Microsoft's Next Lock Screen for Android updated with essential security features

Microsoft's Next Lock Screen for Android updated with essential security features
Microsoft is definitely no stranger to developing Android apps. The latest one it launched was Picturesque, a lock screen replacement that brings the power of Bing straight to your lock screen. That's actually Redmond's second app of the type that makes it to the Play Store, as Microsoft's Next Lock Screen has been around for some time now.

Hopefully, Microsoft has not forgotten about the latter, as it just received a small feature-packed update just recently. It now allows you to set a PIN or a lock pattern and prevent unwanted access to your device, which is a pretty essential security feature. Next Lock Screen will no longer unlock your device if you accidentally press the hardware home button (if any) at the front, too. The app now also supports a total of three languages - English, Spanish, and Chinese (Mandarin). 

Of course, the usual bug fixes and performance improvements are also part of the changelog. 

Download: Next Lock Screen (Android)


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18 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

iOS rip-off. Android L's lock screen does a better job and who on earth would actually want Bing on their Google phone ?! and lock screen security from a 3rd party app doesn't sound very secure.

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lollipop lockscreen is the lamest ever, they dropped the widget support from KK. How can it do a better job if all you can do is unlock and quick toggle from the camera. Notification content can be hidden is the one I like from Lollipop lockscreen.

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL....No one ever complained about missing widget content on Lockscreen especially since you now have notifications and can interact with them easily. If its the lamest ever then tell me which one is better ? It still does better job the WP and is on par with iOS's lockscreen. Also, android offers much more variety of unlocking methods then the other two.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Functionality its iOS. Simplicity goes to Windows. Versatilty for Android. One is better in it's own way.

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Nope. That doesn't mean one can't be other as well. Android is functional, versatile and highly customisable to make it look as simple or complex as you want. WP is lacking terribly in functionality that doesn't mean its simple. iOS is great and does a perfect job but is less customizable.

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Whatever floats your boat dude.

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Sometimes its just better not to reply if you don't have any point to make or anything constructive to reply.

12. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

(You could've just agreed to tech2, fandroids and isheeps never accepts equality in comparisons to other OSes. Also he would not pick the handle tech2 if he's not over-knowingly. Pls do believe him. Nerds...)

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah, you are right. I was never starting an argument to begin with. I just clearly stated what I dont like about Lollipop lockscreen and next about OSes lockscreen then I conceded as I dont want ANYMORE flame conversations of whose better OS' lockscreen.

14. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yup, you did cockblocked him. Its like you replied K to his long text.

18. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL.....Nice attempt at convincing yourself to take a moral high ground just because you didn't had anything constructive to reply.

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Seriously ?! I always state reason for my points as I did in my previous post yet keyboard warriors like you put a tag of fandroids or isheeps (note you can't even figure out which one I am, lol) because you can't really counter me on a point. I am ready to have a conversation or argument but simply put a label because you nothing to counter with just shows your lack of knowledge and your stupidity.

2. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

This app leaves a lot of things to be desired.

3. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

It takes a lot of RAM but I love the fact that I don't need to press and OK button after I type my unlock PIN.

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

That's the way it is on WP

6. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

I'm not sure if you have a device with Lollipop on it, but it gives you the option to remove the OK button and will unlock the device when the pin is correct. It will even keep letting you input numbers if it's incorrect. Been doing it this way on my Nexus 6 since I got it.

15. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

I have S5 with lollipop on it but I don't have the option to remove the OK button.

16. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I had this downloaded on my Nexus 5, it was alright... BOFORE THE UPDATE. I had a pin through the OS, and I'd have to unlock again after unlocking through the app. The previous bug fixes were quite good, will try again later on. But Kit Kat has lockscreen options (stock) that are better than Lollipop. I use my calendar widget all the time. It is actually one of the reasons I haven't updated to Lollipop yet. People have varying tastes and differing styles, no opinion should be stated as a fact.

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