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Cover Brings Its Contextual Self Out of Beta, Open to All on Google Play

After a six-week private beta period, Cover, the contextually aware lock screen replacement on Android, is now open to all. We went hands-on with Cover during its initial release on beta, finding it to be a quality lock screen replacement, especially for movers and shakers. 

With its ability to change depending on time of day, movement, or location, Cover is capable of becoming an incredibly powerful tool on your smartphone. As a lock screen replacement, it also won’t mess with your home screen setup or 3rd party launcher, so your world won’t be completely turned upside down by implementing it onto your phone.

Through the six-week beta period, the Cover team was able to really fine-tune the experience for its public release. Battery usage has been optimized, as has compatibility, car detection, and their “peek” feature.

Here are some of the changes they have made through the beta:

  • Optimized battery usage (for most people, Cover isn’t among the top 10 battery-consuming apps on their phone)
  • Improved car detection accuracy (motion-sensing algorithms)
  • Compatibility with KitKat, Nexus 5, new ART runtime for Android
  • When peeking and switching between apps, Cover now perfectly maintains state within each app
  • Added tutorials on fast app-switching, how to set custom wallpapers/ring volume, how to use Cover with a security code (PIN/Pattern)
  • More customization options (e.g. configure size and location of app tray target)
  • Ability to share your Cover setup on Facebook/Twitter/Google+

Cover is currently available to anyone running Android 4.1+ and will soon be ready for Android 2.3+.

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  • Maximus

    If this didn’t leave EVERY app running on my phone all the time….it might be nice. While it’s interesting, it will slow down your phone tremendously. My GS4 does so much all the time, I don’t need additional things happening all the time.

  • Cody Revels

    God the Nexus 5 seems so fast. o.O
    Seems like a pretty interesting app, prolli better than Aviate. It seemed like a great idea but in practice it just didnt really work for me. It didn’t know where I was half the time and hardly ever changed except at night.

  • TimXer

    VZ SGSIII downloaded no prob, but is eating battery so far…killing about 5% more per hour, like it though

  • Abhilash Kudva

    Just found out that its a country restricted app, to all those getting incompatible error ,its due to country restriction

  • Abhilash Kudva

    Nexus 4 incompatible 🙁 Why ??? I am on CM11

  • Scott Capodice

    That’s great and all but with my moto x… That ain’t gonna work… If they would have done it sooner I would have been in on my s3…

  • John Burke

    If I was able to manually select the Apps that I want to appear, fine.
    Needing to wait for it to “learn” what Apps “should” appear, no thanks.

    I’ll stick to WidgetLocker.

  • Mike

    Will this work with the Moto X and not mess with active display?

    • TechTinker11

      I haven’t tried it, but it shouldn’t. You will have Active Display as usually, but if you click the power button this should pop up instead of the stock one. Active Display is a layer on top.

    • Ricky Ortiz

      I was using this with my moto x and when I unlocked with the active display it just brought me back to the cover lock screen, then I had to unlock my phone again. When I pulled up on active display for a notification it would take me there but after a slight lag

  • Chris Cogan

    Can you share the wallpaper? Looks nice

  • ObviousNinja2

    It still needs alot of work. The translucent wallpapers settings to softkeys is problematic.

  • Tom Z

    I tried it on my Droid Razr HD Maxx. I’m having some weird screen dimming issue. I wonder if it’s the Lux app or something else on my phone. Though, I’m not sure it’s the Lux app, because it shows 79% but the screen is dim when using Cover. Other than that it looks cool.

  • Anthony Lee

    What’s the point of this app? If I want to use applications, I just unlock my phone. How is this any different other than it lays on the lock screen? Not fighting, just don’t understand the use for it.

    • rutgersjaffo

      Think of it as a way to have your phone automatically switch your lockscreen icons depending upon where you are and what you tend to do while you are there.

  • misfit313

    Not compatible with Droid DNA.

  • ken147

    FYI: Pattern/any lock seems be a bit hinky when used with cover.

  • AndrewScottRox

    How’s the panda N5 holding up?

  • LTEasy

    Kellen, be a pal and tell me where you get all your gradient wallpaper.

    • jbdan

      If you use the app Wallbase on play store and from within the app search for “gradient” or “gaussian blur” you will find hundreds of wallpapers till your hearts desire! Check it out

      • LTEasy

        exactly what I was looking for. Thanks

  • Bloodthirsty

    I’m assuming you can’t use a lock with this app?

