Microsoft releases 2 apps for Android - a nifty lock screen and a traveler's companion

Microsoft releases 2 apps for Android - a nifty lock screen and a traveler's companion
Microsoft has released 2 apps for Android today, developed under the Garage initiative – a program, which helps and encourages employees to work on their ideas and side projects, much like Google's 20%.

The first app is a lockscreen for Android, lavishly named the "Next Lock Screen". It aims to give the user access to the most often used functions on their phone. The first thing one notices about it is the way notifications and reminders pop up – in an iOS-reminiscent fashion, the user is given a glance of what the notifications are about, and the choice to take action via swiping a select notification off-screen.

Next, looking at the bottom of the lockscreen, one can find access to their most commonly used apps – dialer, contacts, messages, etc – kind of like what some manufacturers do with their custom Android skins. The section is customizable and can expand to show even more apps. It can also be set up to hold different apps, depending whether you are at work, at home, or any other status you choose.

The second app is “Journey & Notes” – a mixture of a traveler's companion and a social network. It allows you to “drop notes” wherever you go – be it along your daily route to work, a road-trip, a hike, etc. You can either read others' notes, or leave tips for other travelers, reminding them to not miss a view, warning them of a threat, or just drop a fun message to put a smile on somebody's face. Basically – it aims to reduce the boring hours of traveling from point A to point B by connecting you with anonymous people, who have gone the very same route before you.

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11 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Look who just copied iOS's Wifi, Torch, Bluetooth, etc. icon design from control centre....SMH (image 4)

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

.....copied icons.....that were copied from other icons.....which were copied from their real world counter parts.....I sincerely hope you're joking.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Looks like the Windows button from keyboards made for Windows 7 https://thecustomizewindows.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/MB_0007_windows.png

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Any links for from where iOS copied those from ?

8. Whitefur

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Jimmies Rustled...

11. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Why can't they spend their time in developing their own OS and apps ?

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That is not bad looking at all, good to know MS employees are allowed to handle competitor products.

6. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Well those "iOS" icons are been cricling around for years now and most often you see them under "Metro icons". Windows Phone 7 allready featured icons with that design. Allmost all "Windows Phone inspired" icons are like those "iOS" icons.

7. KENNE

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

nice support from microsoft

9. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

My Nexus lockescreen could use a makeover... Although I am kind of hoping for Microsoft to bring over their Live lockscreens (I am aware of Androids version exists as well, but the native styles from MSFTs WP 8.1 update is really really nice - according to my tastes.)

10. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Modern and Authentic!

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