is like apples n oranges because Google has a totally different philosophy . But I will agree its time for Google to play a lil nicer. Seems the Scroogled thing didnt take off. Speaking of which...lets not forget that...because that was very unclassy. Especially when if you knew the was almost all completely FUD and hypocritical when MS was doing the same thing in most cases.. Surprised Google didnt try to sue for slander.

28. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009 were either born yesterday or live under one hell of a rock (that you nail your head on pretty hard daily)...

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