    • Kevoskee

      My lock pattern works with my Galaxy S4

  • EvanTheGamer

    It’s about damn time! I signed up for the Beta months ago and never received an invite, sadly, but it’s okay now that it’s finally widely available to almost everyone.

    Can’t wait to play around with it!

  • WCM3

    Does this still EAT battery like it did? I had the beta running for a couple days.

    • jaffo

      Yeah. I ran it for two days and got tired of the heavy battery drain.

  • George

    anyone know if this will this app affect battery life in any way?

    • srikanth003

      yep battery drains pretty fast…

  • xzero425x

    Just played around with it on my G2, Uninstalled, having the shortcut icons on the bottom is the same thing, and i also keep my knock knock feature

    • Dave

      Galaxy Notes have swipe up app launching from the lock screen too….no “peek” mode, but not a huge deal.

    • CoreRooted

      I have it on my G2 and KnockOn still works just fine.

    • WK

      i tried it for a bit today on my G2 as well but got rid of it in about 10 minutes. shortcut icons does the same thing, however, we can only have 6 max. knock on feature still worked for me though. what i didn’t like is that it breaks Lux. for some reason, it just doesn’t activate at all when using Cover. also, i have my status bar set to transparent and their “lockscreen” breaks the transparency.

      • Chad Baum

        I had the same problem with Lux which is a dealbreaker for me. I e-mailed them about it.

  • Chris Clark

    Incompatible with Galaxy Nexus….:(

    • Santi

      I have Gnex running Cmetal ROM (Kitkat) and Cover works just fine. 🙂

    • Hoffman

      I have a Gnex and it has been compatible since the beta test. I don’t know why you would be having trouble using it. Contact the dev.

  • dan0matic

    I’d love to hear about how this works with the Moto X and active display. Anyone tried it yet?

    • derbo904

      in for replies. 🙂

    • TheDave1022

      I’ll report back in a few…

    • TheDave1022

      Active Notification still works, BUT if you unlock, it goes to cover…so you would have to swipe again. If you select a notification, it will show old lock screen for a second, show cover for a second, then go into notification. So not the greatest.

    • Craig P

      Yea, I’ve got a droid maxx and its pretty cumbersome. I got an active notification for BBM (ikr), swiped up to read it, and it took me to cover, where i then had to swipe bbm over to the right, and then unlock after that. So basically, it takes one more extra step. I’m probably going to disable it.

    • JRUIV

      Just tried it on mine, it’s nice but when I’m playing music I can’t see my Google music lock screen (which I love), so I uninstalled.

  • Incompatible with my Nexus 4 running v4.4. What does that even mean? I was really looking forward to it. 🙁

  • Craig Queenan

    I actually was on their site last night looking for info on when new invites would be sent out for Beta. Def gonna download and try

  • Zach Davis

    Not compatible with my VZW Gnex on 4.4.1

    • Santi

      Click the Play link at the end of the post. Then install. Thats how I was able to get it on my Gnex running kitkat

  • Ericfranca

    4.2 Verizon GNex not compatible. Same for (non-KitKat) Nexus 10.

  • JoshGroff

    Not compatible with T-Mobile Note 2 on 4.3, and to think I was excited to try it out.

  • KPunk

    that background!???

    And thank you, look forward to checking this out!

  • Mr E

    read your emails, dude!

  • Mario Andres

    I have the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.2.2 and there’s appear me “This app is incompatible with your device”. Somebody can help me.

    • Eric R.

      Same, Droid DNA 4.2

    • Chris Clark

      Same for Galaxy Nexus…./sigh

      • calculatorwatch

        It just let me install on my Galaxy Nexus. I did it through the website (not directly on my phone) if that might make any difference.

        • Chris Clark

          Weird….now it’s compatible on the play store…downloading it now 🙂

      • Mike Schreiner

        I’m running OG Galaxy Note i717 and it won’t let me install, but it’ll let me install on my old HTC Inspire 4G.. WTF?

    • Intellectua1

      Galaxy S4 with Android 4.4.2 and I was able to download it..

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    I can’t bring myself to use this… reminds me way to much of the HTC Rhyme setup.

    • Eric R.

      Didn’t notice until I read your comment

  • Jem

    Cool, I was waiting to try this out.