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Microsoft launches lockscreen apps for Android, Windows Phone

Oct 24,2014 0 Comments

Microsoft launches lockscreen apps for Android, Windows Phone

Microsoft launches lockscreen apps for Android, Windows Phone. Microsoft app launches are usually predictable. Most are offerings which aim to get us hooked on the software giant’s most-prominent products, like Office, OneDrive, Outlook.com and Xbox. But, every once in a while, Microsoft does something out of the ordinary, like it wants to tell the world that, much like startups, it too is capable of intriguing and exciting things.

After launching a lovely keyboard for Android Wear, Microsoft just released a whole bunch of apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, made by an in-house team of “hackers, makers, artists, tinkerers, musicians, inventors” called Microsoft Garage. The most interesting offerings are Torque, which my colleague Brian Fagioli just covered, and two lockscreen apps, for Android and Windows Phone.

The Android lockscreen app is called Next Lock Screen. It is designed to offer much more useful information, compared to typical Android lockscreens, and provide intelligent access to certain apps.

You can see calendar entries, emails, missed calls and messages, and open the most-used apps based on location. It also gives you the option to connect to conference calls right from the homescreen. It also looks quite nice.

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