Microsoft releases a new lock screen for Android - the Bing-powered Picturesque Lock Screen

Microsoft releases a new lock screen for Android - the Bing-powered Picturesque Lock Screen
Microsoft is surely no stranger to Android apps and most of these are, in fact, quite good. Next Lock Screen is surely one of these, but from the looks of it, Redmond has a lot of ideas in store for the Android platform and lock screens in particular; so many that it did not bother to overhaul Next, but decided to release a whole new app to showcase them.

Meet Picturesque Lock Screen, developed by Microsoft Garage, the department responsible for most of Redmond's apps that can be found on the Play Store. What's Picturesque, exactly? Similar to Next, it's a lock screen replacement, which makes use of the Bing search engine and provides you with different wallpapers supplied by it (you can change the wallpapers by shaking your phone). But that's not all about Picturesque, mind you  - Microsoft's new Android app also has a handy news feed, which is, needless to say, powered by Bing. 

Like any self-respecting lock screen replacement, we have a camera shortcut on its main page (a shortcut to the phone app is sadly nowhere to be found, though). Weather info and shortcuts for some of the more vital functions (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Brightness, etc.) of your Android machine have also been thrown in the mix. 

However, the app is not very customizable. You can enable or disable some of its features, but tinkering with the placement of the different modules is not possible. Still, we think that Picturesque is a pretty nice alternative to most of the lock screen replacements for Android, with the focus being on the Bing-powered wallpapers. It's free on the Play Store, so go check it out!

Download: Picturesque Lock Screen (Android)

via: Neowin



1. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

not interested

4. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

don't worry, i am sure MS is not interested to you either.

7. darushah.shah

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

loll good one...

9. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

we know that ms is not interested, that's why they continue to lose. Consumer first, not product.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

which is sadly what they do, people are just to 'blind'

17. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Bing bing bing !!! Bing here, bing there !!! BING YOU !!!!

2. netizen

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The word "Bing" makes it DOA for me

5. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

dont worry, this was not created for people like you!

8. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

But to whom it was created for then? Bing and Microsoft fans? Besides MS employees, I don't think there exists any.

13. Cyberchum

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I don't understand the so much hate for Bing. Tell me, what's your gripe with it?

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

they hate that it actually works, and its not google

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Looks nice.

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Isn't available in your country.......Damn it.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Good effort on Microsoft part. However i personally feel they should pay more attention to WP8.

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Uhhh they do, it's integrated into the phone. They would need something like this since android is not integrated with bing. I have a bing wallpaper selector currently. The only thing i am missing is news feed on the lock screen. They also or at least MS, has tetra lockscreen which is lovely

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What i means is making WP8 a more viable platform to attract more users. The basic question is what would i gain if i use WP8?

12. Rager722 unregistered

They're really trying to push bing on to android users haha what a joke!!!

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's already the back-end service for iOS, that's no joke. BlackBerry and Bing are the go-to providers for most automotive systems, that's no joke either. Samsung has already partnered with BlackBerry to solve Knox's security issues. Google is not the end-all, be-all that users like you think it is.

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Choice is a joke? Android users have the largest identity crisis of any platform.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You always make a statement but fail to give clarity to it. What is your so called "largest identity crisis" and how it can to apply to what you had said? Let start with before Android and an after Android. Before Android people were given choice in the form of brands, Nokia, Samsung, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Motorola, Siemein and even Philips. Each brands has their own custom software and phone design. While i am happy with Nokia and WIndows Mobile back then, i really think the software needs some improvement. Currently, with Android i still get the choice of brands and many phone designs same like good days plus a solid software platform common across most phone that use Google Apps in their Android phone models. To me at least, i think its the golden age of smart phone. Apple users are happy with iOS, Android user are happy with Google Apps. WP8 users are a bit of a oxymoron. They choose WP8 and yet they like to complain to Android users. Blame us for their misfortune and yet still want to stay there. Grow up! elitewolverine.

16. karamelakimo

Posts: 109; Member since: May 26, 2014

Looks simple and cool like it :)

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