Trying out a new lockscreen this time. I am not a great fan of launcher as I prefer things to be in its original form, that is to say I do not like tweaking the user interface and what not. There are many nice custom launcher apps out there, for instance Nova Launcher and Facebook Home, which I tried but later decided to uninstall them.
Then I discovered Cover, a lockscreen which I really enjoy using. It is a lockscreen replacement that learns what apps I use at different times and recognise what I’m doing. It knows when I’m at home, work, in a car or just walking and suggests apps based on that. Hence the tagline – the right apps at the right time.
What Cover does is it sits on top of my HTC One (Android 4.3) and Nexus 7 (Android 4.4) screen when it’s locked. At the moment it supports only Android 4.1 and above, and is in Beta version. Even though it’s in Beta, I don’t encounter any hiccups at the moment, the app works smoothly and does what it is supposed to do.
Right apps at the right time
When I turn on my device, the Cover lockscreen happily greets me with the apps I use most, a list of apps are shown on the left pane.
Today I feel jazzy so I plugged in my earphone, Cover automatically showed Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Call on the list of apps.
As I tilt my phone, Cover instinctively shows the camera button regardless of whether you tilt your phone left or right. It comes really handy.
Another feature that Cover offers is ‘peeking’. I can quickly see what’s new and launch apps with just a swipe. Take Google Translation, as an example, I just slide open the app and it’s ready to use. Productivity has never been this easy! Another way of using the ‘peeking’ function is to check notifications or incoming emails and alerts.
Switch between apps
Let say I am surfing the web on my tablet and decided to write an email to my friend about something interesting I have just discovered, all I have to do is to bring up the app tray (on the top right corner). This allows me to jump directly between apps, skipping the steps in between.
I would say Cover is pretty smart. It identifies whether one is at home, work, driving or outdoor (only if you allow the app to access your location). Just set different ringer volumes or vibration/silent mode and wallpapers for each place. Let’s say silence when I’m at sleeping at night, vibration when I’m at the office and ring loudly when I’m outdoor.
Give it a try! Check out the video and download links after the break.